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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 on to better tools and started making beats all day, every day! Been like dat ever since..."
KaperChan! - real name Joseph Layne - is a London-born, Glasgow-based Hip Hop producer and occasional recording artist - newly active as a commercial beatmaker since 2015.
Far from famous himself, KaperChan!'s humble claims to fame include providing his beats for impromptu DJ sessions with DJ Odin (Mark Ronson, Wretch 32, Dilated Peoples, Sway, Keiza, Rizzle Kicks), 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 1985 and raised in the vibrant and world-famous cultural hub that is Brixton, London, KaperChan! 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 his desire to make music was awakened!
Coming from a family of musicians, DJs, producers, sound engineers and dancers, it wasn’t long before Kaper 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 he 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 him 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 and expanding on an already extensive portfolio of songs and instrumentals while attracting collaboration and production requests from as far away as the US. As a symbol of this change in maturity, refinement and focus, "Tyrant" - the self-oppressive, perpetually dissatisfied perfectionst - changed his recording and production name to "NewForm".
Since 2012 "Newform" has been steadily producing, recording and building an online presence - attracting thousands of song plays in the process - and has since recorded a number of new tracks, to favourable reception. Never one to work alone, "NewForm" collaborated 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 - this collaboration enabled him to grow a respectable underground following as an emcee, and is now greatly helping him to establish his name as a gifted producer and sometimes emcee... here enters KAPERCHAN!