“We had always been aware of each other in Southampton.” Apart they are Tom Devos and Pete Devereux; the former an ex-associate of the prestigious ‘Size Records’; the latter, instrumental in sculpting the Garage scene and all that followed as one half of the infamous Artful Dodger. Together, they are DEVolution.
Brighton producer and DJ, Moony, sits comfortable as one of the latest students to learn from grime’s seminal school of hard knocks. We caught up to talk about Artful Dodger, Gobstopper Records and grime’s current potential identity crisis.
Full of energy in terms of the music and delivery of the MCs within grime, it was certainly an exciting movement in the early noughties. One of the producers who really stood out for me during this time was Davinche who was a fellow south-east Londoner, mainly working with the Essentials crew. His tracks had a degree of musicality and melody that meant they would always stick in your mind (for instance, Kano’s debut single P’s & Q’s). In the years since then, grime has faded away a little, but Davinche has continued to make music and has an exciting album project in the pipeline.
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