|Role||Producer, Sound Engineer|
Back in the day when he started life as a break-dancer, Cavey wore his hair high and his glasses thick framed and black. You’d be hard pushed to recognise the man behind his now lengthy dreads and smaller, wire frame specs but his moves and his music remain as solid as ever. In 1982/3 being a part of the Strawberry All Stars meant that Cavey was dancing with names like MC Mello, Metal Mickey now called bionic and Moni Love from the get go. Hailing from Clapham, he met and moved with others from the Patmore Youth Centre who had honed their talent as dancers and breakers and regularly practised their trade at Spatz in Leicester Square. It didn’t take long for his talent to be recognised and his membership of the seminal group, Katch 22 meant that he was soon touring the country and releasing uniquely British Hip Hop through the independent label, Cold Sweat.
DJ Marga was a big inspiration for the young Cavey and as a part of their bigger collective, HQ Squad; he gave him early opportunities to produce his own material. Also during his time with Katch, Cavey met many famous peers including the UK’s Bizniz and Swift and the legend, Ice T. He was also part of the Jazz Theatre Company who showed him how to perform and project professionally, up until then he’d been completely self-taught. Katch made three albums and had respect from the street upwards but in 1994, their label went bust. Having spent many years on road without large returns, Cavey was the only one of the four who stayed in the industry. Various production contracts ensued. He was the main Producer for a group called Intermission who spent a lot of time doing live gigs on the comedy circuit. A hook up with DJ Supreme resulted in a production unit called Clairvoyant but they never had any prolific releases together. Supreme now has a successful production career in Switzerland where he moved to after getting married.
Cavey went on to produce for a group called Commonwealth – originating the track ‘That’s The Way It Goes’ which got them signed to Edel Records. Before the group unfortunately split, Cavey met Brian May and did some work with him but for Commonwealth it was the end of a beautiful relationship.
After an intermission from the industry, which saw Cavey having to sign the official secrets act to work at the Old Bailey, he went back to school and did a sound engineering course to formalise his training. He stayed on at Emmanuel Youth Project to teach music technology where he also devised a module for the course and got it officially accredited. For two years he stayed on to teach the course, mainly with excluded kids who were referred through the NEAT programme. They included ‘Fumin’who rap on Lethal B’s song called POW.
Having gone full circle in terms of performing and producing; Cavey hooked up with Darkjoint and Miss educated and decided that JPM was the way to go forward. His finely tuned ear provides that immaculate finishing to all the artists that JPM have on their roster, and his journeys into ‘boom clap’ could create a whole new genre for us to enjoy on the dance floor. Inspired by everyone from Percy Sledge and Rodney Jenkins to Omar, Don E and Brian McKnight, Cavey draws from his lengthy and diverse musical background. He wants to express this through JPM and wants the label to be heralded as a production house to compete with Teddy Riley. With this mans back catalogue and vision for the future; it should just be a matter of time