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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2017)


After regular weekend visits throughout 2010, I finally moved to the capital in January 2011. From South Notts to South London. Loads of factors went into this decision, a major one being the work opportunities down in that part of the country. An example of the lifestyle change is shown through the events of my first three months in town.

At the time, I:

  • Didn't have an Oyster
  • Didn't know what an Oyster was
  • Had only heard of Shoreditch from that “Oranges and Lemons” song
  • Still had a BlackBerry Curve
  • Wrote for a music website full-time and freelanced at magazines too
  • Wasn't a fan of photos

(All vital ingredients to this tale).


The Interviews

As I mentioned in my 2016 highlights post, I never had a job interview until last year. I've managed to evade them until I was 24. However, I'd been on the other side of things as an interviewer since I got into the music journalism game.

To be honest, a lot of my early interviews were with people that really didn't matter at all. Most of them don't make music anymore. Most of them weren't well known beyond their own pockets of YouTube and Twitter. It wasn't until I moved to London that the opportunities changed.

In my first three months, I interviewed (in chronological order):

  • Wretch 32
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Kele Le Roc
  • Krept & Konan
  • Big Narstie
  • Skepta
  • Lethal Bizzle

Since then I managed to interview plenty of other artists, but I never topped the flurry at the start of that year.

What I learned from all of this is that:

  • I don't like interviewing much
  • Famous people are actually quite regular
  • I should probably learn how to navigate London by Tube, rather than drive


The Photoshoot

At some point in 2010 I met a troupe of Italian girls that were into Grime. One was a photographer. One was in PR. One was a fashion designer. I can't remember the conversation that led up to it, but I ended up doing a photoshoot with the three of them for the latter's then-new menswear brand Y'OH Streetwear.

I had never modelled. I had no aspirations of modelling. I didn't know how to model. None of that. I wore the clothes. I stood there. They got busy. Here's one of the photos:

Y'OH 2011 Photoshoot - Chiino - Probably Busy

(Bonus fact: both Joe Black and Merky ACE were on the shoot too).

As a blogger, I'm sure I'll end up modelling again, but I'll have to switch up the flex before it's a reality. I haven't done enough lifestyle content on here to qualify as a ‘men's lifestyle blogger’, but soon come.


The Shows

In 2011 I went to more concerts than I ever will at any point in time. The first three months weren't particularly special for events, but it gives a taster of the kinds of things I was up to around those times.

Amongst those I managed to see:

  • Wretch 32
  • Jessie J
  • Giggs
  • Skepta
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Melanie Fiona
  • Tinchy Stryder
  • Mz Bratt
  • Dot Rotten
  • Yasmin
  • Professor Green
  • Mystro
  • Ruff Diamondz
  • Krept & Konan
  • Kings of the City
  • Devlin
  • Ruby Goe
  • Talay Riley
  • P Money
  • Klashnekoff
  • Mr Faizer
  • Dirty Danger
  • Mikill Pane
  • Frisco

Over the course of that year, I must have seen every active Grime MC, (good) UK rapper and R&B singer in the country. I started 2011 slow, and during summer managed to get down to three major festivals and shows at all the big venues (O2 Arena, Hyde Park, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, Victoria Park, Brixton Academy, Hammersmith Appolo).

2011 was the last year in which I was rich from my student loans and maintenance funds, so that definitely contributed to the fun I had back then.


> Big shoutout to my email account, Google and YouTube for helping me to recall all of these events. <



- Chiino

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