BIO

Career

Early years

Appearing as “MC Nad”, Scalper started off his musical career performing in the underground hip-hop crew Made In Britain (M.I.B.). Their track ‘Break The Crunch’ took the group to number five in the Kiss 100FM (UK) Underground Rap charts in 1991.

Later in the decade Scalper worked under the moniker “Nad-Made in Britain”, as a member of the British-based multi-ethnic hip-hop world fusion music group Fun-Da-Mental, as a live vocalist. The group were well known for their heavily political attitude, strong Islamic affiliation and energetic fusion of Eastern and Western musical forms.

The first solo release under the Scalper name was the self-titled “Scalper’ EP, released in 1997 on Flo Records. This was followed by a second Flo Records release titled the ‘7th Thief’ EP in 1998.

Scalper also was the live vocalist for the UK Hardcore noise/beat outfit 2nd Gen (Novamute) from 1997 till 2001.

Leaving Fun-Da-Mental in 2000 to pursue a solo career, Scalper went on to release a set of EPs under a number of pseudonyms, as well as providing vocal, writing and arrangement work for the likes of Sonic Area, Larvae, Fujako, Zodiac project, Trace Elements and touring extensively. The third Scalper EP When The Angels Fight was released in 2002 on the Clockwork Recordings record label.

2007 onwards: Move to New Zealand, Flesh & Bones and Butchers Bakers

Scalper performing live, 2012.

Scalper made the move to New Zealand in 2007, after first visiting with Fun-Da-Mental for the 1997 WOMAD festival.

Basing himself on Auckland City’s west coast Scalper began working creatively in his new home, leading to the release of 2010’s Flesh & Bones on February 8. The album, which was distributed by local label Border Music, was very well received by New Zealand press, who labelled it “beautifully formed…finely tuned” and “What could be New Zealand’s most polished and accomplished album for 2010”  Album opener ‘Black Glory’ reached number five on the Kiwi FM (NZ) charts soon after the release of Flesh & Bones. In the same year Scalper supported King Kapisi on his nationwide ‘Hip Hop Lives Here’ tour.

2011 saw Scalper support legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy on the New Zealand leg of their ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ world tour, performing in both Christchurch and Auckland.

Scalper released his sophomore album Butchers Bakers on March 19, 2012. The album, which was self-released as a digital-only package, saw Scalper take exceeding personal approach to his songwriting, leaning heavily on experiential narratives. This release was also well received, with national newspaper The New Zealand Herald claiming it was “so good, not to mention unique to be coming out of this country, that we should claim him officially as one of our own.” Coming off the release ofButchers Bakers Scalper has now shifted focus to his live performances, following up with shows throughout Auckland, Dunedin (supporting Boots Riley) as well as in Sydney, Australia.

Currently has been working in the studio and putting the finishing touches to the third Scalper album ‘The Emperor’s Clothes’. It was released on vinyl LP on www.jarringeffects.net April 18th 2015.

The new album was received very well by the NZ Music media with 4 Stars given from the NZ Herald. Many of the tracks were play listed on the 4 major Independent radio stations in NZ (95 BFM, Radio1 Dunedin, RDU Christchurch and Radio Active in Wellington). Radio play also in France, Australia, UK and Canada.

There are 4 videos made for 4 songs from the album, Puppets, My Blood Your Blood, Lunatics and Perfume which are available to watch on Youtube.

Scalper then toured “The Emperor’s Clothes’ in 2015 with very successful shows in Switzerland, France, Berlin and London (Supporting the mighty Dálek on the UK leg of their European tour 2015).

The Song Trojan Horses was released in December 2016 as part of the Scalper Cuts EP, which was a sampler with 2 songs from each previous Scalper album plus the new songTrojan Horses. This EP was released through Quixote r.p.m (FR) introducing a new chapter in the Scalper journey.

Scalper returned to New Zealand and started working on the next EP & album slated for release on…EP-2017 & LP-2018 respectively on Quixote r.p.m (FR).

Scalper left Aotearoa on the Tuedsay 18th April 2017, arrived in Paris 19th April 2017 and spent  3 months on the road for the Scalper tour 2017. The tour culminated in 3 showcase dates at Printemps De Bourges 2017, 2 dates in Paris, 4 dates Nancy, 1 date Le Mans, 1 date St-Etienne, 1 date Clermont Ferrand then 1 date in Hanoi Vietnam and 3 in Bangkok Thailand. And during the stay in Nancy, France, Scalper wrote 2 new songs and they inspired 2 fresh new videos for them directed and produced by talented young director Romain Zadawski.