Before he takes to the decks at the Rinse FM 20th Birthday this Saturday, we caught up with the DJ, producer and professional trouble-maker
Skream is an artist that needs little introduction, after making his name as one of the true pioneers of dubstep, a few years ago he shocked the world by announcing he was abandoning dubstep to "only play disco". He's since moved on to a more house & techno orientated sound and has become a regular fixture at the top of the most prestigious dance events in the world.
He has a long-standing relationship with Rinse and will be preforming at their 20th Birthday at Ministry of Sound alongside his BFF, Route 94. I caught up with Skream AKA Oliver Jones to talk about music, DJing and yellow snow.
How important has Rinse been in pushing the UK underground sound? Would the current scene be significantly different if Rinse had never existed?
Skream: Rinse has been a platform for sounds that wouldn't get that anywhere and those underground upfront sounds that may be on rinse today will be in a wider audience tomorrow, next month or next year so yeah Rinse is pretty important mate.
What is your average day like in the run up to a big event like this?
Leave whatever afterparty I’m at to miss my flight, get the next one, have a couple of quick bevvies, then turn up and smash it.
Do you find it hard to stay ahead of the curve in this age of digital music being so readily available?
I remember you saying in your “Come With Me” documentary that all dubstep records began to sound the same as the last one. Do you not think the same criticism could be made about modern day house releases?
It's down to the producers and where they are talking inspiration from - if they are all trying to copy a particular sound in any genre then that style becomes over saturated with samey sounding music.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Dont eat yellow snow. Route never listened to me though and found out the hard way...
How do you describe what you do to someone who doesn’t know you?
I tell them to go google ‘fucking legend’ and come back to me innit
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Not in jail. Succeeded in that so far.
What’s the coolest thing in your house?
As I’m always touring then I would just like to put it out there that there is nothing cool in my house at all so don’t bother trying to break in as you will only find a half empty packet of Doritos, some vodka and various male grooming products.
Tell us something we don't know about your mate, Route 94.
He’s gonna kill me for this but he's a massive fan of Justin Bieber. His karaoke special is that one that goes something like ‘Baby baby baby’. Absolutely horrendous to be fair.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Skream and Route 94's guide to birthday partying.
Words: Louis Curran & Matthew Francey
02 Oct 2014