I'm Joel, one half of The Custodians. I'm a multi-national chap, born and raised in Ireland, fine-tuned in Germany and living in Birmingham since 1991.
As well as being a rap artist I'm also a rap coach, a word-nerd, a dad and a film-maker.
Here's a selected filmography:
Movement Builders - 2005 - Documentary
Illumination - 2009 - Documentary
The Tree - 2009 - Documentary
Reckless Love for a Reckless Nation
- 2011 - Documentary
- 2011 - artist: The Praying Mantis
- 2011 - artist: Barrowclough
Sea Land Air
- 2011 - artist: Quartz Crystallus
- 2011 - artist: Fiction Fight
- 2010 - artist: Josiah Gillespie
- 2009 - artist: Juice Aleem
Currently I'm editing this film www.thequickener.com
Eliot Best, the other Custodian, is an intuitionist producer, throwing those hardcore punk, sci-fi & horror-flicks, new wave, boom bap, 80's children's TV samples together and dicing beats. He loves watching Kubrick films, vibing off MF Doom and hanging out with his two sons.
I started writing and recording rap lyrics 20 years ago! During the first five years there was little progress. If you're getting started here's some simple advice to speed you along:
1. Write rhymes AND rehearse a lot!
2. Spend time around positive, prolific and creative rappers [and actually ask for constructive criticism]. If there are none in your circle of friends, find them on facebook/myspace world.
3. Read widely [fiction & non-fiction, contemporary & classic]
4. Study hip-hop history [get to know the key artists and moments in each of the 4 decades of hip-hop]
After a decade of musical jestering Zang Productions
-One last album, called So Long, Farewell, Goodby, I Love You. It's free to download, and it features University of the King, Florent, Barrowclough, Benjamin Blower, Greybeard, Vincent Gould, Fiction Fight, Ebenezer,Bethan Marshall and Selina Blakeney.
-And also three music videos - dug out out of the vaults of unfinished Zang work. One for Selina Blakeney's Stay Tight, one for The Custodians' Sacred, and one for Benjamin Blower's Hey Hey Babylon is Dead...
With love x
is finally to be shut down. We leave you with these parting gifts:
Barrowclough and Joel the Custodian givve us a glimpse of what Christmas would be like for Santa and the Elfs climate change were to mean there was no snow anywhere at Christmas... It's Christmas time, but where is all snow?
Another Christmas present for you all!
Joel the Custodian has produced a music video for the festive track - The Visitors.
From Joel - "Peace people, This is my entry to the Nativity Factor Video Contest [being judged by Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child among others].
Rap, astrology, prophecy, 8-sided dice and my daughter starring as an angel: the perfect combo. Watch, share, go to the Nativity Factor site and vote for it! Thank you & I wish you a pensive advent!"
View the video on Youtube.
Please vote for the video over at the Nativity Factor Website
, you'll have to scroll down the page a bit to find it...
By the way, this track is still available in our free download section :)
Zang very proudly presents ZANGTHOLOGY 2000-2010, a compilation celebrating the indie- label's first decade of work.
We have selected 30 tracks from the first 10 years of Zang featuring University of the King, Ickberg, Benjamin Blower, The Custodians and Bethan Marshall. For some of these tracks, it is the first time they have been available online...
The Zang Productions Ensemble's "Christmas Time Is Here Again" is released tomorrow... But for those that need some extra Christmassy-ness today, go and download last years free Christmas Album - "A Zang Christmas"
The free Christmas album has 10 tracks on it with an accompanying music video for the track "Jumping Home For Christmas" with can be watched HERE
This month we have a new video promo from The Custodians.
The video is for the track 'Bullet Eater' taken from 'My Organs Are Yours' which was released earlier in the year for free.
You can view the video in the Free Download section.
Or you can watch it in HD at: Youtube
You can get 'My Organs Are Yours' HERE
Following the release of 'My Organs Are Yours PART 1' back in April, we can now bring you PART 2!
There are another 5 tracks on here and its available absolutely free in the FREE DOWNLOAD section.
You can also purchase both E.Ps together on CD in the Online Store, these have some bonuses too..
We've got a lunchtime treat for Birmingham people. A free half-hour set of progressive hip-hop with Joel the Custodian and other Zang peeps including Greybeard and Benjamin Blower.
This will be an experiment. Who knows what will happen! There'll be live instruments, a kaoss pad and an odd bunch of rap songs and chain-gang ditties.
Don't be late: this will kick off at 12.30 in the main sanctuary of St. Martins Church In the Bullring in Brum city centre.
For more details click on Next Live Date
We're talking about the late nineties/early naughties. Barrowclough, Joel the Custodian and Michael Stork were weirding out the whole UK hip hop scene as Michaelis Constant. They were a defining influence for University of the King, and a catalyst for the birth of Zang itself.
I, Mr. Z, found this lost remix of a track from their critically acclaimed and financially disasterous second album Gondwanaland. Go get it from the free downloads page. Who did the remix? It's a competition. Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org ...winner gets used toothbrushes from all three MCs.