Published on July 31st, 2018 | by Tariq Peters0
“MY MUSIC WILL ALWAYS BE EVOLVING” – MEET BIG SWINGZ [@BIGSWINGZ]
With a string of well-received anthems under his belt, Big Swingz is slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the UK Rap scene.
Beginning his musical venture as a member of Mucky Wolfpack, Big Swingz has gained a wealth of experience in the UK music scene featuring on the likes of Grime favourites Risky Roadz and Practice Hours. Returning to the game with a bass-bumping cross-over sound, the veteran is back again to dominate the Rap game.
We had the pleasure of speaking to the Grime originator and East London representative as he speaks on his growth as an artist, the evolution of the UK music scene and the emergence of UK Drill.
For those who don’t know what’s your name and how did you get into music?
Big Swingz aka Puff Zaddy depending on whom you ask lol, I grew up doing music in the Channel U era at the age of 14 so music been pretty much a big part of me.
What was it like being an originator at a time where Grime was not as mainstream as it is today?
Feels good to see how far the scene has come and still plenty more to come, so you can say I’m proud somewhat.
Did you ever feel pressured returning back to the music scene where the landscape of music is so different?
Not at all, I listen to a wide range of music so I know there are so many formulas out there that work. It was more of finding my own style to fit the material the consumers are used to hearing but with my own juice.
Do you feel like the Grime sound has been watered down over the years or does it still have its authentic sound?
Haha, I feel like it has lost its rawness, like at the moment, its all flow based backed by some sick beats but back then every individual had their own style and sounds like you would get booed for using a next man’s flow, but change is good because it has brought attention to the scene.
Would you say most of the key lessons you learned in the UK music scene started with you being in the Younger Mucky Wolfpack camp?
Most definitely! It was a valuable experience and there are lessons that helped me to this day. Also, I have a lot of genuine relationships with people who are still in the scene.
Some of us still remember the iconic track “Bow for the Wolves”, a matter of fact it’s still on YouTube up to this day. Is there a story of how that song was created and did you expect it to be so big?
Yeah that time was crazy for us still! Being in school year 9, no one knew the song was gonna do what it done because we have made songs like that for fun. But something about this song stuck with people then someone approached us to pay and publish the video and bare in mind there was no YouTube these days so we were on TV when only a handful of grime artist was on. It was crazy because we were just kids.
Something people might not have known is that I wasn’t gonna do a verse, me and another member wrote the hook and we was gonna do it together, but one day I walked in the studio and I said I’m doing a verse, people need to know who I am. Everything else was history.
How would you describe your musical style, and would you say your music has evolved over the years?
My style now I would say is trapish/wavy, just some trill music with vibes. My music will always be evolving because every day I’m growing and learning so that can only show in my music.
A lot of artists have come and gone throughout the years, but what artists in your opinion do you feel is the most legendary?
Skepta and Chipmunk have done some epic things for the UK, Stomzy as well, but Chip and Skepta were there from the jump so you gotta give them their accolades.
Are there any new school artists that you’re feeling at the moment? Any future collabs you can share with us?
A lot of other UK artist I rate their uniqueness and creativity from Young Adz to J Hus etc to me them man can make music not just tunes.
Drill is taking a somewhat similar route to Grime during the earlier stages, what are your thoughts on the genre and do you think Drill is here to stay like Grime?
To me drill is a type of rap, grime was a genre within itself, will it stay? Only if the police let the youts dem tell their story in peace.
Tell us a little more about your track with Mercston “C’est La Vie”, how did that one come about?
Mercston is the big homie so that’s bro before anything, he heard the tune and straight away jumped up and was vibsing said he got a verse he wants to put it down I said cool lemme know next day, he said he done it, booked a studio and he came and done his thing.
What can we expect from you before the end of the year?
Two more singles maybe and a freestyle or two to promote the project I drop this year, God willing!
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