In 1996 his debut 12″ is released on Ronin. ‘Skitz alongside Roots Manuva’ and gains him immediate success. The song not only causes a stir on the Hip-Hop underground but it also crosses over to the Jazz scene. The track gets picked up by Giles Peterson and also Patrick Forge who later use the track for the Rebirth of Cool series. The single also opens doors for the talented Roots Manuva.
‘Dedication’ wins Best Single of the Year at the 2000 UK Hip Hop awards. The tune features the mic skills of Rodney P and turntable contributions from the likes of The Mixologists DJ Go and Ronin label pal Deckwrecka.
Countryman. Skitz’s first long player combines distinctive production with a whole array of conscious lyrical contributions. The fact that there are no less than 25 fresh MC’s and DJ’s on this LP is a clear message to major record labels. Some of the artists include Skinnyman, Est’elle, Dynamite MC, Phi-Life cypher, Taskforce, RodneyP, Roots Manuva, to name a few.
The classic jump up track Simon Says by Pharaohe Monche gets the Skitz remix treatment and he is the first British Producer to have a record on Rawkus Records.
So popular is Skitz’s UK Sound that ex-Galliano rapper Rob G writes a track all about searching for the elusive Skitz track. He also gets sampled by US producer Dallas Austin for Monicas huge R’n’B album on which he is also credited.
Countryman wins Hip Hop album of the year at the 2001 Hip Hop awards.
A steady ‘production line’ of releases under his belt and remixes for the likes of Roni Size, Sain Supa Crew and Faithless. Skitz has also lent his heavyweight hand to folk singer Eva Abraham, collaborated with Dj Die, Dynamite and Rodney P for Virgin Records.
The year 2003 also sees the growth of his own label Titan Sounds. Set up alongside friend and talented producer Mickle and featuring MC’s Riddla, the Extremists , Skeme and Big P.
Skitz has been on the cover of Hip Hop Connection, Fatboss, Touch and Straight no Chaser.
1Xtra is born. A sister station to radio 1 but only on digital format it features the cream of the crop of black music DJs from all genres and Skitz and Rodney P are asked to present the flagship Hip Hop show playing British rap alongside American and interviewing big names from both sides of the atlantic. Original Fever gets a phenomenal response from around the whole world. He interviews 50 Cent, Redman and Method Man, Ludacriss, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Beanie Seagal, Memphis Bleek, Pharrell from the Neptunes, Nappy Roots and the Clipse to name a few. Skitz produces the track alongside Agzilla that launches the station which features Beverly Knight, Roots Manuva, Rodney P and Gemma Fox.
Skitz is commissioned to launch a new compilation series BAD MEANING GOOD.
Skitz remixes for Skint Records Freq Nasty and also festival favourites lamb and Grand Centrals Funky Fresh Few all to critical acclaim. Skitz tours Australia with Rodney P and also plays out in Miami, Taiwan, Greece, Scandanavia and Europe. Once again Skitz is asked to launch a new series of compilations ‘Homegrown’, put together for React Music.
Skitz and Rodney P in their capacity as 1xtra deejays together support Jay Z, Kanye West, Ghostface Killah and the Roots.
Silent Soundz team up with Skitz to present Homegrown Volume 2. And following the success of that is asked to do his second production album on the same label. Featuring artists such as Kardinal Offishal, Rodney P, Masta Ace, Deadly Hunta and foreign beggars to name a few the lp Sticksman is due for release late summer 2008. Skitz also lets off Million Dans mixtape Infra Red to critical acclaim.
Homegrown Volume 2 out now…..
Skitz and Die soon come…..
Sticksman (countryman pt 2) soon come…..
2008 Things are runnin’…watch this space…feel the bass bins rumble…