December 23, 2013
Oh my days. This was not only my reaction to the evening, but also one of MC Kashmir’s favourite phrases for creating some serious hype amongst the crowd during this most unusual night.
A little bit of background. It turns out this dubstep and drum and bass night was actually an underage night, although it had not been advertised as such. As a result the O2 was serving no alcohol, and the majority of attendees had to have been at least 10 years my junior. That said, in I went to the upstairs room, determined to remain open-minded about whatever was going to greet me on the other side.
‘Make some (I think you can guess what word goes here) NOISE!’ MC Kashmir was on stage, doing his thing with Moize and the room was already jumping - literally - at 8.30pm. He later did some ‘a cappella’ rapping to keep everyone entertained while a technical hitch was rectified, and it became clear he has some serious talent. Anyone that can get the word ‘hydroponic’ in a rap lyric gets my approval.
His mastery of hype was put to best use, however, during Nychtophobia’s set, with Matty on the, well I would say decks, but in actual fact he was using a laptop. I am not well versed in dubstep, but the suspense he built for the drops was masterful and his playful mixture of retro tunes, house music and drum and bass kept everyone on their skanking toes.
A little side note here. During the evening, I stumbled across a new (well new to me) trend in clubbing fashion: practically everyone, the DJ included, was wearing LED and flashing rings. They looked amazing, and if anyone knows where I can get some, please let know!
I will confess that I did not stay the whole night. There was only so long I could spend in a room full of excited and sweaty teenagers, but the level of their rowdiness was indicative of the quality of the music to mosh to. Surely the best sign of a successful club night is having everyone on their feet, screaming, shouting and thrilling at some sick beats.