So, this week i kicked it back with the East London based collective group Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E. Jay ‘King J.R Josephs’, Brooke ‘Indianna Dalby’, Greg ‘The Moon Walkers’ and Josh ‘Refound*’ all showed up to the B-side HQ to talk about their music followed by a Brick Lane photoshoot.
(From left, Greg ‘The Moon Walkers’, Josh ‘Refound*,’ Brooke ‘Indiana Dalby,’ Jay ‘King J.R Josephs’)
How did the story begin with you all?
Greg: I started playing the drums at 14. This led on to making beats at 18.
Brooke: In the privacy of my bedroom i began singing along to my favourite songs. I began experimenting with my voice and would write lyrics and create melodies that suited my voice range. As my confidence grew with my lyrics, and my voice improved I started to take up offers of working with different producers and explored different avenues and genres of music. Then I began working with Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E which is when my creativity really started to surface.
Josh: I was an early member of yardsticks, recorded my first mix tape way back in 2005, called “we need beats”, which got recognition locally as well as overseas, my main partner in crime was Seams, Foxglove and Manifest.
I then moved with Foxglove to Cardiff to got signed to an indie label called S.F.D.B. there myself and Foxglove release a Yarsticks E.P, whilst being involved in the 1xtra home grown session live on air.
After moving to Hastings to spend a year recording with the one and only Manifest cousin of the well established Taskforce, I recorded a collaboration album.
After returned back to Cornwall for a short stint to put out a solo project, I eventually headed to London, to get involved in Royalty star fame.
Jay: Not to bore you with the very beginning, I’ll cut a long story short because I’ve been doing this a long time now but I can say I truly started to get a real understanding in 2005 when I watched Fade To Black and that’s when I began to manifest my future. From there on I knew what I wanted to become and even in some way how to get there.
How did Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E begin?
Greg: Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E started off as just F.A.M.E, when I was about 19. Then got put back but not forgot about for a few years, as I was Rock n rolling playing drums in a band. A year ago, I left the band and got back into making beats, and started working with King JR.
Brooke: Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E consists of like minded artists who have the same dreams, goals, vision and determination to succeed. We are a group of friends who began using each other’s individual talents to help each other in our own personal projects as well as new building fresh material for Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E. I feel excited and privileged to be on the journey we have created for ourselves and look forward to future success.
Jay: Began with The Moon Walkers in 2003 but was only F.A.M.E back then, it was also on a smaller scale with only me and The Moon Walkers the main parts of it. Then 8 years later it came back together. I wanted to bring a movement together which had all different elements of artist from singers to rappers to producers to sound engineers to even spoken words. I wanted it to be new and not current. At the same time I didn’t want to be stuck in the past and wanted to show a progression from 2003 so the name became Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E it’s been a good progress so far but there is still a lot more work we need to do.
Josh: I class me been involved with Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E since the beginning of the year 2012, in which I first did some recordings and made videos with J.R King Josephs shortly after I began to work with his older brother Greg ( The Moon Walkers ) who is the founder of Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E.
Describe your music?
Greg: Love Making Space Music
Brooke: My style changes depending on my mood and who I’m working with. But in general it’s got a sexy, feisty, groove thing going on.
Josh: I tend to think of my music as an eclectic mix of all genres preserved through the eyes of a young lyricalist.
Jay: I’d say my music is smooth honest with a good message in every verse and track I do. You should be able to relate and/ or get an understanding of who I am and where I’m from.
Who influences your music?
Greg: Mainly the people I work with.
Brooke: I’ve been influenced by all genres of music like legends my parents used to listen to such as Annie Lennox, UB40, Bob Marley and my Mums sing along to The Carpenters and Dusty Springfield. Also growing up with artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna’s sounds generating the charts, has definitely influenced my sound.
Josh: Hands down I deferentially get influenced by all the greats from all backgrounds and aspects of life whom try and make a greater change to humanity, be it musicians, Directors, Artists, political activists and so on…. buts it the people a bit closer to home that motivate me to make the music I do.
Jay: I get all major influences from everyday experiences around me. But a person who really has inspired me over the last 6 months is a designer called Asger Juel Larsen, his like my mentor. Music artist who inspire me are people like Wiley, Michael Jackson and American hip hop artist such as lupe fiasco, snoop dogg, kanye west and jay z.
Writing music I’m sure isn’t as easy as most think, can you describe your style?
Greg: It’s not easy, but at the same time it’s not hard.
This may sound dumb. But you just need to feel it.
Brooke: I get inspirations from all kinds of places and genres of music, like today I was sitting on the bus and was ear wigging on a girls (loud) conversation to her girl friend, chatting about her relationship, she said “he better believe I’ll leave quicker than he can say don’t go” this gave me an idea for a hook and by the time I got off the bus I had come up with a verse and chorus which I then finished and started to record when I got round to Greg’s.
Josh: Ha-ha it’s true in many cases all Artists have writers block once in a blue moon but its all about using your inspiration when it’s there.
Jay: The way I see it is, you make hard work out of what you don’t adapt yourself for. For me making music is possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever done because of how hard I work at it. I’ve applied myself for great things to come. My style is just pure good old hip hop taken mainly from the 2000-2009 era. But every now and then I like to get down to some grime.
What is the one piece of clothing/accessories you could not walk out of your door without?
Greg: My Hat
Brooke: A good pair of chunky heels…for when the days turns into night activities.
Josh: I would deferentially say my bundle of necklaces which are permanently attached come fire and snow.
Jay: My black ribbon is something I’ll probably never leave my house without again. It’s a good reminder of why I do what I do and am who I am.
What should we all look out for in the next coming months?
Greg: Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E baby
Brooke: Some new sexy dirty beats from my solo album produced by Greg and Jay from RSF. Also some exciting gigs for RSF. Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E is growing and expanding their influences every day, so new sounds will be coming to a gig near you soon.
Josh: Keep an eye out for my solo Dead Flower E.P coming out at the end of August, also a selection of stop frame animation music videos filmed/produced/edited by the one andonly Avneet Padda.
Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E – Paranoia
Vocals By King J.R Josephs, Indiana Dalby, Princess T Morgan, JNR, Greg ‘The Moon Walkers’ And Refound*
Track Taken From Pharrell Track Frontn’
Mixed And Mastered By Mace
Royalty S*T*A® F.A.M.E