Dubstep's biggest DJ steps up.
Croydon. Big Apple Records. Hatcha. Skream's back story evokes all the right passages of dubstep folklore. Oli Jones began making music as a 15-year-old; he was an employee of the now legendary record store and one of dubstep's first and foremost producers before his teenage years were through. Much of the music in the developmental stages of his career was recorded alongside Benga, with whom Jones now lines up—in addition to Artwork—as Magnetic Man. The group became the genre's biggest crossover success to date at the end of last year with the release of their self-titled album, although Jones as always remained entirely difficult to pin down—NonPlus+, Swamp 81, Deep Medi Musik and Tempa are just a few of the imprints to host his zig-zagging 12-inches in the past few of years.
If you've caught Skream spinning at any point in his breakneck career you'll know that the man is all about energy—and his mix for us is no different. Gigantic basslines knock heads with UK-centric rhymes and rhythms, and plenty of new and exclusive music.
What have you been up to recently?
Same old really; touring, making tunes etc. We (Magnetic Man) did Coachella last month, which was amazing!
How and where was the mix recorded?
Recorded through my computer on 2 CDJ 1000s and a Pioneer 800.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the idea behind the mix.
It's definitely a club/dance floor-orientated mix with a lot of tunes I’m playing out at the moment.
What's the longest you've gone without tweeting this year?
About five minutes (while I've been doing this LOL).
What are you up to next?
The same as what I'm always doing: making tunes and touring. Oh yeah, and being a dad.