A terminally sick Scots producer has arrange a file label, bringing collectively a few of the UK’s greatest rappers and beat creators.
There was an enormous outpouring of affection for the courageous and optimistic manner Del Soulcondor has handled mouth most cancers.
A former member of Ayrshire crew All Time Excessive, his actual title is Derek Grayston and he’s from Stevenston. He created and runs Soulcondor Slices from his hospice mattress.
He has introduced his heroes collectively for 4 tracks he’s pressed on 7in vinyl and all have bought out. He’s additionally been despatched messages from his heroes – together with Goldie, Craig Charles and Chubb Rock.
When did you discover out you had most cancers?
July 11, 2020. I had white patches in my mouth for over 20 years however had at all times had them checked out through biopsy saying it was leukoplakia, a type of irritation however may be the beginning of cells altering on account of way of life habits like alcohol or smoking . Final 12 months there was what regarded like one other ulcer on the within of my jaw close to the ground of my mouth however I had a foul feeling . So it was again to Crosshouse Hospital through my dentist. I knew it wasn’t proper and was confirmed proper a biopsy got here again as mouth most cancers two weeks later. I used to be devastated. . I suffered mentally from all of the worrying from prognosis till my huge 12 hour surgical procedure in the midst of November. It was a tough, darkish time. My surgical procedure included tracheostomy , eradicating my backside tooth, eradicating half of my gums, reducing jaw bone down, eradicating flooring of mouth and underside of tongue. My mouth was all patched in by a flap and vein that was taken from my wrist and that was then patched by graft from my thigh. Horrible . .I additionally had a neck dissection the place they tried to take away as many lymph nodes as doable to attempt to cease it spreading and I additionally had pores and skin graft on leg to patch wrist again in . I used to be again within the Queen Elizabeth in Glasgow for 5 weeks – a number of which was in intensive care. However they didn’t get all of it and I used to be advised I wanted six weeks chemo on the Beatson in Glasgow beginning early January. Within the meantime the hospital eliminated one other seven tooth.
Please everybody keep watch over your mouth for any modifications , unusual lumps or bumps , white or purple patches, please get checked out as mouth most cancers is messy and disfiguring. I’ve been advised I’m the equal of somebody who’s been in a automobile crash on account of what the most cancers has achieved to my neck.
Within the seven weeks between surgical procedure and beginning radiotherapy one other lump appeared on my jaw on identical facet as surgical procedure. I used to be advised this is able to be checked at Beatson which got here again as one other 2cm tumour. In order that they modified the fields of the radiotherapy within the hope off catching this tumour. I began chemo that evening and began my six weeks radiotherapy . Travelling up and down each day due to the good volunteer drivers at Ayrshire Most cancers Care. That was a horrible painful six weeks of getting my mouth pure blitzed to bits . I suffered it out then needed to wait 12 weeks to let all swelling and scar tissue go down earlier than going to subsequent scan.
Again at Crosshouse there was extra dangerous information. The most cancers was again and spreading. It was again in my mouth and face in the identical space however had additionally moved into the vertebrae in my neck and it was within the lymph nodes within the reverse facet of my neck. Nightmare.
I met my surgeon every week later for his outlook……. incurable……. wow… no extra he may do. They had been sending me again to Beatson to attempt immunotherapy to see if it may not less than maintain it at bay so I began that and had three periods over six weeks. At first I felt good and was strolling 10. miles a day with my mum however then my neck began to get actually sore. Principally I went from strolling 10 miles a day to being bead sure the following day.
Again on the Beatson my marketing consultant determined the immunotherapy wasn’t working both and the most cancers was crushing my vertebrae inflicting them to interrupt and endangering my spinal column. By this time i couldn’t arise for longer than two or three minutes and couldn’t sit. All remedies had been stopped and I used to be moved to Ayrshire Hospice the place I’ve been ever since. I gained’t get dwelling. However the care I’m getting from the employees in right here is unbelievable .I’ve since had a horrible 12 months with nothing however dangerous information and unsuccessful remedies.
Why did you resolve to launch the music?
Earlier than my surgical procedure I had a stunning random video message on twitter from a singer known as Greg Blackman saying he had heard about my sickness and would I like a free obtain of his album GB4? I mentioned sure and likewise purchased it on vinyl. I advised him I used to be going to promote my 4000-plus vinyl assortment as a result of I wasn’t capable of work and it prompted him to give you a hook for a music, Save the Wax, about saving my vinyl assortment. I requested DJ Moneyshot from the Allergy symptoms to cook dinner us up a pleasant beat. I bought Genesis Elijah to do one other verse and Bohze, a legendary Glaswegian rapper/producer from old skool rap trio II Tone Committee to do one other verse. It was superb and I knew I needed to do one thing with it so determined to launch it on 7″ vinyl. I approached one among my favorite latest Scottish manufacturing duos known as the Jazz Spastiks, who make music to this point up my avenue its unbelievable , and so they mentioned sure in a heartbeat. That they had remix with me earlier than I used to be even out hospital. I got here up with my label’s title Soulcondor Slices and file 001 was born. I bought out the 300 run in just a few days.
Inform us about file launch 003 – F*** Most cancers. How vital to get the way you felt on the market?
It was crucial to get that on the market. It’s an audio assault on the horrible illness that’s disabled me and going to take my life. I’m extraordinarily pleased with the road up on that monitor , wow , DJ Nappa , Chrome , Phill most Chill , Blade and Particular….. that’s an all star line up. The strangest factor was after I requested Chrome to feat on the monitor he mentioned right away and I came upon he’d misplaced his sister to most cancers and virtually his brother. He thanked me as he had been searching for an opportunity to write down that verse for ages however by no means bought the prospect …… until now. The b facet of this one is one thing kinda totally different by superb DJ/manufacturing crew the Reduce Beetlez from Finland with a fairly sluggish guitar and raps by American Dopamine 189. It bought out in three days.
How did you get into rap?
The primary music I bear in mind hitting me like a ton of bricks again in 1982 was Kraftwerk’s The Mannequin which remains to be a fav to today, pure like it. Then in late main college I bear in mind a definite interval of being into heavy steel like Iron Maiden and Twisted Sister.However my pure love for rap music / hip hop tradition was at all times effervescent away within the background. Any music I heard within the charts that was pattern primarily based or concerned sampled drums or just a few scratches at all times caught my consideration. I bear in mind shopping for Run DMC’s Elevating Hell on vinyl from Woolworths in Saltcoats in early 87. after I was practically 12. Then in secondary college there was a lady in my class whose huge brother was into rap and she or he made up some tapes for me – Large Daddy Kane’s first 2 albums , Schoolly Ds Am I Black Sufficient For You and Ice T’s The Iceberg. I nonetheless bear in mind boys at college slagging me off for being into rap at college. However right here I’m loving it much more 34 years later.
You discovered success with Scottish hip hop All Time Excessive. How was that?
I believe we had been barely totally different to what was occurring in Scotland within the late 90s as a result of we had been bringing our west Coast three cities [Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston] patter and perspective. Giz was a prime MC and influenced a number of Scots rappers. We laid the foundations for a profitable future scene however we weren’t alone. I do know an terrible lot of individuals favored us as a crew and we bought to function on DJ NubMark from Jurassic 5s Palms On combine cd subsequent to a few of the largest artists on this planet , we bought to assist J5 on the Corn Trade in Edinburgh in entrance of 3000 followers, supported a great deal of US artists , did a Radio 1 Reside Lounge and made three nice albums. I joined in 1999 and left in 2005. I’m nonetheless mates with Giz and Taj on-line however I must shout out DJ Krashslaughta who has been superb with me throughout my sickness – All the time there, at all times in contact , at all times wanting to assist and nonetheless concerned within the music I’m releasing.
Inform us about Del Soulcondor?
I even have Empress to thank for kick beginning me into doing my debut album, Tremendous Dynamite Soul . She requested me to do a beat and that i mentioned sure……and didn’t cease till I had an album. My title comes from a music on a breaks album known as Nuggets of Funk. There was a music on there by a bunch known as Sure Lions And Tigers known as El Soulcondor and I stored going again to it , time and time once more. It turned a fav music and I later determined that’s it, that’s my title “ Soulcondor “ best.”
Has having most cancers made you need to do Soulcondor Slices?
Sure, having this sickness has defo been a kick up the arse and since making the choice to place the label collectively its defo been full steam forward , no messing round. In addition to 5 digital tracks and 4 vinyl releases we’ve launched posters, sticks and 100 superb Save the Wax t-shirts, a combo challenge between Glasgow artist Pandah and t shirt firm 1 of 100. which bought out in 4 days. I additionally need to thank Tim Guiheen who began up a go fund me for me final 12 months after I was mentall unwell and never working. Everybody whodonated thnak you a lot.
What does it imply seeing your rap heroes wishing you effectively?
It’s an actual raise. The hip hop group within the UK and US have actually rallied round to assist me which feels loopy being a wee man from Stevenston. The most important buzz i believe has been rapper Proof from LA who was in crew Dilated Peoples however is now one among my favorite solo artists reaching out to me. It’s been nice connecting with homegrown artists I’ve regarded as much as for years just like the Job Pressure lads or talking for an hour on the telephone with Blade. What a scene full of superb folks serving to to make my goals come true whereas I nonetheless can.
The most recent tracks, 005, that are out digitally Flight of the Condor and Remaining Flight of the Condor are a tribute to you. What a sense?
It appears that evidently me releasing music throughout my illnesss is inspiring folks in a roundabout way as i see the phrase inspiration on my social media many occasions a day. It’s good however I’m simply attempting to place out as many good information as I can whereas I can. And it’s onerous to cease. Flight of the Condor took place as a result of I’m a giant fan of UK artist Uncle Mic Nitros and requested him to function on F*** Most cancers however he mentioned no as he had no shut expertise with it. However he began writing one thing primarily based on studying my well being story on-line. He let me hear it it was sounding superb so I requested DJ Nappa of Phi-Life Cypher fame for a beat. and DJ Mr Factor has achieved the scratches The b facet Remaining Flight of the Condor is DJ Nappa’s beat with my previous All Time Excessive crew member DJ Krashslaughta reducing up stunning,chic scratches of my title . It’s very shifting.
To get 005 on vinyl, launch 006 and do a correct launch of my 2006 album Tremendous Dynamite Soul. I solely pressed 50 copies and whereas the album went down a storm I by no means actually acted upon it. So I’m going to launch it correctly on CD somewhat than vinyl. The tracks have been remastered by a pal known as Rola and hopefully shall be out there quickly.
You wished to thank folks?
Dave Roberts , Tim Guiheen , Oh Pandah , 1 of 100 t shirts, Greg Blackman , DJ Moneyshot, Genesis Elijah, Bohze , Jazz Spastiks , Phill Most Chill , Mr Brown , Mac Mcraw, DJ Nappa, Chrome, Blade , Specifik , Mr Improbable , Hosie, Rola , Mr Krum , Reduce Beetlez , Dopamine 189, DJ Zeeny , Respek BA , DJ Mr Factor , Soundsci , Mak One and No Sleep Nigel , the UK and US rap group for coming collectively and sending me all these superb movies and conserving my spirits up , Kyle Meldrum, George Kelly, Dean Wilton and John Simpson. And most of all sending all my like to my mum , my sister my daughter , my nephews and brother in regulation and simply my full prolonged household. Thanks a lot for lifts to hospitals, bringing my mum to go to, conserving my chin up, only for all the things . I really like yous all very a lot. Thanks.
Take a look at Soulcondor Slice’s tracks – together with newest tunes Flight of the Condor/ Remaining Flight of the Condor – at soundcloud.com/soulcondorslices
● Take a look at Del’s bodily releases at freshpressings.bigcartel.com/