Drum & Bass MC based in Bristol
Johnathan Hendey AKA TRAFIC MC was brought up in Warwickshire and sustained by music from his youth, its plain to see why he has created such an established style, recreating human experience and imagery with his well-timed lyrics. Originally audibly affected by rappers like Eminem and Plan B, it took Trafic only 15 years of existence before he scrawled down his first full Hip-hop track “Split Personality”. The unknowingly given motivation and drive from those first few years absorbed in Hip-hop still exude from him today, he is energetic, enthusiastic and a little bit enigmatic in his performance, and has been since his first time on a mic.
Moving to Bristol in 2010 he was immediatedly inspired by some of the city’s home grown heroes and he adjusted his working, living and social situations to accommodate more free time to do what he loved: making music and creating good vibes all around. Playing at any chance he got, from acoustic sets at open mic nights, to booked gigs and impromptu fill-ins. Eternally grateful for the opportunity, experience and support he was gaining, MC Trafic was already building ideas of collaborating with other acts into the scene.
In January 2013 TRAFIC MC was picked up by Liqufyah head honcho Modify Perspective after hosting one of his sets and brought into the collective. After displaying his effervescent personality, compelling and timely lyrics, and ability to make a crowd get involved in the atmosphere he creates, he was dubbed the first resident MC for the Bristol based collective.
The pinnacle of Trafic’s career to date has undoubtedly been his weekend at Nozstock Festival 2013. After a 2-hour set hosting Octo-Pi, TRAFIC MC was so well received that he found himself being asked to carry on. He ended up playing 4 sets in total including playing for a 2,500 strong crowd for the headline slot. Since then, he has continued working with Liquifyah artists Octo-Pi, Modify Perspective, Despicable Youth, Range & Kable and Twitchee Cordz producing orginial music which plainly showcases their collective talents.
One to definitely watch, TRAFIC MC is literally bubbling under the surface: a human dynamo, with a scholar’s vocabulary and the audacity of a schoolboy. Guaranteed to get one and all (including your nan!) up on their feet and skanking the night (and morning) away. Although influenced by artists like Eminem, Plan B and Mike Skinner, TRAFIC MC is slowly but surely carving his style of prose into the D’n’B scene. Consistently appreciative and urging more from the DJs he plays with he’ll compliment any set with ease, knowing when to let tracks breathe, not stepping on vocals, and choosing the right time to build tension and spit FYAH.
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