Dope tweet I just read in support of my artist Supastition. Whenever music resonates and makes a fan feel, you have created something special. Props to Supastition, who recently moved from NC down to Atlanta. If you’re in the area and interested in an interview, feature, booking, etc - hit me up! You can find the music HERE. Lots of new music coming in 2014, I promise!
On December 11th in 2010, Eternia & I rocked with Pete Rock & CL Smooth at Skater’s Palace in Munster, Germany. It was the final show we were doing with Pete Rock & CL on our tour, and was one of the final shows of our tour as a whole. I remember Eternia was sick pretty much all day, so we were just hoping she’d be able to rock. M.E.D. & E Reece were also on the bill that night, so we just just kicked it backstage, relaxing with everyone until the show got started.
By showtime, Eternia pulled it together and rocked a great set (as usual). We had brought a shitload of vinyl with us on this tour and that night we sold out of 2LPs and EPs, so that was a major victory and relief because we no longer had to drag them around with us. We shot some behind the scenes videos with shout-outs and thoughts on the tour with Pete Rock & CL, much of which we didn’t release, but I’ll post some of what we did in another post. Needless to say, the 4 shows we did with Pete Rock & CL Smooth were a humbling experience and just full of great memories. Hope to work with them again one day soon.
If you’re following along, it’s now December 9th in 2010 (on memory lane) - the previous night we kicked off our first show with Pete Rock & CL Smooth on the tour. The bad weather had us snowed in, so we woke up at the venue and the promoter hit us off with a nice breakfast before we rolled out to the next city. Berlin was only like 2-hours away so we stopped off at HHV, which is their version of Fat Beats in Berlin. It was a dope store and they bought a handful of vinyl from us for their stock - plus they had ‘At Last' in their magazine under 'hot items' so extra props to them!
The venue in Berlin was called Bohannon - the promoter flipped the ill cover from the original ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother' for the flyer. We made it on time for soundcheck & while E built with CL, I was talking to Pete Rock & CL's tour manager, who was/is mad cool - we split up a number of the posters they made for the show and just got on the same page about merch and what-not. After we all rocked, Pete Rock & CL Smooth stayed behind the merch tables with us and sold their merch hand-to-hand to long lines of fans - they really held it down, taking photos and making the most of their time to connect with fans. With collector’s editions of the CDs and new t-shirts, they were making a killing too! I was hella tired that night - of all the shows we did on this tour - this show, as a whole, has the fewest memories I can call upon. I musta been a walking zombie by then.
As we continue on… it’s December 8th, 2010 - Eternia & I had Brussels (Belgium), Nantes (France), Villefranche (France), Genova (Italy), Milan (Italy), and Linz (Austria) in our rear-view window - we’ve now made the 6-hour drive to Leipzig, Germany for our show at Conne-Island - it was the first of a handful of shows with Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
To say we were amped up would be an understatement. The weather was being a bitch (again), but the crowd still came out to see all of us rock - M.E.D. & Pseudo Slang were also on the bill. The show was amazing, as predicted - Pete Rock & CL Smooth are flawless live - I had to stop & really look, just to believe it wasn’t a CD. Hearing T.R.OY. live for the first time is something I’ll never forget.
Since Pete Rock & CL Smooth were the headliners for this show and we were supporting acts, we booked a 2nd show in Berlin at Cassiopeia, where we were supposed to rock with Shad. It was a 2-hour drive, but Eternia was gonna be the headliner, so on paper, we had more than enough time to make it. Did I mention how bad the snow was? Yeah, Mother Nature had other plans for us. We ended up stuck at the venue, had to sleep upstairs - luckily they had a bunch of beds, showers, and a restaurant for us to eat at in the morning. The promoter, Andre, really held us down, because we would have been screwed. As a whole, that was a real interesting night that worked my patience a bit, just because things didn’t work out how we wanted (that’s a total of 4 shows that we missed out on because of weather), but God's generosity through others always provided a silver-lining.