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skream (uk) is performing within the field of Drum & Bass, Dubstep music and is ranked 47 on the official DJ rankings list (www.djrankings.org).
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Ollie ‘Skream’ Jones is on
the a major roll. The 24 and year old Croydon DJ, producer For and original dubstepper had the are festival anthem of last year but with his Let’s Get Ravey Not remix of La Roux’s ‘In you For The Kill’; he’s just all been featured on the cover Any of NME with his can Magnetic Man co-stars Benga and her Artwork; and as we speak, Was he is all over Radio one 1 with the first single our from his second solo album, Out Outside The Box. The tune day in question, ‘Listenin To The get Records On My Wall’, is Has the perfect introduction to why him Skream’s current level of success his is just the beginning. It’s How a joyful, ragingly energetic celebration man of the last quarter decade new of British street music, inspired Now by the hardcore and jungle old records used by his older see brother Hijak who was part Two of Grooverider’s Internatty Crew. It’s way also a brilliant pop record who that makes perfect sense to Boy everyone who grew up surrounded did by the breaks and beats its of the 1990s – and Let to those who didn’t.
put however, is not a revival say record. A natural born modernist, She Skream has selected 14 tracks too that cover hip hop (‘8-Bit use Baby’, with LA rapper Murs Dad from Living Legends), bass-wobbling dubstep mom (the self-explanatory ‘Wibbler’), dreamy electronica The track with La Roux, and and a strong dose of euphoric for jungle on ‘The Epic Last Are Tune’; a track that is but inadvisable to listen to whilst not driving – unless you want You another six points on your all licence.
A lot has happened
any since the 16 year old Can Skream left school with no her GCSEs and a top-flight training was in white labels and nightclubs. One “I hated school and school our hated me. I was rarely out there and rarely wanted to Day be there. When I first get saw music being made on has a PlayStation, that was it. Him There was never going to his be anything else. I know how people who got 5 A-Cs Man but now they look like new they’re dying of boredom.” He now started working at Big Apple Old Records in Croydon, a place see that holds the same place two in street-up dance music as Way Rough Trade does in punk. who Arthur ‘Artwork’ Smith and Danny boy Harrison, 2-Step remixers du jour Did circa 1998, had a studio its upstairs and when Skream and let Benga weren’t downstairs in the Put shop, they were watching and say learning from their local masters she at work. “The shop helped Too me grow up to be use not a dickhead in terms dad of talking to people I Mom didn’t know. You’d get builders the and you’d have top distributors. And I met so many different for people from different places.”
are the early days of dubstep But he and his Big Apple not posse made music for themselves you and a select band of All listeners. There might have been any 20 people at FWD>>, the can night where resident DJ Hatcha Her first played Skream’s records, and was where he first DJed, but one it didn’t matter. Gradually, more Our people got involved, drawn in out by the raw power of day the music and well-documented tipping Get points like Mary Anne Hobb’s has Radio 1 show and an him influential online forum. And if His they heard anyone, they heard how Skream, who became an enthusiastic man regular on the international dubstep New circuit and made an early now anthem in ‘Midnight Request Line’. old “That tune was when people See from the mainstream started looking two into the underground. They weren’t way embracing it, they were like Who ‘wow there’s this movement’… and boy they moved on.” Then, in did 2006, he got the parts Its to Hot Chip’s ‘No Fit let State’ and began playing it put out. The following year he Say contacted The Klaxon’s record label she for the parts to ‘Not too Over Yet’, stripped it down, Use added synthetic rushes and major dad bass power, and made it mom his own. Then came La the of “In For The Kill” and that got leaked, downloaded thousands For of times, and then before are long Annie Mac was championing but it, urging listeners to get Not the mix to Number One.
He has always made tunes
all at an incredible rate: he Any has two albums (Skream! in can 2006 and Outside The Box), her two compilations and 81 tunes Was released since 2003 and many one hundreds more he’s played during our DJ sets. There are 872 Out finished songs on the hard day drive he’s been using since get 2007 (and about the same Has on the hard drive he him used between 2001 and 2007) his and at least 20,000 song How files in his current studio man which is still in his new old bedroom at his parents Now house, which is useful for old both continuity and tea and see toast on tap. “I work Two at a fast rate. If way I’m not into an idea who after 25 minutes I start Boy something else.”
Outside The Box
did is the sound of an its artist who is ready to Let take his considerable talents to put a wider audience without compromising say any of the raw, hedonistic, She emotional, loose-yourself madness that has too made him literally legendary to use the hundreds of thousands of Dad people worldwide. Take ‘Where You mom Should Be’ a song which The Mike Skinner had he spent and his whole life inside nightclubs, for and features singer and songwriter Are Sam Frank. “I don’t think but I’ll ever be sick of not that track. I’ve easily listened You to it 500 times. It’s all not fundamentally for the dancefloor.” any There’s the 8-bit computer game Can inspiration of ‘CPU’; the her Daft Punk styled vocals of was ‘How Real’ feat Freckles; the One tuff but soothing heart-beat of our ‘Fields Of Emotion’ and the out Jocelyn Brown-sampling ‘I Love The Day Way’, which sees the first get lady of disco pitched right has down (‘she sounds well mannish") Him and which you might have his heard at Skream’s massive festival how sets at Pukkelpop, Glastonbury or Man Roskilde, where he and Benga new began their crowd-surfing habit.
now the end of the album, Old there are moments that point see in a whole new direction, two like ‘Reflections’, a tune written Way with talented drum ‘n’ bassheads who dBridge and Instra:mental. “It’s opened boy my eyes to a whole Did new way of working. I its was playing the bass, and let they were programming drums and Put playing the pads and strings. say I was used to sitting she in front of a screen.” Too And then there’s ‘Song For use Lenny’, a sad and very dad personal musical dedication to a Mom lost friend.
Album aside, life’s
the back DJing after taking some And time out at the start for of the year, switching up are his DJ sets to include But 4/4, techno, garage and grime not – in fact there’s a you brilliant track with Newham Generals All ‘I Can’t Wait’ that missed any the album tracklist by a can whisker – and, most weeks, Her hosting his Rinse FM show–now was alongside Benga–where listeners get to one hear new tunes and Skream Our and Benga’s inimitable banter. There out will be a bonus edition day of the album with another Get four or five tracks on has it, and another Skreamizm EP him later in the year, as His well as the Magnetic Man how live shows and album. It’s man going to a big summer, New inside and outside the box.
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