The WMD collective features members Emba MC, Slackjaw Trait, Still Bizzy and Stash. Their main producer is a man called JMaxfield. DdashRed’s emigration to Australia in 2014 caused the group to condense into the smaller core they are today.
On a Monday night in September 2014 at Hamilton House, WMD met for the first time at an open-mic. Previous contact with each other had been minimal, with them only knowing each other through Soundcloud. Now functioning as a collective, they all still manage to do their own things whilst working together. The crew’s solidarity officially came with the Oddsoul Cyphers Podcast which was put on by the Oddysee Boys.
WMD’s latest offering is an EP titled WestMadeDreams. A month together in January jamming every night gave rise to the latest EP:
“The demand for a stronger set (along with more material) had to be met”
As regular shows were happening and requests for online content were frequent: hence their decision that:
“a proper conceptual project with videos”
…would be the next step. WMD as a collective have been gaining momentum over the last few months, with their performance at High Focus’ Road Block Party being a major part of this.
“People were coming up to us after the event, to say they’d been feeling the vibe whilst queueing outside”
Emba recalls enthusiastically. Their spot at the High Focus event came through supporting Fliptrix at numerous prior events; Fliptrix, notably, also feeling their vibe and being keen to promote it. “It was live, and an honour to be asked to get involved with,” …remarks Still Bizzy. The new EP, called WestMadeDreams (the title reflecting their heritage as non-natives to Bristol). They say there is a desire to “do things properly this time” with regards to the release. Last time they were “too excited to get the shit out”. The six track EP is “something to look forward to. No names mentioned, but worth looking out for,’’ They say modestly.
The crew were quick to let me know that along with “Hydroponic Love Pt. II” there are more visuals to come with the project – we are advised to keep our eyes firmly peeled for their impending release.
“We’ve had different producers involved with this EP, the majority coming from JMax but others from the Oddysee boys, Sigmund Frued and O-Malli, with one guest production from Broadly.”
says Emba. The sounds are guaranteed to be varied. The release date is yet to be confirmed, but the collective promises it’s in its final stages, and will be dropping sooner than you think.
WMD as a collective have a lot going; they are a fresh-faced group who are all committed to putting their sound out. With individual projects like Aristocrats (comprising Stash, Still Bizzy and JMaxfield) and Slackjaw running This and That media; all along with Emba taking a heavier role in production, with some exciting projects undertaken with local Bristol up-and-comers, all set to be released in the next few months. Their work ethic is impressive and the future looks promising.
Words by Freddie Gage
Images by Jack Cullis for Wordplay Magazine