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Documenting Grime & Funding Your Dreams with Risky Roadz

Season 2, Ep. 62

Today we sit down with Grime legend and visual pioneer Risky Roadz and discuss everything from picking up his camera for the first time to learning how to edit while publishing DVDs, to directing music videos with Skepta, Theophilus London, Giggs and more. We discuss how far his work has come, what impact it has had, Drake being a fan and why having a 'dream funder' is so important in your creative journey.



Risky Roadz YouTube

Risky Roadz: Meridian Crew

Best of Risky Roadz

Theophilus London - Bebey (feat Giggs)

ASAP & Skepta - Shine

1.00 - What was it like being at the inception of the grime scene

1.40 - working at rhythm division record shop

2.00 - getting into making DVDs for the Grime Scene

3.00 - Learning how to edit videos

4.00 - Recording the whole grime scene within a year

6.00 - Staying neutral in between clashing grime crews

7.00 - Not knowing the gravitas of his work. Just doing the work for the love of it

9.00 - Drake following him on instagram showed him that his work travelled further then he thought

09.30 - linking up with Drake in Miami, Drake being a fan of his work

10.00 - Hearing from Russia and Kazakstan that his work is legendary

10.30 - Skepta performing at Moma. New York and London culture being similar

12.00 - Shooting Skepta video with ASAP Rocky

12.30 - Yo MTV Raps, doing the advert 

13.30 - Working driving a black cab whilst shooting videos. Why having a ‘dream funder’ is the way to work with freedom

16.10 - Becoming a London black cab driver, it being the hardest but most rewarding thing he has done

20.00 - Investing in his own creative projects

21.00 - Working whilst being creative

23.00 - Thoughts on the scene right now, similarities between Grime & Drill

28.30 - Advice to the new generation

30.50 - How the sound of Grime have evolved

32.00 - Social media changing the way we perceive music

34.00 - The difference between record shops and streaming music

36.00 - Who Risky really wanted to see be successful

38.00 - Grime being a scene that has been documented from the beginning, unlike others

40.00 - Why the Drill scene should start to own its narrative. There is room for a Risky Roadz in Drill

45.00 - Documenting the Adenugas (Skepta, JME and Julie) going from a household to household names

49.00 - Risky Roadz 0121 documentary

51.00 - Bringing back the VHS look and inspiring others to do the same

56.30 - Reaching out to famed video director Dave Myers and receiving an instant call back

57.00 - Being a consultant

1.00 - Being different and pushing visuals forward

1.02 - Always being ready, shooting videos at a moments notice and shooting in an hour

1.04 - Giving his younger self advice

1.05 - Missing pirate radio

1.06 - Living a free life


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Creativity x Culture - The Nipsey Hussle Legacy, Bossin up like Beyonce, Coachella's Sunday Service, Drakes UK Citizenship and more!

Season 2, Ep. 61

On this episode of Creativity x Culture, we paid our condolences to Nipsey Hussle’s family, as well as celebrate his life by shining a spotlight on the legacy he has left behind for being a philanthropist, entrepreneur and innovator.


We also discussed Lil Nas X’s new song, a remix of country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus’ - ‘Old Town Road’, and the fact that it was rejected by the Billboard charts as a country song. This topic lead nicely into our discussion about our third co-host Beyoncé (inside joke lol), who has just signed a new fashion deal with Addidas for her athleisure brand Ivy Park. And if you didn’t know, the Queen Bee is also releasing a docu-series on Netflix about her performance at Coachella 2018, so we discussed that too.


Speaking of Coachella, we also covered the fact that Kanye will be bringing his ‘Sunday Service’ to Coachella this year, and how it may just be the right fit for Kanye, especially after some of his shenanigans and infamous tweets from last year.


As usual, we always try our best to bring you topics that are trending, but with a creative twist, so CLICK ON THE LINK IN OUR BIO TO LISTEN NOW and don’t forget to RECOMMEND, REVIEW and SHARE!


Nipsey Hussle and Iddris Sandu -

Lil Nas X - Old Town Road.... the remix out now! @lilnasx:

Beyonce Adidas deal -

Beyonce Netflix deal -

Sunday Service at Coachella -

Drake welcomes J Hus home -


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Creativity x Culture - Myspace loses 50 million songs, Dave is Number 1, Rapman makes Blue Story Movie, Meek Mills Documentary and Tarantino's Penultimate Movie!

Season 2, Ep. 59

We are back this week with another episode of Culture x Creativity, our fortnightly episode which allows us to lift the lid on all of the things that are trending in the exciting world of creativity.


This week we packed a lot into the episode (no exaggeration lol) by discussing last week’s FTC episode featuring Dalia Dias; MySpace losing 50 million songs after a server migration went wrong; UK rapper Dave’s debut album ‘Psychodrama’ entering the U.K. charts at number 1; UK rapper and film director Rapman’s new film ‘Blue Story’; US rapper Meek Mill’s docu-series ‘Free Meek’; Kanye’s Sunday Service and Quentin Tarantino’s 9th movie ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’.


So as, you can see we covered A LOT of interesting and exciting news stories during this episode, but we would love it if you could join the conversation by leaving a comment and sharing your perspective with us on the platform that you are listening on or on social media.



Myspace loses 50 million songs in server migration. Can creatives trust big tech companies with their work?

Dave album goes to number 1

Blues story & Sean Sagar

Meek Mill Reveals 'Free Meek' Amazon Docuseries Trailer

Kanye Sunday Service

Once upon a time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's 9th movie

Kill Bill Script Read


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Behind the Lense with Filmmaker, Photographer and Creative Director Dalia Dias

Season 2, Ep. 58

On Episode 58 of the show we go ‘Behind The Lense’ with the amazingly talented filmmaker, photographer and creative director @daliadias @shotbydaliadias 

Throughout the episode we discussed her life’s journey to date. From her humble beginnings in Tottenham and public school in Nigeria, to working with some of the biggest artists and brands in the world, likes @iamcardib @stormzy @migos@chrisbrownofficial @jdofficial and many more. We also discussed what it’s like to be a female in a male dominated industry and impact that she would like to make with her work.

Dalia dias is a photographer, filmmaker and creative director working in the music and fashion industries. Born and raised by Nigerian and Egyptian parents in London, Dalia uses her African heritage as a source of inspiration in her work and creations. Dalia has worked with well-known international music acts such as Drake, Cardi b, Migos, Quavo, Rich the Kid, Chris Brown, Stormzy, Wizkid, Davido and more. Dalia’s photography work also focuses on fashion and femininity, and has been published in various publications including Glamour, Elle, New African Woman, and Black Hair Magazine.



Stormzy - Big For Your Boots:

City Girls feat Cardi B - Twerk :

Wizkid & Drake - Come Closer:

Show notes:

1 - Starting out in Nigerian boarding school

7 mins - How Dalia got into Photography and Creative Media

9 - Getting into film-making and fashion

10 - Dalias first music videos. Noticing artists not realising the whole vision

11 - Moving full creative direction

12 - Self learning 

13 - The similarities between photography and film

15 - How Dalia determined she had good instincts, defining her taste

18 - Why her ‘big break’ is still pending

20 - Recording Stormzy’s ‘Big for your boots’

21 - Working with Drake and Chris Brown 

22 - Taking herself to America on a whim. Taking the opportunity

‘if you have plan or a goal you need to just go ahead and do it’

24 - Having Multiple credits on a project

26 - ‘if im not feeling it, i’m not doing it’

27 - Working with short deadlines

30 - How visuals can make or break a record

31 - Why certain songs need visuals to really impact

32 - How cameos work in music videos

35 - Artists trusting you more, the more you work with them

36 - How big do production crews get?

39 - What does a video producer do?

40 - How long are video shoots in UK vs US?

41 - Changing ideas on the fly, on the shoot. 

43 - What is post production like?

45 - Communicating an idea, utlising photos and references

47 - Dalia’s favourite video of all time

48 - Do videos have the same worth as they did in the 90s?

49 - Throwaway culture

50 - Millions of views = success?

51 - Making your own accounts, not giving away your content and growing your own audience

52 - The importance of having your own platform

53 - Being judged on the amount of views

54 - Buying ‘cute’, Dalia moving away from the ‘video girl’

55 - Standing for something

56 - Videos translating into Tours

57 - Providing a holistic package, creative direction through and through

58 - Everyone needs to bring their A game to the table

59 - The difference between US & UK quality in music videos

1.00 - The european influence on America

1.02 - The perception of doing well, because you’re working in America

1.03 - What inspires Dalia? Being a bigger fan of Documentarys than Movies

1.04 - Being inspired by fashion ’Music videos are cute, compared to films’

1.05 - What its like being a female creator working with male rappers

1.06 - Gaining confidence by going the extra mile

1.07 - What advice would Dalia give herself at 16 years old?

1.08 - Find your team, network sideways and remain humble. Build a team and assist

1.11 - Take yourself out of your comfort zone and go and grab it with your hands


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Creativity x Culture - Can we separate the Art from the Artist? Solange the innovator, The return of Baby Phat, Idris Elba's new Netflix Comedy & Colourism in Hollywood

Season 2, Ep. 57