The Lo Dance: Secret Warehouse Party this weekend
It's a very fascinating time at the moment within the Australian 'Urban' Scene, over the past decade we have seen Oz hip hop explode, overnight internet rap stars, the rise and fall of dubstep, producers winning Aria's, the new wave of trap nerds and wagon jumpers. But there's something new that has been slowly brewing within the deep underground – something which is becoming more and more prevalent throughout Australia. It's called GRIME and we were lucky enough to catch up with one of the main stays behind the Grime scene within Australia - JUZLO, to discuss his upcoming party.
The Lo dance? What’s the go, should I be practising my waltz?
Haha naa mate you should be practising your bars, epic shape cutting on the dance floor and gun fingas [sic], trust me there is nothing formal about this particular dance haha.
How did this concept come about? What is a 'Lo' dance exactly?
Yeah this has been at the forefront of my thoughts for a long time now actually. For the past three years I have been running the RELOAD bass nights in Sydney with a focus on grime music. We have had some amazing nights with international acts, that have well surpassed my expectations. Apart from that, our regular nights incorporate a lot of different styles of bass heavy music like Dubstep, Garage, Jungle, and Dancehall and that’s what this party is about. I've always want to throw a party that was purely a grime rave, and one that included all the best artists from across Australia. So the timing worked out very well as my brothers in Melbourne invited us to a clash in their town earlier in the year and that was absolutely hype… So, this is now our return clash in Sydney. A dance is just another word for rave, or party… Ya get me?
What is a clash?
Basically it's grimes version of a battle, but a lot different.
So are we to expect 60 second rounds of acapella one on one battle, or a flip the coin, don't choke, mums spaghetti 8 mile scenario?
Ha fuck no, neither. The opposite actually, it will be a few hours of hard raps, and hype. It's run like a normal bass rave, the music is constant and heaps loud, no flippin’ the coin bull shit, just the two crews from each city going back to back on the decks and mic, getting real aggressive and hyped trying to outdo each-other on delivery, hype, timing, tune selection and getting them reloads! We won’t be telling the crowd to quiet down, in fact the opposite. The louder and more interactive the crowd gets, the harder the artists will go.
For people who don't know, what is grime?
In the words of Ghetts, it’s Jungle in 96', and Garage in 99'. It's a reference to the UK scene of jungle music in 96' which was particularly hard, dark and intense with the ragga element and mc'ing double time. It’s a reference to Garage in 99' which was towards the end of the rise of garage music where the sound was shifting from the focus of happy rave to a more urban lyrical focus, and darker warehouse eski sounds. But mainly it’s an offspring of the garage scene. I explain it to simple people as abstract dubstep with MC's, but its deeper than that…
How is the Australian grime scene at the moment?
It’s better than it has ever been. Traditional Oz hip hop labels are releasing grime albums, MC's are incorporating 140 bpm sounds into their tracks a lot more, local producers are getting huge releases and exposure worldwide, international artists are touring out here - it definitely has been quite humbling to see it grow from nothing to something.
You guys are smashing it at the moment. Your warehouse parties in collaboration with the Chrown crew have been some of the best warehouse parties I've been to as of late. What prompted you to go with this venue type for this occasion?
Those previous warehouse parties have been amazing. It has worked out great with the Chrown lads. We’ve found that we are basically on the same wavelength, and in the words of the BIG ILGE - we were sick of fuckwit bouncers, overpriced door entry and booze, and general dickheadary when out and about. Thus we aim to break down all of those barriers, and put punters in an environment where they can feel comfortable, safe and happy to party without the paranoia or bullshit.
So what can we expect on the night?
A huge lighting and sound production, friendly environment, a lot of energy, hype and reloads, plus it’s BYO!! Free wine for early birds, the best DJ's and MC's in the scene, free King Apparel giveaways, dub plates galore, live sets, DJ sets late into the night, and live graffiti and art.
Well there you have it peeps, the LO dance - Sydney V Melbourne Grime clash, goes down on Friday August 30th! Get your tickets now from www.theticketfairy.com - you don’t want to miss this monumental occasion in the calendar. It’s a big one for the Oz grime scene.
For more info, check the Facebook page here
- Mr Owl