Rowney & Propz – thank you for letting me interview you –
G13 has been a massive success the last couple of years. How did the crew and label come about?
Rowney – We met through a mutual friend in 2006, both had similar interests and ambitions and it went from there really. I was already producing bits and bobs and getting notice off some labels and he wanted to start a label up. Before meeting him it was never in my thoughts I just wanted to make music and play it in clubs.
We’ve worked with various artists and mc’s over the years, some have gone their different ways and gone onto big things like MC Unknown working with Sigma which is massive!
We’ve played various sets with Toddlah over the years and we thought it was the right time to bring him into the crew, he’s got wicked bars and hosting skills and he’s easy to work with, we’re a good team I like the way he motivates the crowds.
Propz – Having the same music tastes helped and we had different contacts which when combined helped us launch the label and get interest off producers and DJ’s in the scene. We first started distributing vinyl releases with Nu Urban, Tobie From Serial Killaz who was head of A&R @ Nu Urban really believed in us and helped us get launched and become the successful label we are today.
We see you are doing some work with Trigga, how did the link up start?
Rowney – We met him at Innovation In The Sun 2008, I was on the same label as Sly but I had never met Triggz so it was all a bit surreal for me, growing up listening to Hysteria sets, him and Bass were like legends to me. Even now its a buzz listening to old Hysteria sets and then chilling with him and recording with him in the studio, would have never imagined it would ever happen.
I know he’s got some big music projects up his sleeve as well, keep ya eyes out for em..
Propz – I first meet Trigga when I Dj’d with him at a small event in Macclesfield 2005, between 2005 and 2008 I saw him at events in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Then in 2008 we linked up with him at Innovation In the Sun, when we returned to the UK we linked up again and did a mix tape called ‘Manchester Massacre’ this is what started the G13/SDC link up and we have been working on shows, mix tapes and radio shows.
What plans have you got moving forward with your showcase?
Rowney – We are doing various showcases, sometimes we just do it on our own sometimes its with Alpha, Turno, Jayline etc., and with MCs such as Trigga, Toddlah, Kombo.
What’s guaranteed is a whole load of tunes you won’t hear anywhere else and the vibes we like to bring to the party, exclusives, VIPs and a shedload of G13 riddims!
The label has a lot to offer and so have we, the first showcase sets with Toddlah have been vibes if you witnessed Innovation NYE, Anything Goes in Coventry or Masters Of DNB in Manchester you know what’s poppin!…
You’ve got a long list of releases coming up on G13 which one are you most excited about?
Propz – The next release on G13 is G13028 – Rowney – Final Call b/w Wind up as a single release after that we have the long awaited Dub Berzerka EP hailing from Germany. Then we are back to part 2 of the new EP series we have titled ‘Blazing Joints EP the first EP’ was the ‘Purple Haze Edition’ featuring tunes from Rowney, Jaydan, Skinley & Skopperloit, Premium, Dialogue and Damage Report. Part 2 is titled ‘Blazing Joints EP – KingKush Edition’ we are still putting the tunes together for this so I don’t want to let anything out yet jest keep your ear to the ground!!
We also have a sister label called Smokescreen Records, on this label we release more dance floor, liquid, techy, rollers we have a forthcoming LP called ‘The Spectrum – All Corners LP This album has been carefully compiled and selected over the last 12 months, with a selection of established UK artists and relative newcomers, showcasing a broad variety of sounds and production styles. With various support from artists worldwide, it is an insight into the depth of sounds and artists that Smokescreen has to offer. Due for release March/April 2015.
Hailing from Manchester, you’re big representatives of the dnb scene there, how do you find it?
Rowney – Manchester has a wide audience in music and its the same in dnb, whether its jungle, tech, liquid, jump up, there’s different crowds and networks everyone’s in.
We tried our hand at promoting with our night Sabotage, it went well for a while but the demand died down after a while, you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone is what they say..
We gave over 30 DNB artists their debuts in Manchester including Guv, Evil B, Fatman D etc, we wanted to bring artists that were smashing the nationwide scene to the North.
We had a wicked fan base with the nights and its grown, people keep asking us to bring Sabotage back but our schedules are mad hectic these days, not enough hours in the day.
There’s a good number of promoters doing their bit at the moment there’s a big buzz around the underground DNB scene in Manchester again, feels good!
Propz – Yeah I agree with Rowney over the last 6 month there has been a good buzz around the Manchester scene a few different Promoters have popped up and it’s bringing a good vibe to the city!! Lets keep it going!!
How could it be made better?
Rowney – More communication, less clashing etc… even though I don’t promote as such anymore I’m still in contact with other promoters passing on my knowledge where its needed…
The city is big enough for everyone to have a slice.
Propz – To make the scene last in Manchester all the promoters need to communicate and like Rowney said not clash with each other. Another thing at worked for the Oh My God Team is having varied line up with not just one sub-genre spread it across the board a bit.
How long have you both been in the scene now, how did you meet?
Rowney – I was a bedroom DJ & Producer until about 2004, started meeting local heads through the local DNB forum Nwdnb.co.uk (Offline now) and got my name about a bit. Had some early digital releases then stepped things up when I was recruited by Second City Records and Class A Recordings both from Birmingham. I met Propz through a local DJ called Redeye who played DNB on a local FM radio station, me and Propz started mixing with each other more and more regularly, we both vibed off similar tunes and artists, something just clicked really..
The same way I’ve met so many other people in music and made friendships ever since really.
Things started moving after that, gigs in Brum and down south started to happen. Soon after that G13 launched and we started carving out our own path and building our sound.
Propz – I’m originally from near Southampton, started to DJ in 1999, I moved to Manchester in 2003 and that’s when I started taking DJing in Clubs seriously and wanted to take it further. From 2003 – 2006 I had been working in Manchester and all the people I knew and was going out to events with were into the liquid side of dnb as much as I love liquid dnb my heart lye’s with jump up so I was planning on moving back down towards Southampton, then I linked up with Rowney and found out he was in to the same type of dnb to me and like Rowney said above we started to mix together and the rest is history
Toddlah is now part of G13; do you have any plans to link up with his brand Anything Goes?
Rowney – We played at Anything Goes for the first time in October, was a wicked vibe and refreshing to see, I like the concept of it all and its impressive the impact its had after just 1 year.
We’re booked again later in the year so looking forward to that 1. They record all the nights so there’s plenty of sets to check out.
You do a lot of bookings in Belgium, etc, are those now residencies for you now you run label nights out there?
Propz – We have a residency with one of the biggest Belgium promoters ‘City Flow’ we play at all of their events and they also get us a lot if bookings at other Belgium events and festivals. We want to send a big shout out to Gunman & Judah (Frank & Carlos) for giving us the opportunity to play at all the events they have put us on. We have started to run a few G13 Records events out in Belgium and Luxembourg to spread the word of the label to more people.
Also watch out for Gun13 events and the Gun13 Records a colab between G13 Records and Belgium based record label Gun Audio.
Thanks for chatting to me, any shouts before you go?
Rowney – My family for backing me through everything, Propz n Gem my 2nd family, all our close mates, Triggz, Toddlah, Tobie Nu Urban, Phantasy, all the G13 & Smokescreen artists, our loyal Sabotage gang (You know who you are!), Stu & Harry, all the promoters who book us and have faith in us, the fans and ravers. I don’t wanna sound cheesy but everyone who’s supported the cause and given me advice or skills over the years.. CKB, Roly, Alpha, Will Critical Impact, Sly, Frank & Carlos, Garry K, Jaydan, Sweetpea, Hazard, Nicky Blackmarket, Sappo.. Bigups
Propz – To everyone Rowney has mentioned above a big big shout to my very very supportive girlfriend Gemma, Rowney, Trigga, Frank & Carlos, Kronic , Phantasy and my loving parents who have supported me from day 1!!
To my loving mother who passed away losing a 2-year battle on the 10/02/15.
R.I.P Val Hartland 20/04/1944 – 10/02/2015
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