Emanating from within Birmingham’s industrial heartland, you can hear the deep bass and heavy sub before you even reach MADE festival 2017. Despite being in it’s infancy (this is it’s fourth year), the sold out event drew thousands of revellers who descended on the Digbeth triangle for a huge day of music, art, culture, and to vibe with some of Ibiza’s biggest residents.
SpiceUK returned for a second year, and with some big talent dropping (Giggs, Jaykae, Chase and Status, Gorgon City, My Nu Leng) we were excited to get down with Birmingham to some of music’s biggest names.
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Glitter is just part of the vernacular when it comes to a festival. At music events up and down the country, girls, boys and beards galore have been enveloped in a shimmery uniform. Coupled with the brightest jumpsuit or waviest shirt, we are seeing some of the fiercest festival fashion this year. MADE festival was no different, check our insta for some of the best looks of the day to see who “MADE” our festival look book…
Exclusive interview with DJ Patrick Nazemi
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When it comes to meeting Ibiza’s most cheerful and smiley resident, we think we’ve got that one on lock. The larger than life Patrick Nazemi has been in the game for nearly a decade, working alongside Bastille, Rudimental, Nas…and he has now joined veteran DJ Craig David for what looks like his biggest summer yet. LA born but raised in the UK, Nazemi is loyal to the fresh home grown talent that is dominating the scene. He boasts a flexible and multi-genre set, he literally adapts it to how the crowd feels, as we saw on Saturday. We were excited to catch up with Pat, who also brought along DJ Q. Q might have been on his day off – but they’d obviously planned to link up – so we’re just gonna say that we chilled with TWO of the country’s hottest DJS.
Birmingham is the cultural city, home of Goldie and Hannah Wants – what do you think of the club scene here?
I haven’t played here an awful lot, but playing here today was great. I was switching it up as I went along, I started off by playing bashment but all they wanted was bass heavy music. That’s what this city is built up on isn’t it.
What else have you been up to in Birmingham?
I’m actually here with DJ Q! Q has been showing me round MADE festival on his day off, he’s been a great host and we’ve been chilling.
DJ Q: It’s my first day off in ages so I’m here to have a good time.
Made Festival Birmingham crowd – Image by Rashida Josiah
We saw you hit Coachella this year – what was the scene like there?
I went there with my mate Jack Garratt (the two had just been on tour), and he was playing Coachella so I went along too and hung out. I wore a lot of glitter – it was beautiful.
Check out what Patrick got up to at Coachella on his blog.
So you were born in LA but grew up in Bristol – if you had to pick: American crowds or British crowds?
Playing to the crowds I would say English home crowds are the best, I feel really comfortable with them. I would say with the home crowds they are just up for anything! But playing this year in America was an eye opener, I enjoyed that.
Who would be the dream to collab with?
Definitely me and DJ Q!! Back to Back. We’re gonna come back to Birmingham and play Rainbow.
DJ Q: You wot you wot!! (Q making reference to his 2009 banger)
What was it like touring with Mumford and Sons?
Yeah it was amazing, they’re good friends of mine. It started off with just party set, and we had such a good time so when they did an arena tour, they asked me along. I went along with it, and playing at the O2 to 20,000 people was just mad. It was good fun – they’re such good lads I have so much time for them.
You’ve had a residency at Ibiza since 2014, who have you been playing with?
I have my residency at Ibiza rocks every Tuesday and Thursday, and I’m playing Mondays at Sankeys. DJ Q plays there every other Monday too, so it’s been good to see our work come to fruition. I’ve been playing with a variety of DJS, every Thursday it’s with Craig David which has been sick. But loads of people are doing shows, Bastille, Clean Bandit, Stormzy….every time I play Ibiza there’s been a sick DJ and I’ve loved it.
The atmosphere there looks next to none, Ibiza is the pilgrimage that every dance fan needs to make. What’s it like actually living there?
Yeah, it’s party island of the world and there’s nothing quite like it. I live a little bit out of the party bit slightly more residential, you would literally never sleep if you lived right in the mix!
Has there ever been a point where you’ve thought you’ve peaked to your absolute best?
I think the life of a DJ is very different to a band. A band writes an album, tours an album and it’s more timetabled. A DJ has a different way of operating, there’s always someone up for a party at the weekend. It’s a constant stream of work, there’s no ceiling as such. The sky is the limit – and then some!
Finally, if you had to pick a genre: Grime or Deep House?
Wow! That’s tough. It has to be grime, because it’s made on our soil and runs in our blood. Deep House has it’s ups and downs but Grime has a high level of intensity, it’s born and bred in the UK.
Birmingham’s music scene is as diverse as the people that rave to it. The bass/sub heavy music is the heartbeat of the city, and MADE festival drew together a fusion of cultures and art to truly celebrate this. Big Midlands talent Jaykae and Lotto Boyzz drew some of the biggest crowds, showing that Grime isn’t just exclusive to London. Playing on the same bill as Midlands royalty Goldie and Hannah Wants, this was a fitting tribute to how diverse the city really is and how much talent it has to offer.
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The self -proclaimed ‘best looking fat man around’ Charlie Sloth, got the crowd ready for a night of partying. His set was varied, remixing chart classics and dropping a surprising mix of Oasis’ Wonderwall which was well received by the energetic crowd. Sloth’s set was testament to his versatility, he is set to play Creamfields, Marbella, and Ibiza this summer to name a few. Yet his famous freestyling as seen in his radio 1xtra show was the perfect move as he seamlessly mixed the classics and then some – from DJ Khaled to Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Migos. Just like his Fire in the Booth sessions, Sloth brought the heat and got everyone ready for who he described as “one of the best grime artists out there at the moment” – Giggs.
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The excitement that preceded Giggs’ set was tangible – the crowd may have been rain soaked but together with the heat and anticipation, the steam and energy that was exuding from the throngs of revellers was the best welcome the grime artist could wish for.
Despite heavily featuring on Drake’s new album, Giggs has been described as “far from a just a guest appearance” and you can tell people were there for the unadulterated and pure heat he’s been putting out. After a few false starts and set backs, Giggs is unapologetic in his music and his passion and determination is genuinely there. Every verse he rapped was lapped up by the crowds, they grinded to KMT and Man Don’t Care and Whippin’ Excursion saw even the security guards getting low to the gruff depths of his sound. A highlight was definitely Lock Doh, the minute that intro came on it was a next level hype; everyone was unknowingly in sync and the atmosphere was at a max.
MADE festival is definitely one to add to your summer line up. The stages are so close together yet don’t compromise eachother’s sound, you can go from Grime to House and EDM within minutes. MADE is unpretentious, it’s real and ready and there for the music. It has stamped itself upon the map and re-affirmed the appeal that Birmingham has as a centre of creativity and variety. If you’re up for a party then MADE Festival is there to welcome you – and Spice is all ready for round three next year.