uVàjéDDéjàVu Transition - Making a Positive Change
A MiniMag by Sussex Teenagers
RollDeep From The Street To Success
G N I N WAR AG MAY TRANSITION
INIM LIFE M S I H T OUR Y E G CHAN uVàjéDDéjàVu
DéjàVu is the name we gave this minimag because it sounded good. It also sounded like coming back to something familiar but better than you remember it. DéjàVu is only eight pages but we hope that those eight pages are full of content that shows the real possibilities of people bettering themselves. We’ve also paid a lot of attention to the music that we feel makes life better. And there’s a page of poetry and thoughts about the way you have to adapt to life’s changing circumstances. We started DéjàVu not knowing where it would lead but we’re made up with the results. The DéjàVu Team
CONTENTS 3 stsitrAtoHHotArtists
The DéjàVu crew choose the top five artists that inspire them.
DéjàVu interviews Scratchy from grime collective Roll Deep about how the band have transformed their lives and become a success.
Three poems written by Jack Mansell, Sunni Collar and Joe Capel.
Visual Editor Ryan Dove
Contributing Writers Sunni Collar Joe Capel
Project Manager Rachel Denyer
Managing Editor Thomas H Green
Managing Designer Stephanie Young
Special Thank You
A special thank you to Varndean School, especially Alison Browning, for huge support & assistance 2
WhatWe’reLiking Music That Inspires Us
by DéjàVu’s Charlie Hammond & Tuesday Jackson.
We like this London MC because he has good flow and he is a good performer. Check It Out: Monster
We like Tinie Tempah because he is good at performing live and his music is sick. Check It Out: Written In The Stars
We like him because his remixes are unique. Check It Out: Kickstarts
We like her because she is appealing to the male eye and a very talented live performer. Check It Out: Mama Do
We like him because Cher Lloyd covered his song on X Factor and then he became popular. Check It Out: Cooler Than Me uVàjéDDéjàVu
The Rise and Rise of Roll Deep
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DéjàVu: Who’s your favourite artist you’ve worked with? Scratchy: I’ve worked with a few girl singers – Jodie Connor on ‘Good Times’, that was good. DV: Is it possible to have a normal relationship with a girlfriend when you’re famous? S: You’ve got to keep your music and your girls separate. You don’t want your girlfriend coming with you to all the clubs and raves you go to. You need to separate it so you have time for them and time for the music – you can’t have them both together.
DV: Do you see a lot of the Roll Deep crew? S: I’m always with them but Breeze is a mate who doesn’t live in the same area so we don’t really see him. Wiley does his own thing – here, there, this, that – but the majority of them I see every day. DV: Is Skepta still in Roll Deep? S: No but, you know what, there’s the Roll Deep crew and the Roll Deep entourage and with the entourage everyone’s involved. It seems that everyone starts in Roll Deep then branches off and does their own stuff. uVàjéDDéjàVu
DV: Do you have a favourite Roll Deep song? S: I like the song on the album called ‘The One’. I done the chorus on it and I like it because it meant something to me when I was writing it, it came natural and easy. Some songs are harder to write and some are quick – that one was quick. DV: What inspires you to make your music? S: I’m around people who do music all the time and my laptop inspires me because I write the beats as well. I made a song on the Roll Deep album called ‘Team’ and I made the beat. DV: How did you and Roll Deep reach fame? S: We just didn’t stop making music. We started in 2005, we carried on, had people leave, come and go, but we stuck at it. Wiley is a solid person in our crew, he’s like a rock, he’s an inspiration and he played a big part in the run we’ve had this year even though you don’t see him so much. DV: What was the hardest moment in your and Roll Deep’s career? S: You’ve got to make sure you look after yourself. We’ve been here, there, everywhere, and in this game there’s free alcohol, all sorts of stuff… so you’ve got to look after yourself. 6
DV: Do you give each other nicknames? S: Our nicknames are our MC names. I was a DJ so I used to do a bit of scratching and it said Scratchmaster on my mixer. I took that and then when I was an MC I thought, “I ain’t gonna change my name now,” so I was Scratchy from the start. DV: Have you ever thought about leaving Roll Deep? S: I had a little fall out, as you do – everyone has little fall outs. You wake up sometimes and just think, “Nah, I’m not doing this, I’m just going to do my own thing and get Scratchy on the platform.” I had the hump, but I’ve grown up with Roll Deep and whatever happens, whatever disagreement, it’s like, “Let’s make music and carry on.” We’re family, we’re not just a crew. DV: Five or ten years ago did you think you’d make it this far? S: The Dizzee, the Tinchy, they come from the same scene so I thought that if everyone else can do it, it’s only a matter of time. I knew that people would see us, see we’re as good as everyone else. Not being big-headed but we do deserve to be here. Ten years we’ve been doing it and it’s finally paid off. We’ve worked hard, had our ups and downs - money, no money - you’ve just got to carry on, make your music, go and perform it, make everyone happy.
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that fragile child. My emotions are still hiding behind can’t crack that smile. My life has really changed but I still The life I choose is certainly a mistake fake. Because these feelings I felt have all been easy and fun be ld wou iness happ ng I thought findi t was undone. Until love came into the picture my hear I wasn’t happy and I didn’t feel love, in need of a hug, You could have said I was lonely and t is near defea and hard gets But when life al all the tears cryst and eyes my Diamonds fall from in hand. hand falls w sorro s, lines But with lone stand the to take to It’s finally my time y am. And prove to the world the man I reall ten of out s time Being defeated nine think it’s the end Puts devastation to your life and you the truth, But that night when the stars told me I rose up to my you, e insid deep lies How happiness I finally realised Destiny, to what I really should be, and me. ng the love and happiness is surroundi
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Thoughts & Poetry by the DéjàVu Crew
I'll go fa r by Sunni Co lla r
Go rehab, Stay a while , Come back, settle down , Have a child , Get a job, Have the ho use retiled. Link up wit h some of yo ur nice mat es Like Kyle, Have a chat , Hang out, You aint seen him in a wh ile. One year go ne, You got a ch ild, You’ve nam ed him after me, Dat gave me a smile. Good man for changin g, I’m gonna se e you aroun d, Kyle. You shine w aters dangero us, There’s load s of fighting, Mummies hu rt daddies, Fear and babi es cryin’, But I’ll go far I’ll go far, I’ll go far.
The DéjàVu MiniMag which you hold in your hands came about as a result of TransitionPod, a programme training Sussex 14-18 year olds in film, journalism, creative writing, web and event management. It was managed by DV8, an organization that delivers innovative training for young people, and was funded by Mediabox. The idea of TransitionPod was to explore themes of responsibility, coping with change and evolving life situations. DéjàVu has enabled young people, particularly those at risk of disengagement, to share hopes, fears and perspectives. We hope you enjoy it.
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