Review: Eskimo Dance 16 Nov. @ Indigo2, London

In Grime by DJ LZ [ENK]

Review: Eskimo Dance 16 Nov. @ Indigo2, London

We sent our in house grime, garage and hip hop specialist, DJ LZ to cover the biggest grime event of the year. Down at the O2 in Greenwich, London. He also spoke to DJ Logan Sama [Kiss 100], JME, Lil Nasty, DJ Mak 10 and DJ Maxium [BBK]!!!

Arriving at the O2 for this year’s Eskimo Dance around 1.30am, it was refreshing to be greeted by the promising sign of over a thousand ravers wiling out. Multiple gun fingers in the air, and one of the most upfront Grime instrumentals of the last few years – Spooky’s ‘Pulse 007’.

This set the tone very well for the evening and the next thing I knew it was time for SE London collective OG’z to grace the stage. This set was pure hype and complete with P Money, Blacks, Jendor, Little Dee, Stormer, Desperado, Ruger and JJ on deck as they tore the stage apart. There was non-­stop grime and tearout dubstep beats throughout, which gave a platform for all the MC’s to lace with their biggest sing-­a­long bars getting the crowd uncontrollably gassed.

Next up was the headline set from Boy Better Know including Skepta, JME, Jammer and Frisco with Maximum backing them up on deck. When they first came on it truly captured the essence of Eskimo Dance with a stage invasion from artists from every area of the Grime scene, this was until the security decided to escort everyone not booked off­stage to the obvious annoyance of Skepta, who decided to vent his fustrations on stage! BBK went in and had the whole rave reciting famous bars such as “If you see me with my hands in my pants…Boy Better Know I’ve got the gun in my boxers…” and Jammer’s “Oi who’s that rass…Fuck up the rave like C.S gas” even with the slightly ironic absence of Wiley who according to Twitter was stuck in Canada.

Apart from these two, the other standout set was Mak 10 B2B Spooky alongside Lil Nasty, Chronik, Riko, God’s Gift, Flirta D & Jammer. Which was full of 4×4 kickdrums and raw, grimey bars that you don’t see so much anymore in modern Grime lyrics. Flirta D went in to a ridiculous degree and was given instant reloads as soon as he sprayed his token sound effects.  

Overall I would say it was one of the most fun nights I have had in the last few years, but it did lack some of the original rave essence that made Eskimo what it was once upon a time. 

I also caught up with some had a quick Q&A with some massive names in grime about their thoughts on the scene and Eskimo Dance as a whole. 

JME

Q. What was your biggest inspiration to get into music?

A.My parents

Q. What are your top Grime instrumentals of all time?

A. Wiley ­ Eskimo, J.M.E ­ 96 Bars of Revenge

Q.How do you think Eskimo Dance has changed since the old school days?

A.I don’t the event has changed, it has a wider audience, people are coming from all over the UK and even Europe to see these shows. What I think is more important than the changes is what its kept and that’s the integrity, no matter how many sponsors want to buy into it, how many drinks companies, its still Eskimo Dance, that raw, gritty, underground UK scene. 

Q.Who’s your favourite Grime artist at present?

A.CAS (@casisdead)

Q.What’s new with you, any releases coming?

A.Yeah there’s always releases, anytime you want to check go to jamieadenuga.com or Boybetterknow.com and there’s always a new track up on there, there will be a complilation up on there at some point but until then, there’s always new tracks on there.  

Logan Sama

Q. What was your biggest inspiration to get into music?

A.DJ EZ 

Q. What are your top Grime instrumentals of all time?

A.Wiley ­- Eskimo, Dizzee Rascal -­ Streetfighter Riddim, Jammer ­- Destruction, Skepta ­- Dead Pussy 

Q.How do you think Eskimo Dance has changed since the old school days?

A.The crowd has changed drastically, completely different listener base, its full of students basically (laughs), like all the people who used to listen to Grime have grown up now,there on different things, we’re playing to a new audience. 

Q.Who’s your favourite Grime artist at present?

A.I don’t have a favourite Grime artist at the moment, but I’m really excited to see how people that are getting their chance like Scrufizzer and Maxsta, that have been signed, I’m interested to see how they’re going to deal with that pressure and if they continue making Grime music as well. 

Q.What’s new with you, anything coming?

A.I’m looking at doing more multimedia stuff, thats really important to me, I think experiencing Grime you need to capture the excitement, Grime needs to be a live experience, I would love to see more live events and raves. 

DJ Maximum [Boy Better Know] 

Q. What was your biggest inspiration to get into music?

A.DJ EZ, Fonti & Mak 10

Q. What are your top Grime instrumentals of all time?

A.Rebound X ­- Rhythm & Gash (Spyro Remix), Wiley -­ Eskimo, Danny Weed ­- Creeper 

Q.How do you think Eskimo Dance has changed since the old school days? 

A.Its kind of like what Logan said about the crowd, the music ain’t changed apart from every year there are new grime tunes, it isn’t a bad thing though, everything changes in time.

 Q.Who’s your favourite Grime artist at present?

A. Jaykae and the Midlands artists are really doing their thing, from London I like Scrufizzer, I like what he does and obviously he’s just got a record deal.  

Q.What’s new with you, any releases coming?

A. I’m just waiting for the boys to do their album (BBK) and hopefully tour the world.

Mak 10 & Lil Nasty

Q. What was your biggest inspiration to get into music?

A. (LN). I was born, my family is very music orientated, Mak 10, Marcus Nasty…I came in the game as a DJ and always secretly wanted to be an artist and now I’m Lil Nasty.  

(M10). My dad, he was a drummer and subconsciously he influenced me.  

Q. What are your top Grime instrumentals of all time?

A. (M10) Not of all time but Preditah -­ Circles always goes off, whether its the original, the VIP or the VIP 2.

(LN) A tune Grim made called Lose Control (Griminal -­ Music Makes You Lose Control) because it was the first tune I ever spat on.

Q.How do you think Eskimo Dance has changed since the old school days?

A. (L.N) The audience has changed

(M10) In a nutshell before it was all black, now its all white (laughs), I’m being honest.

(LN) The audience is totally different now, before it was straight artists getting reloads, now they go crazy for the tunes by themselves 

Q. Who’s your favourite Grime artist at present?

A. (M10) Its never changed, Wiley

(LN) Ghetts, Griminal, Lil Nasty (laughs) 

Q.Whats new, any releases coming?

A. (M10) We’ve got bare releases Tenn Music (Mak’s label) www.soundcloud.com/tennmusic, twitter

@tennmusic

(LN) Yeah I got stuff out now, Boom Boom Pow out now on iTunes, Nasty Piece of Work EP coming soon, Nasty by Nature brand (www.nastybynature.co.uk)

Interview and review by Laurence Heywood aka DJ LZ @DJLZMcr http://www.blatantlyblunt.com/artists/artist/djlz/

Edited by Nick BlatantlyBlunt @NickBBlunt