Return of the Rudeboy The Book x Rudeboy Salon

Following the runaway success of the ‘Return of the Rudeboy’ exhibition 2014 that threw the spotlight on the UK's international Rudeboys and girls Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott are set to launch Return of the Rudeboy the book at a 2 day event 'Rudeboy Salon'. The collaboration with British electronics brand Goodmans is the next installment in the Goodmans Series – a series of collaborations that support the creative individuals of British culture. Rudeboy Salon opens to the public on the 5th & 6th June at The Hospital Club London.

Aside from supporting the creation of the coffee table book of photographs of over 60 sharply dressed individuals from across the UK, another unique aspect of the event will be the unveiling of the “Return of the Rudeboy x Goodmans Sound Installation’. Artist and ‘Rudie’ himself Andrew Ibi has created the art and sound installation made of an impressive stack 90 Goodmans heritage radios, designed and appropriated with his distinctive hand-drawn artwork. The imposing tower will also play a soundtrack of tunes and spoken dialogue that capture the sound and soul.

As a brand that has spanned decades and is ever immersed in music, Goodmans is well placed to look back and champion British heritage. That said, in a cultural climate that is more diverse than ever, it is ever more important to look at contemporary subcultures and those who are creating it today. In the same vein, the ‘Rudeboy Salon’, will pay respect to the heritage and importance of the past, but focus on the present and future Rudeboy.

British Fashion Council Report x Commercialising Creativity

I often get my fashion brain picked for advice and while I've mentored fashion creatives who take the DIY, skip the fashion school route I understand the need for really good advice for start-up fashion businesses. It's even more critical if you're somewhere with limited information especially of the international arena. 

Fashion designers new, established and wannabe's here and most places The British Fashion Council  have commissioned an extremely useful report focused on start up fashion business in the current climate. Aimed at the UK fashion industry but completely relevant to designers and creatives everywhere. African fashion designers, businesses and fashion students based on the continent this is for you to. Check out Commercialising Creativity - Creating a Model for Success for British Fashion Designers

Starting with the first of 7 golden rules - we all know that creativity is the foundation but behave like a business! If you put this into the context for the industry, in the country where you live, and you are serious about what you're doing. The report offers case studies and advice about everything from recognising the importance of product development, developing your brand identity, working out a marketing and communications plan, understanding and addressing the challenges of getting your collections designed and produced, developing that all important sales and distribution strategy, understanding the importance of cash flow, funding and financing and securing specialist business partners that are right for you business. Basically things you need to think about to help get you started getting your business plans together. 

DOWNLOAD the full report HERE 


The RnB genre has been through a few sonic incarnations since its inception in the 1940’s, some notably superior to others. The good stuff has always managed to keep the vital ingredient of ‘soul’ in abundance. Myron & E have developed a distinctive sound reminiscent of soul music’s golden age that sits happily within the contemporary musical landscape. Neither Myron or Eric are new to the music game. Both have had separate careers before forming in 2008. Since collaborating M & E have gone on to wow crowds at SXSW and release their debut album Broadway in July, via Stones Throw

Q) Tell us about yourselves, what’s life like where you’re from? And as a side note, Myron are you related to Robert Glasper? 
Myron: Well as you already know my name is Myron Glasper and no I’m not related to Robert Glasper. Born and raised in Los Angeles Ca. Specifically South Central, a rough and tough part of town with lots of gang activity, drugs and prostitution, to say the least. Luckily I got involved in sports at the young age of 7 which kept me out of the mean streets of L.A. for a long time. I was aware of the dangers but my infatuation and obsession with sports (mostly American football) kept me focused on playing and not the gang and drug life. This was my first love, before I even knew about my musical talents. Eric: I grew up in Newark New Jersey. That place is and always be like the 6th borough of NYC or like the bastard child of NYC. It’s a tough place! Straight Up Ghetto! Music is all I have ever done. I work in the IT field in addition to doing music but music was there before that. 

Q) How did you both get into music?

Myron: I got into music because I was asked to be in a singing group while at track practice in junior college. [I’m] Mostly self-taught, but I’ve learnt different singing techniques. I play a little piano and guitar by ear but that’s it. 

Eric: Playing records at family functions as a kid, then a friend introduced me to a local DJ who thought me how to really spin records. Singing and producing I’m self thought but have been taking instrument and singing lessons lately. 

Q) You met through Californian hip hop group Blackalicious, but you’ve gone on to develop a very different and distinctive soul sound, what inspired that change

Myron: Yes, we met while touring with Blackalicious. The way it came together was by default. I showed up at E’s house one day, sat down to co-write “Cold Game” and later “Can’t Let You Get Away” and the rest is history in the making. I would describe our sound/music as retro soul with newer more up to date modern melodies and vocal arrangements. 

Eric: I would call our musical style New Old Soul and it all just sort of happened. Hard to pin point it, but through my travels as a DJ I meet the Soul Investigators and they liked my voice. Years after our first meeting I contacted them about doing some live music for a hip hop label I was signed to and they agreed to do the music but only if I would sing on a track for them. Then one day shortly after that Myron came by my house and I asked him to sing on the track with me and the next thing you know we are in Helsinki recording an album. 

Q) Is there a look or style that you associate with Myron & E? 

Myron: So far as a look I feel like we’re still growing and evolving in that area. 

Eric: We don’t, we just know we don’t want to look like we are from the 60′s or 70′s. The sound of the music is retro enough without trying to dress the part. We like to keep it simple. Classy but not over the top. 


Q) The video for If I Gave You My Love, has a quintessential downtown LA aesthetic, how did the concept come together
Myron: The look/style for “If I Gave You My Love” came together after discussion with Eric Coleman (Director). For that video the look was decided on, but it doesn’t define the entire image for Myron & E. 

Eric: We were styled by a LA stylist John Carlos De Luna aka Barrio Dandy. We knew the shoot was at The Southern Soul Spinners party in LA so we got clothes to fit the same atmosphere of the party. Stuff that’s a little bit throw back but casual. 

Q) Besides music are you creative in other ways, artists by day graffiti writers by night maybe… 

Myron: Creatively outside of music I like to browse around fashion and write story/movie concepts. I got into drawing as a child but didn't keep with it. 

Eric: Hahahaha nah no graff writing for me ! Music is my sole creative outlet! DJ’ing singing, producing learning a new instrument. 

Q) Tell us about your new album Broadway, it has that ‘music to drive around in a convertible with the top down vibe’, tell us about it? 

Myron: Broadway came together in bits and pieces with the bulk being done in Helsinki, Finland. We basically chose the tracks that sat right with our spirit, wrote from the heart with personal experience and conviction and went and got to it. We didn’t want it to be just boy meets girl, achy-breaky heart love stuff so we wrote a couple tunes that deal with other true to life endeavours. We just wanted to put together something nice. 

Eric: We are glad the record came out in the summer because it has a summer vibe! With Broadway we tried to make a record that you would want to put on year after year when the summer comes back around. 

Q) Lastly, when are you bringing your soulful vibe to the UK? 

As far as the UK we’ll be there around in Fall / Winter, the end of November beginning of December. Hope all is grand in your land!

Myron & E with the Soul Investigators will be performing at the Jazz Cafe London, Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 7pm. Check out tickets here

Broadway is available on Stone Throw Records

They're on Facebook Myron & E  and Twitter @Myron_and_E go check them out!@M

I like sharing content, this piece is the same interview posted on Let's Be Brief