Artwork aka Arthur Smith brings his party brand ‘Art’s House’ to Patterns in Brighton in February – the perfect club to host the madness that ensues wherever he goes. If you don’t already know about this particular nutter – then we think you’ll want to get to know.
Artwork’s path has been a varied one - his roots are in the heavy and contrasting sounds of dubstep and his collaboratory project with artists Benga and Skream. The trio, under the name of Magnetic Man, celebrate their 10 th anniversary this year - high profile acts such as Katy B, Ms Dynamite and legendary John Legend joined the three along the way, before Croydon-born Artwork steered his career in a solo direction.
With a rich crop of cutting-edge sounds emanating from the record store where he worked - Croydon's Big Apple Records, Arthur found himself in the birthplace of dubstep in the early 00’s. Now known as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the sound, his earlier productions for Hatcha, Skream and more provided a heavy, meaty backdrop to the upbeat house and disco he is now known for, earning himself a reputation as one of the finest contributors to the UK scene. Couple that with a foray of early techno productions in the 90’s under the Grain moniker, pushed by Richie Hawton on his seminal Dex, EFX & 909 mix, and you have an artist who has always been at the forefront of emerging sounds.
A distinct musical taste has certainly been transferred into his taste of throwing parties. Recenty in 2015, after posting an advert on Twitter for a complying host to supply their living room for the night, Artwork created party history with pals Skream, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Route 94 installing a killer sound system, guests and lazer beams for a mid-week rave-up. Thus Art’s House was born - His spontaneity was transferred into a series of events at Dalston Roof Terrace, The Nest and XOYO in London, with surprise guests such as Simian Mobile Disco, Jasper James, Derrick May and Paranoid London joining him for a rave up – at each party, the DJ booth and stage come fitted with house party props including arm chairs, lampshades, coffee tables. His Art’s House Boiler Room session two years ago, based at Soho’s House of St Barnabas, perfectly showcased to the world his ability to blend a unique party setting with top musical talent.
There are also hi-jinks away from the decks too - from snapping glum London Underground commuters on Instagram to a number of hilarious Vines, Arthur Smith can be known as quite the character. A rascal reputation has gained him a sizeable following on social media accounts with a knack for providing uniquely bizarre content. Boarding a long-distance train from Glasgow to Sheffield last year, the feverishly hungry star took to Twitter to update his followers to hatch an ambitious plan for a Domino's pizza to arrive perfectly on time at Durham train station. Lo and behold, after a series of humorous posts, Arthur didn't go hungry and the plan was a success.
A fine example of Art's accomplishments in the game can be noted in his Twitter bio, with the DJ proudly stating - “82 nd best DJ in the world.” Going on the evidence of what we know, we think that's more than deserved.