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ArtForm: CityShowcase Act/Composer

It all started in 1982 when Syze-Up heard Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" having been sent mix-tapes by cousins in New York. He soon realised his love for hip-hop was in fact fused with his love for pop acts such as Blondie, Gary Numan & Kraftwek which still shows in his production today.

Syze-Up & Dj Uncle Zarb started the famous Desert Eagle Discs sound system in the early 90's and by the mid 90's Syze had progressed to remixing artists such as Gabrielle & Lil' Kim.

When Syze met The Boilerhouse Boys it led to him demo-ing original songs for Polydor, London Records & Go-Discs, finally signing to Arista through Boilerhouse & releasing "The Eagle Has Landed". The Eagle Has Landed was likened to Massive Attack with Syze handpicking an array of vocalists, GQ hailed it "The benchmark album of 1999" .

The production & remixes poured in after that, leading to work with artists such as Rakim, Annie Lennox, Busta Rhymes & Aretha Franklin. Syze is also proud to be the first British Producer to have a track released on Sean"Diddy" Combs Bad Boy label with the single remix of Mase's "What U Want".

Syze-Up kept his hand in DJ'ing by composing & compiling the music for Stella McCartneys solo catwalk debut in Paris 2002.

After a chance meeting with a cousin he had never met, who turned out to be classical Spanish guitarist Christopher Vasquez, Syze did a spot of writing & beat making for as yet unreleased Prince super group "Hush" & also spent time in Mexico City making beats for various "Santana" projects.

While outside production & remixes continued Syze started writing the 2nd Desert Eagle Discs album with Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry, Angie Stone, Annie Lennox & Sia. After a one off single with The Echo Label in 2003, "Bigger Better Deal" vocaled by Keisha White & Rodney P, Syze decided to realise his dream of starting his own label by forming Desert Eagle Associated Labels or D.E.A.L. for short.

Currently Syze has found a new partner in crime in the shape of programmer / producer Richard Robson (Richard Ashcroft & The Magic Numbers) to form the most exciting production duo in years. In under 12 months they have killed the dancefloors with remixes for the likes of Sugababes, Mattafix & Amy Winehouse and they are currently writing & producing D.C.Lee's new album as well as preparing Desert Eagle Discs album 2 for release with a brand new truly breathtaking vocalist.

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City Showcase at RTTB 2011
Sunday 25.09.2011
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