Hatcha’S Dubstep Chronicles
Hey guys! Welcome to what is now my seventh column here at The Wrap Up! It's great getting to fill you all in on my world and everything dubstep each month. It's always so crazy that I keep a calendar now of what I've done and where I've been so that I don't miss out on anything for you! April started with me touching down in the Netherlands on April 7, then on April 8 I was back in London for 'Croydub' at Black Sheep, Croydon, before doing 'Get Darker' at Cable straight after – both of which were mental events.
The following weekend, I was in Belgium and again straight back to London to play at the Hidden nightclub before FuntCase came and joined me on my Kiss FM show on April 17. I was back in Holland three days after my show, and then Surge passed through the studio as our special guest the following Tuesday. On April 26, I was up in Newcastle at the Student Union with Crazy D, then I flew out to Holland again. Yes, again! Then it was time for me to fly off to Washington for the Forward Festival, all before taking in Germany to join Netsky, Friction, Shabba and a few others.
I'll usually start to build a track on a flight, open up the laptop and do some work or chuck a film on. There's so much technology around on when you’re in the air now, so time just goes quickly. Five years ago, I’d just be twiddling my thumbs on the plane! I was in Holland three times in April but, to be honest, that's not really unexpected. Holland and Belgium are probably where I find myself playing most in Europe. The scene seems to be going off out there! It's not just me, there are loads of artists going out there and really representing at the minute. There's no chance of things slowing down either, which is good.
Next week Tuesday, we have Fused Forces coming through the Kiss studio, which I’m really looking forward to. Then on May 11, I’m in Bristol – which is actually the same night that I’m playing at Wiley’s night, 'Eskimo Dance'. I'm also playing the next 'Urban Nerds' event and doing a Big Apple history set, which I'm really excited about. I'm then taking in Portland, Calgary, Baltimore and Miami across the Atlantic towards the end of May. I try to do the US around once a month and BassHead is the Miami event, which is always crazy.
I know a lot of the grime music guys and me and my fellow columnist, Logan Sama, are now organising a go-karting event. He's sorting out a grime team, I'm doing a dubstep one, Uncle Dugs is getting together his D&B team and then we're all gonna go and have it large at this big outdoor track in Brighton on June 6. It's great for banter and we're all getting hyped for it on Twitter about who’s going to come out on top! In other news, I'm currently working on something more mellow at the minute, but 'Metric Weight' – which I mentioned in last month’s column – is now on dubplate and doing the rounds and receiving some great feedback.
The video for 'Spotlight' by Cato and Lucy Randell, which I told you last month that we'd be shooting, has now been all done and that will be getting its first play on July 20 at the next Sin City night at Fabric. I've also got a special mention in the forthcoming issue of Mixmag, it's not out yet so I don't want to say too much, but be sure to pick that up to have a look for yourselves. Before I leave you with my top recommended tracks this month, it's recently been confirmed that '100% Pure Dubstep Volume 3' is going ahead! We're just waiting on the studio time now to get in and do that. The first two did really well, so thanks for all of the support on those and keep your eyes peeled for the new one coming out soon.
Tracks of the month:
1. Benga - 'Open Your Eyes'
2. Taiki & NuLight - 'Let's Go'
3. Cato - 'Feeling'
4. Lost - 'Greed'
5. Skream - 'Vacilate'
6. Arcane - 'Kill Everything'
7. Juggernauts - 'Hustle'
8. Subzee D - 'Haunted House'
9. Forensics - 'Gods Hands' (Remix)
10. Megladon - 'Sadism'
Catch you all next month!
DJ Hatcha was speaking to James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)