British rapper Truth picked up a Shure KSM9 condenser microphone during a recent prize-giving at the Camden Crawl festival in North London. An increasingly important fixture on the UK live music scene, the two-day event this year saw performances from Kasabian, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Fall and Billy Bragg.
The 2010 Camden Crawl also witnessed the debut of the Emerging Talent Awards (ETA). Winner in the Best New Solo Artist category was British rapper Truth, who received the opportunity to play a gig at the Camden Crawl as well as a Shure KSM9.
Reflecting on the publically-voted category, Truth commented: "Winning the award for Best New Solo Artist is great. It’s the first award I’ve ever won, to be honest! The management team is happy, everybody’s happy. We’re part of a production team as well – Blackout Entertainment – so really this award is an achievement for everybody.
"For the Camden Crawl gig I used a Shure mic – an SM58. We’ve always used them anyway. They’re pretty much the standard mic… you just know you’re going to get something great out of them. And that’s the truth of the matter – there’s not much competition as far as SM58s go!
"I haven’t had a chance to try out my prize yet – the Shure KSM9 [handheld vocal condenser mic] – but I’m heading back in to the studio soon and I’ll be taking it with me to try out on some new material. Hopefully this will be the first of many awards. It’s real nice to have this as the first one, and now… it’s just… onwards!"
Alex Beattie, event organiser of the Camden Crawl, added: "The Emerging Talent Awards provide an excellent opportunity for up and coming artists to perform at the UK's leading metropolitan festival – The Gaymers Camden Crawl – and encourage and support new musical talent. To have market leaders Shure involved in the awards significantly adds to the prestige of winning one and Truth is a lucky boy to have one of the best mics available!"