It’s Bigger Than was a monthly London party (which ran from 2004 - 2007) conceived and run by a collective of DJs (of which I was one) along with artist/designer James Joyce who created the visual identity (and the monthly flyers) for the club night.
As IBT’s Cutmaster Max reminisces on the Tumblr site he created to commemorate the night, “We came up with the concept of loosely doing a Hip Hop night that, along with party bangers, would involve 70’s rock, 80’s pop and 90’s dance music. Now I might be wrong about this but I kind of remember coming up with name. Either way, it’s taken from the Dead Prez track Hip Hop and beautifully summed up what we were all about – Bigger than Hip Hop.”
Running It’s Bigger Than opened the doors to DJing at festivals (including Bestival, Latitude and Glastonbury), being asked to play at album launches, corporate events and the rooftop of Shoreditch House. We also found ourselves re-editing party tracks and making bootlegs – we even put out a four-track 12" vinyl release.
We took great pride in also programming guest appearances at our events from ace DJs that include Heidi, Greg Sonata, Rev Milo Speedwagon, Matthew Styles, DJ Woody, Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly), Chris Duckenfield, Tramp DJ’s (Manchester), Eric Kleptone, Filthy Dukes, Kalabrese, Midfield General (Skint), Leo Greenslade (Yo Yo), Weekendsteve (Allez Allez), Rob Mello, Fortsch (Watergate Berlin), Dialect Recordings, and Frank Tope (Rooty).
All artwork by James Joyce.