Festival season is in full swing, and the 21st anniversary of the UK’s biggest electronic dance music festival is right around the corner. Renowned for its industry-leading production values, Creamfields continues to ramp up the pace for 2018.
Part of the fabric of the worldwide dance music scene, Rudimental look out on festivals and new music with the kind of perspective few others will ever get to experience. Just a few weeks away from 2018’s edition of Creamfields, Rudimental’s DJ Locksmith gives his unique perspective on the biggest dance party in the UK.
How’s the summer been for Rudimental so far?
The summer’s been pretty mental so far, we’ve been traveling all over Europe doing lots of DJ sets and have our residency at Ibiza Rocks, which has been amazing. We haven’t been playing live this summer as we have our own tour coming up in October, so it’s been fun to be out doing the DJ circuit.
What can fans expect from your DJ set at Creamfields this year?
Lots of energy, some banging tunes and maybe some live brass elements here and there! We like to party just as much as the crowd so it’s going to be wild!!!
How does playing a DJ set compare to playing a live show?
DJ sets can be more about the raving experience, whereas the live show you obviously play more of your own music. We enjoy both and they can be very different. I guess in a DJ set you have a little more freedom to play around and react to the crowd as you go along.
Best crowd you’ve ever played to?
This is a tough one, because we get amazing crowds across the world. I’m going to have to name four! Johannesburg, New York, Melbourne and our London O2 show were probably up there.
If you could stage a rave anywhere in the world, where would you chose?
We’ve done a show at Denver Rocks before – it’s probably one of the best venues we’ve ever played. Might have to take our own Rudimental Major Toms events there one day!
Rudimental are known for shining a light on new artists. Who should be on our radar at the moment?
Octavian’s doing some amazing things, he’s not that new though – you have probably heard of him already. There’s another artist who we have been working quite closely with from East London called Hak Baker – you should definitely check out his mixtape called Misfits. It’s like folk/rap/guitar music, you kind of have to hear it to understand but we love it. He also features on our new album Toast To Our Differences which is out in September.
What more can you tell us about the new album?
There’s some amazing new artists coming through, and we as Rudimental always like to give a platform to new talent. Look out for the likes of Yebba, Olivia Dean, Kojey Radical, Kybaka Pyramid, Protoje and Chronixx. There are also some big names on there TBA, but we can’t reveal them quite yet. For us it’s all about the unique or soulful vocal, it doesn’t matter if the artist is huge or has never been heard before.
We’ve taken the last couple years off touring to concentrate on this album and are really excited to share it with the world. We’ve given it some space and feels like the sound of us coming home to London. Toast To Our Differences is a celebration of different artists from around the world coming together on music you wouldn’t necessarily expect.
Take us back to your very first experience as a festival goer?
About 5 pints deep mosh pitting to Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In Da Corner album… That’s all your getting!
Words of advice for festival goers heading to Creamfields for the first time?
Stay hydrated, drink lots of water and don’t be afraid to lose yourself and make new friends!
Rudimental’s eagerly awaited third studio album Toast To Our Differences is set to land this September on the collective’s Major Toms imprint on Asylum Records. Preorder the album here.
Words by Hayley Thompson // @hayleyyt_