Hatcha's Dubstep Chronicles
Hi people! My name's DJ Hatcha and welcome to my new monthly column for MTV’s The Wrap Up. It's great to be able to talk to all my followers, keeping you updated with what I’m up to and important goings on within the dubstep scene. From my Kiss FM radio show, my label, Sin City, HatchaTV and my events company with N-Type, every month is crazy busy. There'll always be lots to fill you in on...
October began with the release of '100% Pure Dubstep Volume 2'. The label, New State Music, approached me to do the first volume and off the back of its success, it made sense to follow it up – giving the dubstep fans exactly what they're after. There are 60 tracks on '100% Pure Dubstep Volume 2' and I like to be involved as much as possible, that includes selecting the tracks, using my contacts to get as many exclusives as possible and, ultimately, mixing it. It's got everything you'd want from a dubstep album on there: Caspa, Benga, Skream,True Tiger, Plastician, Coki and more. We had the launch night on the last weekend of September, at Shoosh in Croydon, and it was mad! Croydon's where I began, at Big Apple Records, so there was definitely a great home crowd vibe with a lot of old faces and good friends.
The launch was an insane night, but I play out so much that it's hard to remember one night from the next! I did Blue Mountain in Bristol the other week, then I drove down to play Brighton on the same night and followed that up with the Rinse FM birthday bash at Brixton's o2 the next day! Every night's a great vibe, though. Me and LostHench actually played Cable in London just over a week ago and set up a link so that the set could be streamed live from the club. That was pretty cool, as it meant people who couldn't make it down could still enjoy the music. Our remix of Wretch 32's ‘Forgiveness’ went off, too, which was sick!
As well as playing out a lot, I've been putting a great deal of effort into my label's nights, too. Just waiting on confirmation, but the next one should be the end of January with True Tiger at Fabric – which will be absolutely massive. I've been signing a lot of new artists to my label, Sin City, over the last few weeks, so be sure to check out the likes of Cato, Bristol’s Subzee-D, Birmingham’s Vodex and Frankie 28Hurtz. A lot of my time is spent listening to the music I'm sent. I go through about 30-40 tracks a day! Before signing someone, I have to consider if they have the right foundations in place, but if there's a stand out track then I also like to put them out via Sin City and spin them to give them that extra push - like what we did with Stinkahbell's 'Something In Your Eyes' this last month.
Dubstep has come a long way in the last couple of years, and it was great to see Katy B close this year’s MOBOs. Most dubstep DJs were playing 'Katy On A Mission' two or three years ago and similarly with the Skream remix of La Roux's 'In For The Kill' – that was a big moment for dubstep when that broke into the mainstream. Since then, it's started to reach the masses and bigger producers and more people have wanted to get involved in the scene. Rusko has been working with Britney Spears, Joker with Snoop Dogg, Chase & Status with Ludacris, and Benga, Skream and Hype all played after Wu-Tang Clan at the o2! They're huge names and dubstep is getting mixed with just about every genre. It's great that these affiliations have helped push dubstep forward, it's made it bigger for everyone. At the same time, there are people in the scene who keep it on track, playing the smaller clubs and that's definitely key.
There are four or five different styles within the dubstep scene, and that's the great thing about it. For those people just getting into dubstep, I'd recommend Mala's 'Bury Da Bwoy', Magnetic Man's album and anything by Sukh Knight and True Tiger as a quick education. They cover every spectrum of the genre, and the variation of music that you'll find at a dubstep night keeps everything interesting. For those heads that are already in tune, then check out my three recommended tunes of the month: Skream's 'Rawer Dogz' (special edit version), Benga's 'Running' and True Tiger's '8ball'.
My show on Kiss FM goes out every Wednesday morning from 12 to 1am. I like to switch the show up and keep it fresh, so I'll play a lot of the great music that I've come across during the week. I don't do any great amount of preparation for the show, other than listen to music. I've been mixing for such a long time that I just get in there and do my thing – it keeps everyone on their toes and spirits high! It's really organic and it's great that one week we'll have Heartless Crew’s Mighty Moe, then the next we might have Harry Shotta down, it's very spontaneous.
Alright, I'm out for now, but be sure to grab a copy of '100% Pure Dubstep Volume 2' – which is out in stores now – lock into the Kiss show, go and check out all the great new music I've told you about and if you see me on at a night near you, come on down.
Catch you next month!
DJ Hatcha was speaking to James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)