March 19th, 2016: Back in Scotland, Novelist has returned to play for us with Kode9 in Glasgow this time in Glasgow’s Art School. The place had great feels right off the bat with some hilarious bouncers providing banter to everyone like it was a party favor. The venue itself had 3 levels, each with a different musical effect. The first floor was actually just the entryway but you could feel the heavy bass from upstairs hitting you, hinting at your night to come. The second was playing dancehall music, and the third floor was being used as the main dance floor, so was playing dub and grime all night. Speaking more to the vibe of the evening, at one point a particularly active crowd member grew so enthused that she climbed on stage, Novelist continued his set completely undistracted and security was so nice, they simply directed her off the stage right back onto the dance floor. It was the most kind security escort I’ve witnessed to date. The whole night was full of great vibes and even better flows.
Opening was the spacebar-pressing teenage boy DJ, Inkke. He was on just before Novelist and was painfully average. There were no defining characteristics about him or his set besides the white, glowing Mac sign in front of his face. His music was original, but his beats were repetitious and he hardly inspired the crowd to dance very much at all. His light show was impressive but that speaks more to the great venue than his performance skill. The crowd didn’t even pack in toward the stage until Novelist came on much later.
When Novelist came on at around 1 am, he took the stage following no introduction or announcement but with so much passion and so much energy that he completely took over the evening. Novelist came on in a full sweatsuit, somewhat disguised for the first song he performed. When he took his hoodie off, the entire crowd went mad. In fact the entire evening, he kept removing layers until he was shirtless and wearing shorts. At first when Novelist came on, he began dancing along with the crowd and performed some of his classic tunes, “1 Sec” and “10/10” which got the Glaswegian group of teenagers and young 20 something’s moving shamelessly. Novelist kept climbing on top of Electrical Sound System’s speakers trying to inspire everyone to rage. His performance was so undeniably electric and his talent was so evident, it filled Glasgow’s Art School with historic sounds. His contributions to grime so far have been great, and there’s no doubt in my mind he is the next big artist on the scene.
Kode9 finished the night off but had less enthusiasm than Novelist and provided for a much more electronic, techno vibe that changed the night’s mood completely. Instead of everyone looking to the stage and collectively raging, everyone took their own space and kept to themselves. His sound on the big speakers was amazing though, it gave the whole room a really epic feel with an epic light show as well. Kode9 once again was innovative and remained consistent in his epic, creative sounds, hopefully he comes back Scotland.
So, Electrikal Sound Systems once again produced a great evening for all those involved, and despite their speakers being nearly unbearable to the human ear, Novelist was loving the bass and the entire crowd was electrified (possibly where the company name derives from). The seasoned fans who frequent Electrikal’s events bring ear-plugs anyway. Novelist is a special brand of 19 year old and we are looking forward to seeing even bigger things from him in the near future.