May 11th – Wahoo Brighton
No matter who you are or what you do, wearing a well-tailored suit will lend you a distinct sense of class. This has rung true since 1920’s gangsters and still does so with a grime artist like Dot Rotten.
It may just be a simple part of his image, but it also goes a little way to get a better idea of his music. Being a grime artist you expect certain things and you certainly get them with Rotten. There is no lack of heavy bass, fast beats and unrelenting lyrics for sure, but you do get more. Dot Rotten is a great singer and that’s meant in the truest sense. Plenty of rappers have given singing a chorus here and there a go and sometimes that untrained voice works well, whereas other times it just sounds dead awful. In Dot Rotten’s case, you’ve got a voice that doesn’t sound gimmicky and one that he’s made to fit in perfectly with the song. The transition from lines spat at speed to forceful and emotional sung lyrics is always smooth and well-executed.
His music is also something that will easily be enjoyed by those who don’t usually listen to grime. That’s not to say his music is some pop watered-down version of that, just that it’s so well done that’s it’s impossible not to get into it and enjoy it.
Dot Rotten has been gaining quite a reputation for his live shows: he’s a charismatic and energetic. Unlike an unfortunate amount of solo rappers, he knows how to put on a great show. A lot of his lyrics are incredibly heartfelt and there’s no doubt he puts a lot of himself into his performances to make sure his art is given the proper show it deserves. Also, with him playing such an intimate venue like Wahoo, you’re sure to be in for an unforgettable show. Don’t miss out.
Words: Joshua Boyd