Mecca:83 has been knee-deep in vintage drum machines and dusty records for over a decade, honing a production style that blends deep jazz samples, swinging drums and a healthy amount of live instrumentation. He has produced music featuring artists such as Gallant, Jneiro Jarel, Tom Misch, Grap Luva, Scorzayzee, Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, and more.

With close to 15 years of releases, covering everything from sample-based jazz music to future-forward beats, his music has been featured on labels as varied as Warner Brothers, Chillhop Records, Rockwell Product Shop, Futuristica Music and Ninetofive Records. He has produced music workshops both in the UK & Europe, hosted a weekly radio show, and founded the Expansions Collective record label.

15 years on, he shows no signs of slowing down, continuing to hunt for new sounds and carve out his own niche in the global beat scene.

📷 – Dan Proctor

18M

Spotify streams

35K

Followers across social

15

Years in music scene

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

The Guardian

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.

Creating a series of features focusing on the Manchester music production community, due for publication in 2022.

THINGS I’VE DONE

15 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 led 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