Interview: BLACKCROWN – WESTWAY, BOAT PARTIES ON THE THAMES & HOW UK GRIME HAS CHANGED

THIS IS A 2&6 INTERVIEW WITH:

1blackcrown hashtag on Twitter

For the uninitiated, who makes up Blackcrown, where are you guys from and how long have you guys been creating together?

SO BLACKCROWN IS MADE UP OF 100K-WING, TINY GODFATHER AND MYSELF J- WING. WE ARE ALL FROM WEST LONDON, AND WE HAVE BEING MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER SINCE 2007.

‘Dumping Season’ is the newest track to come out from guys and is produced by Uncle Dreama. Do you guys like working with a large array of Producers or do you have your favourites that you’ve been working with since day?

TO BE HONEST ITS A BIT OF BOTH. WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE OUR FAVOURITES THAT WE LIKE TO GO WITH BUT ITS ALL ABOUT NETWORKING REALY. WHEN IT COMES TO NEW PRODUCERS, IF TIS OUR SOUND THEN ITS OUR SOUNDS AND IT JUST WORKS.

What’s your favourite experience that has come from being a part of Blackcrown so far? Is there a particular set, show, track or fan interaction that makes you proud when you look back on it.

100K-WING: ITS GOT TO BE THE BOAT PARTY.

J-WING: NOW THE BOAT PARTY WAS THE ONE. BASICALLY WE HAD THIS MAD BOAT BARTY ON THE THEMES AND IT WAS JUST EPIC. THAT WAS hosted BY HOT WAFFLE events AND SIR PIxELOT WAS OUR DJ THAT NiHGT WHICH WAS MASSIVE

100k-wing: There are definitely a few though! How about that one in Vauxhall. J and Tiny have back to back birthdays and one year we were booked to perform at midnight so we were on stage for both the boys birthdays which was sick. a lot of good experiences have come from blackcrown thankfully.

J-wing: There was this night that me and tiny went down to the grime originals tour in Southampton. That was a massive crowd and a big gig for us at that point.

100k-wing: What about Westway festival?

J-wing: Ah yer, there was this Portobello festival but we were performing under the westway which is obviously our home area.

Westway is hands down one of the hardest tracks i’ve stumbled across this year. It has a very early garage influence to it that stands out compared to the rest of your discography. When was this strack made, what do you remember about recording it and how did that 2000’s garage sound influence you?

J-Wing: So the west way track…we was part of a group called musical mob back in 2003. One of the original producers for musical mob was Youngster. So when it came to recording westway, we knew we wanted to make something that sounded proper old-school but with a new-school vibe to it, so the natural choice was to go to youngster who has that original musical mob sound.

How do you think that the Grime scene has changed sincethe earliest days of pirate radio and eskimo dance. Are there any things that you miss now that UK music has developed so much?

J-wing: Its changed because now there is easier ways for people to make money. There are way more platforms and most importantly pirate radio is now legal. And obviously the change from vinyl and tapes to streaming.

In terms of things that I miss, I can’t say there is anything I really miss. Aside from channel U. And Eskimo dance for that matter!

Who would your dream collaboration album be with?

J-wing: Oh Album, i don’t know about an album!

100k-Wing: How big can we go can I get like Kanye on production? Or The Neptunes?

J-wing: Man i’m thinking straight to Travis Scott he’s go that sound. But if I was going to go grime, I would go for some of the originals. Im from a different era so I would go with people like Crazy-Titch, Wiley, Broozer, pmoney, blacks.i need the grit.

If all of your music was deleted and you could only save one song to represent everything about Blackcrown, what track would it be?

100k-WING : probably like WHO BACKS YOU? WESTWAY? MAN ONLY ONE WE GOT TRACKS

J-WING: WE GOT ANTHEMS! WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE 2007 YOU KNOW, WE EVEN GOT HIP-HOP TRACKS. I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO FLIP THAT BACK TO YOU GUYS, YOU LET US KNOW WHAT OUR BEST TRACK IS HAHA

Lastly, what can we expect from Black-Crown in the future? Any hopes to come perform in Amsterdam? We would love to see that!

J-wing:So we are already have a pipeline full of more music, merch, some more visuals. 100k-wing:We have a lot more music than visuals at the minute so expect to see a lot more

black crown music videos. Networking so hopefully we can get over there and perform soon! J-wing:we 1000% have hopes ot come perform out in dam, we would love to do that!


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