Biography “Black Grass”
Mex, aka Black Grass, is happy around records. In the mid-nineties he fed his addiction by working in record shops, DJ’ing hip hop and funk breaks at seminal Brighton night Knowledge Of Self, warming up for the likes of OC, Jurassic 5 and Big L.
He soon began compiling breaks albums and battle weapons (including the essential “Ultimate Cakes And Sweets”) leading ultimately to his own Black Grass store (getting high off his own supply!) specialising in hip hop, funk and breaks.
After releasing singles on local label Catskills as the Mexican (achieving NME single of the week for the classic “Spunky Love Fun”), he took Black Grass from being a shop to being a production outfit, releasing the first album “Black Grass” on Catskills Records.
Working both with established vocalists (including Blak Twang & Maylay Sparks),and talented newcomers, Black Grass gained acclaim across the board from both DJs and music fans.
After spending time DJing and touring Australia, Mex recorded the second album “A Hundred Days In One”. Adding even more diversity to the mix than the eponymous album, it delivered enough hooks and beats to light up the dancefloor and get heads nodding in equal amounts, with guests like Jehst, Blu Rum 13, Micall Parknsun on mic duties alongside alt-country sensation Dominique Noiret, with a haunting rendition of Harold Melvin’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way”.
2007 saw Mex complete the third album, “Three”, with guests emcees J-Live, The Good People Rider Shafique and Brighton stalwart Koaste sitting alongside funk sensation Dionne Charles and reggae hotshots Jah Marnyah, Benjammin’ and Ruben Da Silva.
After twenty years behind the turntables in clubs and through his more recent series of mix CDs, Mex has developed a reputation as one of the world’s leading (yet still most under-rated) DJ’s. Influenced by the soundsystems of old (Wild Bunch, Good Times, Soul II Soul) and hip hop legends Jazzy Jeff and Cash Money, he’s admired as both a selector and a man of inimitable style by DJ’s as diverse as Andy Smith and Krafty Kuts.