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Levelz: Mancs with attitude

Get to know the bass music supergroup tearing the Manchester scene a new one

© Jody Hartley

Manchester has always produced rowdy acts with plenty to say, but there’s never been a crew quite like Levelz.

Formed in 2013, they’re a 14-strong collective of lyricists, producers and DJs who combine to produce a seemingly endless barrage of bars and bowel-quaking beats. Founder member Rich Reason nailed it best when he described Levelz as ‘Wu-Tang Clan meets the Happy Mondays.' 

On a mission to tear down raves and keep the party going for days on end, they’re incendiary, insightful and a right laugh all at the same time. Some members, like Dub Phizix, Fox, Skittles and Chimpo, are big players in their own right. Other younger members, like the prodigious Metrodome and T-Man, are destined for great things. Individually, they’re all huge talents. Together, they’re an irresistible force.

When their booking agency, Elastic Agents, went bust last year owing them a lot of dough, they turned a crap situation into a social smash by hijacking the agency’s social media and producing a hostage-style video that was so convincing it ended up with a call from the police.

This don’t-give-a-fuck attitude is alive and well on their recent mixtape ‘LVL 11’ (the numbered catalogue a nod to Factory Records). Check out ‘Drug Dealer’ for a no-holds-barred look at the demonisation of dealers.

On a rainy day in Manchester, we asked the crew a few ice-breakers…

Levelz

Q: How would you describe London in one sentence?

Chimpo

Q: How would you describe Manchester in one sentence?

Fox

Q: What’s Manchester got that London hasn’t?

Metrodome

Q: What’s on your dream rider?

Sparkz

Q: You’re throwing a party. Who are your dream guests?

Dub Phizix

Q: If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Bricks

Q: Complete this sentence: ‘Levelz are…’?

Chimpo

Q: How would you describe London in one sentence?

Dub Phizix

Q: What’s on your dream rider?

Skittles

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen on tour?

Rich Reason

Q: Complete this sentence: ‘Levelz are…’?

Jonny Dub

Q: Anything else you’d like to say?

Jonny Dub

All images by Jody Hartley.

Levelz play the Outlook Festival launch party at Fabric on Friday March 11.

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