Forming a friendship through a mutual appreciation of Grime music that soon turned into a scrupulous and avant-garde approach to the genre’s output, Elijah and Skilliam have quickly established a reputation for themselves within, and way beyond the underground movement. With a Rinse FM residency spanning over five years, and an edition in their legendary compilation series (Rinse:17), performing across Europe and the U.S they are credited as starting a new wave of artists, nights and labels flourishing in London and beyond.
Founding the Butterz record label in 2010 led them to breaking the careers of Royal-T, Swindle and Flava D, as well as providing a platform to established heavy hitters such as P Money, Terror Danjah and Trim. Butterz club nights quickly followed, and they are all about sharing love and dropping knowledge. Under Elijah & Skilliam’s careful curation they salute all corners of UK Pirate Radio culture, whether it is the dancehall beginnings via The Heatwave, Roni Size with the roots of Jungle, DJ EZ with Garage, current heavy hitters like Bok Bok, Joker, Kode 9 and Lil Silva or the present day top MC acts in the country like JME, Skepta and P Money. Butterz has become a place where UK underground culture past and present is celebrated loud and proud. Butterz present at clubs like Fabric, Plug (Sheffield), Thekla (Bristol), and Life (Brighton).
They have put together podcasts for Fact, RA, Boiler Room, XLR8R, Red Bull and countless others, giving tune spotters nightmares playing exclusive tracks and special edits made only for the duo. Live recordings they regularly share via their Soundcloud page feature sets in New York, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and beyond showcase them in their element. A straight R&B set on the right occasion isn’t totally out of the question either.
As separate entities Elijah & Skilliam also enjoy successes beyond their fruitful partnership. Skilliam hosts Jamz, a monthly intimate basement party which leans on Garage, old and new alongside secret guests. Elijah collaborates with DMC Champion DJ Shiftee on a 4 deck set concept that has toured the America and racked up thousands of Soundcloud & Youtube plays.