Out and About (DMZ 8th Birthday) - [Recap]

Out and About (DMZ 8th Birthday)

[Recap]

Since getting home from DMZ‘s 8th birthday last Saturday morning, I’ve been trying work out how to write this post. I’m still not convinced I can put into words what the experience was; so I’ll let the photos and videos I took do the talking…

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On Friday March 1st, I headed down to Great Suffolk Street Warehouse. Like a few other of my favourite venues in London, GSSW is an arch venue; under the railway lines of the Capital city.

I’d never been to the venue before, but after a few beers with DJ2E, Kursk from Innamind Recordings, Kaium Records‘ Soulcaptive and Thelem, we joined the obligatory DMZ queue and headed into the venue.

System
I missed Skream’s ‘Skreamizm‘ event in London last year; so I’d never heard the RC1 Sound System that DMZ had kitted Great Suffolk Street Warehouse out with. Boy, that system packs a punch. As you can probably tell from the images below, the warehouse’s main room isn’t small – but the RC1 delivered all the way to the back wall with clarity and a FKOF-load of sub. If you’re ambivalent about heading to a dance that has this system, do it. It’s one of the best around!

Line Up
DMZ haven’t had a birthday party in London for a good few years, so their return to the birthplace of the dubstep sound is a welcome one. Room 1 was pretty much a ‘who’s who’ of the original dubstep sound; with Mala, Coki, Loefah, Kode9 (special guest #1), Pinch, Artwork, Chef and Skream (special guest #2). Sgt. Pokes, Son of Selah and Crazy D took turns in hosting.

Room 2 was more of the newer sounds. Zed Bias, Commodo, Paleman, Kahn, Close One and Cluekid all held their own (or what I caught of the second room) – and Illaman was a truly brilliant host.

Sets
It’s not going to come as much of a surprise, but the highlight of DMZ 8 was without a doubt DMZ vs. Loefah’s 3 hour special set. Pretty much every tune you’d want to hear from these three producers was played: ‘The Goat Stare’, ‘Anti War Dub’, ‘Changes’, ‘Return II Space’, the DMZ ‘Cay’s Cray’ remix – the list was pretty much endless. Loefah dropped a few surprises as well, Jay-Z went down a treat as did the Ramadanman ‘Woo Glut’ refix.
The crowning moment for pretty much the entire event was the last tune from their set – and you can see how it went down with the crowd in the video below:

Skream’s ‘Vaciallate’, built for DMZ 7 (which has just seen a release on Tempa072), went down pretty well too:

Thanks
First of all, I need to thank these guys:

Suraj and Lea, the amazing team behind Gritsy out in Texas. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to take half the photos I did. Thanks guys!
The Gritsy family flew all the way from Houston, along with brilliant photographer Huy Cao and a few other friends, for DMZ 8 (and Subdub in Leeds the following night). True dedication to the sound! I’ve been talking to Suraj and Huy for months online so it was brilliant to finally meet the gang after so long. Here’s hoping I can make it out this year!

Thanks to Mala (who I was honoured enough to spend a few minutes with) and the rest of the artists who played. This was easily the best event I have ever been to. Fingers crossed we see DMZ in London again next year!

You can see Ashes 57’s brilliant photos from the night on her flickr.
See all 8 videos I shot on the FKOF YouTube channel here.
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Pinch

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Coki, Loefah and Sgt. Pokes

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DMZ, Loefah and Sgt. Pokes

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Room 1

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Mala

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Coki

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Mala

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Loefah

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Coki

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Loefah

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Room 1

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Skream and Loefah

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Skream and Loefah

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Skream

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