British-born dubstep pioneer Skream (real name Oliver Dene Jones) has announced a special one-off old school dubstep set at an undisclosed date in 2019. This unexpected turn of events comes six years after Skream’s public disavowal of ever playing a dubstep set again. In speaking with The Daily Mirror in 2013, Skream stated the following:
“It’s the last dubstep show I’ll play until further notice. Dubstep is just a name now. It doesn’t have a meaning any more and the movement is over. It’s like the end of a relationship but it’s ended on a high. I’ve done dubstep since I was 14 but there’s no way I’m going to be dictated to. I stopped because I’m not inspired by it any more.”
However, at this time there has been no specific place or time announced, with the Tweet advising fans to “watch this space”
Skream secured himself a place in early dubstep history with a grimy and minimalist sound heavily inspired by garage and broken beat dubs.
His collaborations with highly respected artist Benga in the mid-2000’s pushed a new and innovative approach, bringing dubstep to a wider audience seeking a darker and more industrial mood from their music. Notable to the PNW, he has made several Vancouver BC and Seattle WA appearances and we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for his chosen venue for the new set.
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