The Butterz record label was founded in 2010 by longtime friends Elijah & Skilliam, and quickly carved its own niche within UK club music.
Representing grime long before the genre’s breakout moment, Butterz built its reputation by championing dubplate culture and bucking the CDR mixtape trend to instead shine a light on the unsung hero producer.
Through beautifully presented 12” vinyl records, Butterz became a respected voice of the movement to legitimize grime as a respected British art form, a factor that attracted artists like P Money, D Double E, Terror Danjah, Footsie and Champion to its ranks. With an early focus on bringing artists through for instrumental releases, Butterz pivoted to direct its energy towards the work of a core group of artists - Royal-T, Flava D, Swindle and DJ Q - as well as club residencies at London nightspots like Cable and fabric, and their offshoot party Jamz.
Bournemouth-born Flava D is a producer and DJ who thrives when UK garage, grime and bassline music intersect.
Her pure enthusiasm for club music saw her starting out selling bundles of short loops on Myspace, and 2013 marked the release of Hold On, her debut on Butterz. Her breadth of scope was explored further in her instalment for London nightclub fabric’s esteemed compilation series, when she set herself the task of producing 90% of the music used in her FABRICLIVE 88 release. Alongside touring internationally, Flava D has collaborated with luminaries like Wiley and My Nu Leng, remixed Craig David and Diplo, and become a part of Garage supergroup 't q d' alongside Royal-T & DJ Q.
Elijah is an electronic music producer and co-founder of UK grime imprint Butterz, and is the Associate Artistic Director of Last Dance for Brighton arts and culture agency Lighthouse.
Elijah’s work spans music programming, journalism, A&R and artist management, and shines a light on the artistic, social and economic challenges affecting emerging artists. His podcast series Rhythm&Cash explores these issues head on through interviews with MCs, producers and journalists. Elijah and the label’s core artists - Flava D, Swindle & Royal-T - have become fixtures across the club and festival circuit since 2010, alongside his label partner Skilliam.
For his appointment with Lighthouse Elijah will produce a series of critical club nights, with talks, performances and online publications across the UK, for a timely and urgent look at the rapidly changing landscape for artists and creative communities. A final manifestation of Last Dance will take place in Brighton in 2018