“Music at its core is a creator of emotions, it can make us feel a way that nothing else can. We all connect to it instinctively, like a togetherness… and that’s the beauty of it. That’s what we’ve all missed for the past year.” – Joe Grant speaking about nightlife and music events returning.
Joe Grant is the most exciting talent on his way to the top of the UK’s DJ scene. Coming from Milton Keynes and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant has performed hundreds of sets in some of the most popular clubs and bars up and down the country. Now he has his sights firmly set on the 21st of June.
Starting DJing as a hobby way back in 2014, Grant turned pro in 2017. He has since gone on to amass tens of thousands of streams on Mixcloud as of 2021, with a large catalogue of mixtapes to suit all different vibes. Specialising in the Urban genres, he combines every style of Hip Hop, R&B, Trap, Dancehall and Afrobeat’s both from the UK and US.
The summer of 2021 is certainly set to be the biggest comeback the events industry has ever seen, with an explosion of activity expected after such a long hiatus. After headlining Graffiti Fest back in July of 2019, Grant says he’s hoping to appear at a number of festivals this year after having already been contacted by organisers. Many of the larger scale festivals have conditionally been approved subject to the ever-evolving pandemic, and now it’s just a case of waiting for some of the smaller ones to be given the green light.
As well as fun in the sun at home in the UK, performing abroad is also very much on the agenda for any big DJ. Before the outbreak of the pandemic last year Grant was scheduled to do a full 3 month season on the party island of Zante, playing a number of the large clubs and boat parties throughout the summer months. So this year his desire to perform abroad is stronger than ever before, even alluding to a number of European party destinations on Instagram already – providing travel restrictions allow for it!
The next year is set to be a renaissance for the world of live music, and the 24 year old is set to make a big splash in it. It may be the first time you’ve heard the name but it certainly won’t be the last. With his fast-paced style, seamless transitions, exclusive remixes and perfect song selection, Grant has all the attributes of a DJ heading for stardom. Whether it’s a packed out nightclub in Shoreditch or a hot pool party in Ibiza, he knows how to turn it up. So you heard it here first… watch this space!
You can follow Joe on Instagram and Mixcloud @joe_granttt