Logan Sama’S Grime Ministry
Welcome back to another column from myself and the world of grime. I hope you’ve all been enjoying this warmest March on record. As reports of imminent snow and a petrol crisis loom going into April, it does take some of the shine off of it (pun intended). That hasn't stopped us trying to make the most of our two weeks of summer in March that we've seen. You never know when you’ll see the sun again in this country, so treat it like a long-lost friend who you might not bump into for a while...
March has been an amazing month for live grime and I’ve really enjoyed playing at a number of different events. From high-profile multi-genre raves at the likes of Proud2 and The Scala to new nights across the country in Newmarket and Kingston, grime music in the live arena has been popular. I had so much fun playing at Stormin's birthday bash for 'Sticky: The Rave', co-promoted by the legendary Shabba D, at the start of month. It’s actually becoming a regular thing to see grime sets appearing at drum and bass events, which is really cool. The first man to book me was Eksman at his birthday event and I have since played at raves for Harry Shotta, B Live and, of course, Stormin. I was also booked to play with some big grime MCs at legendary 'Breakin' Science' club night, and I’m looking forward to bringing some of the grime hype to other D&B events in the future.
Promoters are appearing all over the UK trying to start up new nights that focuses on cool new music. I have to big up 'Sauce' in Kingston, because they’ve been putting on good stuff over the last few months, along with 'Raw' in Newmarket – whose launch party I attended alongside Ghetts and Sway. Big up the 'Licked Beatz' guys as well as 'Pack London', who got me at their huge collab rave at Proud2 this month with Blacks, Kozzie, MIK and Badness. They ALWAYS put on cool parties! I really enjoy playing grime music at events like these, simply because it’s full of open-minded people who are just out to have a good time. Their recent 'Outlook Festival' launch party at the Ewer St Car Park was insane! I played on Mungo's HiFi sound system, which you need to feel in person to understand. Definitely looking forward to celebrating two years of 'Licked Beatz' tonight (Friday, March 30) at Cable and playing at another of their 'Outlook Festival' launch parties in April.
Speaking of birthdays, everyone who went to the second birthday celebration of the Butterz label at Cable will have had memories to keep for a long time. I wasn't even booked but ended up hosting on the mic for Royal T's set! You can listen to all of the sets by checking out the Butterz Tumblr. I also have to big up Diesle D Power and D Lux for their hard work in making 'Mix And Blend 2' happen. Diesle has always been a pioneer of grime music, going way back to its start in 2002. April looks certain to be a very busy month for me with the 'High Frequency: Lord Of The Mics' tour kicking off, more 'Outlook Festival' launch parties and a trip to Prague all sitting in my live dates.
Along with all of that, I’m filming a new piece which follows my journey to recapture some form of fitness. Four times a week, I now hook up with my new personal trainer, Chaka Bars, who has an amazing outlook on fitness and wellbeing, focusing entirely on bodyweight exercises and constant pushing and support. Chaka has created the Spartan Family community, which you can find on twitter under the hashtag #SpartanFam, where his followers all communicate their hard work and successes. He runs sessions out of Nike's 1948 London facility in Shoreditch on a Friday, so make sure you check that out. Look out for the footage coming soon to SnobbishTV, where you’ll see me throwing up and collapsing in full HD glory! There really is no shame spared on this when it drops. It's the full and truthful journey.
My show on Kiss FM has seen some great guests this month, with C4, JME, Trilla, Rapid, Big Narstie and Typah all passing through. The 'After Hours' session with C4, JME and Trilla is perfect listening for this sunny weather, so check that out along with all of the other videos on my blog. Oh, and make sure you go and support C4’s new single, 'Off Track', and Big Narstie new mixtape, 'Pain Overload', right this second! In the coming month, we have a lot of exciting developments with the show. We'll be cutting back on interview segments and focussing entirely on the music and live performance. Expect to hear more freestyles, more big tracks and, on the flip side, more new content for the online world.
'After Hours' sessions will be a mainstay of this, but look out for much more in the way of free downloads, mixes and in-depth interviews with some of your favourites. First up is a free mixtape consisting entirely of brand new under 18s grime talent from across the country. We’re also releasing some cool stuff this month, including a new sampler and a digital EP from Nu Klear.
Until next month, take care and always Keep It Grimy!
DJ Logan Sama was speaking to James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)