Interview: Elijah & Skilliam

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Ahead of the massive night that the first Jamz Berlin is going to be, we caught up with Elijah, one half of the brains behind London Grime label Butterz, to get to know a bit more about himself, the label and the tunes that he’s digging at the moment.

Hi Elijah, can you tell us a bit about yourself and about your label Butterz?

I’m 26 years old, from London and I have been DJing on Rinse FM for just over 5 years now and running the Butterz label with Skilliam for four years. Our focus is Grime but we embrace all corners of London pirate radio culture in our releases and events.

The last time you played Berlin was almost three years ago, how did you find the crowd and the vibe here?

Berlin crowd is very highly knowledgeable when it comes to electronic music, so it isn’t so different to playing in London, I think when you can get this particular style more regularly in Berlin then more people will become interested in it.

You’ve been one of the major driving forces behind the Grime revival in the UK. A couple of years back did you think it could have turned out the way it has?

Yes. It has very loose stylistic boundaries, and the MC element adds something most electronic genres don’t have.

What do you feel is different between first generation Grime and the current scene?

I think the first wave felt Grime could be as big in the UK as Hip Hop is in the U.S. This generation is more dominated by producers so it’s focused a lot more around club culture then it was before we started our nights.

Do you and Skilliam produce or have plans on releasing your own material?

The focus for us will remain at running the label, nights and other ventures that have started because of Butterz. There’s enough talented people out there to promote.

What tunes have you been rinsing lately?

Flava D – In The Dance

Skepta – That’s Not Me

Royal-T & Flava D – On My Mind (Version 3)

Plenty of others…

Jamz Berlin is the first Jamz incursion overseas, are you planning on bringing the parties to other places?

Bit by bit. The London ones have been running for a year, it’s the right club with the right people and vibes and you don’t find that every week. So we will expand the idea as and when. At the moment the regular spots will be London, Berlin, Leeds and Manchester.

You and Skilliam have already gone in big this year, playing in the US for the first time, mixing the next Fabric live CD, what else do you have planned for 2014?

We have a lot more records to come on the label, the development of this Jamz concept and from an Elijah & Skilliam perspective a lot of visual stuff. We have never really done any just because we have always focused on radio,  but now we have a cool set up to pull off some quality material.
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Jamz Berlin have also inaugurated their podcast series, and jumping on the decks for this one is Tuan:Anh from the NBSB crew. Have a listen and don’t forget that you can still win tickets for the night by commenting under this post!

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