Foreign Beggarsare a multi-genre UK trio whose unique trajectory has seen them evolve from underground hip hop heroes to trailblazing electronic crossover act without ever forsaking an ounce their inimitable energy from studio recordings to a second to none live show.
The crew has recorded five studio albums: Asylum Speakers, Stray Point Agenda, United Colours Of Beggattron, The Uprising and I AM LEGION with Dutch production wizards Noisia. The critically acclaimed group, individually known as MCs Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis and DJ Nonames, have built this steadfast reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile, creative and prolific acts through a continuing desire to push the envelope that is as urgent now as it has ever been.
Always keen collaborators the Beggars have worked with a plethora of worldwide artists from across the electronic spectrum. Highlights include, Noisia, Dj Vadim, Knife Party, Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam and Alix Perez & Flux Pavilion. 2013 has seen Foreign Beggars elevate their modus operandi to further heights by forming the rap electronic supergroup I AM LEGION alongside co-conspirators Noisia. The group has released a full length album and put together an awe inspiring five man live show with custom visuals as standard. I am legion has already toured the album extensively across Europe to sold out shows resulting in rapturous audience reaction.
The self-titled debut was the first release on their new label Par Excellence and as a co release with Owsla and Division. Foreign Beggars have also collaborated on releases with major and independent labels such Sony, MOS, Black Butter, Owsla, & Mau5trap With a top ten hit, over 40 million YouTube plays and a string
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Artists are often described as having “a unique talent”; few epitomise this more than multi instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side.
He masterfully combines extraordinary multi instrumentalist skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice;(often compared to Jeff Buckley).
James Zabiela is an internationally renowned DJ from Southampon. Over the last 12 years he has become something of a heritage act despite still being 2 decades younger than his peers currently sharing that title.
2014 saw James complete his 12th season as revered We Love…Space resident as he continued to zig-zag across the globe whilst his ever growing and much loved Born Electric label turned 2 years old. The label has previously signed music from the likes of Hot Chip, Midland, FaltyDL, Cloud Boat, Tin Man, Scuba, Serge & Tyrell & the burgeoning talents of Pedram, Drew Hill and Pedestrian, all A&R’d by James personally. Curation of events is also something James has passionately developed this year with Born Electric stages and arenas both on home ground of the UK and internationally including Zoo Project, Global Gathering, Warehouse Project and Space, Ibiza.
Tony Thorpe is best known for his groundbreaking Moody Boyz output, as well as for setting up a host of independent labels including Warrior Records, BPM, Language Records. Tony has done remixes for artists including Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Lee Scratch Perry, Roots Manuva and Bloc Party. He also curated the ‘Dub Step Chronicles’ for Massive Attack’s Meltdown Festival, and continues to keep busy with DJ appearances around the world.
Tony Thorpe is one of British musics true mavericks and has been surfing the contours of echo drop dub since he first started fusing tape looped noise with earthbound funk as 400 Blows over 20 years ago.
Tones Sansom is the former Head of Press of One Little Indian Records (Björk, Asgeir, Jesse Malin), publicist of Triad Publicity and former press officer for Creation Records (Oasis). Tones now works as a co-owner of The Slow Food Café in Kent.