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THE ORIGINAL AFRICAN INDIANZ PROJECT

O.A.I

Raymond Anthony 'Hatcher' Johnson
(Ant Hatcher)



copyright Ant Hatcher 1998



The Original African Indianz (The OAI) is the Child of
Anthony Hatcher Johnson (Ant Hatcher for short).


ARTIST: Ant Hatcher
TITLE: The O.A.I.
RELEASE DATE: tba
LABEL: Hampstead Digital Records
TRACK LISTING: Yo Conscience, Bounce, Happy Thang, Can U Hear?,
Chicken Scratch, 'I', Harmonic pastures (part 1 & 2),
Truth 'Scarecrow Fool'


HARLEM, THE MARINES AND MESCALINE

In 1993, Ant Hatcher was as down and out as he had ever been. A four year stint in the US Marines had served to remove him from the violence and poverty of his Harlem neighborhood - his goal at the time - and taken him around the world. But its austerity had also dampened his spirit. After all, Hatcher was practically Harlem nobility - the grandson of the legendary gangster and culture hero Bumpy Johnson, Hatcher's extended Harlem family included Cab Calloway and a plethora of African/Native American Cherokee warriors. It was a proud family, one that definitely did not do things by the book - anathema to the US Marines.

'At that point I got somewhat overweight playing and recording with my group 'I' in Brooklyn and working at a call center in downtown NYC. I was actively trying to be everything the Marines trained me not to be and yet i had no clue where I was. That's when I took a life-saving dose of mescaline!"

As a US Marine , Hatcher had become increasingly more interested in the psychotropic native ceremonies that he encountered since childhood.

"I would take my paid leave and hit the jungles, beaches & villages of wherever we were currently stationed and hang with the native islanders. I felt closer to the people than i did to fellow Americans.

So when a small vial of mescaline accidentally ended up at Hatcher's home, it tickled a dormant interest. And opened a door...

"I kept the mescaline in my lap for about two hours trying to decided what to do before setting out to start answering calls like a good boy. Then I decided!"

In the grips of one of the most profound hallucinogenic experiences of his life, Hatcher exited the call center and left New York City that evening. Still in the throws of the mescaline realm, he contacted a Marine friend, rounded up an 18 wheeler rig and later two motorcycles and headed across the country to later wind up in San Francisco, staying at Indian reservations and National parks on the way. He partook in sweat lodges and rekindled his Native American identity, which is not to say he was ready for what awaited him on the "left coast."

"San Francisco just blew my mind. I felt immediately at home - i was weary of the extreme liberalism because mostly i was still a Harlem street kid and US military veteran and didn't know how to process the hippie parties and intense beauty. But i'd brought Amber Forest Green my shakuhachi, the flute I crafted, and began to make my way through the myriad of public drum circles that were seemingly in every public park in that city, especially Golden Gate Park."



No stranger to instruments, Hatcher had been playing drums, flutes, guitar and piano since he was a toddler. He had always, unlike his Harlem neighbors, loved Heavy Metal and tight, well-crafted songs. But drifting around San Francisco, he began to focus intently on the silver classical flute, soon mastering rapid fire 32nd and 64th notes.

"I noticed in these public jam sessions that when i'd stepped out to take a flute solo or sing - well, it really connected with everything and everyone. That built my confidence. the public jam sessions in San Francisco - well that whole city is about Open Source isn't it? I liked the feel of those sessions - they were from the heart, and as that was where it was for me, i wondered if i couldn't put that feeling into some tight songs. And so i started assembling a band"

Within a year, Hatcher had assembled the first incarnation of the OAI - the Original African Indianz in Holland- a nomadic [extended] family of musicians that began to bring the roof down at raves that were starting to be held in in Germany and the Netherlands.

Now, In [TITLE], the first official issue of OAI, Hatcher and the loose knit African Indianz achieve their goal - an elegant assortment of crafted songs and blistering hallucinogenic jams that thread elements of Metal and Hip Hop and Blues together with the intimacy of a San Francisco drum circle.

"We've been playing these songs at festivals around the world for a [15 years] and they are worked out and loose at the same time. I'm very pleased with this release -

it captures our playing and our beliefs and, above all, this music gives you a clear message - that it's all possible! "

Time and space - inspiration gathered from a plethora of sources, streams of experience. spirit -


The O.A.I. 'is out [date] on [label].

HISTORY, INFLUENCE, Background Artists, musicians

Ant Hatcher was born on April 28th 1970 with Black , Native American and Italian heritage the Great Grandson of notorious Harlem Gangster and the Robin Hood of Harlem Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson. Bumpy was well known for his support and respect (personally and financially) for African American Artists, musicians, and actors from the 1930's until late 1968 when he died in Wells restaurant in Harlem from a Heart attack. Bumpy was well known to be a poet, a chess player, a philanthropist, a tough cookie but most of all luckiest man in the world to be married to a lady who in Harlem needed no introduction due to her kindness and beauty Mayme Hatcher Johnson. Harlem godfather tells the story .Written by Mayme Hatcher Johnson and Karen Miller at the age of 93... A hard Act to follow but I'm treading my own way still..


2010 OAI CONCEPT

the singles for this still unnamed album were created when Antonio Enrique Diaz and Ant met at a recording studio in Primrose Hill (London) where Tony was an organizer and sound engineer for a internet televised jam. Ant came as a multi instrumentalist but felt just as comfortable playing Drum kit for the other performers and fellow bards.. there was mention of an opportunity to record tracks and Ant had more than enough. By Then the owner had given Ant a Bunk Contract and Tony wasn't happy with the payment plan of the owner and so they found another opportunity with Intoit Management studios on Grosvenor Road....

The Target Audience

My target audience are the festival goers and the downloaders...
the music itself is timeless, ageless and appeals to all people...
there's a track for everyone...
“SOUNDTRACK MUSIC”



The New Album

Yo Conscience
Bounce (rockhop version)
'I'
Can U hear ???
Happy Thang
Chicken Scratch
Harmonic Pastures (part 1)
Harmonic Pastures ( part 2 Screaming Eagle)
Down Sout'
Truth 'Scarecrow fool'

LIVE PERFORMANCES

BAND
The OAI is a 4-6 piece band that focuses on the big show..
Vocals/ electric & bass Guitar, Synthesizers, flutes, Kit/ Percussion and occasionally Trumpet.
We hire professional lighting and explosive technicians to utilize for hire when the budget is sufficient. We also use torches and video backdrops as well as stage props (The better the budget the better the show).We are always meeting and looking for visual enthusiastic artists with energy and a creative mind.
The Indianz show is high entertainment with a powerful important message Spreading positivity and relaying the message to keep faith and rekindle hope for change in the oldest tradition in the Universe LOVE & SOUND ....


ONE MAN SHOW
The Ant Hatcher 'One Man show' is a percussive performance. It consists of A Bass Kit Drum, Two Congas, Djembe drum, Effects delay and various flutes. Its heavy, catching the attention of anyone within earshot.. The duration for this show is 15- 45 minutes in length....

OTHER MATERIAL

NATIVE ROOT MUSIC
- 'Tribal-delic music' a powerful and creative mix of heavy fierce drum rhythm both west african and native American traditional mixed with Shakers, flutes, electric guitar, synth, Crickets, thunderstorms, nature, Vocals and occasionally horns...
Peyote Tea album consisting of several strong cinematic tracks...

FLUTES Material
Truth 'Scarecrow Fool', Two Pipes-
All meditative blissful music from the heartlands of Africa and Native America / great soundtrack music.....



OTHER TRACKS(mention)

There's a library to be recorded of dozens upon dozens of tracks.... not to mention the ability to freestyle with various artists and compose at liberty on the spot if needed....

ADVERTISMENT & MEDIA MATERIAL

Main Stream Radio and Television as well as featured programs to create content on the internet....
My target audience is wide spread it's appealing to every and anyone who feels to be apart of the OAI family..


OBJECTIVES


World Touring

Distribution of music/ MERCHANDISING

Soundtracks

Record next albums

Future Collaboration
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