Back in November of 2013, Craig Lee was searching the internet for opportunities to perform in London. Having grown frustrated at the lack of a local music scene for hip-hop and rap artists in the Black Country, he decided to look further afield. With several releases and the formation of his own record label already under his belt, he was already making waves in his local area but there was a need to branch out and expand.

Meanwhile Rob was running an open mic night in Fulham, and received an enquiry from a rap artist willing to travel for a chance to show what he could do.

That set up the first meeting between Craig and Rob, and the two kept in contact and worked on various projects together – most notably collaborating on the writing, recording and performances of the ambitious Calling for Serenity EP “Endless Numbers” with folk singer-songwriter Anne Sumner.

By 2018 Rob had become Craig’s live guitarist, and the pair performed a series of acoustic shows in London and Birmingham. The combination of rap and acoustic guitar with just a kick drum for percussion was always popular with audiences, but the pair felt they could truly unleash the energy of the songs with a full electric setup.

Enter Louis, via a Gumtree advert. He sent a video of himself playing drums, and a swift pint later the foundations were laid.

The three began rehearsing under the name CP Lee, and in early 2020 finally settled on a name of their own. BadFace was born.

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