“An ethereal, jazzy take on boom bap, equal parts Air’s Moon Safari and Minnie Riperton circa her work with Rotary Connection.”

The Guardian

Born Evan Jones, Macclesfield, 1983

Multi-discipline creative, with over 15 years of experience producing and managing original content across disciplines, industries and languages.

THINGS I’M DOING

Celebrating a decade of creating instrumental music under as Mecca:83 (closer to 20 years if you count my previous aliases!)

Telling customer stories as part of the inEvidence agency.

Archiving the audio library of the Expanding Sound Foundation, a now-defunct music charity from the North West of England. Online music archive and selected re-issues expected in 2021.

THINGS I’VE DONE

20 years of music production under aliases including Rise, Mecca:83, Alexis Davis and Redefinition, working with everyone from Grammy nominees to underground heroes. You can find my music on labels such as Warner Brothers, Rockwell Product Shop, Futuristica Music, Chillhop and NineToFive Records.

Developed and hosted music workshops both in the UK and across Europe for organisations such as Street Science Festival, Hip Hop Huis and Manchester City Council.

Written about music and culture for Frission Radio, Medium and a number of other international publications…as well as right here on this website.

Founded and ran the Expansions Collective label between 2011 and 2016, focusing on music from the global beat scene. Released music from artists as varied as Mndsgn, K15, The Mixtapers, Fitz Ambro$e and Jesse Futerman.

Hosted and produced Expansions Radio, a weekly specialist radio show broadcast on both Frission Radio and DIY Radio.

“If there was just one producer whose music encapsulates this moment in time and musical space, this decade of instrumental hip-hop, it might be Mecca:83.”

The Rust Music

“Some of the stuff that I heard [from him], it really touched my soul because his music is just… in a spiritual realm, somewhere else.”

Scorzayzee