Into The dirt is a one off exclusive GRIME zine that has been inspired by punk fanzines from the 70’s. The Zine is majorly focused on the resurfacing of the new generation of Grime, showcasing some of grime’s pioneers, DJ’s, Radio stations, photographers and some incredibly artistic and passionate Mc’s/Artists. There have been many contributors and collaborations in this ‘one off’ Zine that makes it what it is.
Into the dirts persona stems around a nostalgic, placid, black and white theme, just like those found in the 70’s punkzines like Sniffin Glue‘ created by Mark perry, and Search & Destroy created by William Burroughs.
INTO THE DIRT – BORN IN 2016 AND WAS INSPIRED BY PUNK FANZINES FROM 1976.
NO ONE BOTHERED TO MAKE ONE OF THESE THINGS BEFORE. IT’S NOT A STORY, IT’S NOT A HISTORY, IT’S NOT OFFICIAL, IT’S NOT AN OPINION , IT’S JUST US WITH SOME CAMERAS, PHONES, A TYPEWRITER AND SOME GREAT CONTRIBUTORS CHATTING ABOUT GRIME AND THEN SHOWING IT THROUGH THE LENS AND TYPEWRITER OF A PUNK FANZINE.
EASY REALLY, NO ONE ELSE DONE IT BEFORE
READ IT, IT’S THE ONLY ISSUE SO DON’T ASK FOR ANOTHER ONE
Underground are rallying against convention, seeming to be non conformists and greatly influenced by British Sub Culture, Underground is a British fashion brand which sells authentic rock’n’roll-inspired Creeper, Sneaker, Winklepicker, Steel Cap Boots and Shoes to find out more you can visit their website Underground England
Undergound is located at Berwick street, where it is home to a lot of textile makers, and a trendy little food market.
SO.. Myself and Mollie were welcomed into the White Rabbit, Shoreditch by Becky Deng, given a cool little badge of our choice to wear as a mark of ‘being in the place.’
We walked through into the ‘printing room’ where we were offered drinks (Thursday being the new Friday, how could I refuse?) and purchased our copies of ITD. Walking into the main event area there was a simple typewriter and a note. The typewriter that was used, anyone could have a go… So our input was ‘W A S T E M A N’.
As soon as I walked in my ears had pinged, they had their own alertness. I have a really low level of hearing in my left ear but the beat I heard was crystal clear… Ruff Sqwad – Pied Piper. Radar Radio were managing the music, Dj Argue if i’m correct, (if i’m not please do correct me) was playing a lot of old skool grime beats which to me created a beautiful atmosphere for old skool grime fans, new generation grime fans and people that just like to hear anything a bit different.
Simon Wheatley’s photography had been displayed across a large wall, which I recognised immediately, although there were some unseen and unpublished photos that a grime fan could really appreciate, Simon Wheatley has recently been working with The Square who are a circle of rappers/mc’s/artists/dj and producers and some of the work they have been doing were showcased here in images also.
Throughout the evening there was such a diverse group of people enjoying themselves, chillin, billin, networking and working. A comfortable environment, everyone seemed to be at ease, appreciating all the different kinds of artistry that had come together to make this Zine and put on this event.
You may have noticed that my featured image on this specific blog post is ‘VISION CREW‘ I had no idea who they were, but upon first impressions I knew they were a group of friends and some of them were mc’s. Well that was a foolish understatement… Kind of embarrassing, thank god they were only thoughts. VISION CREW livened everyone the fuck up. As soon as they took the mic and I caught on to their different flows I was like WOW. Am I a dickhead? I heard and felt the raw passion exuding from them that excites me about grime so much.
To keep updated, keep an eye out for my next blog and follow VISION CREW via their social media sites;
VISION CREW Official Twitter account
On the night there was also a set from General Courts on the decks and Big Zuu on the mic in beast mode. It felt like Grime in its natural state… dingy, dark room, beats and riddims just ongoing, mc’s on the mic, spitting like its the worst day, tracksuits, and a small crowd bopping their heads in appreciation and respect for the lyricism. (also the occasional ‘brap’ and gunfingers.)
Big Zuu Official Twitter account
General Courts Official Twitter account
Radar Radio Official Twitter account
General Courts & Radar Radio on Mixcloud
There was also a set from Merky Ace & Tre mission that I missed, but heard was sick.
If you are a fan of Grime and Fashion then please check out everyone in this blog.
Some more exciting stuff coming soon, keep an eye out…
2 thoughts on “ITD: Into The Dirt”
Nice write-up, Vision Crew is shelly and they’re young as well so they’ll be hungry for exposure, as for Zuu, the guy is an animal on mic. Didn’t know somewhere like this existed but then again, Shoreditch is a wavy place for this sort of unique, unconvetional vibes.