DJ DIALS, HGMNY, SOUNDPIECES, & 1015 FOLSOM PRESENT
SAM GELLAITRY (SF DEBUT)
+ MORE TBA
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH
10PM - 2AM | 21+
As a multi-faceted, quadruple threat artist, Skepta embodies a scene’s ability to shift on its own terms. The Tottenham-raised Londoner — a product of the area’s Meridian Estate after a move from east as a toddler— operated behind the scenes in grime’s early days with Meridian Crew in the early 2000s as a DJ and producer, providing abackbone for his Hackney-born younger brother JME to take the mic alongside legends of the industry during an era of lyrical war, with calls for clashes maintaining the raw energy. Behind the boards for 2002’s Wiley and Youngstar inspired Gun Shot Riddim and 2004’s Meridian Crew-affiliated classic Private Caller, Skepta helped define the culture for years to come.
Spitting on hip-hop beats before he ever entered the booth in grime circles, Skepta unleashed his rapid flow in the mid 2000s. As the white label era shifted into flash video and digital downloads, he built a sizeable fan base. Shouting out Meridian Crew and Hackney’s Roll Deep he stepped to the forefront alongside his brother, in the era of pixelated video on Nokia devices, street DVDs and Akademiks sweatsuits.
After his Boy Better Know collective emerged in 2005, Skepta’s 2006 classic Duppywas a crossover moment, as grime made its steps into the mainstream. His Stageshow Riddim was another beat that an entire scene hopped on before an array BBK bangers hit the mainstream. In addition to solo albums, he approached everything with a new hunger as a new decade approached.
Even for an artist with veteran status, 2014 was a breakthrough year. The self-produced That’s Not Me alongside JME embraced his legacy and beginnings in a track accompanied by an award-winning, appropriately micro budget video that homages the street DVD era. Having started his career deeply inspired by Wiley’s pioneering Eskibeats, Skepta produced another modern standard and return to raw form, On A Level, for him and stepped behind the camera to direct the video and style it too.
A decade into his MC career, Skepta is bringing his worldview to a global audience in undiluted form. His fourth album Konnichawa is the sum total so far and the evolution of everything so far and, with a local and international slew of partners in 2015, the takeover is imminent.
Sam Gellaitry is an 18 year old producer from Stirling, Scotland.
He began working on creating tracks when he was 12 after hearing his older brother and friends creating sounds using Acid Pro.
Sam continued to experiment with making music on his computer at home in Stirling and decided to leave school at 16 in order to focus more intently on it. This decision was supported by his family who recognised his talent, enthusiasm and commitment to composing his own music.
Sam attended a music course at college for a short time and there gained more insight into the music business and how it works.
Sam has been working exclusively on creating music and playing shows since then. He has toured widely within Europe performing in Paris, Milan, Vienna, Basel, Bern, Brussels, Stuttgart, Freiberg, Bordeaux, Amsterdam and London.
Sam has wide ranging tastes in music and is influenced by a variety of different genres.
He has created a range of different tracks with his signature sound embedded in each and has over 100,000 followers on Soundcloud.
Sam’s debut EP “Short Stories” was released in February 2015 on Soulection. The EP was well received by all of Sam’s fans, as well as acquiring great reviews from many industry publications/blogs, including thissongissick who wrote: : “Gellaitry’s progressive sound is displayed in his debut Short Stories EP as his hard hitting bass sits perfectly alongside dreamy, atmospheric melodies to create his unique contrasting sound that is truly genre-defying. Each song on this project takes many unexpected turns as the producer constantly surprises with the shifting of a variety of instrumental layers.”