The impeccable south Manchester selector talks lathe cut records, musical instruments and ‘beats’.
Rambling with the residents is a monthly series on Limbo Radio where we collaborate with a local photographer and give our audience the chance to get to know our residents a little more.
Fury Dubz has been in the game since he was a young teen, 13 years old to be precise. It’s no surprise that his mixes flow smooth as a marble, nailing the soft yet swift transition that you need to really get lost in the world of Dubstep and Grime, and you love every minute of it.
We caught up with Fury Dubz at his house in Wythenshawe before UK lockdown was announced along with photographer Tom Mckean. He was ever so welcoming, dressed in a plain black tee paired with indigo denim jeans and some fresh Nike Air Max 90s. The musical virtuoso first got involved with Limbo Radio in 2016 through friend Charlie Foy, aka fellow resident Lack - listen to their B2B from February 2017 on our Mixcloud here.
Marcus Jawando dubs himself as a “blind DJ and vinyl specialist from Manchester specialising in Dubstep and Grime” on his Twitter page. I asked him who his dream back to back would be and he said, “probably Skream and Loefah.” He went on to tell us that he saw Skream play a few years ago, “it would be cool to see him do a 140[BPM] set.” Since then, the Manchester DJ has done a vinyl mix of 100% Skream records in which the aforementioned founding father of Dubstep shouted him out on Twitter with a retweet saying ‘Big up mate’.
You can’t help but be envious of Jawando’s record collection. He showed us some rare white labels, lathe cut records and acetate dub plates. Pretty cool stuff. “It’s mostly older to newer,” he explains how he orders his collection, “and I’ve started to add braille labels to most of the sleeves but I’m not very good with using it.” He laughs, “it’s usually a lot of putting a record on and going ‘not that one’ after pressing play”.
He recalls the late noughties as the time he started getting into Grime and how he would find it in the garage section titled as ‘beats’ in record shops. Renowned record shop names pop up in conversation, such as Eastern Bloc in Manchester city centre and the late Twock records in Wythenshawe, but he admits that he mainly used to order records on his Mum’s card from record shops down in London as they always had the latest digs.
A lot of Jawando’s inspiration comes from his mood and intuition. “I don’t like to plan too much,” he reveals. He learnt how to play the guitar in his early 20’s with an urge to get to know music a little more, learning the notes and finding out the technicalities. His next quest - now just into his 30’s - is to master the saxophone, as he was gifted one on his birthday this year. He says, “I’m gonna play along to some dub,” to start with.
Whatever musical discipline he chooses, the ease of his performance is his secret weapon and his natural ear for music takes the driver’s seat. We can’t wait to hear what else Jawando will have up his sleeve in the future. But for now, you can find Fury Dubz on Limbo Radio on the last Tuesday of every month.
Photography by Tom Mckean - @tomckean