Catching up with an artist after a set is never an easy task, but after wading through the sea of headbanging ravers we caught up with Shiverz Da Butcher, the omnipresent real-deal DJ and leader of the Monsters Collective. Pummeling the Escape: Psycho Circus crowd with a devastating selection of exclusive cuts, his magnetic personality and stage presence left a lasting impression on team Bassrush and every fan he crossed paths with that night.
Currently on loan to us from his hometown of Croydon, Jermaine Hoyte (aka Shiverz) has been causing a ruckus across the country on his Chop City tour. Having been a highly influential force within the world of dubstep, Shiverz has led a movement with his Monsters label and intense technical mixing style. Bassrush caught up with the man behind the mixer right after he shelled ‘em out at the Ghouls’ Graveyard stage.
What was the scene like from your side of Ghouls’ Graveyard?
Within the first 10 minutes there was a heap of people. I was just like OK, it’s time to show. I just gave them the vibe, gave them the UK style of riddim and yeah man it went off. Eternal chop city, shelling season—whatever you want to call it. “Get Shelly” is the new slogan now, that’s the ting now.
What’s the main difference between dubstep crowds at Bassrush compared to the rest of the tour?
Energy—it’s full of energy. I could play something really stupid and they will still vibe to it because they’re in a zone. You see out here when music hits someone at a rave, they’re not thinking about anything because they don’t think about, “Oh, this tune is shit, let’s just stand and wait for the next one.” The crowd out here, they’re vibing constantly. In Europe there are chin-strokers. Sorry to say but they are spoiled with choice of music because they have it every weekend. It’s nuts how the fans are and how people support you. None of us DJs would be where we are today if it wasn’t for the fans. You need to pay homage to the fans because they’re the ones liking your shit, sharing your shit, buying your shit, and hyping your shit. Big up my followers!
Tell us about how Monsters came to be?
It all started as a joke. We were just chilling in AD’s bedroom and he said, “Can we just create a crew called Monsters?” They just looked at me like, Are you down? I’m like “Fine fam, let’s just do a little something and run with it.” So then we started doing these Monstersmixes. The first couple were kicking off, like getting a good couple thousand plays in the first couple of hours. It was just like, “Are we on to something here?” At first, it was just me, AD, Curzed and Skullion Shadez. The first person we recruited I think was Akira and then it’s just gone on from then. It’s a massive collective of DJs and producers. It’s not a crew, it’s a collective, but everyone gets it twisted. “Oh, Monsters crew?” Nah. We’re a collective of DJs and producers, that’s what we are. Good friends. Certain people left, done their thing, congratulations to them. No hard feelings, ya know? I want to see everyone win.
There's no harm in touching something else just to see what's good. People change. There's no point in keeping all your eggs in one basket.
When did Obey come into the picture?
I think it was at the second Monsters takeover in Antwerp, Belgium. Obey is something else, man.
So that’s Team Butcher?
That’s Team Butcher right there!
What’s up with the jump-up vibes in your sets?
Hizzleguy wanted me to jump the field, to go to the other side. Not just Hizzleguy, a bredren called Payne as well. It’s got 100 percent energy, constant all the way through your sets. You have to have the core to keep up with up with that. Other than that, to me it’s a challenge. I’ve been in the game for 18 years now mixing 140 stuff the majority of the time. There’s no harm in touching something else just to see what’s good. People change, you’ve got to test out something else. There’s no point in keeping all your eggs in one basket.
Speaking of being in the game for a long time, let us know about your history with recording vocals and MCing?
I’ve always done vocals. I did vocals before I started DJing, to be honest. I was an MC before I started DJing. I just thought that DJing looked like more of a challenge. I’m the type of guy that if I see something I wanna do, I’ll go test it and if I like it, I’ll do it. MCing is just a hassle. You’ve got to compete with millions of people. When you’re a DJ you get your fans, you get select people who are loyal to you, who listen to you. That’s it. MCs—you got to think of so many things to write. Forget being an MC, I have a rating for them doing what they’re doing but I couldn’t do it as a full-time thing. I’d rather stick to DJing. MCing is just a hobby, something that I do in my spare time.
Any parting words before you go check out the festival grounds?
Thanks to SubCon for having my back since day one. It’s mad how it’s all come about. Like I say, patience is a virtue. There are no cutting corners with me, fam. You cut corners, you won’t last long.