As a musician Brassfoot’s inspiration draws from many different influences, including dub reggae, lover’s rock, hardcore hip hop, NY House and Techno. Being raised in an environment where music was a major component of daily life, a young Brassfoot was exposed to music production throughout his childhood. When he was 5 years old his father build a recording studio in the family home, which introduced him to a mixture of aspiring musicians as well as the some more established artists. Brassfoot’s raw approach to music production is evident in his final product, with a very authentic vintage sound, reminiscent of early 90s Acid House. Heavy hitting Roland drums, bass and distortion all contribute to Brassfoot’s audio canvass where he vigorously paints a picture of Italian Giallo cinema meets London warehouse raves while under the influence of psychoactive fungii. Listening to his music is a journey, or more appropriately described as a ‘trip’.
In the mid noughties, Brassfoot paired with lifelong friend Mr. Tikini to form the DJ duo Spexsavers, who have played alongside the likes of Chain Gang and Funkineven as well as hosted their own events in London. After relocating to Tokyo, Japan in 2007, Spexsavers became well-known for their mash-up (no-genre) parties and established themselves as the leading speakerbox for the London underground music scene in Tokyo. While living in Tokyo, Brassfoot realized the potential to establish a credible online platform for underground music and culture and set up Tokyo Grindhouse. This was an independent website published by up to 12 different Tokyo-based contributors from various international backgrounds. It was used to showcase their interests and endeavors in addition to sharing news and notable topics of discussion, sometimes of a controversial nature.
The outspoken narrative of Tokyo Grindhouse subsequently led to more exposure, which further contributed to collaborations with other like-minded musicians, DJs and Designers. Brassfoot became a member of the ad hoc Pirate radio station Outtanet with fellow DJ partner Mr.Tikini, alongside Japanese natives DJ Skyfish, Donsta (Threepee Times), Zen La Roc and Afra. After returning back to London, Brassfoot began weaving together all his experiences of living in Japan into his love for art & design and established Balthazar International. Themed around the biblical character of an African King, Balthazar presents its wearers with a hidden gift within a gift. As a designer, Brassfoot uses his conscious perspective and socio-political stance to create thought provoking statements that can be worn by those who share the sentiments conveyed. Witty, yet often controversial, Brassfoot challenges the common interpretations of popular imagery with an alternative, suggestive declaration. As a self-acclaimed non-conformist/anti-authoritarian, Brassfoot is breaking all the rules with Balthazar.