Logan Sama’s May 2010 Round Up

Apologies for the late blog entry. As some of you will know I was booked to play San Francisco at the end of May, which kind of messed up my schedule. However I’m back now, well rested and ready to go!

Flyer

Starting with my trip, San Francisco was cool! In terms of the actual gigs – they went ok. Dubstep has been big for a while out there, but I was the first dedicated Grime DJ to have been booked. The gigs could have been a bit busier, but amongst those that were in attendance there were some really knowledgeable people who enjoyed the tunes and knew the records.

There were some Dubstep guys on the rota and so when they played it was very much a ‘let’s stand here and absorb the Dubstep’ atmosphere. In fact, whilst I was there, ‘The One’ said he noticed his audiences being turned off by the shrill, mid-range ‘Brostep’ that currently popular. Because ‘The One’ and his lot are so in touch with the music, they only book Dubstep acts like Joe Nice and Mala – DJ’s that still incorporate the ‘Dub’ element in their sets. However, when I went in, people were jumping up and down and showing real energy. Surprisingly, they went for the vocals as much as the beats. I think after hearing instrumentals all night they needed something different to vibe to!

I’ve got to big up the promoter ‘The One’ for bringing me out to San Fran. He DJ’s and produces Grime, often collaborating with others in the area. He actually did a remix of Wiley’s beat ‘5.27’ which I played on my show about a year and a half/two years ago. There are guys out there that have been doing Grime for a good 5-6 years, who know all the tunes and are up to date with releases…With the internet, anywhere you go in the world, fans that know the music will talk to you and know as much as anyone in the UK. It’s good to see.

In fact, whilst I was out there I was made aware of a couple of MC’s bringing the Bay Area style of rapping to Grime. One is called Skurge, a talented spitter that ‘The One’ is working with. Also, there is a production crew called ManVSMachine that are doing stuff over Terror Danjah beats etc. I know Tre Mission is big now and spits double time Grime tempos, but these guys bringing a slower, drawn-out style to the table.

Logan's Sweets

Music aside, I enjoyed the American food as subscribers to my Twitter feed will know! I always think of picking up my phone when I’m about to eat…so naturally I feel to broadcast my eats worldwide! I was only there for five days and I wanted to try everything so I went to the International House of Pancakes and had a stack, had a Philly cheese steak and a couple of burgers. It was ok for a week, but if I stayed out there any longer I would’ve probably had a coronary!

Back in the UK it’s been pleasing to see so many instrumental tracks/CD’s coming out. Fans can get their hands on a lot more beats that would’ve otherwise become obscurities. I think now that this is going, we need to keep momentum behind the E.P. and single release model that JME and myself have been using. There is no reason why producers, after getting good feedback for a track, can’t fling it up on iTunes so that it comes out a couple months after audiences have first heard it. Also, this open-source remix thing going on at the moment, spearheaded by Terror Danjah, Skepta, JME etc is very healthy for the scene and is a really good platform for established producers to show the levels. I’ll be showcasing more of the efforts on my show soon, do a little medley or something.

NHNT

Despite only catching a couple of the episodes, BBC2’s No Hats No Trainers has become a great vehicle for Grime culture. If the culture gets out there, then the sound will follow. Whilst I’m under no illusion that if we were to put out Next Hype tomorrow it would make top 10, the more people who are made familiar with Grime culture the more accepting they will be of the music. Then, there will be less need for these 4/4-electro crossover efforts. You have to remember that the guys responsible for picking the track listings for Radio 1 etc, are middle-aged, middle-class men who are out of touch and incapable of spotting trends. They only pick what is popular now.

Anything that makes Grime look a little more desirable to the masses is great in my book. They said they’d get me on there sometime soon, although I haven’t heard anything yet. The Street Fighter section with D Double was something that I’d have liked to have got in on…Seeing as I was one of the first to play the tune AND I spend most of my day playing Street Fighter!

The World Cup is about to start and whilst I hope England romp home to an astonishing victory (!), I also hope there won’t be any major incidents. Having lived out in South Africa for three years, I know how beautiful friendly and welcoming the country can be. Conversely, I also know how dangerous it is in certain parts. It has one of the highest murder rates in the world and poverty remains a massive issue. So if you are going, enjoy yourself, soak up the atmosphere but be vigilant – not just of crime but the weather. It’s Winter out there right now so it’s as warm as London in the Summer during the day but at night, temperatures plummet.

As for predictions, I haven’t seen any teams that are really playing on form but aside from Brazil, I reckon the Spaniards will do well.

Until next time peeps, Keep It Grimy!

Logan

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