Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: TM talks Chipmunk, Makina and NE Grime

Spennymoor Grime MC talks Chip, Makina and NE Grime ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland

  Spennymoor Grime MC Matty Topping [TM] has been making waves in the North East Grime scene for a few years and signed with Knowledge Is Power Promotions last year. Mark Tyers caught up with TM ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland and got his take on his career to date. MT: You […]

 Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: Comin’ Straight from the Underground: The Just B

WARNING: There is strong language in the videos.

Since the release of their first album, and a memorable headline slot at Static, North East Grime duo HB (Newcastle’s H-Man and Ashington’s Just B) are arguably the hottest thing in the local underground rap-scene right now and they’re only just warming up.  Mark Tyers caught up with Just B to get his take on […]

 Mark Tyers

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Young Sceptic (aka Rob Leatham) has been running The Hip-Hop Show on Spark FM since 2014 and has also started to host a monthly live rap night at Sunderland’s Independent music-venue. In this interview with Mark Tyers he talks about meeting Tim Westwood and some of his other music idols, life with Dyslexia and some […]

 Mark Tyers

Racism, ‘Realness’ and Rap: Interview with Sunderland’s New North East

Mark Tyers talks 21st century racism, “realness” and all things Grime and Hip-Hop with Wearside’s very own independent movement of rap artists, New North East (NNE), ahead of their first headline gig at Sunderland’s Independent on April 29. MT: A lot has happened since you supported Absorb in Independent last October – tell us a […]

 Karl Maguire

Hacktivist – ‘Outside The Box’ Album Review

Milton Keynes rap metal outfit Hacktivist burst onto the scene with the 2012 release of their genre-splicing self-titled EP. Combining elements of ‘djent’ and heavy metal with grime and hip-hop, the band breathed new life into a union of genres which had been much maligned for its creative stagnation. And now, after a long, near-four-year […]

 Tor Bainbridge

Interview: Plecdrum.Inc “That’s what we want everyone to know, we don’t hold back”

Interview: Plecdrum.Inc “That’s what we want everyone to know, we don’t hold back”

Mark Tyers interviews one of the North East’s most original, up-and-coming acts ahead of their May 29 headline gig at Independent, Sunderland– Plecdrum.Inc are an unsigned 5-piece band which stand-out thanks to an ambitious coupling of searingly-honest song-writing with a visceral blend of hip-hop, rock, dub-step and drum-n-bass. It’s midday and muted sunshine is beaming into […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Static Brings the North East’s top MCs to World HQ

Static Brings the North East’s top MCs to World HQ

In terms of gigs, the Hip Hop and Grime divisions of the North East’s music scene are rarely seen on the bill of events in the area, much less headlining them. Coming May 9 to World HQ, in Newcastle, Static is providing the stage for a showcase of some of the region’s most respected rappers. […]

 David Waites

TFM Soundworks: Hip-Hop Superstar Tyga Plays Middlesbrough's Newest Venue

TFM Soundworks: Hip-Hop Superstar Tyga Plays Middlesbrough's Newest Venue

Hip hop superstar Tyga heads to Middlesborough as part of TFM Soundworks. T-Raww, as he’s known to some, is headlining March’s edition of the radio station’s monthly tour, which has been previously hosted by the likes of Chase and Status and British superstar Tinie Tempah. Tyga has just come back from his Australian tour and his […]