As one of the most recognisable faces of dubstep, Olly Jones, or Skream as you may know him, has been one of the scene's most valuable players since its inception. The Croydon based DJ and producer has been responsible for some of the scene's biggest tunes, namely 'Mignight Request Line', 'Oskilatah' and that ubiquitous remix of 'In For The Kill' by La Roux. His work is an effervescing, energetic celebration of the last 25 years of urban music in the UK, inspired in part by the hardcore and jungle records of his older brother (Hijak), whilst bringing things up to date with a darker, more brooding and menacing slant.
Having left high school education with no GCSEs, Olly was fully versed in the underworld of nightclubs and white labels. Speaking of his time in education, Olly said "I hated school and school hated me. I was rarely there and rarely wanted to be there. When I first saw music being made on a PlayStation, that was it. There was never going to be anything else. I know people who got 5 A-Cs but now they look like they're dying of boredom."
He soon began his working life at the iconic Big Apple Records in Croydon, coming into contact with the likes of Arthur 'Artwork' Smith and Danny Harrison. Holding a studio above the shop, Olly took to watching and learning from their local masters at work, alongside his pal and fellow producer Benga. "The shop helped me grow up to be not a dickhead in terms of talking to people I didn't know. You'd get builders coming in buying garage records and you'd have top distributors. I met so many different people from different places."