A State In Which Opposing Forces Or Influences Are Balanced.
A Calm State Of Mind.
At a very young age, CHECKS was surrounded by all types of musicians and DJs. His
godfather, a very successful avant guard DJ in the 80’s and owner to a vast vinyl collection of
disco, 80’s British synth, pop and electronic music, was his mentor while growing up; CHECKS
was mesmerized hearing this man mix the likes of Giorgio Moroder, Madonna, Prince, Michael
Jackson, Quincy Jones, Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie and many other iconic artists on a daily
basis. CHECKS’ mother was also a big musical inspiration. A huge Beatles fan, she would play
their records so often that he knows them all by heart to this day.
At the age of six, CASHNCHECKS watched Metallica’s first ever video, ‘One’. The grayscale
video, the story of one man’s experience of war, the sense of drama and loss combined with
heavy guitars, drums pounding, blistering guitar solos and the excessive speed of play made
CHECKS fall in love right then and there. Purchasing the album ‘And Justice For All’ had to be a
covert mission and a secret between him and his uncle, because his mother didn’t like her
young son listening to what she deemed to be a “violent” genre of music, but once the cassette
tape was in CHECKS’ possession, it was the dawn of a heavy metal, hard rock,
grunge and punk based, anarchic music identity for the budding musician.
CHECKS’ idols were Metallica, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Slayer, Megadeth, Pantera, Smashing
Pumpkins, Oasis and Pink Floyd; he sought out heavy beats and found in them the inspiration
to start his own musical creations. Playing guitar and drums from a very young age and jamming
in bands, all it took was to learn a few power chords and tablatures and CHECKS was learning
all his favourite bands’ songs. Being exposed to such iconic artists in different genres allowed a
fusion mentality to emerge in the young musician, which is evident to this day in his
However, it wasn’t until the 3rd year of high school that CHECKS’ step brother introduced him to
hip hop; it was Mobb Deep ‘Hell On Earth’, and he fell in love immediately with the New York
sound. Nas, Syles P, Jadakiss, CNN, Wu Tang Clan, (Raekwon, Ghostface Killah), Busta
Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and 2 Pac followed, solidifying his identification with this new genre. The
addiction continued with Young Jeezy, Fabolous, 50 Cent, Dipset, Drake and Rick Ross, and
CHECKS continues to find inspiration in the likes of Havoc, Rza, JDilla,Easy Mo Bee, Dr Dre,
Pharrell Williams, Boi 1 da, TMinus,Justice League and, today’s favourite,
Noah ’40’ Shebib.
In 2007, CHECKS began producing hip hop records. Having no idea where to start, a friend
showed him how to sequence on the MPC and, after moving on to the Roland Fantom X6,
he was hooked on producing. CASHNCHECKS met his brother from another mother,
TY HIMALAYAS, in 2009. CHECKS was managing a friend’s musical projects at the time and
TY was putting together impressive sequences on the Roland X8.After both of them experienced
a few similar setbacks, they finally saw in each other the loyalty, commitment and passion for music
that they’d failed to find in others around them. It was a natural partnership, so they joined forces.
And they haven’t looked back since.
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