“We’re not a band” proclaims the Myspace page, “we’re a lot”. No arguments there; they’ve been packing out stages from London to New York in matching t-shirts bearing the Tomb Crew legend for the last two years. They launch dancefloor destroying mixes of anything bass heavy – from house to kuduro and everything inbetween. As the legions of grinning converts – everyone from grime heads to indie kids – will attest, Tomb Crew are very much the inebriated and debauched sound of fun. You know what that is, right?
I managed to pin down Tomb Crew and ask them a few questions:
What made the members of tomb crew initially get together to work on music?
‘The original line up got together through a club night in Nottingham that Jamie was running. We just loved the same stuff and everything kind of naturally fell in to place. Illaman came to us from the stars through a marmite jar.’
Who would you say your main influences are?
‘I grew up with hip hop in the 90′s so I’ve always been massively inspired by DJ Premier, and all the other sample diggers that were around at that time. I try to pick out elements of that when dj’ing and producing.’
Whats your favourite track to drop at the moment?
‘Our new track called The Sermon featuring Serocee and Rubi Dan. Shameless plug!’
I love your sets, they are always full of energy and get the crowd going. You’re mainly known for having this energetic party vibe when you dj, but have you got any plans to start producing more of your own music?
‘Yeah I’ve been hard at work in the studio working on a lot of projects both with Tomb Crew and outside Tomb Crew. We have got two EP’s out at the moment on Trouble And Bass and Black Butter Records as well as a slew of remixes of ours and collaborations with Wholesick. Our next release is The Sermon featuring Rubi Dan and Serocee forthcoming on Trouble
And Bass. I’m also working on a hip hop project called Effect Mode and
doing some bashment production for Rubi Dan.’
You’re playing a few festivals this year including Nozstock: The Hidden Valley in Herefordshire, are you looking forward to them? Do you prefer playing to a festival crowd, or a more intimate club crowd?
‘They’re both great in their different ways. You have to love the intimate sweaty clubs for what they are, but we love having big stages to jump around on and festival crowds are usually great to us because we try to be as fun as possible and put on a show.’
I’ll be seeing Tomb Crew at Nozstock, personally one of my favourite festivals – Look out for the review coming August 2012!