View Full Version : London Pirate Frequencies (documentary)

04-06-2010, 02:30 AM

http://www.vbs.tv/watch/uneven-terrain/london-pirate-frequencies (http://www.vbs.tv/watch/uneven-terrain/london-pirate-frequencies)

This was actually pretty interesting. I didn't know much of this was still going on. The web definitely changed the game though.

04-06-2010, 04:07 AM

I enjoyed watching that, great post.

Ghost In The 'Lac
04-06-2010, 07:15 AM
So theres no pirate radio scene in US? How come?

Pirate radio started basically every underground music genre in UK. Grime, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, Garage.

Not just in London though, we spent MANY hour tuning into pirate stations in birmingham growing up. Most of the time it would just be hour and hours of freestyling over garage/grime beats. Eventually mainstream would catch up.

I heard its harder to find them now though. SID would prbably tell you what its like in London now.

04-06-2010, 07:41 AM
I'm at work so i cant watch the video, but yeah there's loads of pirate stations, my friend is a the resident DJ of one of them, some are quite major and others virtualy unknown.

But like robby said the internet has changed everything.

The new hype is favouriting on youtube, basically a portable collection of music you can share with your friends anywhere, they play a banging choon, you log on your youtube and try to top it.

04-06-2010, 08:00 AM
Didnt know about the sea forts thing, was interesting.
I pretty much grew up on London pirate stations man, actual FM radio stations these days are almost dead though, with so many internet outlets I guess pirate FM stations have outlived their use as tech moves on, still try to tune in when I can though, the scene is still going on

Ol' Dirty Trixˣ
04-08-2010, 05:58 PM
what pirate stations do you lot listen to?

i listened to pirate all the time back in the late 90s when it was all about the garage. i'd usually switch between De Ja and Upfront. me, my sister and my cousin would sometimes text the DJs for shout outs, requests and rewinds. i hated it when they'd play a good tune, rewind it after about 1 min into the tune about 10 times and then cut the tune after the first chrous. i stopped listening to garage though, it pretty much died when it hit the mainstream, and then it was all about grime. i still have some old tapes i recorded. good times.