- OriginLondon, UK
The last twelve months have been a bit of a whirlwind for Big Narstie. With a first Top 10 hit with his collaboration with Craig David “When The Bassline Drops” which has sold 200,000+ copies and received 10 million streams (and A listed on radio shows across the UK) and a first national TV appearance on the Jonathan Ross show, this would be enough for most artists
Not for Narstie though as in his down time he appeared on Channel 4 News to discuss the Brit Awards’ lack of diversity and 5 News who he spoke too about the fact he has done more gigs than Amy Winehouse in the last year. Then there is the small matter of being supported by the Momentum Fund by PRS Foundation, his appearance in the 6 times nominated British Film Awards’ movie Rise of the Footsoldier II, filming for Channel 4, teaching Caggy Dunlop to make cocktails in a viral film for Alize, and much more besides.
In January he released the Base Society Mixtape (featuring Section Boyz, Heavytrackerz, Izzie Gibbs and Dullah Beatz), his collaboration with Example finally saw the light of day, and he found time to appear on numerous 1Xtra shows with everyone from Craig David to Tinie Tempah.
To fill in some of the backstory, Big Narstie has won the Urban Music Awards’ Best Grime Act Award for each of the last four years, was made GRM Daily’s Rated Awards’ Personality Of The Year 2015 and was MOBO nominated in 2014. He was Noisey Man of the Year 2013.
His cover of R Kelly’s Bump N Grind for 2015’s BBC 1 Xtra MC Month had over 500,000 views within the first day of broadcast. He features regularly in Noisey, Fact Magazine, GRM Daily, Grime Report (where he hosts the internet hit Uncle Pain series where he acts as Agony Uncle to the nation), FHM, Coach Magazine, Ridiculous Magazine (where he was the cover star), Guardian Guide, The Times, and others. His first solo album proper is due mid to late 2016. It follows up solo single Hello Hi.
The BDL (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.
Big Narstie also presents a monthly show on Spotify. The most recent shows incorporate special guest Ed Sheeran and the latest shows feature Example and include exclusive Uncle Pain episodes.
Big Narstie will be performing at Wireless, NASS, Lovebox, Ibiza Rocks, Truck Festival, on his own BDL nights at Fabric London and around the UK, Brownstock, Eski Dance and various other shows this summer.