Along with close friend and frequent collaborator Marcus Data, Smiley Smuggler has been a part of Reading’s local scene having been involved in crews since his early days in hometown Hayes (2Heavy, Scandalous Squad), the early grime scene and London clubs such as Royals.

In July 2011, Marcus-Data and Smiley Smuggler came up with an idea not before seen in the UK. Using their (knowledge and connections formed through their experiences operating in the music industry), Smiley and Marcus formed a network bringing media and music together for developing artists and arts performers.