Flowdan

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Flowdan
Birth nameMarc Veira
Born (1980-03-17) March 17, 1980 (age 39)[1][2]
OriginBow, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active2001–present
Labels
  • SpentShell
  • Tru Thoughts
  • Hyperdub
Associated acts

Marc Veira (born 17 March 1980), better known by his stage name, Flowdan, is an English grime MC and record producer from Bow and Poplar, East London.[3] He was a founding member of Roll Deep up until their ongoing hiatus,[4] and was also responsible for naming the group.[3] In 2015, he founded his own record label, SpentShell, which has since signed YGG and GHSTLY XXVII to its roster.

Career[edit]

A long-standing member of Roll Deep, Flowdan appears on all five of their albums. A good friend of Wiley, the crew's de facto leader, he came from a drum and bass and jungle background and was part of the first wave of grime MCs. His first solo album, Original Dan, was released in 2009 and featured a range of guest artists, including Frisco, Wiley, Killa P and Riko. An EP, Serious Business, followed in 2014, and his second full-length album Disaster Piece was released in 2016, to more positive reviews than his debut.[5][6]

Flowdan is also known for his frequent collaboration with dub and dancehall producer The Bug, and has appeared on at least seven of his songs.[7]

In 2018, Flowdan forayed further into record production. He produced tracks for PK's Bad Ombré EP and GHSTLY XXVII's Guerrilla Tactics EP, the first two releases on his new label and agency, SpentShell.[8] He also contributed preset sounds and samples as well as entire demo tracks to Native Instruments' Maschine expansion pack 'London Grit'.[9][10] In June 2018, he released the four-track One Shell Fits All EP, featuring vocals from D Double E, Nasty Jack, GHSTLY XXVII and Meridian Dan, and production from Masro, Teddy Music, Filthy Gears and Jammz.

Style[edit]

Flowdan is known for his deep voice and use of patois lyrics. Although rooted in grime, he performs over various different styles, from the drum and bass of his early days, to the dubstep of his numerous features with The Bug.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Albums
  • 2009: Original Dan
  • 2016: Disaster Piece
  • 2019: Full Metal Jacket
EPs
  • 2014: Serious Business
  • 2018: One Shell Fits All
Singles
  • 2002: "Big Mic Man"
  • 2003: "Skydiver"
  • 2016: "Horror Show Style"
  • 2016: "Grime"
  • 2017: "Original Raggamuffin" (featuring Wiley)

As featured artist[edit]

  • 2001: "Terrible" (Roll Deep Entourage featuring Wiley, Breeze, Bubbles and Flowdan)
  • 2001: "Wickedest Ting" (Geeneus and Wiley featuring Flowdan and Breeze)
  • 2001: "1, 2, 3, 4..." (Pay As U Go Cartel)
  • 2001: "Dem No Ready" (Pay As U Go Cartel)
  • 2003: "Time Wasters" (Remix) (Musketeers featuring Maxwell D and Flowdan)
  • 2007: "Skeng" (The Bug featuring Killa P and Flowdan)
  • 2007: "Jah War" (The Bug featuring Flowdan)
  • 2007: "Poison Dart" (The Bug featuring Warrior Queen and Flowdan)
  • 2009: "Bullet A' Go Fly" (DVA featuring Badness, Riko, Killa P and Flowdan)
  • 2012: "Say Nothin'" (Jubei featuring Flowdan)
  • 2017: “Round Here” (Lethal Bizzle featuring Giggs and Flowdan)
  • 2017: “Round Here - REMIX” (Lethal Bizzle featuring Abra Cadabra, Ghetts, Frisco and Flowdan)
  • 2018: "Inventor" (Rockwell featuring Flowdan)
  • 2019: "Start Up" (Boylan featuring Flowdan)

With Roll Deep[edit]

Albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/BigFlowdan/status/710874875729199104
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/BigFlowdan/status/445576286506086400
  3. ^ a b Cowie, Richard Kylea (2017). Eskiboy. London: William Heinemann. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-785-15159-0.
  4. ^ Godfree, Cosmo. "CERTIFIED: FLOWDAN TALKS". Ransom Note. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Flowdan on Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  6. ^ Pattison, Louis. "Flowdan – 'Disaster Piece' Review". NME. Time Inc. (UK). Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  7. ^ "The Bug on Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  8. ^ http://clashmusic.com/features/big-who-big-what-flowdan-pk-interviewed
  9. ^ https://blog.native-instruments.com/from-mc-to-producer-flowdan-on-the-making-of-welcome-to-spentshell/
  10. ^ https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/expansions/london-grit/

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