This website wouldn't be complete (not that it is anyway) with out a feature and some information on the man that is Disorda. As many of you will know, he has been on the scene for quite a while and has done much to promote and further the cause of British Hip Hop through his DJ spots and mixtapes. He would however maintain that he is an all round supporter of UK Hip Hop and is not limited to DJing, having turned his hand to MCing and journalism as well as production and promotions. An original 'UK Hustler'.
Between 1992-1995 he started out as so many do with various deejaying spots at local clubs, pubs, youth centers & house parties in and around hometown of Peterborough. He was quick to establish himself and soon had secured a position hosting a hip hop show on pirate Mix FM near Leicester. This show was on air between 1993-4. Around this time in June 1994 he also formed a hip hop group Intelligent Madness with 3 local rappers, 2 producers, and a DJ from Norwich. Shortly afterwards he moved to London partly for business reasons - to be nearer the press and music industry and partly to be nearer all the artists and clubs that London had to offer.
In January 1995 Intelligent Madness
dropped their debut EP 'Mind Over Matter?' which was released on tape. He
followed this up by working on promotion for the group through contacts he had gained within the industry.
The group also performed numerous live shows up and down the country which
continued until around 1998.
That summer the 6 track vinyl 'No Room EP' was released by Intelligent Maddness, and again promotion was undertaken by Disorda which resulted in media coverage, reviews and interviews in magazines such as HHC, The Downlow, Blues and Soul, and even the U.S. magazine Rap Pages. At the end of the year Disorda returned to the airwaves to start a two year stint hosting the drivetime show on Harlseden based Beat FM.
1997 saw Disorda continue with the 'UK Hustlerz' tapes and in January vol.2 was released. Another splendid collection of tunes like Lewis Parker's 'Rise', London Posse's 'Style', Unanimous' 'Freshest On The MIC' and Cash Crew's 'Notting Ill Shit' mixed up with exclusives from MSI & Asylum, Dar Shogun & Ill Mad Villain and Lewis Parker & Supa T etc. At the same time he set up a mail order company to distribute his own tapes and other's mix tapes, named Suspect Packages. Building on the now substantial reputation in November the UK Hustlerz vol.3 tape was released. This time around some of the tunes included Rodney P's 'Tour Storys', Pentalk's 'No Interference', Braintax's 'Future Years', and Parlour Talk's 'Super Air Conditioned' as well as an exceptional amount of styles that are free from mans like Krispy, Paradise, Chris Smoove & Prestige Feat. Juicy, as well as Roota Manuva, Ty and Mecca To Medina etc.
Due to his reputation, knowledge and contacts Disorda collaborated in May 1998 with Yann 'Cokestarr' Cherruault from the French magazines 'The Truth' and 'Rap et Ragga', to release a UK Hip Hop compilation 'Operation Overlord'. Bad news that it took a foreign company to recognise the talent over here, but props to them for going through with the project.
In July 1998 UK Hustlerz vol.4 and a new unsigned artists tape 'Mind The Gap, Underground Artists vol.1' were released. UK Hustlerz vol.4 featured tracks including Numskullz's 'The Difference', Mud Family's 'MUD Files', The Icepick's 'Dead And Buried', TY & Shortee Blitz's 'I Am A Don' and New Flesh 4 Old's 'Electronic Bombardment' and freestyles from artists including Uncanny, Thoughtz Of Mortalz and Raw Tribe Killas. The 'Mind The Gap' series of tapes came about from the numerous demos he had been sent by artists seeking exposure having heard the UK Hustlerz tapes. The best of this material was compiled onto these tapes. All the time Disorda had been steadily adding subscribers to the Suspect Packages mix tape mail order list, to such an extent that many of the UK Hip Hop heads would be connected in some way through him.
Now being at the center of a meaningful distribution hub, September 1998 saw Disorda start compiling UK Hip Hop charts for 'Blues and Soul' magazine, which he continued to do until April 1999. September 1998 also saw the 'UK Hustlerz vol.5' tape released which was so choc full of exclusives it might as well have been a 'Mind The Gap' volume, tracks included were London Allstars' 'The London Convention (Not For Sale Mix)', Moorish Delta's 'Streets Of Fire', The Freestyle Master Feat. Braintax's 'Hold Ya Breath', Kudos Macarbre's 'Walk With Silent Tread' and Toastie Tailor's 'Duration 14' as well as a plethora of never heard stuff from Gunshot, Villains, Narco T & DJ Kofi and A-Cyde all rounded off with the Scratch Perverts' (Mr. Thing, 1st Rate, Prime Cuts & Tony Vegas) ITF winning routine.
To bring us up to date with his tape releases so far April 1999 saw the 'UK Hustlerz vol.6' drop, featuring Def Tex's 'Poetic Speach Techniques', Mark B & Task Force's 'Brothers McBaine' and Beyond There Feat. Tony Vegas' 'It's Straws' as well as another set of stunning exclusives including Lethal, Haych, Aspects and even Skinnyman & Mongo taped in a corner at Fresh '97, as well as a quick set by DJ MK. In the same month Disorda put out the 'Mind The Gap, Underground Artists vol.2' tape. Favourable reviews and interviews regarding the UK Hustlerz and Mind The Gap mix tapes have appeared from '96 to the present day in publications such as HHC, The Fatboss, The Source (U.S.), Rap Pages (U.S.), Mixmag, Blues and Soul, Fatlace, The Message, Level, Big Daddy, The Truth and Rap et Ragga (France), Backspin and Wicked (Germany). As well as numerous hip hop websites around the world.
Disorda is quite pleased with the help that he has been able to give to acts by putting them on his tapes. Over the years he has helped several artists get signed to independent labels and has simply raised the profile of others. However it has been really hard. He has had to work a full time job to get the money to live on and has had to do all the Suspect Packages stuff in his spare time all on his own. This can become a drain on someone, especially when people don't pay for the merchandise they have had off you. There is still no real money to be made from British Hip Hop and it is only with the latest tapes that Disorda has broken even. This shows that one must do this for the love and any profits Disorda makes from the tapes will be used to help fund further releases.
In June1999 Disorda joined the Hip Hop collective/agency Sin Cru as their music co-ordinator. Together they have been hosting numerous live events throughout UK and Europe which incorporate all the elements of Hip Hop culture, including workshops, displays, video shoots, promotions and design etc.
Disorda is also making connections overseas and on Christmas Eve '99 he hosted a UK Hip Hop special on NRK Radio with Tommy Tee. This is a station broadcast nationwide from Oslo, Norway.
In March 2000 Disorda helped to finance and distribute Chris Leech's UK Hip Hop documentary entitled 'The Pioneers', which was released in conjunction with 40oz Productions via Suspect Packages mail order. At the same time the www.suspect-packages.com website was set up concentrating on the exposure of the UK Hip Hop scene. In July Disorda's 'One Stop Shop For UK Hip Hop' was launched and as an extension of pre-existing Suspect Packages mail order and website was to concentrate on retailing and distributing all UK Hip Hop vinyl, cd's, mix tapes, video's and general merchandise.
saw Disorda host a Hip Hop show on
radio and since his earliest days doing the rounds he has kept his foot in the
water and has maintained numerous deejay guest spots and residencies at clubs such as Scala, Subterrania, WKD's, Breakin' Bread, Mudlumz, and Spread Love in London.
As well as DJing at other events all over the country in places such as Bristol, Plymouth, Norwich, Colchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Peterborough and Edinburgh.
Now Disorda is expanding his repertoire to add journalism to his bow by writing a new column for the Fatboss magazine. A few issues deep Disorda is proving himself a worthy wordsman. And finally in addition to all this he has just started helping out in the Low Life office, getting down on the phones and using his contacts to further the cause. Lets hope that we see more of this man in all his guises in the years to come. Help him to help us and download his mail order list.