Having been a household name in the London club scene (and often regularly pushing beyond the city limits) for a strong few years now, North West London instrumentalist Dark0 is soon to rip New York City night life a new one. Scheduled to play at NYC’s MoMA on July 25th, the young producer will perform alongside the likes of UK Grime heavyweights Skepta and Slimzee and US urban stalwarts Baauer and Sicko Mobb.
Dark0 has been an artist plagued by pigeon-holing, often being simplified by lazy music journos as one of the forefront runners in ‘the new grime instrumental’ movement. Not that this is a bad thing by any means, but listen to his new single “Abrasion”, and you’ll realise why he’s becoming frustrated.
Talking to Fader (who premiered the new track), Dark0 revealed:
“I wanted to make a song that would tell a story of my current feelings of claustrophobia, frustration and ultimately, ambition […] One that would start with nostalgia, take you through my ever-changing influences and leave you with a memento. A song to tell you that there’s so much more to me than being some ‘instrumental grime’ producer, or even some joker, and that I have my own story, through which I’ve crafted my own sound. Finally, that I’m not afraid to operate within it and push its boundaries further than ever before. ‘Abrasion’ is me breaking away from stereotypes, from everyone, and emerging into a new place where I’m free.”
Dark0’s instrumental’s are a lot of things, including being extremely cinematic and immersive across the board, and his upcoming EP Solace (from which “Abrasion” is taken) will hopefully finally propel the young producer into being accepted as a genre unto himself.