On Friday, G-Shock, Brick Lane hosted the final G-Shock Session for 2011. Many upcoming as well as established artists performed short sets on the night to a cold (winter’s here) but receptive crowd hosted by Shadez the Misfit.
Actor and So Solid Veteran Asher D got the crowd going with a few classics including “21 Seconds” and “They don’t Know” as well as performing a few more recent tracks while Loick Essien made the women smile with ““How We Roll”.
Ash Catch’em educated us on his meaning of “Kevin Spacey“, and SASKILLA made me laugh when he spat about that infamous racist woman on the tram with some reference to a middle finger!
There were also entertaining performances from Dimples, No Lay, Chunks, A.L and Lioness, DVS, Piff Gang, Lady Chan and Blacks, and It’s Nate as well as DJ sets from Marco Del Horno & DJ Swerve. Click on the Artist Name’s to see more on them, and below are a few pictures from the night.
RD, the RnB london based trio consisting of the sultry vocals of Troy, and Martika, coupled with the fast paced emceeing delivered by Chronz, announced their split on Friday via Twitter and Facebook after being dropped by their label. You may have heard these ladies in 2010 as nominees for MTV Brand New 2011. RD were a nod back to the glory days when sassy girl groups – En Vogue, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, and TLC ruled the roost, and produced their own unique modern British Urban Vibe.
I’ve been taking pictures of them since September of 2009 and they’ve been really great to work with. Through touring with them, I have had the opportunity to photograph and roll backstage with other artist which would have otherwise been near impossible.
RD in the Studio during the Recording of “Game Over -Female Take Over”
RD with Tinie Tempah at The O2 for JLS Tour January 2011
I First Met the members of RD through their former manager Carla Marie Williams, and loved the vibes they were giving of straight away. In March of 2010, RD were supporting act for The JLS Tour so i was given the chance to photograph the start of the big adventure, which included Hammersmith Apollo, The Brighton Centre, Warwick Castle, Quex Park, IndigO2, The O2, Lovebox Festival and they also did a Tour with N-Dubz. I was never gonna make it as a singer or musician (yeah for real), so being able to do the whole tour thing with a group was great for me, surreal at times, and the girls always made me feel like an important part of the team.
After the buzz of “Alrite Still”, RD produced a video for “Do it Like Me” featuring on the long anticipated mixtape, “The Intro of RD”. I was asked to design the cover and excepted with delight, The Graffiti was provided by “Graffiti Kings” who also appear in the video.
Watch the Video Below
RD Official Mixtape “The Intro of RD” Designed by jrfotography
At the end of 2010 RD Featured in A female collaboration alongside A.DOT, Envy, Cherri V, Baby Blue, RoxXxan, Lioness, Mz.Bratt and Lady Leshurr to produce a “Female Take Over” version of Tinchy Stryder’s track “Game Over”.
RD kept themselves busy throughout 2011 collaborating on multiple tracks and working with many well-known British artist and producers on their journey. Video’s were also produced for 2 more tracks, “Nobody but Us” and “Got me Burnin” and there was a great buzz for “Do Myself”(playing in the background).
The Group were very popular among their peers establishing a huge fan base along the way. For me, I’ve been blessed with happy memories and thanks to them I have been able to develop my skills in photography from doing the many live shows. I feel sad that they have split but am also sure that even though this may be the end for RD as a group, they will continue to shine as individuals and I wish them all the best for the future.