Hatcha is Croydon’s answer to Moodyman with over 25 years of DJ experience under his belt. As one of the first players behind the word “Dubstep,” Hatcha’s roots seep deep back into late ‘90s UK garage, Croydon and Pirate Radio. Originally the buyer at the now defunct Big Apple record shop, Hatcha was one of the very first DJs to pick up on the new dark strains of 2step that were being made by local producers like El-B, Artwork, Zed Bias, and Horsepower at the turn of the millennium. As the producers came into the shop to sell white labels of these niche new sounds, a community was born. The shop began its own label, Big Apple Records, and its first release was the dubstep classic “Red” by the shop’s resident producer Artwork. The next releases came from his two protégés, Benga and Skream.
As the garage sounds from South London began to take on its own unique, dark-swung direction, it became clear that the nascent scene needed a home. In 2001, Forward>>, dubstep’s founding club, started with Hatcha as the resident, and it was here he began to up the ante. While other DJs came with a collection of white labels (tracks imminently due for a public release), he arrived with a box of upfront dubplates: unique, one-off exclusive tracks. No DJ could test.
Throughout the decade Hatcha’s sets, first on South London Pirates then Rinse FM and the to Kiss 100fm, he went from strength to strength. His headline slots at Forward>> forged the genre into the form we now know it as now. This was in no small part because he had exclusive access to Benga and Skream’s music before adding three new producers: Mala, Digital Mystikz, Coki and Loefah to his arsenal. The destiny of an entire scene was in his hands every time he played.
In 2003 he named the genre alongside Beni Ill from Horespower Recordings amidst the scene’s key players: the Big Apple camp, Ammunition who ran Forward>>, and Tempa. The term “dubstep” (from dubby 2step garage), began being circulated. It appeared in a press release and then on a US magazine cover. Hatcha was then asked to mix the scene’s first compilation that cemented the use of the name: Dubstep Allstars Vol 1. He must have done something right: they asked him back to co-mix volume 4.
Since those times Hatcha has gone on to hold down his flagship Kiss 100 show alongside long time MC, Crazy D for 10yrs and also mix two top ten mix comps for the Pure Dubstep Brand, DJ across the planet, co-produced with a variety of the scene’s heavyweights as well as mix compilations for Ten Tons Heavy for Planet Mu. Catch DJ Hatcha under a weighty system near you sometime soon!
“No one DJ or indeed producer can claim sole credit for dubstep. But when the
history of the genre gets told, no DJ has ever had, or perhaps ever will again have
so much influence over the course of the genre as Hatcha. It’s no overstatement to
say the entire genre bares his stamp.” Martin Clark –