Following on from last week’s Circle² Future Sounds: Grime Presets, we found out about the current grime scene in one of the UK’s most musical cities; Bristol. Bristol is famous worldwide for punching above it’s weight in music, arguably making the biggest contribution to UK music outside of London in recent years. The south-western city is perhaps best known for it’s pioneering musicians within dubstep, drum & bass and trip hop, including artists such as Pinch, Kahn, Massive Attack, Portishead and Roni Size.
Unusually, the Bristol grime scene hasn’t yet had the success that’s been seen in London, Manchester and Birmingham, but things look like they are changing. With sell out 1500+ capacity events in the town and a recent feature of 6 Bristol MCs at Wiley’s inaugural grime event, Eskimo Dance, it looks as if Bristolian MCs and producers may soon be set for a bigger platform.
A forefather of Bristolian grime and dubstep, Blazey established the first ever dubstep night outside of London alongside Pinch in 2004. As the head honcho of grime in Bristol, after years of DJing and running parties throughout the City, Blazey is now running Bodynod, Bristol’s largest Garage & Grime event which has seen some of the most impressive line ups within the scene in recent years. We had a chat with Blazey to find out what’s been happening in the Bristol grime scene over the last few years, and which MCs and producers we should be keeping an eye on.
It’s great that a selection of Bristol MCs were featured at Eskimo dance earlier this month. How did that go down?
It went really well, actually exceeded my expectations, especially given that half the MCs had never worked with each other before on stage. The MCs got together prior to the rave and had a practice session, which definitely paid off, just because each MC has their own particular style which managed to gel during the set and translated well to the crowd.
How’s the health of Bristol’s grime scene changed over the years?
Right now it’s strong, it seems that there is just the right balance of Producers as well as MCs, whereas back in the first half of the noughties there was a wealth of MCs, but only a few producers, then in the latter half of the decade until around 2013, there were quite a few established producers but not many MCs making enough noise to be noticed.
Which Bristol grime MCs should we be keeping an eye on?
Buggsy, Jay0117, Slowie, Dash Villz, Double, Gilly, Daran, Chevz, Trizz, Pea Rackz, Scarz, TDot, Big P, and I really am hoping that Bristol legend King Aggi records some Grime soon, that would be powerful.
Im hoping by middle of next year there will be more Bristol talent in the limelight, with hopefully some nationwide recognition of the talent we have down here, it would be a pleasure to see people take note of the vocal side of the Bristol Grime scene as well as the Instrumental aspect of the scene which has turned heads towards the city.
Lastly, I just want to big up Koast for his Durkle Disco label compilation that is hosted by myself in a mixtape stylee, it features a whole heap of vocal and production talent from the city - definitely a good starting point if you want to check the current state of affairs with Bristol Grime talent.