just a fraction of an extraordinary piece of art on display at Manchester Art Gallery as part of The First Cut exhibition... Rob Ryan on death
I shared an extraordinary chapter of my life with the DMZ generation of dubstep artists and the community, the family, that built up around the scene.
I remember the high-magic of club nights like DMZ and FWD>>.. feeling my spirit on fire in the pitch-black.. finding some kind of holy grail in the space between the sub frequencies.
The first time I ever saw Skream play there were only 3 other people in the room, DJ Hatcha, Skream’s girlfriend Charlotte and the barman at FWD>>… it remains one of the greatest live sets I’ve ever seen in my life.
The Godfathers of this generation, accidental icons, such as Kode 9, Mala and Loefah, have gone on to help inspire the most vibrant global electronic scene. So many different artists have channeled their spirit of invention and gone on to build fascinating new trajectories of their own.. Superstars like James Blake and Burial, and labels who nurture so many young producers, such as Hyperdub, Swamp 81, Deep Medi, Hessle Audio, Tempa, Hotflush, Tectonic, Night Slugs, Hemlock, Nmbers, Keysound, Apple Pips, Eglo, Ramp et al.
The ripples of pure energy pushing out from the tiny epicentre of this incredible scene have contributed to a landscape which has never looked more diverse and beautiful.
If you want to hear why I fell in love with dubstep.. one primary piece of evidence is right here. This radio show was considered the global Tipping Point for the sound.. a show that changed history. It’s the 7th anniversary of Dubstep Warz today.. and it still sounds as primal and thrilling as ever.
by Jack Howson