Sarf returns with a summer rave
We bring 3 headliners in Billy Kenny, Royal T and Pete Graham
Learn more about them below
British producer and DJ Billy Kenny is widely accustomed to the lower, more aggressive frequencies in the amalgamation between UK Garage, House and Techno. His hit track “Work” has reigned the bass heavy side of festivals ever since it’s release in August 2014 and continues to do so while more recent releases on Dirtybird, Sweat It Out and his co-run imprint “This Ain't Bristol” circulate the globe.
Hailing from Leeds, Billy now resides just across the channel in Germany although his sound still remains more Radio 1 than Berghain. This prolific writer now has to be seen as one of the most influential ambassadors in Germany for the sound he represents, despite the fact that over the last year he's been touring more than ever across five continents.
He and friends hold the reigns to their flourishing label This Ain't Bristol, which has turned more than a few well respected heads since it's launch in late 2014 and continues to pump out high quality releases to their ever-growing audience.
Unlike many producers on the circuit, Billy has perfected his craft behind the decks. His endless edits, live sampling, looping and unexpected choices of weaponry always make his unique set’s one to remember for those listening.
Royal-T is among a rising wave of grime producers whose focus is squarely on the instrumental properties of their beats: staining them various fluorescent shades, drawing in two-steppy beats, and infusing everything with a ravey swagger and intensity. Supported by Rinse FM’s Eljiah & Skilliam and having released music on their Butterz label, he signed to Rinse for the release of a full-length in 2012 and subsequently started a regular show on the station.
He became interested in dance music while growing up in Southampton. His location, however, made it tough to directly engage with what was going on in London. “I couldn’t listen to pirate radio, because of where I lived,” he says. “When garage was really big, my older brother used to have loads of tape packs that I used to steal and listen to on a Walkman.”
He started messing around making beats on Fruity Loops, until eventually he got to the point where he was sharing tracks online. He wanted to get to the point where known MCs would vocal them, but “because I was from Southampton it was a bit impossible. So rather than getting lots of big names on my tracks, I just sent instrumentals straight to the DJs instead. Eventually my whole sound became centred around clubs rather than vocals.
It worked: releases for No Hats No Hoods and Butterz swiftly followed, and since then he’s been making a growing name for himself as a producer and DJ. So the ethos for his Rinse show is to be as supportive of new producers as people have been of him in the past. “The same way that Butterz nurtured my sound, I want to do that to help other people to that as well. Give them a platform. I’d be greedy if I just played two hours of myself,” he laughs.
Pete has an influence from all types of music and his Energetic Basey Sets show that he is far from amateur in the booth. He has Residency at Birmingham's well know Rainbow Club 02:31 After Party. This has been Pete's home of 2014 with his love for the project and the music he has created a great following from his live DJ sets as well as producing some amazing tracks signed by Food Music & Four40.
Pete Has also created a huge impact in London this year with His 2nd Residency at Cutting Edge - Lightbox. His Live Sets have brought something different to London's Rave Scene and created a huge hype around his name in London.
Watch out for Pete Graham in 2015 - He has some massive releases to announce on Huge Labels!!
Supported by our residents
2 Minds b2b Stefano
Ash Turner b2b Jade Marie
Room 2 - Old Skool R&B