Music Gear News

At we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Dappy given music lifeline

N-Dubz star Dappy - real name Dino Contostavlos - said he reckons he would have ended up ''dead or in jail'' if hadn't become a music star.
Great deals on musical instruments

N-Dubz star Dappy believes he would have ended up "dead or in jail" if hadn't become a music star.

The rapper got mixed up with the wrong sort of people when he was a teenager and started to experiment with drugs and was involved in a gang.

But his late father, Mungo Jerry bassist Byron Contostavlos, turned him away from a life of crime and got him focused on his music.

Dappy - who along with his bandmates Tulisa and Fazer named their debut album 'Uncle B', his dad's nickname, in honour of Byron - said: "If I weren't in N-Dubz I'd say I'd either be dead or in jail - one of the two if I never got involved with music.

"When I was a teenager I was getting up to all sorts to make money. Then I had a scare and realised I could go to prison for years.

"It was my dad who caught me - and it was him who pushed me to make the better choice. He would come into my room and find me with serious drugs or maybe some sort of weapon and shout at me. I was 16.

"He said, 'What are you going to do with that in your hand? You don't need that. You are going to go down.' Instead he drove me to his little recording studio in north-west London, in his old green van. My dad always helped us so much, always sending off tapes to record companies every month. He knew we were going to make it."

Dappy - real name Dino Contostavlos - regrets his behaviour not only because it was wrong but because it caused his mother Zoi so much heartache.

In new book 'N-Dubz: Against All Odds', he recalls: "I wanted to make them proud and I didn't want to make my mum cry any more. Sometimes there were nights when my mum would be crying and begging me not to go out - by I ignored her. I just wanted to get my own money and pay for my own things. I didn't really see I was making her an emotional wreck when I used to get into trouble with the police."

Posted on 24 Mar 2010 16:30 to category : Band / Celebrity News

Related Music News


Verified by the guitarist himself, Slash's B.C Rich played a pivotal role in Guns N' Roses rise to fame

10 Oct 2016 16:17

Featuring a number of tracks by their favourite artists, the Stone's latest effort is set for release December 2nd

6 Oct 2016 15:31

Speaking to friend and radio host Eddie Trunk Frehley stated that he would rejoin the band if the offer came his way

30 Sep 2016 15:54

In aid of The Children Hospital Charity, Arctic Monkeys have signed a statue of an elephant to be auctioned off for charity

28 Sep 2016 17:21

Following a tweet on Wednesday, the band revealed a typo error in their previous announcement and have revealed that they will be returning in 2017

28 Sep 2016 11:15

A plaque marking where David Bowie resided whilst he created his revered Berlin album trilogy has been destroyed

21 Sep 2016 16:06

Recent Music News


In recent times, the theft of musical instruments and gear seems to be more prevalent than ever. With this GPS guitar pedal, users can track their stolen equipment simply by logging in online on their phone or tablet.

24 Oct 2016 17:11

Paving the path for unique high quality drum stools, Roc 'n' Soc's products cater to caters comfort and overall playing experience.

24 Oct 2016 15:23

With great discounts on Toontrack EZmix 2 Mix Software, Toontrack EZmix 2 Mixing Software EZmix Preset Pack Bundle and Toontrack EZmix Presets Bundle for EZMix 2 Mixing Software the choice for great and affordable mixing software has never been clearer!

21 Oct 2016 13:37

Builiding on their reputation for developing cutting edge music gear and accessories, Samsons new Z series bring professional audio quality and transparency to the table

20 Oct 2016 17:06

With Pearl Jam, Tupac, , Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson and many more being nominated, this years event shaping up to be huge.

20 Oct 2016 10:57

His first album in over 38 years, Chuck's new album is to feature his family and his own original material

19 Oct 2016 14:37