Skream explains his new direction: “Dubstep has become extremely over-saturated”
If you’ve had a listen to Skream’s recent Miami 2013 mix (or heck, even a cursory glance at the tracklist), you’ll already know that the dubstep don has been moving towards a more four-to-the-floor sound of late. “House, techno, disco…this is the music that I’m pushing and loving now,” he said of the mix CD. “Things needed to evolve and I couldn’t be happier.” Unsurprisingly, the man responsible for the greatest dubstep track of all time (that’d be Midnight Request Line) diversifying from bass was bound to rub a few people the wrong way – but according to the man himself, the shift towards a higher tempo is something purists will just have to accept.
“I wish the transition happened sooner, but I had to ease it in rather than make an abrupt change that would freak people out,” Oliver Jones told Beatport. “That was the point of the Skreamizm tour, to go from A to B in three hours and show how naturally it could play out.” His thoughts on dubstep at the moment, then? “To be honest, it’s become extremely over-saturated as a genre,” he continued. “A lot of people bought into it because it became an easy way to get an edgy chart record, especially major labels. That’s why there is so much shit out there now, courtesy of people with no love or care for the music. The thing is that I see people saying it’s dead because I’ve stopped playing just that.”
But after nigh on ten years of championing dubstep, you can hardly blame the guy for wanting to mix things up. “The whole reason I chased a new direction is because I’ve always wanted to do what makes me happy,” he explained, citing the anything-goes sets of Jackmaster as inspiration for the new approach. “It’s not that I haven’t been happy, but on the creative side I was starting to feel a bit limited; the sound I was surrounded by at clubs and festivals just wasn’t really me. I could cater for it, but it just fell out of love with what I was playing. That is no way to live.”