Rae & Christian
If you're going to talk about British Hip-Hop you can't not talk about Rae & Christian. So who better to talk about them than one half of the duo themselves, Mark Rae.

In 1995 Mark Rae was contemplating releasing his own music. A year later he had set up the first Grand Central office and had a triple vinyl "Central Heating 1" released to a warm welcome. Two years later the long player 'Northern Sulphuric Soul' was released to critical acclaim that catapulted Grand Central to a truly independent label and its creators Rae & Christian to highly desired remixers.
While the duo worked on the album they continued to work on the label to give it the personal touch because contrary to belief they actually give a shit.
"Well we do," starts Mark. "It's really fucking hard what we do because it's a struggle to survive. It's touch and go all the time and it's total commitment from DJing to remixing to managing the other artists. We've got an Aim album coming out soon and that's going to be a lot of money. In excess of fifty grand has been invested for that. Which really we haven't got and once we start that off we can't pay wages and we can't pay rent, but we manage to survive on doing remixes and going on tour. We're just trying to build everything, we've built a group of people who believe in it and that's the key to it."
The pair have had some noteable success with remixing, not just with the critics but with the fans. It could be argued it began with Texas.
"They asked us to do a remix. I did the remix without giving it to Steve, but they liked the music so much they wrote a song on it. That song was 'Good Advice'. We released it first, then they put it on their album "White On Blonde" four months afterwards and the album went massive."
Whilst offers come in for remixes, feedback doesn't always come in on works complete as some artist's don't care to listen to the remixes, because of the business aspect but did DJ Rap have anything to say?
"It's weird that you say that because she's the only person," he begins. "She rung us on her mobile and told us she loved what we did and thanked us a lot. She responded to it because she's a DJ and a person of our scene. No one else has done it. You've got to understand that it's really sad. The record company get an artist who records an album and then fucks off and waits while the record company get on and organises remixes and tours. >>
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