Skream: dubstep is Dead – long live disco

Posted on 28 May 2013
By Pierce King
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Skream, a founding force behind dubstep, claims the genre is dead and he’s moving on to a deeper disco sound after being inspired by Daft Punk.

The Londoner, claims he has spun his final dubstep set as part of Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) alongside fellow scene innovators Plastician, Hatcha and Mala.

Skream, 26, whose real name Oliver Jones, helped catapult dubstep from Croydon into an international institution.

He said: “It’s the last dubstep show I’ll play until further notice. Dubstep is just a name now.

“It doesn’t have a meaning any more and the Dubstep movement is over. It’s like the end of a relationship but it’s ended on a high.

“People come from around the world on a pilgrimage to Croydon and ask me to show them around.

“But all I can show them is Yates’s or Ladbrokes. I’m proud of it all but we didn’t know what we were doing.

“I’ve done dubstep since I was 14 but there’s no way I’m going to be dictated to. I stopped because I’m not inspired by it any more.”

Skream said he is now concentrating on disco, partly thanks to Daft Punk. He added: “They’ve put the craft back into producing records. There’s so much work gone into it.

“I can understand how it’s taken them five years to make it. I’ve got a new disco record called Rollercoaster and after listening to Daft Punk, I’ve done a lot more live recording.”