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10 Frontlines
FINGERS CROSSED PODWORKS
Each issue we check out an essential podcast for you to down-
load, this month it’s the turn of DJ agency This Way Up.
WHEN DID START PODCASTING?
The first podcast went live in June 2008. The
idea was to showcase the amazing talent from
the This Way Up Roster utilizing the podcasts
to help share their sound with as many people
as possible.
WHAT DOES IT FEATURE?
The podcasts feature exclusive high qual-
ity mixes from our talented drum & bass and
dubstep artists.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT?
An intriguing tryst between trip-tronica produc- albums deep and signed to R&B megastar Akon’s We also conduct small interviews with the
ers Amon Tobin and Doubleclick plus leading Konvict label in the States, ‘Two Fingers’ is argu- artists, production tips, top fives and artist
UK hip-hop light Sway, Two Fingers’ eponymous ably the most consistent lyrical performance of updates on all podcast promotions.
album is 2009’s most sonically interesting col- Sway’s career; brooding, yet retaining signature
lab so far. Dark, intricate beats and punishing laugh-out-loud couplets. ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD TO IT IN FUTURE?
basslines create a largely oppressive, uncompro- We’re always looking to develop our podcasts
mising journey through twilight social commen- “It was a good opportunity just to be a rapper and provide the best listening experience, ide-
tary navigating pill-popping girls, paranoia and for once, not worry about the music,” reasons ally letting the music flow uninterrupted is our
police. Sway, who produces many of his own tracks. goal but for special podcasts we’re looking to
“The majority was written on the morning it get in the studio with a radio like commentary,
“I was performing at a festival in France,” recalls was recorded, or while it was being recorded. I adding a bit of variety and share some informa-
Sway, who features on seven of the LP’s 12 tracks. wrote very spontaneously. I’d definitely like to do tion on tracks and local and international hap-
“Amon approached me. I’d heard the name something like [Two Fingers] on my new album.” pening within the scenes.
before but wasn’t totally aware who he was. He was
like ‘I’ve done music on computer games such as Don’t be surprised if Sway also rocks a drum & HOW OFTEN DO YOU DO IT?
Splinter Cell. I’d like to work on something; not bass influence on his next record. “My family are The podcast is delivered monthly and we’re
just a track, more a project’.” heavily into d&b,” he says. “My cousin is DJ Ink, looking to increase the output to two a month
who rolls with Loxy. And I’m pretty cool with (one drum & bass and one dubstep).
A few months later Sway checked out the Goldie. He was giving me a lot of good advice
Brazilian-born studio whizz’s output and liked when I started out.” WHERE CAN WE DOWNLOAD IT?
what he heard. Contact resumed and Sway was All podcasts are listed on www.twuagency.co.uk/
soon on a plane to Canada, where a planned two- ‘Two Fingers’ is released on March 30 on Big Dada. podcasts001.html with track lists and links to
week recording session went so well the rapper download.
was done inside six days. Despite being two solo Words Adam Anonymous
BREAKIN’ & ENTERIN’ CODED SOUL
Fast becoming a globally renowned event, Sadler’s Wells international hip hop dance Coded Music might be a new name but the man behind it, Phobia,
theatre festival, Breakin’ Convention, returns to host some of the world’s hottest is an experienced producer with releases on labels like Renegade
poppers, lockers, b-boys and b-girls across May Bank Holiday 2009, as part of a UK- Hardware, Critical and Flex over the years. So what’s Coded Music
wide tour. A jam-packed three days of performances, workshops, film screenings, DJ all about? “Having worked with Renegade Hardware for the past five
demonstrations and graffiti exhibitions, the sixth annual Breakin’ Convention takes years, I just felt it was time to start my own label where I could have
place at Sadler’s Wells from Saturday 2 to Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009, before a little more control and the ability to put out other people’s music
embarking on a nation-wide tour. Curated and directed by Sadler’s Wells Associate too,” he says. “We got Breakage on board to remix ‘Guillotine’ for
Artist Jonzi D, the festival includes artists from Korea, France, and USA as well as the the first release and we’ve also got forthcoming music from Code 3
cream of the UK’s hottest hip hop dance talent. Following the Bank Holiday Weekend [SP:MC, Jubei & Dakwan], obviously myself, plus more in 2009.”
festival at Sadler’s Wells, Breakin Convention 09 is touring the UK in May at eight
venues nationwide including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Salford, check Check out www.codedmusic.co.uk for all the latest news, podcasts,
www.breakinconvention.com for more info. desktops and download store, plus an exclusive track by Phobia,
Jubei & Treez called ‘Borrowed Time’.
Photography Paul Hampartsoumian
Words Belinda Rowse
www.kmag.co.uk
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