Annie Mac is Radio 1's Queen of dance music. On Friday nights from 7pm-9pm over 1 million listeners tune in to hear Annie kick-start the weekend with her dazzling selection of the best new dance music. Annie then heads back to Radio 1 towers again on Sunday nights to provide the wind down soundtrack to the end of the nation's big weekend. Her 10pm -12am ‘Musical Hot Water Bottle’ slot is known forsoothing listeners’ ears with a rich selection of brand new music that leans to the more mellower side of Annie’s musical taste.
Annie’s disarming friendliness, and discerning knack for championing new music’s crème de la crème, has earned her a diverse and trusting fan base. It’s a fan base that not only listens to her radio show, but is also willing to travel far and wide to see her DJ live at some of the best clubs and festivals on the international dance music circuit. Over the past year alone her popularity as a DJ has led her to a main stage slot at Global Gathering, a coveted DJ set alongside Fat Boy Slim at the Amex Stadium, a whirlwind tour of Australia to play Stereosonic Festival and a nationally broadcasted midnight DJ set for Channel 4’s New Year's Eve ‘House Party’.
On top of her hugely successful radio shows and live DJ career, Annie has also established her own much-loved events brand Annie Mac Presents, known to fans as the aptly abbreviated ‘AMP’. The concept, which features fresh and exciting line-ups that Annie personally curates, has grown from humble roots in the small third room of London's Fabric club into a formidable force in the world of dance music. AMP is now a global events brand hosting stages at major international festivals and clubs including Bestival, Creamfields, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, London's Lovebox, a 2,500 year old fort at Dalt Vila in Ibiza and a long-standing residency at Camden's KOKO.
AMP also releases an annual compilation album of Annie’s favourite tracks of the year, bringing together an eclectic mix of established and emerging artists. The 2013 album has just recently topped the iTunes album chart, which is the second time the AMP album has hit the number 1 iTunes spot after 2012 did just the same. The 2013 compilation, which is the 5th album in the series, has also been released by Virgin/EMI Records in America and Australia for the first time.
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Meet Skream: Croydon’s musical wonderkid. At 15 he discovered making music. Five years later he’s changed the course of UK urban music, having helped build the foundations of London’s most exciting new musical style, dubstep. But he’s barely started yet: because right now, Skream is an artist on fire.
Skream’s story begins in Croydon, in secondary school year 11. He wasn’t getting on with teachers and they weren’t getting on with him: but he was getting on with his music. But two friendships cemented then would start him onto the path to musical success.
First he met Benga, another talented Croydon kid who was starting to make music. Then he met Hatcha, soon to be one of the most influential and pioneering DJs in urban music. Around 2000 Benga and Skream set about building on the early dark garage flavours that were to be found on the pirate airwaves around Croydon. Through Hatcha’s sets at club Forward» and releases on the seminal Big Apple label, they were about to create a new phase of dubstep.
At first Skream specialised in one flavour of dubstep: dark. His clipped, techy minimal style became a trademark sound. Long before grime existed, it reflected dark murky streets and sinister nights, the sound of decaying London and its frustrated communities, stuck out in satellite towns and sink estates with nothing but a PC and freely available software to channel their frustration into. Stuck in front of a PC for days on end, that’s exactly what Skream did.
But his biggest tune was yet to come. Enter “Midnight Request Line” - on Tempa records - an anthemic explosion of electro arpeggios and dub sub-bass. It’s a tune you can sing along to: Skream has it as his own ringtone. When it got dropped by DJ Youngsta at club Forward» grime dons Wiley, Jammer and the rest of Roll Deep began to shock out, flashing their lighters out of hard earned respect. The flip of this mighty release is bassline boomer “I,” an excursion into deep dub basslines and shifting cinematic textures.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise he likes sub-bass, Skream has grown up around it. His older brother was a member of Croydon’s notorious jungle hell-raising raving outfit Intanatty Crew, which featured Radio 1’s Grooverider and Bailey’s 1Xtra as members. Ollie, Skream’s real name, is no stranger to a bit of hell raising himself, famous for his up-for-it behaviour at parties or out on the town. In fact he’s the only known music artist with a subdued alter-ego. Most rock stars are quiet by day with flamboyant alter-egos. Our wonderkid is the other way around. But then that’s wonderkids like Skream for you: unique.
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In just a few years, this enigmatic young house producer from Montreal has given the current musical landscape progressively deeper ideas of what house music can mean in the new decade. Beyond the sparkling original releases, eps and remixes, this young producer & songwriter has collaborated across various styles from Jimmy Edgar, to Tenashe, to The XX, to Radiohead.
In a culture of new artists competing for digital real estate Greene anchored his career in the physical: He toured. Playing top European venues such as Fabric Live, Plastic People, Panoramabar and major festivals like Sonar, MUTEK, the Bloc Weekender and Bozar Electronic Weekender, he steadily conquered each crowd with his undeniably potent songs and infectious demeanor. With “Another Girl”, all the hype came to him. Tearing down the gate with two EPs on LuckyMe and Nightslugs, and nothing short of an anthem on the latter’s Allstar compilation, he grew as the best artists do. With quality releases and unforgettable live shows.
As the initial disbelief at how young he was, his love of heart aching RnB, his mys- terious appearance, and what he uses to record begins to sink further and further back into the pages of Google, the initial hype will be followed by better and better music.
New original music, limited run white labels, a jaw-dropping analog live show, and the launch of his own imprint Vase have further established his vision leading towards his debut full length.