Posts tagged ‘Big H’

March 13, 2014

Meridian Dan (@Meridian_Dan) – German Whip [Music Video]

Meridian Dan has shot a new, slicker video for the biggest Grime tune of the year German Whip featuring Big H and JME.

 

February 5, 2014

MTV The Wrap Up: Big H (@BigHOfficial) [Interview]

 

The release of ‘Fire & Smoke’ was long awaited in the grime scene, but last month the album was released after a long hiatus from Big H. The Bloodline crew member is one of grime’s originators and helped lay the foundation young MCs walk on today. With this album release and his forthcoming clash with P Money on Lord Of The Mic 6The Wrap Up’s Shireen Fenner couldn’t wait to catch up with Big H to talk sending, grime’s pop tarts and much more.

The Wrap Up: You one of the originators of grime music and your flow has influenced many. Who in the grime world would you say you have influenced?

Big H: I’d say I have influenced everyone that has come into contact with making grime, whether it’s producers or MCs. If they say I haven’t influenced them or they don’t know of me then something’s not right. All the great people that have got somewhere generally have and picked up a bit of the style.

TWU: Prez T and yourself have some strong connections to Manchester. Are there any differences in the scene there compared to London?

Big H: Manchester, London… it’s all grime at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where it is; grime is grime wherever you make it. If you’re a crap MC in Birmingham you’re going to be rubbish in London – it isn’t going to change. Even if I were in Afghanistan I’d still be spitting grime. Manchester is just a place where I went to display my music.

TWU: You’ve got the Bloodline album coming out soon. Can you let us know a bit more about it?

Big H: I don’t know if there are going to be any features, but I do know that there is going to be a full Bloodline CD with me Bossman, Paper Pabs, Meridian Dan, Prez T, 9 Milli Major and anyone I forgot. It’s going to be a hard album; we took time to make it. I think it’s going to be the biggest grime album to come out from the main crew; Boy Better Know, Roll Deep or Bloodline. It was supposed to be coming out around spring, but it could be a summer album. I’m waiting on Pabz to press the button.

TWU: Bloodline as a whole is doing really well individually, from Merdian Dan’s ‘German Whip’ to your release; what’s the rest of the crew up to and where do you feel Bloodline’s position is in grime right now?

Big H: Bloodline is at the top of grime. Anyone I really associate with gets somewhere in their career. I’m not saying it to try and big myself up and all that; you can see with the whole Meridian thing, people went on to do big things. The same thing is happening with Bloodline now, people are doing big things. Meridian Dan is doing better, as an MC that was in the background to come to the forefront, it was because of people like me who believed they could get to that point. Same thing I did with Skepta… he was a DJ in the background at one time; with the right influence and push you can go forward.

TWU: You are known for making extremely bold, brash and overly confident statements. What makes you so confident, and what are the downsides of saying some of the things you have said or the bars you have written? Any regrets?

Big H: When I listen to my bars and other peoples, I feel that mine sound better. That confidence when you’re better than other people at MCing makes you confident when it comes to music. I don’t think my statements are bold or outlandish, I just think they’re facts. In a world of lies, facts stand out because there’s not many facts being said. [Laughs] You can call me the grime lord, I’m here to lay down the commandments. I give people what they want.

TWU: You used a phrase in an interview once saying ‘sweet sort of grime MC’s pop tarts’ – which artists would you apply this statement to?

Big H: Skepta, JME, Wiley and anyone that associates with them and is featured with them.

TWU: You’re clashing P Money in LOTM 6. How are you feeling about the clash and why do you feel now is the right time to be on LOTM?

Big H: I think it’s a great time for me to clash P Money and it’s good for me because I’m getting paid to do something that I like doing – pissing off MCs. P Money’s going to lose on the day. It’s like Tyson fighting Bruno, he’s Bruno and I’m Tyson [laughs]. I hope people will be entertained.

TWU: With two such big names, there is a high probability of one of you walking away worse for wear. Do you think that this clash could negatively affect either of you in your careers?

Big H: No I don’t think anyone’s career could be bent; it’s just music. I think it will boost his career; me chiefing him up will make him more popular… just like it made Manga and Scratchy and others more popular. P Money’s not a big MC, people keep saying to me ‘two big MC’s’… he’s not big. Me? I’m actually big; I created the foundation that he’s walking on today. He’s only just come around, he’s part of the new world order – I’m a grime lord. I’d give anyone a try; Jammer’s signing the cheque and he’s paying the right money, so it’s going to happen.  

TWU: You’ve promised some big collaborations in 2014, so what can we look forward to from you this year?

Big H: I’ve got another project being released half way through the year that I’m going to be announcing in the next month or so… I’m just finalizing everything. There will be a lot of names on there that I’ve never collaborated with before.

You can get ‘Fire & Smoke’ via iTunes

 

 

January 19, 2014

P Money (@KingPMoney) – Fire In The Booth [Video]

P Money went on air on 1Xtra with Charlie Sloth to drop an exclusive Fire In The Booth freestyle. The OGz member who will be on Lord Of The Mics 6 spit some fire bars aimed at his competitor Big H over beats from Swifta Beater and Preditah.

 

March 27, 2013

Dexplicit talks Grime and Releasing 12 New EP’s [Interview]

Starting off with a strong foundation in hip-hop production, and since moving onto garage, bassline and grime, Dexplict has become a highly respected producer and DJ. He was behind the hit record ‘Pow’ in 2004, a track that despite being banned from the radio and clubs, is now still widely played in both. Whilst his focus at the present is primarily in grime and baseline, he is still bringing his hip-hop and bashment influences to his production, creating a unique and highly recognisable sound and making his music stand out strongly.

“I’d say grime is my favourite. Grime is a bigger scene than the bassline scene. It’s stronger than ever right now I’d say. We’ve got so many people that shout 291dexplicitout grime now. It’s changed the position of everything. I think back in the day there were no millionaire MC’s the scene had a different vibe to it. It was more like a grime scene, not a grime genre”.

Dexplicit is about to do something very different with his next project ‘The Dex Files’. He will be releasing 12 instrumental EP’s over the space of 12 months, with the first released on February 28th.

“This project is to create a new way to release music, as opposed to having one release and putting it out like most people do. Trying to create a different way of doing things. The essence of it is just more interaction with the people that’s actually buying it”.

‘The Dex Files’ is not just a straight forward instrumental release, as Dexplicit has put a twist on it to make it more interesting, allowing his fans to interact with the project, “My whole aim is to try and get the people who support my music to feel like they are part of the releases. When the songs come out with the artists on I want them to feel like it was their choice, they created the release”.

After each EP is released, fans are then invited to vote on what instrumental they want off of it to be vocalled by an MC, by going on the thread on Grime Forum or tweeting #ThatBassLife, “I can see what people actually like, because their picking the tune that they like the most, the one they want to hear vocalled. I’ll have my favourite MC’s”. The track that was voted for and vocalled will then be released as a single along with the next EP, “It’s also about what tunes people like the most on each EP, it’s market research at the same time”. The roster he has is top secret right now, but I think we’ll be in for a few nice surprises.

As a sampler of kind of what to expect Dexplicit has put out a remixed version of Tulisa’s ‘Live It Up’ featuring Big H. He explains the method behind this free download, “That’s not really an example. I did that remix for Tulisa already. H’s studio is around the corner from my house, so he’s local to me and he’s a great MC. That was the only thought process behind getting him on the tune. The rest will be different because I picked this tune”.

To celebrate the release of the ‘The Dex Files’ a competition will be running where one aspiring MC will win 6 hours studio time with Dexplicit and a studio engineer. To enter the MC’s must spit at least 64 bars over a Dexplicit instrumental past or present, with Dex himself choosing the winner.

“If I pick them that means I really like them. I’m a guy that’s very not so much about names; I’m more about skills. I’m about up and comers; they’re the future really. I would have picked them because there heavy so I will do stuff with them. I deal with up and coming MC’s and producers now. I do tutoring in my studio for up and coming producers regularly”.

When talking about the musical influences other than grime that we will be hearing in the instrumentals he says, “There will be a few. Grime is the ethos of the EP but there are influences from dubstep, hip-hop, raga, garage, you’ll know what I’m talking about when they come out. I’m releasing so many, so I’m trying to be experimental to keep them different. There will be lots of different influences even changes in tempo”.

To find out more information about the releases and competition click here

September 28, 2012

Manga RollDeep Lord Of The Mics 4 Hype Session sending for Fumin dissing Big H [Video]

Manga is either up against Fumin or Big H in the dungeon as his hype session is released where he drops bars for both of them for Lord of the Mics 4.

May 21, 2012

Big H – Up In Smoke [Fresh Out Of Pen]

One of Bloodline’s MC’s Big H was released from prison on 19th May, fresh out of pen, one of Grime’s hardest MC’s gives us a new track Up In Smoke.

March 8, 2012

Steel Banglez

Mixing for Big H, Ghetts, K Koke and Giggs, to Asian artists Mumzy Stranger, Preeya Kalidas and Panjabi MC. Nice!

Steel Banglez descent into music began as a young boy when he was taught to play various Indian classical music instruments by his mum, including the dhol, tabla and harmonium.

From there at the age of 10, his older brother taught him to DJ. This was just the beginning as he went on to study electronic music production and audio engineering at the School of Audio Engineering, and since then has been producing for artists from Big H, GhettsK Koke and Giggs, to Asian artists Mumzy Stranger, Preeya Kalidas and Panjabi MC. He was the personal DJ for grime legend D Double E mixing in various big clubs, and also shows including the Dizzee Rascalalbum tour in 2009, Estelle’s album launch, Sean Paul at Bristol 02 Academy and Busta Rhymes at Hammersmith Apollo. Now his focus is solely producing, and he is working closely with some of the biggest prospects for 2012, Cashtastic andKrept & Konan.

How has your family influenced your music career?

My whole family is musical, from my great grandparents up until now, to my mum and her brothers and sisters. There music professors in India, my mum’s brother is a classically trained music teacher, he teaches American Sikhs that come from America.

What was the defining moment of your life that transformed a musical hobby into a successful and acclaimed career as a producer?

When I got fruity loops in Year 8. When I was in school my teacher Ms., Conwall, was the nicest teacher and she believed in my music so much. She used to treat me different from everyone, you know when there’s only one computer in the class, and I’d be that one guy on there. I was learning Cubase, and one day she walked in and said, ‘I’ve got this new program and its called Fruity Loops,’ and it just changed my life as soon as I got onto it. It just made me want to become a producer.

Do you feel that pursuing a career in music as a young Asian male still breaks certain family and community expectations?

Do you know what, maybe with the older generation but not with the younger generation. It’s not a good career choice in their eyes. To be honest I don’t have a life when I’m doing this career. It’s not like I get to see my family a lot and chill out.

What more can be done to encourage more young Asians to consider music a viable career choice?

I think the industry should let more Asians in the limelight, because in England there are as much or maybe more Asians than there is any other ethnicity. There is a lot of talent, and a whole scene of Asian music that’s not recognised at a commercial level. I think as a new generation comes, people like myself and artists like myself that are Asian have to set a standard for other Asians to be inspired and want to get through. I think Jay Sean smashed it for Asians.

In what ways has your Indian background influenced the development and sound of your music?

My culture, I’m a Punjabi and it’s very musical. Bhangra is at the forefront of Asian music. I think just my family and my background and my life experiences, and learning and studying classical music on the weekends from a young age influences what I do, and what kind of sounds I go for in my current production. That’s embedded with what I’ve learnt growing up on the streets in East London.

Wiley has been seen to be very supportive of your career. As he is the Godfather of Grime and a respected veteran, it must have been very instructive being around him. What have you learned from him that has helped you to further success?

I’ve learnt so much from Wiley it’s unbelievable. He’s shown me the business aspects of things, he’s shown me how labels think, MD’s, A&R’s, what kind of sound their looking for, what kind of direction I should go, how I should go about getting myself out there. It’s just endless. With Wiley I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for me. I’ve known people around me that are as big as Wiley or have the links, but never really gave me that opportunity. Wiley went out of his way, and he’s got a million people hollering at him and he saw my talent and he just believed in me. He just helped me out in every possible way, and I’ve learnt most probably everything about the music business from Wiley.

Who was the first person you produced a song for?

D Double E, it was a remix of a tune called ‘Colours,’ and that was when I was 15, I had my studio in Ilford. I used to make Grime then, and I invited Double and he vocalled the song.

You have been putting in a hell of a lot of work, and have produced for so many artists. What was the track that really made people take notice of you?

There are a lot of songs; I think I killed the rap mixtape circuit. I think I was out there getting on a lot of mixtape’s with the big rappers and rap was popping off at a street level. There was no sound developed yet for rap, so I came with a distinctive sound and I blew from there. I love all the music I’ve done. I think ‘Breakdown,’ has done a lot for me, I think ‘Let Go,’ with Krept & Konan is doing a lot for me, it’s most of my current work.

Your style of music is quite varied. So can you tell us the thought process behind the ideas for tracks?

Mad. What I do is nuts. I don’t know if I can give my secrets away (laughs). I can give one secret away; a lot of producers should try it. I’m surrounded in an area where there is a lot going on and it’s to the future so that’s one. I can just walk out my studio doors, and jump on a train or just walk on the streets and I can see the future, and it inspires me. I can capture certain moments and come back to the studio, and try to describe that as a thought of emotion. Or I get a picture of let’s say a waterfall or the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids, or some sort of emotional picture, and I just put it in the background. When I play my keys or make a beat I try to describe that.

Why have you chosen to work so closely with Cashtastic especially and Krept & Konan?

I feel like it’s a new day in UK music now, I think the rap game is at the forefront of underground urban music, and Krept & Konan and Cashtastic are very versatile artists. They have a distinctive sound and style of rap that they do. Cashtastic is very good with making songs, and he’s young and he’s got a big buzz, and he knows where he’s going and I see the talent in him. Krept & Konan do the same, their raps are just incredible, the way they write, and the kind of stuff they come out with is just amazing. I just love working with them. I think there going to be huge artists.

Tell us about the EP your going to be releasing. What sounds can we expect to hear and who can we expect to hear on it?

I’m not releasing the vocal EP this year or next year. The vocal one will just be some of the stuff I’ve done with everyone if I do release it, and some exclusive tracks with Wiley, D Double E, and Blade Brown and DVS. I’m just concentrating on developing my production sound more, because I think I’m getting a new sound.

Also the “instrumentalist” album….

It’s called instrumentalist because I like to think of myself as a mad professor, like a mad man. Instrumentalist meaning I’m mental, instrumental, mad. Its just nuts, and your going to expect it to be like a film. I think the way I think and the way I work, I don’t think a lot of people work like that, and its not a big headed thing, I just think its unique. I want people to know and see the insight to Steel Banglez to how I work. There’s going to be visuals as well, I’m going to post adverts up and stuff. It’s going to be a total new image and direction of sound. There’s going to be dubstep, dance, rap, film, contemporary, acoustic, but with a touch of my style. It’s going to be signature in that I’m one of the heavyweight producers in this country when that comes out.