Skream, Plastician, Safety Boy are the three dubstep artists chosen to play the Spiegeltent in Iveagh Gardens for the Dublin Fringe Festival on Friday 12th September. The night is billed as “An Introduction to Dubstep”.
Doors – 9.30pm
Tickets €20 (inc. booking fee) available from fringefest.com 1850 FRINGE (374643) or in person at the box office at Filmbase, Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Oliver Jones had the good fortune to be working at the Big Apple record store when he first started making beats, aged 15 and armed with a cracked copy of the Fruity Loops music-making software. Big Apple was at the center of the early development of UK garage’s dark, half-speed offshoot dubstep before it was even called dubstep, and it was at Big Apple that Jones, who recorded as Skream, met fellow beatsmiths Benga and Hatcha. Hatcha was a DJ at the seminal club night Forward>> and was only too happy to debut the dubplates of both Skream and Benga’s early recordings. Their music took the tension and release formula of dance music, removed the release and layered in more tension instead. With slow and pounding basslines and wobbly treble they were creating a kind of music that summoned and summed up feelings of urban paranoia, but in an enjoyable way.
Emphasising the sub-bass made them popular with clubbers, but they were also popular with bloggers. Championed and spread by the Internet Skream went straight from being a name in Croydon to being known around the world. When the owner of Big Apple founded a label to give a home to the albums of dubstep artists, Skream was one of those who released material through it, including his breakout classic track “Midnight Request Line.” His first full-length album, Skream!, was released in 2006 on the Tempa label. ~ Jody Macgregor, All Music Guide
Chris Reed, also known as The Plastician (formerly Plasticman), is a grime DJ & producer originating from Thornton Heath in the London Borough of Croydon. He taught himself production aged 18. His track ‘Venom’ was his first release on the Slimzos label in early 2002. The Plastician has definitely played a role in the explosive popularity of the genre thanks to his participation in the Rephlex Grime compilations, his primetime pirate radio shows and his recent BBC Radio One Residency slot.
In addition to his worldwide DJ schedule, the Plastician has released records on labels such as Rephlex, Soulja, ROAD, Slimzos, A.R.M.Y. or Southside Dubstars. His musical style connects east London grime to the south London dubstep scenes. “Plastician’s sounds are definitely at the darker end of the spectrum, the glossy production of his slithery half-tempo beats, gunshot snares and growling basslines giving them a shark-eyed sense of threat, like getting sucked into a slick gangster movie – but even though they’re mainly far from jump-up in approach, they never lose sight of their lineage in the rave. Another stirling album to file alongside Skream, Benga and co.” Mixmag 4/5 review of ‘Beg to Differ’
Safetyboy began his foray into the world of breakbeats under the alias Force 9 in 1997, playing at the Urban Breakz club in Andrews Lane Theatre alongside the then small crew of Junglists that played around the country. Becoming a regular guest on Kenny and Keevos weekly show on Power FM he caught the attention of Drum and Bass crew Bassbin leading to regular slots at their now infamous club nights at Switch, The Metropolitan and Traffic. Under his new name Safetyboy continued to play out around the country and co-host a show on Power FM with Barry Delta. He co founded Reach in 2005 with Barry Delta and Ricky force who took over from Bassbin when they left Traffic and began putting on quality Dubstep and Drum and Bass nights around Dublin.