Lock N Load Presents
Both solo and as one third of Magnetic Man, Skream's name has become synonymous with dubstep, as it's spread over the past few years to rattle bassbins worldwide. But anyone who's spent time on a dancefloor during one of his renowned DJ sets will know that his taste and selection stretches far beyond the confines of the genre in which he made his name. He's known for throwing curveballs into the mix without warning: ramping up to jungle or drum & bass, dropping a disco track or two, or sliding downwards into jacking acid house. This autumn he's set to embark on the Skreamizm tour, which will find him playing extended sets that explore the full range of his musical interests.
"It sounds so cliche," he laughs, "but it's going to be a journey set - it's not going to be three hours of tear-out, or just playing dubstep. It's playing everything I'm into - past, present and future."
The idea for the Skreamizm shows was first seeded at Skream's birthday bash this year, where he played a set that took in everything from Boddika and 80s UK house to Donna Summer, all in a basement lit only by a single light. The energy between DJ and crowd was electric, reminiscent of Skream's early gigs in dark club spaces. "It just reminded me of the old nights when I first went to FWD>>," he says. "It was pitch black, and you just plotted up and danced in the corner without worrying whether you were dancing alright, because no one could see you."
It's those kind of intimate club experiences, with a direct interaction between DJ and crowd, that have become harder to find as dubstep has gone global and hit festival stages worldwide. As a result, the focus has often turned onto the show itself, rather than the music - something Skream admits is another reason to try something a little different. "It all stemmed from seeing too many light shows," he smiles. "Because you're almost blinded by the lights, you only ever listen out for the songs that you know - rather than when you used to go out, and then go home and be like 'What was that song?', but you hadn't noticed, because you were dancing too hard. I really want to take things back to that."
The Skreamizm nights will take a back-to-basics approach: a dark room, a massive soundsystem, an extended set, and a focus firmly on the music. Rather than staying in one place, he explains, they'll find him taking the crowd on a tour through the music he loves. "It'll be everything I want everyone to like," he smiles. "It's about people going out, actually zoning in, and actually becoming at one with the music."
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Lock N Load Presents