Not many artists can find themselves on lineups for huge UK festivals, selling out headlining shows and claiming residencies in Zante and Ayia Napa before they’ve even released their first song. For Nathan Dawe, that’s just the way it came naturally.
The 24-year-old multigenre producer started out at a young age DJing his own school discos and eventually friends’ parties before getting paid gigs at local clubs in Burton upon Trent. He’s now signed to Atlantic Records and travelling the world playing with the likes of Tinie Tempah and Sean Paul.
He made a name for himself through his extensive Soundcloud and Mixcloud remixes which intertwine hip hop, grime, bassline and house, gathering his eclectic audience. In June he took this a step further as he released his debut album Pure Anthems: UK Rap, House, Grime & Bassline, featuring mixes of Stormzy, Big Shaq and Wretch 32. Dawe added his own spin onto 54 huge hits, spanning from the biggest names in the genres to the up-and-comers. It was released through the compilation series Pure, who have curated albums from Pure Chillout to Pure Deep House. Pure Anthems represents Dawe’s diversity as a DJ as he defies the rules of genre.
In June he released his biggest remix to date which also included an Easter egg fans weren’t expecting. Within his hour-and-twenty-minute mix titled Summer 18 Mix, which featured samples from Post Malone, Drake and other underground artists, he premiered his debut song. However, in order to get an organic reaction from fans, he didn’t credit himself which lead to floods of tweets from fans asking what the mystery song was. The track ‘Cheatin’ quickly became one of the most highly anticipated dance tracks of the summer. The hit features samples of Deborah Cox’s chart-topping single ‘It’s Over Now’ with Dawe’s original bass-heavy verses, putting a contemporary twist on a 90s classic.
Nathan Dawe will be performing at the O2 Academy2 Islington this December with tickets running low, so don’t miss out…