Excited. Since hearing about Trap93’s event at new Camden hotspot The Stillery, I had been nothing but excited. Being stood at the bar waiting for things to kick off I was still wildly excited, despite going on 40 hours without sleep and being horrendously hungover – and it’s safe to say that by the time Hackney native Muskut Beats took to the decks these self-inflicted detriments were soon forgotten.
A lone duo of dancers had previously occupied the floor to cut shapes before quickly being followed by a gang of others, and within minutes the event was in full flow. This was my first time checking out The Stillery, and I was incredibly impressed by the set-up of the venue – whether I was inside or outside, downstairs or upstairs, the tunes were hitting hard and everybody was bumping.
Following a killer set from Muskut, it was time for everyone’s favourite Scot to take control. It’s been a massive few months for Sam Gellaitry – and I mean massive – and after breezing his first London appearance with Soulection in September he was back to spin again, with Gellaitry senior looking on eagerly.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Sam jumped into the booth and smacked it from the first push of a button. The crowd – by this point packed in wall to wall – immediately became awash with wide eyes and exhilarated facial expressions. I have to admit that I myself have about 5 minutes of ceiling footage as I flipped my cam and threw down to the tuna.
Shortly into Sam G’s set the attendees were treated to the presence of his Soulection counterpart Hannah Faith – and she wasn’t the only big name to make an appearance, with “Game of Thrones” and “Plebs” star Joel Fry also being spotted throughout the evening.
From his own sensational “…bruh” to the Shabba Ranks/Migos/Busta Rhymes remix of “Shabba”, every tune rolling out of his laptop and through The Stillery’s sound system showed that not only is Sam Gellaitry an incredibly talented producer, but an exceptional selector as well.
Sh?m soon got in on the action with Sam before taking the reins to showcase his own skills as a spinner. To be totally honest, despite being treated to impressive sets by a number of talented showmen, Sh?m’s output was the pick of the bunch. Incredible selection, seamless transition and enough stage presence to share – he nailed it.
Neither East London duo Balistiq nor Skit should be overlooked- both delivered stellar performances more than capable of competing with the best. Even at 3am, there were still plenty of ravers eager to get down with Balistiq as they dispensed a huge array of superior music.
The night was real – it was my first time scoping out a Trap93 event and it didn’t disappoint. Teaming up with Soulection and Darker than Wax at The Stillery, you can be sure that there will be countless more incredible shows coming from this team. Not only that, but in the meantime they’ll be pumping out top quality music on a regular basis with a tight-knit group of gifted artists.
Hit the links below to see a full range of photos from the event, and be sure to show some love to the Trap93 crew.
Words by Fraser (@3RDMXXN)