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January 31, 2017

Chase & Status Interview

Chase & Status have been bringing us great British music for years now combining drum & bass, hip-hop, grime and much more, working with artists such as Maverick Sabre, Frisco, Novelist and Liam Bailey to bring their unique sound to the forefront of the UK scene. I spoke to Saul, one-half of the production duo, about the drum & bass scene, dodgy outfit choices, grime and more.

Saul, can you first tell us where you’re love for Drum & Bass stemmed?

It was in 1994 at a dance I guess. It was kind of like a ball where you go dressed up in a suit as a kid and try and kiss girls. I was like 13. It was somewhere in the West End and in the middle of all the crap being played, someone snuck in Shy FX’s ‘Original Nutta’ and everything changed and I stopped kissing whatever girl I was in the corner with. That changed my life, after that I discovered jungle, heard about Blackmarket Records. Life changed for me. I re-connected with it in about 1997, but it’s been a long, long relationship

There was a tweet the other day saying “Have I just seen another crime of mixing sports brands together? This has to stop”. What’s been your worst public fashion moment?

It’s hard to say you know. I guess if you look at some of our early press shots you’ll see a couple of guys wearing oversized jeans that weren’t well cut, with not very flattering hair cuts. One of my worst times was not that long ago about 5-6 years ago and my now wife told me I looked absolutely disgraceful at the time. I was wearing badly fitted, too long shorts that weren’t really shorts, they’re the worst, are they shorts are they trousers? When you don’t know you shouldn’t be wearing them (laughs). Fundamentally to be fair I live in tracksuits, I love them and I always have and I’ve been berated for them many a time, now 2016 everyone is wearing them. I’ve been collecting Moschino since I was a kid, loud, vintage, I’ve got 1,200 pieces, I’ve been wearing that non-stop too. A few years ago I was wearing it people said I looked mad, and now it’s the hottest thing to wear; crazy, vintage and the whole wavy garms movement.

You performed recently on Jools Holland with Liam Bailey, Tom Grennan and an exclusive with Bugzy Malone. These artists are quite different showing your versatility, is this something key to C&S music?

Yes, versatility is definitely something that is important to us. When our careers started in the drum & bass scene in the early 2000s, we were known for not making one style. We made liquid drum & bass, hard drum & bass, jungle, reggae and half time. As our careers have blossomed, and we’ve always done this since we first started making music, now we’ve got lots of outlets to release it, we make music from across the board from hip-hop to dubstep, to jungle, to grime to drum & bass, we just make dance music generally. Having different strengths and versatility is what makes it more exciting in the studio, it makes not every song sound the same, and it keeps the inspiration going. In terms of artists, we like working with people that sound like no one else. When we first started working with Maverick Sabre, no one sounded like that, no one sounds like Tempa T and no one will ever. That’s the exciting stuff we love doing, working with people who sound like nothing else.

Your music can’t be pinpointed to a particular genre anymore; it’s just original, British music. Where do you draw your influences from and how do you and Will start making a track together?

Influences come from everywhere; if you’re watching a TV show it can spark an idea. If you listen to an old song you can sample the vocal from that and muck around with it and the next thing you know you’ve got an idea there. If you feeling blue, if your feeling happy. It’s hard for me to pinpoint it as it comes from absolutely everywhere. In terms of making music together, we often start things on our own and bring them together and finish them off. We’re both pretty similar though, we both start with drums and we both like to get a groove going. Our favourite part of any tune is drums and bass. If we’ve got a nice groove going on the drums and a nice bassline line that’s what we basically what we wanna hear. Lots of tunes, be it drum & bass tunes or even an old funk tune, the effects of the tune where everything drops out and it’s just the beats and the bass rolling, that’s always been our favourite part of a record.

Now festival season is done, what do Chase & Status normally get up to in the winter months?

We still DJ, it never stops for us. In the summer it’s the festivals with the bands, on the weekend we got two shows, and the weekend after, that’s the way it normally goes for us. The end of the year we’re going Australia and New Zealand, it’s non-stop. We’re always making music be it at our home studio or the studio together, or on the road, we always have a laptop at hand. Come rain or shine we’re always making beats. We’re putting the finishing touches to our fourth album at the minute, then we’re on the road so it’s non-stop.

You’ve always had a heavy grime influence as well working with Novelist on NRG, Roll Deep on Top Shotta, Kano on Against All Odds, the London Bars series, Sun City with Jammer and more. What other grime artists would you love to work with and why?

It depends. Something all artists share from me to Frisco to Tom Greenan to Liam Bailey to Plan B is that passion and that drive to do something and that unique moment in the studio, everyone shares is. When Frisco came in and said chorus to funny, I knew we got something here. When Liam sent over the demo for his verse for ‘Blind Faith’ we knew wow this is something here. You get the same feeling with them all. It depends how they attack the project, some people sit there and write, pad and pen, quite quiet. Some people don’t write anything like Giggs, he just goes straight in the booth and freestyles. Everyone has their wild time in the studio, I think Liam Bailey has to be No.1 when it comes to wildness in the studio.

We’d love to work with loads of other grime artists, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with most of them. There’s a couple of big names we’ve worked with, but the songs haven’t been finished and are just sitting on the hard drive, so they will see the light of day someday. We’ve produced something for CasIsDead, he’s one of my favourite artists. Been in with Flowdan, Ghetts, and P Money. The grime scene is something real close to our hearts and we’ve been passionate about it for a long time.

Grime seems to be doing really well at the moment and gaining commercial recognition. What do you think it will take for this to happen with the drum & bass scene and do you think it will happen?

You may or may not like the songs, but the biggest songs over the past couple of years have been drum & bass songs wth Rudimental and Sigma.

Those aren’t songs you’d hear in a drum & bass rave though…

You won’t hear those in my sets either though. I respect those artists and wish them all the best, but that doesn’t for me represent the drum & bass scene, you’re correct. ‘Bricks Don’t Roll’ by DJ Hazard they put a vocal on it and it got playlisted on Radio 1. Do I think I’m going to start hearing the new Noisa tune or DJ Pleasure single or most of the underground D&B tracks in my record box, on daytime radio? No, I don’t think so. I think the drum & bass scene is bless. We’re all out from people like me to Andy C to Sub Focus are all playing absolutely everywhere, Grooverider, DJ Hype. I came back from a festival in Czech Republic recently and there were 25,000 kids strictly raving to drum & bass on the main stage. The whole festival is drum & bass; I mean it’s massive. People couldn’t be busier, Andy C couldn’t be busier, and that’s a testament to how well the scene prevails and is strong.

The underground scene will never get that success. The reason grime get’s that success is because it’s a song; it’s got a chorus, it’s got a verse, it’s got a face to interact with. An underground tune in drum & bass has got sick drums, sick bass, it doesn’t really have anything to connect to take it any further, and that’s not a problem.

Underground drum & bass has had a fantastic year; Ram Records has had a great year, I’ve heard a lot of talent and a great school of music on their from the commercial end to the underground, they have always been leaders in that field. Doc Scott has got some wicked stuff on 31 Records. Some of my favourite records this year have been Spy’s remix of Congo’s Natty’s ‘Junglist’ – one of the favourites in my bag – and Lenzman’s remix of ‘Children Of Zeus’.

Any new releases we can expect from the MTA label?

There’s a brand new EP from an artist called 991 which we’re very excited about; it’s the ‘Dim Sum’ EP. It’s got four absolute crackers on there that we’ve been smashing. Dimension has got another single coming out soon, he’s really making some big waves.

We’re nearly finishing up the year, what’s your highlight been from 2016?

My personal highlight was the birth of my daughter in March. It’s been a great year for us and we were blessed to headline Wireless Festival on the Saturday. It was real special. We premiered our latest single ‘All Goes Wrong’ with Tom Grennan at Wireless and it was the first time it had been heard anywhere by anyone, and it got an amazing reaction. That’s what it’s all about. Taking a tune you’re nervous about or lose faith in, and you see it get such a reaction, it’s such a special moment.

*published on 5th Dec on The 405

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June 6, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @LadyLykez @StickyBloodUK @chaseandstatus @IamMassappeals @Swissworld @AshelyWalters82 @OfficialSoSolid

Lady Lykez – What Are Those!

Lady Lykez takes to the streets of London, Oxford St with DJ Melody Kane for a fun-filled video for new track ‘What Are Those!’ It features a verse from a familiar face from Fire Camp, Face who proceeds to give the track a different edge to it. It’s full of humour and clever wordplay and is co-produced by Lykez herself and Elliot Bradley.

Sticky Blood ft. LDizz – Hop In The Place

Go-to producers Sticky Blood who hail from Sheffield drop a brand new track ‘Hop In The Place’ ft. another Steel City representative LDizz. The new generation Grime MC brings an anthemic chorus and melodic flows coupled with the Grime x Trap vibes and deep bass it unites for one heavy, summertime track.

Chase & Status ft. Novelist – NRG

We heard the audio of this track back in April, and now we get the visuals to boot of the high octane ‘NRG’ track. The electronic music duo are joined by South London Grime MC Novelist who powers through the track with confidence and fire. You’ll be able to catch this on Chase & Status  fourth studio forthcoming album. Until then watch the intense video below.

Massappeals ft. Mez – Wheel

Midlands producer Massappeals is on a mission to bring out tracks with Midlands based MC’s. The first one to be released from this is ‘Wheel’ and features an exciting MC, Mez from Nottingham who adds his energetic flows and mean lyrics to the already hype, and soon to be club banger. Watch out from more of these tracks from Massappeals to come with artists such as Snowy.

So Solid ft. Swiss, Asher D, Mega – Baking

So Solid veterans Swiss, Asher D and Mega join together for new track ‘Baking.’ The three drops some solid bars with unmatchable flows over a Dexplicit produced beat. Watch the energetic video to the catchy track below.

April 4, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @TheCocoUK @MajorB2DAL @RATLIN @chaseandstatus @Novelist @Wretch32 @WilkinsonUK

Coco ft. AJ Tracey & Nadia Rose – Big N Serious Remix

Sheffield Grime MC Coco’s latest track “Big N Serious” has been creating waves on the radio, online and on the TV for months now. The track has now been giving an official remix with two of Grime’s newest and hottest MC’s AJ Tracey and Nadia Rose also jumping on the track to add their magic. The levels of lyricism on this track are mental, and the three MC’s discuss everything from fakes, snakes, to mums.

Milli Major ft. Doctor – Merking

Bloodline representative Milli Major is back with an exciting new video “Merking” with a feature from Doctor. Milli destroys the track like a don does with his innate vocals and lyrics over a thumping 140 riddim. Doctor switches things up bringing a Dancehall vibe to the hook and immediately launches into a verse too.

Ratlin ft. Ayo Beatz – Never Doubt

Ratlin is back on his A-game with this brand new one “Never Doubt”. He brings in Ayo Beatz for the auto-tuned hook. This one sees Ratlin reaching for the sky for this inspiring track where he talks money, power and respect. We see Ratlin driving around in a very nice white Mercedes in the visuals and shots with his friends too. We should be seeing a lot more from the West London rapper who has been a little quiet lately.

Chase & Status ft. Novelist – NRG

Chase & Status have brought us some of the biggest anthems and after their latest London Bars series, with one of their tracks ft. Novelist “Bigger Man Sound”, they have joined forces again with him for brand new one “NRG”. Opening with a Prodigy sound, the track then launches into a bass fuelled, synth driven track, with Novelist showering it down with his bars.

Wilkinson And Wretch 32 – Flatline

After hearing the audio to this track already, we now have the energetic and fun visuals to match Wilkinson and Wretch 32’s joint track for “Flatline”. What a banger!

 

November 23, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @officialdpower @Bigfris @KyleLettman @chaseandstatus @Bonkaz @tompriormusic @YungenPlayDirty @SqueeksTP @WileyUpdates

Diesle ft Frisco & Demolition Man – Who Can Draw

Diesle is gearing up to release his debut album ‘Zion’ and teams up with Boy Better Know’s Frisco and Demolition Man for the first single ‘Who Can’ produced by King Yoof. Filled with jungle and reggae vibes, the two London MC’s bring their raw lyrics to the track and Demolition Man blesses the hook and his verse with his own different flavour. This is just a taster of what to expect from the ‘Zion’ album.

Kyle Lettman ft. Coco Dupree – Matter Of Time

‘Matter Of Time’ is the third track to be heard off Kyle Lettman’s stunning new EP ‘Under Construction’ released on the 27th November. It sees Kyle take it back to the slow jams era of R&B we all know and love from the 90’s. The singer/songwriter is known and loved for this style, and this one shows off the old skool R&B vibe perfectly, with Coco and Kyle joining and bringing a different flavour to the track.

Chase & Status ft. Bonkaz – Wha Gwarn (London Bars Vol III)

This is the third video release from Chase & Status in their London Bars series, and this time they chose a relatively newcomer to the game Bonkaz. Bonkaz follows in Frisco and Giggs footsteps dropping some heavyweight bars over a bass riddled track shot at Birthdays in East London, along with other locations. Bonkaz shows a more aggressive persona for ‘Wha Gwarn’ and his lyrics hit hard.

Tom Prior x Yungen x Squeeks – White Dress

Singer Tom Prior enlists two rappers South London’s Yungen and North London’s Squeeks for his new track ‘White Dress’ where they talk about women they see a future with. It’s definitely aimed more for the female audience and the rappers work really well with Tom’s vocals. The black and white visuals show Yungen and Squeeks in a house in two different rooms with two ladies, talking from the heart and Tom standing alone singing.

Wiley – 25 MCs

Wiley dropped the audio to 25 MCs in June and this week he released the visuals to accompany it. Produced by one of Grime’s best producers Swifta Beater its braggadocious but for a reason, as Wiley is the Godfather he reinstates his position on this track as the leader. It’s shot at his famous Grime night Eskimo Dance and features cameos of Grime’s biggest stars.

 

November 16, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @LoickEssien @KokeUSG @CHASEANDSTATUS @OfficialGiggs @IsaiahDreads @casisdead @Young_Spray

Loick Essien ft. K Koke – Glory

Following his collaboration with Wretch 32 “Too Grown”, Loick Essien one of the UK’s favourite homegrown R&B singers hit up North West London rapper K Koke for “Glory”. This track is edgy and has UK culture written all over it, with Loick bringing sensational vocals and K Koke dropping a gritty verse showing he is back to do some damage.

Chase & Status ft. Giggs – More Ratatatin

Last week we announced that Chase & Status had started a series London Bars where they drop a track each week with some of the UK’s finest artists. Beginning with Frisco, they have this week moved on to drop a new one “Ratatatin” with one of UK Rap’s greatest Giggs. The Hollowman rapper spits over a sick instrumental that mixes hip hop and Grime showing him taking to the street and studio in the video. The next one up will be Bonkaz.

Isaiah Dreads – Lights Turn Green

A serious one to watch Grime artist for your radar for 2016 is 18-year old Dorset based MC Isaiah Dreads, who’s premiered the title cut off his forthcoming mixtape Lights Turn Green on Clash Magazine. It has a guest feature from Saskilla, and shows the wiser, maturer and confident Isaiah to his previous music. It’s calm, cool and graceful and is the introduction to the mixtape which is full of Isaiah’s explosive passion.

CASisDEAD ft. Giggs – What’s My Name [Directors Cut]

The masked MC CasIsDead dropped the Director’ Cut to “What’s My Name” last week and grabbed Giggs for the second verse. Giggs adds his menacing style of rap to the already gritty track and video and is seen walking with his crew. The impressive video still sees meth labs and serial killers with added intensity for the second cut.

Young Spray – Sho

North London’s Young Spray shows us a different side to his music as he drops “Sho”. This track sees him spray bars over a Show N Prove beat. Whilst normally dropping road bangers, this track shows a more upbeat, lyrically charged and witty Young Spray, and it could easily be heard in the clubs, not just on the road. We look forward to hearing more tunes like this from him.

 

November 9, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @ChaseandStatus @BigFris @Skrapzisback @CraigDavid @bignarstie @Bonkaz @scrufizzer

Chase & Status ft. Frisco – Funny

After announcing their London Bars series which will be released on their label MTA Records, Chase & Status dropped the first track from the series titled “Funny” featuring Boy Better Know’s Frisco. The beat is grimy and Frisco spits fluidly over it. At the end of the video we see Giggs calling the producers, is this them showing us he’s next? It’s a warm up for their fourth studio album, and will see some of the UK’s best MCs working with them on the project.

Skrapz – They Ain’t Ready

Church Road-rapper Skrapz has been doing his thing for a while dropping mixtapes such as “’80s Baby” and “Skrapz Is Back”. He’s warming us up with this brand new track “They Aint Ready” which is on his mixtape out November 13th “The End Of The Beginning” and will see features for high-profile rappers such as Wretch 32, Giggs and his Ice City Boyz comrade Nines.

Craig David x Big Narstie – When The Bassline Drops

Kurupt FM seemed to have kindled a musical bond between Craig David and Big Narstie when they went on 1Xtra for their Sixty Minutes Live session. The two clearly hit it off and went straight into the studio to record a track together. Their both legends in their own right in different areas of dance music and their new tune “When The Bassline Drops” is an absolute banger. It’s got an old skool garage vibe filled with Craig’s smooth vocals and Narstie’s heavy lyricism.

Bonkaz – You Don’t Know

Bonkaz relives the Grime culture he grew up in on his new track “You Don’t Know, sampling one of Grime’s most influential MC’s Dizzee Rascal’s track “Bonkaz”. He pays homage to Kano, More Fire Crew and Channel U amongst others. The video shows a more fun and light-hearted side to the Croydon-born MC and he couldn’t have picked a better-named tune to sample!

Scrufizzer – Rapid Freestyle

Scrufizzer is one of Grime’s fastest flowing lyricist and is impeccable at it. He takes on Rapid’s instrumental to drop nothing but hard bars, repping his ends West London too.

October 7, 2014

TEMPA T (@TEMPA_T)- Fletcher (Prod Chase & Status) [Music Video]

Tempa T the original hype MC releases an updated version of Fletcher with Chase & Status on the production and a wicked animated video to match. Tempz always brings energy and a comical edge to his tracks and videos.

 

August 7, 2012

Dream Mclean – Network

One of grime’s intelligent lyricists Dream Mclean releases his debut single Network, produced by Chase & Status, and will be available as a free download.

February 29, 2012

Rita Ora – R.I.P. (feat. Tinie Tempah)

Rita Ora only just premiered her debut single alongside Jay Z on a New York radio station, and now she gives us another new song R.I.P. featuring Tinie Tempah. With the song written by Drake, sampling Nneka’s Heartbeat, produced by Chase & Status, and featuring Tinie Tempah it should be a sure fire hit.

http://soundcloud.com/ritaora/rita-ora-ft-tinie-tempah-rip

January 13, 2012

The Brit Award Nominations 2012

Last night was the Brit Awards nominations, so here they are for 2012

 

British Male Solo Artist
Ed Sheeran
James Blake
James Morrison
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Professor Green

British Female Solo Artist
Adele
Florence & the Machine
Jessie J
Kate Bush
Laura Marling

British Breakthrough Act
Anna Calvi
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sandé
Jessie J
The Vaccines

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Chase & Status
Coldplay
Elbow
Kasabian

British Single
Adele – Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran – The A Team
Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J ft Bob – Price Tag
JLS ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
The Wanted – Glad You Came

International Female Solo Artist
Beyoncé
Bjork
Feist
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

International Group
Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters
Jay Z/ Kanye West
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

International Breakthrough Act
Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Nicki Minaj

Outstanding Contribution to Music
WINNER:
Blur

Critics Choice
1st – Emeli Sandé
2nd – Maverick Sabre
3rd – Michael Kiwanuka

British Producer
Paul Epworth
Flood
Ethan Johes