Oliver Jones, more commonly known by his stage name Skream, is a modern champion of club culture. Throughout his 10+ years behind the decks, Skream has been a pioneer of genres and a stalwart in pushing sounds coming from London and beyond, effortlessly metamorphosing styles to suit his own tastes, and not compromising the the rigidity of his own reputation.
The fluidity of the transition between his approaches to selection is a trait that Skream is emphasising on his forthcoming ‘Open To Close’ European tour. The premise is simple; Skream tours his favourite venues in Europe, playing mammoth sets from the moment doors open to the moment the lights switch on.
The tour itself is a conscious effort to resurrect the ‘back to basics’ element of club culture to the forefront again, forsaking elaborate, extravagant production for the eyes-down, music focused selection of a pure clubbing experience. The tour also gives Skream the chance to remind people of his prowess for producing eclectic, consistent sets that span the diverse range of musical tastes that he posesses;
“People assume because I did one thing for so long that I only like that style, but this tour will give me a chance to show people that my knowledge goes a bit further than that.”
The length of these sets will also give Jones full control of the musical curation, rarely leaving it in the hands of another DJ and ensuring that the night perfectly encapsulates Skream’s personality as an established and masterful selector in his own right.
On the tour, Skream says:
“The Open To Close tour was something I decided to do in North America last year so it really gives me a chance to showcase where I’m at musically now… The music policy can be anything from funk, to disco, to house or techno. Generally starting at about 100bpm and ending around 130bpm, but allowing the vibe inside the club and on the dancefloor to take me wherever it desires. I’m super excited to bring the Open To Close tour to some of my favourite venues in the UK and Europe… It’s gonna get wild!”
November 25th | Gorilla – Manchester