Distract TVs Stephen Stallone chats to Heartless Crew @Snowbombing festival about the revival of the garage scene, attempts to MC and confronts the rumours of beef with SO SOLID CREW.
Heartless were started in 1992 when the four met at North London’s Holloway Boys School. Their inspiration was taken from Buju Banton, R. Kelly, Shabba, MC Det and Brockie. They started off playing at house parties and small clubs, moving through to a residency at Chimes nightclub in Hackney in 1996.
By 1998, they had joined the pirate radio station, Mission 90.6 FM, pioneering a mix of R&B, hip-hop, jungle and dancehall derived sounds, taking its cues straight from the Jamaican sound system tradition, while adding fresh and modern elements from UK garage. In 2002, they signed to BBC 1Xtra, where they presented their Sunday evening programme. They also released a debut compilation album, Heartless Crew presents Crisp Biscuit Vol 1, closely followed by their debut single, “The Heartless Theme aka ‘The Superglue Riddim'”. The single reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart in May 2002.
The music video for “The Heartless Theme” was directed by Andy Hylton. They left 1Xtra in 2006.
It was announced on 1 January, 2011 that the Heartless Crew split up, to pursue solo careers whilst still remaining friends. MC Bushkin and DJ Fonti went on to present the F.A.B. (Fonti & Bushkin) show together on Rinse FM on Friday evenings between 7-9pm, however they left the station in late 2012/early 2013, with Bushkin pursuing a career as recording artist.
In 2016 the trio returned as a group, headlining the sold out Garage Nation Festival to critical acclaim online. They’ve since appeared at Notting Hill Carnival, headlined the o2 Academy in Leicester and performed as special guests at Eskimo Dance in Bristol. They’re also set to appear at Birmingham’s notorious club night 0231 at Rainbow Venues and alongside Kurupt FM at a sold out Brixton Academy show before the end of the year.
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