SKREAM: Open To Close, how it came about...

A question we get asked a lot, "so, how did the Skream collab come about?"....

Well sadly, it's not the most interesting story to be honest but I'll start from the bottom... I've always been a massive fan of Skream, my first ever WHP was close to 10 years ago, Skream & Benga at Store St. Back then WHP was a different world, it wasn't as big, people were there really to get down & dirty to the music. So for that to be a first WHP, it always maintained a memorable and special experience for me. I loved Ollie's dubstep, as did anyone who had heard it really, along with Magnetic Man being the sound through my uni days. So in essence, I was a fanboy before UN:IK started if you like.

Then starts UN:IK and I drew up a list of artists I really wanted to get in the brand, Skream being one of them. It then went from a few twitter exchanges then to meeting properly at his 30th birthday in Brixton and then just partying! At the start I was a bit like 'woooah', but anyone who has met Ollie knows there is no front, no ego, and you can talk shit for days. I guess it was a like minded people coming together, we love what we do, he loves what he does, we don't take things too seriously and just wanna have a fucking good time! He's a friend who has helped us a lot, put trust in us and for that our appreciation has no measure. 

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The tours themselves well. A few stories...

First time round Glasgow, we couldn't really film in SubClub so it was really just and end of tour blow out ending having to book an extra night in the hotel room after ending up in an extremely surreal after party with Skream b2b Sulta b2b Jackmaster b2b Jasper James (how about that?). 

We travelled to Ollie's house pre Brighton, then it was the madness of 48 hours non stop. Brighton straight through, drive up to Bham then next day playing every Arctic Monkeys track on the drive, followed by a mammoth 9 hour set! (Then a 3 day hangover)... 

The truth behind the docs are, we hadn't even met Alex the videographer until a month before the first show. It was all by luck, what a lad he turned out to be. On exactly the same page, same ideas so it all just gelled. We'd never done a doc like this before, never filmed a tour or anything. Winging it would probably be the correct word even though how professional it looks, it was solely one guy on the camera! 

The last doc is by no means the end of this collaboration, we will see what is in store going forward...

Jake Messer