Back In The Day

London, 1998. I used to spend the occasional Saturday night hanging out and photographing at InterFACE pirate radio station while the Flame Kru did their show. I'd get a lift up there from South London where members of the crew lived in a semi-squat in Peckham. Several of us huddled in a red hatchback of some type artfully driven by DJ Mikey T through the mean streets south of the river. The studio was in a basement of a building near Tower Bridge right in the heart of the city. It was always dark. It was pretty loud and often a bit raucous. There's a good article on the station written by Hari Kunzru in Wired magazine way back in December 1997. Click here to read it.

InterFACE was broadcasting over the Internet in the days when most people who had a home connection had to unplug their phone to go online. And they streamed video. They were the first of their kind in the UK and guess what - they're still going strong.

InterFACE Radio

Anyway, I found this neg while looking for something else. I think the silhouette is an MC named Breaker who is still on the scene. In the background is DJ Bo!ne who does a lot of work with Love Music Hate Racism. The last time I saw him was a couple of years ago outside a Marxist convention. There are other people I can't quite make out. No idea who's on the decks or what exactly is going on. But I bet it was some ruffneck junglist business...

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