Big Narstie is fast becoming an iconic figure in the current UK music scene. His starring role in the recent BBC 1 Xtra MC Month, where his cover of R Kelly’s Bump N Grind had over 500,000 views within the first day of broadcast, is just the latest in a long line of people pleasing moments in the last few years
“I love meeting people, any age, colour, creed, they’re all part of my family…hello hi to everyone BDL #Base Defence League!”
A three time UMA Best Grime Act and Mobo nominated artist, Big Narstie is as comfortable rapping over the dirtiest basslines as he is over his own VIP versions of Brit pop classics by the likes of Oasis.
Recent single ‘Hello Hi’ was supported strongly by national radio in the UK and was playlisted on 1Xtra and it is a precursor to the BDL (Base Defence League) Mixtape and his own solo album due for release in 2016 featuring Section Boyz, Heavytrackerz, Izzie Gibbs, Show N Prove and Dullah Beatz.
The Base Defence League movement has followers all over the globe sending in Instagram photos from Liverpool to Cape Town to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Australia and the USA.
It is a movement that has also led to him being asked to be one of the first In Residence Artists with Spotify where he presents a monthly show which incorporates special guests including Ed Sheeran and exclusive Uncle Pain episodes as well as upfront Grime tracks.
Before his album there is the small matter of major collaborations with Example – the track “AccessDenied” is due in January 2016 – and the forthcoming hit single “When The Bassline Drops” with the legend that is Craig David.
Born out of Mistajam’s 60 Minutes Takeover with Kurupt FM, “When The Bassline Drops” is a modern return to the old school Garage sound with Craig’s killer vocals and hook alongside Big Narstie talking about the things that he remembers from the original 90s garage era.
Glastonbury, NASS Festival, Bestival, Detonate, Eski Dance, Motion Bristol, Melkweg Amsterdam, Building 6, Outlook Festival, Fresh Island Festival, Godiva Festival, Hijacked Festival, Everywhere Festival are some of the places that rocked to Big Narstie’s performances in 2015 and 2016 looks set to continue Big Narstie’s heavy touring schedule both in the UK and abroad.