Friday, 23 September 2016

Old Skool Festival 2016 - Interview with the GL0WKiD

Interview by DJ 2nz (Damage Inc. - Sonic Fortress)

I've just caught GL0WKiD after his electric set at the Old Skool Festival, he was like a mad man on the decks,dropping unexpected bombs like Apollo 440 and Hardcore Breaks promos and anthems! Jumping around, like a mad man thats leapt straight out of 1992 into 2016!
His performance shows his enthusiasm and love for this music, he's been supporting many artists over the years through his radio shows and info packed blogs!
Let's hold him down now and see what the man himself has to say...

- Hi GL0WKiD, How are you feeling about playing at The Old Skool Festival and what do you make of the claims that Lodz is the Rave Capital?

Hi man! Well, I still remember when some months ago DJ Tornado invited me to play over in Lodz at Old Skool Festival 2016 and I was totally excited. It was my first international dj set and I was chuffed to live this ultimate experience alongside legendary acts in the scene, local djs/producers with whom I’m keeping a great contact and supporting each other over the years. In addition one more main factor worth mentioning, is the Lodz crew!

You know, before experiencing what happened during this weekend, I always used to say through my radio show and in public, that this city is the capital of Hardcore & Nu-Rave. And this conclusion came out to me because its the city of arts/cinema and music, having lots of hungry people who express themselves through their creations and so are born some of the most talented names djs/producers and literally friends in our scene like Nefti, Oneplayz, Greg Sin Key, Hypermotion, Mindfields, Toofer, Base Club, Dymeq, Rett, crews like Candyflip, Hypodermic and big respect goes out to DJ Tornado who’s deeply into the game since 90’s! (Apologies if missing anyone)

- What is your biggest or most memorable gig that you have played?

Definetely that was Old Skool Festival 2016. None of us can ever forget our first gig or any other big gig that you are involved with in the past, but I’d say without any second thought that Old Skool Festival is my biggest gig and booking at the moment till the next bigger thing of course!

- Who are you most looking forward to hearing at The Old Skool Festival?

Well to be honest there are so many big names, a true overdose on this 48hr musically infected weekend. Hard to answer to this question, but I admit i'm looking forward to catching mainly N-Joi who’re pioneers in their own way, hitting with big hits on the UK charts and the story goes on and on.
Rozalla and Rachel Wallace also then, cos I’m totally stuck and in love with their tunes and voices. Their releases have been a true trademark in the 90’s!
I am curious to see Davos and his live keyboard skills. He’s a serious piano legend nowadays and needs anyone’s attention. A devoted and positive guy with what he does!

Last act is Jody Wisternoff and this is because it’s rare to live a Sublove experience and hardcore heads do know what Sublove means!
So this was the last one I was expecting to see playing live more that the others.
But of course I don’t want to underrate anyone, all featured producers/djs/singers/MCs are great and brought this year’s festival line up to a higher level. Class performers!

- Ok, give me 3 of your favourite Old Skool artists - excluding The Prodigy, as you are into the Prodigy Fanboy!

Hard to say but I’d pick without any particular order, Luna-C (crazy ideas, innovative stylee), Altern-8 (apart from the EPs & remixes they were kinda Sex Pistols in the scene. One and only official album release but their "Full on Mask Hysteria" is still a Bible to us all and showed the way to the others) and finally Moby (nothing can beat his 1990 – mid 90’s oldskool techno stuff. Genious of an artist by all means!)

- And 3 of your favourite Hardcore Breaks artists?

It would be easier if you call it simply like Nuskool producers...
And these would be Dave Skywalker, JAKAZiD and FFF.

But from clear HCB I’d pick Orestiz, Paul Cronin, Damage Inc. and one extra would be the Hungary badboi duet of Chiqui & Luffy (nuff talent)!

- 3 favourite Old Skool tunes and 3 favourite Hardcore Breaks tunes?

Well tunes that coming straight to my head at the moment are:

"Rachel Wallace – Tell Me Why"
"Jimmy J & Cru-L-T – Six Days On The Run"
"Westbam – Celebration Generation"

From Hardcore Breaks I’ll switch it and add my top of this year if you don’t mind.

"Paul Cronin – Kim K‘ Boobs Out [RAVESKOOL]"

"DJCRIP – Rock Me Steady"

Finishing with a happy hardcore stormer that is:
"Insane & Mind – Open Up Your Heart [HOH]"

- How did you discover Hardcore Breaks and what are your thoughts about the genre?

If I remember correctly it was around late 00’s when I firstly heard "Future Rave Anthems" compiled by DJ Twista and then started searching for more and more and spending time to learn about this genre and that new movement.
Well, it wasn’t HCB but Rave Breaks and "Nuskool Ravey" music but I add it into that nu-Hardcore and Nu-Rave world, which is the evolution of Oldskool and Hardcore. As in every genre there are good productions and bad productions. Producers or Labels that are coming out and are hungry to stay and others leaving for different occassions or issues. This genre is and will be underground, this is its pure character. It’s not mainstream. It’s an expression and way of living.

In the end, when you see producers like DJ Fresh, Chase & Status, Danny Byrd, Special Request or even Rusko doing such 'oldschool hardcore' friendly productions then we should all be happy that there is no need to worry with this kind of style.

If you wanna learn more about it just get yourself into it. It’s still alive!

- I know you do blogging on Strictly Nuskool Blog and the Prodigy Fanboy. Are you doing any others and how long have you been blogging?

Yes correct! I’d love to do more if my day was more than 24hr. God can you do anything for it? Hahaha!

My day is already fueled with music. I’m mainly focusing to my radio show receiving promos, playing them and getting in touch with many producers and labels, so you can listen to fresh stuff each and every week from Hardcore Breaks to Happy Hardcore and even up to Ravecore/Breakcore stuff. Love fast buzzin!

Blogging is one more way to express myself. I always loved writing, it's true. Still remember when I was a kid writing my own stories (first time sharing it in public. Funny innit). I always meant to do music blogging for the music I adore plus promoting and helping out people in the scene. It’s good for us all and for the scene aswell. I feel pleased and blessed being in touch with so many people others legends like Luna-C, Liquid, 2 Bad Mice or even new blood which I’m always keen on scouting for it!

So yes.. I actually do music blogging (the one I love) over the last 4 years and will do so on and on!

- Big ups on doing it, you and the others working on the blog are contributing a vital part to the music scene that is different to the producing and DJing.

The genre is a very small niche genre but the real guys making is music scene happen are all real passionate guys about this music, people out there love this music, they are just not aware of the artists or even the genres name, every so often someone comes along and trys to change the name and this is where the blogs come in with information spreading the word about this genre and it's artists.
If someone making this music wanted to get their music known to the audience how should they get people to know about it and who should they send it to?

I can speak for myself saying that I'm already receiving a big variety of promos so anyone can check my official website ( and get in touch for anything they wanna ask, send, or whatever kind of help/request.

In addition Strictly Nuskool Blog is always open minded and willing to help any producer who makes Hardcore or Jungle nowadays either by blogging or even releasing it as free download via our Bandcamp page.

- How do you think this scene should get bigger?

Bigger means what? More sales? TV coverage? I think it will find it's own way. It’s already on a very good path.

Legends like Slipmatt, Manix, 2 Bad Mice, Luna-C coming out playing and releasing new stuff again, events giving exposure throughtout the world like UK, Poland, Spain, Germany so anyone who loves the buzz can simply search and learn about it!
Hardcore is one and only for all of us!

- What do you have planned next for the GL0WKiD?

Well, I’m currently preparing myself for the lauch of new season shows @ Planet Rave Radio, running the 5th year of Generation X [RadioShow] and setting up a gig alongside some local Hardcore friendly DJs/producers around Athens!

This will be held on 22nd October @ Skull Bar Athens. More info on my pages.

- Outside of the raving, what have you enjoyed in Lodz?

Girls and gals and dziewczyny (in Polish lol)!

I’ve been in many countries and I haven’t seen such beauty even in my own country, which has a big amount of beautiful girls.
So since Lodz is the city of arts, Lodz girls are an essential part of it as born in there.
Apart from that, Lodz is a wonderful city to walk and chill out, lived every moment truly with my buddies either locals or non Polish and was an unforgettable trip in overall.
I’ll surely never forget about my first time over there!

- What has been your craziest memory from the Old Skool Festival and have you had enough vodka?

My craziest memory from Old Skool Festival hmmm..
When I finished my DJ set, went to the VIP era to have some drinks and chill and got requested to sign some fans tees. First time I’ve been asked doing such a thing.
I was pleased with that and the whole response. Kind of like a praise to what people heard live!

Regarding vodka, I think I came up as a winner. I've drunk a lot but nothing beat me. I think I’d need one more trip to see if I can be beaten from Polski tricky 'local water' haha!

GL0WKiD with N-Joi

- Are you going to come next year?

Definetely man. I’m up for coming next year and re-live it! It’s unique what happens and anyone should live that once in a lifetime at least. Still remember friends sending me messages asking me to tell them what’s happening over there and I was like ' c'mon guys! Keyboard doesn’t count now, words are useless. You should join and live it up by your own!'

- Any shout outs, and lastly who you gonna call?

First of all once again big respect to Marcin DJ Tornado for booking me and giving me this chance to play @ Old Skool Festival 2016 in Lodz!
Shouts out/big ups goes continuously to Damage Inc. (Peter, Gareth) Nefti, Oneplayz, Teknociziak, Simi, Greg & Kamilla, DJ Darkside & Damian each and everyone I met over this crazy trip and of course special shouts out to Tariq, Breakbeat Scientist, Danny from The Prodigy Fanboy, Strictly Nuskool Blog crew, Wislov, USBS, Vitality, Paul Cronin, Sam White, DJ Pursuit, Gareth Monks, DJ RIP, Badboi Pete, Kushti, DJ CRIP, Allan from Technically Sound Graphic Design, Tony L, Sparki Dee, Exit Point, YOP, Tasos GR Otaku, Sampler19, Sid from Xenophobia, Mana Boom, Amit, Hideyuki, Mr. Sparkle, Ben HOH, Dave Skywalker, Acme Bass, SSA, Amiga Breaks, Planet Rave crew, Abyss, Bassraver, Orestiz, Stam, Alex K., Skolix, all greek crew and each and everyone truly raving worldwide! Sorry if missing anyone the list is big and incomplete as never ends!

Keep the Hardcore buzz alive guys! Big glowluv!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome reading a blogpost celebrating the legendary GL0WKiD himself. Wish I could have made it over to Old Skool Fest 2016 myself to join in with the madness. Bigups!!! :D