Hip hop big time for Pete

Pete Cannon, a music producer who has worked with Rizzle Kicks on their latest single and album.

Pete Cannon, a music producer who has worked with Rizzle Kicks on their latest single and album.

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A home-grown musical talent has hit the big time after working with a chart topping hip hop group.

Music producer Pete Cannon, 31, says he was approached by Rizzle Kicks to work on two songs on their latest album, Roaring 20s.

Mr Cannon, originally from Devonshire Road, Blackpool has known Jordan Stephens – one half of the Brighton duo – for six years.

He said: “I’ve been making music in the hip hop scene for 15 years and Jordan has always been interested in that.

“He first wanted to work with me when he was 15 but it didn’t happen.

“Then I saw him on the TV with Rizzle Kicks and he got in touch about his second album, and asked if there was any music they could use.”

The former King Edward VII pupil now lives and works in Chester and produced the duo’s latest single, Lost Generation, as well as the album’s first track, This Means War.

He added: “I’m really happy with what we’ve done.

“I’ve met Jordan several times and we went back and forth on the internet to put it together because I’m in Chester and they are in London.

“The single has a good pop element and it’s a good idea for a song and this album is a development from their first.”

Mr Cannon studied music at Preston College and later music production at Leeds College of Music, and graduated in 2006.

He has worked with a number of American rappers, including Del the Funky Homosapien, from Gorillaz and has just provided the music for a new Porsche advert.

The producer comes from a musical family and puts his career in music down to his dad, Alan Buchanan, who played in bands around Blackpool as a guitarist during the 1960s and 1970s.

He added: “Since I left school I’ve always wanted to do music and tried to meet as many people as I could to do that.

“Music became an obsession when I was a kid and I have a compulsive need to be great at making music and if I don’t do it I don’t feel fulfilled.”

Jordan met bandmate Harley Alexander-Sule when they were both students at Brit School, in London, and released their first album in Stereo Typical, in 2011.

They achieved their first number one single in the UK in August 2011 when they featured on Heart Skips a Beat with Olly Murs.

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