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"Born in London, raised in Brixton. Now living in Glasgow, Scotland. Started making music in 2001 using Ejay - gotta start somewhere eh? Moved up to better software and started making beats all day, every day! Been like dat ever since..."
Joey NewForm, real name Joseph Layne, is a London-born, Glasgow-based Hip Hop recording artist and producer, active since 2001.
Far from famous himself, Joey’s humble claims to fame include impromptu DJ sessions with DJ Odin (Mark Ronson, Wretch 32, Dilated Peoples, Sway), a handful of ‘street’ freestyles with Typah MC of the London Grime group N Double A, and a 2005 remix produced by Robin McKoy of the respected London-based McKoy Family.
Born in February 1985 and raised in the vibrant and world-famous cultural hub that is Brixton, London, Joey grew up surrounded by music, art, and good vibes. Raised on a wholesome diet of reggae, dub and Old-Skool Hip Hop, it was only a matter of time before Joey’s desire to make music was awakened.
Coming from a family of musicians, DJs, producers, sound engineers and dancers, it wasn’t long before Joey caught the creative bug and embarked upon his own creative journey. It all started in 2001 one with amateur song writing and beat production, developing his style and refining his craft under the artist name Tyrant.
Since 2001 Joey has drifted in and out of the underground urban music scene, moving between song writing, personal production and public performances before moving to Glasgow in 2009. With this move came a ‘hiatus’ of sorts, which saw Joey stop writing and producing for nearly 2 years. The allure of music proved irresistible however, and, following a chance encounter with “Glasgow’s best rapper” Loki in 2012, he was inspired to re-enter the fray in preparation for a new phase of development, building an extensive portfolio of songs and instrumentals while attracting collaboration requests from as far away as the US. As a symbol of this change in direction and focus, Joey changed his artist name to NewForm.
Since 2012 Joey has been steadily producing, recording and building an online presence - attracting thousands of song plays in the process - and is currently recording a number of new tracks to be released from mid-March 2013 onwards. Never one to work alone, Joey is currently working with a Glasgow-based Creative Industries support network whose team boasts the founder of Primal Scream, MOBO affiliates, Soma Records personnel and links with Glasgow radio station Sunny Govan.
Joey NewForm’s musical journey to date has been a personal one, where artistic development & refinement of craft have taken precedence over ‘getting out there’: having now fully matured into a confident and self-assured artist, Joey NewForm is ready to take 2013 by storm.