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Riz MC makes sonically innovative and lyrically sharp music. His 2006 debut single ‘The Post 9/11 Blues’ created a frenzy across TV, radio and newsprint, and won him a loyal online following. Since then he has been championed by BBC Radio1 (on the ‘Introducing’ stage at Glastonbury, the Electric Proms, and a Maida Vale session). He has toured the USA winning rave reviews and played shows from Fabric to the Royal Festival Hall with the likes of Massive Attack, Nitin Sawhney, Dizzee Rascal, and Mos Def.
In 2009 he released two singles ‘Radar’ and ‘People Like People’ with global dance innovators Crosstown Rebels, topping the dubstep charts on Dj download portal Beatport, and garnering widespread critical acclaim. Tech-house heavyweights Tiefschwarz then remixed his single Don’t Sleep, for release on the same label.
His debut album MICroscope released to critical acclaim in 2011 sets him apart as a singular voice with an innovative and bold musical vision. While his peers dilute for chart stardom or indulge in underground ruts, MICroscope bristles with risks, intensity, and intelligence. The depth and ambition of his lyrics cut across the honed contours of impossible-to-categorize futuristic bass, as easily as they gel with acoustic strings, or pierce dense layers of jazz-electronica.
Working mainly with tech-breaks rising star Lazersonic (Zak Frost, Turbo, Eye Industries), and Numbers Records hot shot Redinho, Riz is mixing big ideas with big bass. His singing voice haunts the pounding melancholy of ‘All of You’, and the anthemic call to action of ‘Get On It’. Laugh out-loud punch-lines dismantle the modern cult of cool in ‘All in the Ghetto’, and ‘People Like People’. Cutting social commentary is delivered through the lens of the weaknesses we hide and the insecurities we show, with the pulsating dagger of ‘Radar’, the hypnotic flow of ‘Don’t Sleep’, and the searching, searing grime of ‘Dark Hearts’. Ambitious songwriting infused with sharp honesty and wry humor – asking questions at the same time as taking us to the dancefloor.
The album is coupled with a groundbreaking live show and a trans-media online experience. Riz’s forensic dissection and future sounds have spawned a sc-fi story of the MICroscope labs. At the live show and online, MICroscope invites you into a world of secret agencies, experiments, sound wars, and mind control in a battle of bass and beats. A secret corporate / government programme of Sonic Immersion for Cerebral Kinesis (S.I.C.K.) hunts splinter unit R12MC (Research module 12 – Music + Control), now a breakaway resistance who are fighting back with their own sonic immersions. The results will literally move your mind.
This high concept live show, also called MICroscope, is an interactive, immersive experience. It is an innovation for live music performance and for the music industry as a business model. He has attracted investment and created a joint venture around the show with two heavyweights of live music – Festival Republic (Glastonbury, Latitude, Big Chill, Leeds, Reading Festivals) and Metropolis Music (Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, Oasis). The show debuted as a work-in-progress at Sadlers Wells Theatre in November 2009, and took over Fabric on June 3rd 2010 before a string of select dates including headline slot at the Latitude Festival Film+Music tent.
As actor Riz Ahmed, since his screen debut in 2005 he has starred in award-winning film and TV including Michael Winterbottom’s ‘Road to Guantanamo’ (Berlin Silver Bear), Peter Kosminsky’s ‘Britz’ (BAFTA + RTS winner, Emmy nominated), ‘Dead Set’ (BAFTA nominated), and Shifty – for which he won Best Actor at Geneva Film Festival and was nominated for the same award at the 2009 BIFA awards. Recent screen appearances include in Sally Potter’s RAGE (with Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, and Judy Dench), and the lead role in Chris Morris’ critically acclaimed debut feature FOUR LIONS.