Dub Phizix and MC Strategy – Chalk Off!

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The internationally acclaimed British duo bring their electric show to Zafran on March 26. By Alice McKay 

Two of Manchester’s biggest musical exports are in Hong Kong this week for Chalk Off! – a night of music and live graffiti art – at Zafran on March 26. Mischief Productions, Heavy Hong Kong and Synthetik are bringing you Mancunian producer Dub Phizix – real name George Ovens – and MC Strategy, aka Johnny Wheeler. Our advice? Be ready.

Dub Phizix has released music on high profile and respected labels such as Exit, Soul:R, Critical, Samurai Music, Commercial Suicide, Dispatch and Ingredients, with British clubbing magazine Mixmag dubbing his music ‘essential material’. He has remixed for the likes of Netsky and Charlie XCX and continues to be heralded as the creator of a new style of drum’n’bass through his own stripped back and MC-inspiring bass music.

MC Strategy is one of Manchester’s favourite sons. Strategy has been a major player in the UK hip hop scene, as a member of Microdisiacs and Broke’n’English alongside DRS, he has performed with acts from both sides of the Atlantic including Xzibit, Jurassic 5, Supernatural, The Beatnuts, Jeru the Damaja, Souls of Mischief, Q-Bert, Rahzel, Saïan Supa Crew, Jehst, Rodney P & Skitz, Skinnyman, Taskforce, Harry Love and Wildflower… to name but a few.

These two mad hatters are best known for the breakout single Marka, released in 2011 on Exit Records, headed by drum’n’bass pioneer dBridge and co-produced with bass maestro Skeptical. Four years on and this dance floor destroyer still has an effect on crowds that that has to be witnessed to be believed. Marka cemented Dub Phizix’s name as a producer and gave Strategy an even wider audience to reach with his rhymes. To date the video for this breakout track has received a whopping 4.5 million hits. Their Tumblr page, Dub Phizix and Strategy are Cunts, a hilarious collection of screen shots of comments made by viewers about the lack of quality in the pair’s music – mainly featuring Marka – has born a platform for their contagious banter and serial skylarking.

You’d better hold onto your hats Hong Kong – you’re in for a treat from these two loveable marauders who buzz off each other to create inventive music in their spontaneous sets.

Chalk Off! Dub Phizix and Strategy
 Zafran, Basement, 43-55 Wyndham St, Central, Thu Mar 26. 8pm. Tickets: $200; ticketflap.com.

Alice McKay is the host of Billboard Official UK Top 10 Countdown on GFM. gfm.fm

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