Chief Joseph Olaitan Adenuga Jr., also known as DJ Skepta, is back to channelling his early DJ career and is set to spin his records alongside The Martinez Brothers on December 17 performance at Beams London, London’s newest electronic music venue.
The Martinez Brothers have performed at some of the best and most prominent clubs and festivals in the world over the past ten years, so they are no strangers to large club crowds. The brothers will work with Skepta for an international exploration of contemporary dance music as their label imprint “Cuttin’ Headz” grows.
Skepta established himself as one of the UK’s pioneers of grime, before becoming the face of the genre internationally. Skepta’s Big Smoke corporation launch with PUMA, his artistic debut with a painting created in collaboration with Sotheby’s, and the occasional remix with artists like K Trap and fellow BBK member Frisco are just a few of Skepta’s recent accomplishments (“Bad and Clean”).
Skepta contributed to Wizkid’s forthcoming album “More Love, Less Ego,” which is scheduled to be released on November 11. Skepta also helped K-Trap to release a remix of his song “Warm” to the public on November 4.
In memory of his dear friend Virgil Abloh, Skepta returned to his DJing roots by headlining a stellar lineup at Circo Loco in Ibiza’s DC-10 back in August. Skepta frequently refers to his close friend Virgil and discusses their love of international style and music.
In an Instagram caption announcing the performance, Skepta continued to pay tribute to Virgil as he wrote: “I know you can see this Virgil Abloh, haha. “Full circle,” and “Virgil Abloh, long live!”
The Beams opened for Fall/Winter 2022 following the announcement that the Printworks club would be closing. The Beams will stay open for its final seasonal run in the spring and summer of 2023.
The location is an industrial area of East London and a 55,000-square-foot warehouse. The Beams is unique in the area because it offers an unmatched audio-visual experience.
The Beams instantly stands out with its unique peeling paintwork, exotic house plants, and large Victorian windows. Formerly a Tate and Lyle sugar factory, the venue has a strikingly idyllic facade with delicate light flowing from every direction, unaffected by the nearby buildings.
Beams has been one of the few successful projects this year; their most recent live shows with Honey Dijon and the Hacienda/Factory Records alums are being hailed as two of the year’s most notable occasions in UK clubs.