According to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data, the London-based classical crossover quartet are nearly 11,000 copies ahead of their closest rival, Dibby Dibby Sound by DJ Fresh, Jay Fay and Ms Dynamite (Number 2).
Dibby Dibby Sound , which is set to become this week’s highest new entry, sees DJ Fresh teaming up with 19-year-old US DJ and producer Jay Fay and UK MC Ms Dynamite. While DJ Fresh is no stranger to the Official Singles Chart, having scored the UK’s first dubstep Number 1 with Louder FT Sian Evans and the UK’s first drum ‘n’ bass Number 1 with Hot Right Now FT Rita Ora, should it maintain its momentum, Dibby Dibby Sound will become Jay Fay’s first UK hit, and the highest charting single of Ms Dynamite’s career so far.
HIP-HOP legend Ms Dynamite has been announced as one of the first acts for this year’s inaugural Essex Fest.
The two times Brit Award, three time Mobo and one time Mercury Prize winner will join the bill for the event set to take place in Orsett in July.
The gig will be a return to the stage for the chart topping sensation, who’s songs include Dy-na-mi-tee and It Takes More, who has been working on a new album since 2011, after taking a break from music.
Other acts announced for the festival over the weekend of July 19 and 20 include alternative rock band Fight the Dice, live looping human beat box Thepetebox and Kiss FM DJ Charlie Hedges.
To celebrate International Women’s Day Ms. Dynamite drops a special Mixtape.
Salt N Pepa ft En Vogue – Whatta Man
Chakka Khan – I Feel For You
Madonna – Material Gril
Missy Eliot – Get Ur Freak On
Eve – Who’s That Girl
Kylie – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
Aaliyah – More Than A Woman
MIA – Paper Planes
TLC – Watefalls
Nenah Cherry – Man Child
Amy Winehouse – Stronger
Sister Nacy – Bam Bam
Dawn Penn – No No No
Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Rankin
Ms.Dynamite was performing alongside DJ Three on 28.12. in Pop-Up club KURZSCHLUSS in Ljubljana.
We talked with her before she went on stage and smashed it.
Q: Who is Ms. Dynamite?
Ms. Dynamite: It’s young woman with lot’s of energy and lot’s of vibes.
Q: Whould you say that is hard to be musician in digital era. Do you do this for living?
Ms. Dynamite: I’m definitely doing this for a living for 13 years, maybe more. My first record deal was 10 year ago.
Q: Can you tell us a bit more about your first record deal?
Ms. Dynamite: First record I did was underground tune called BOOOM! with STICKY.
Q: There is connection between You & Sticky?
Ms. Dynamite: He was first producer/DJ, that I ever made tune with. We had really good musical relationship, he understood me very much because we both come from reggae background.
Q: What do you think of Reggae music today?
Ms. Dynamite: I love it. It’s part of who I am.
Q: You have worked with some of the biggest producers in the business. How do you choose producers you work with?
Ms. Dynamite: I don’t feel like I choose the producers, I feel like music chooses us if this makes any sense. Some amazing producers gave me their beats and I’ve tried to write to the beats, but it hasn’t quite worked. I would never make myself do something just because big producer did the riddim. If it doesn’t sound good, then I’m not gonna do it.
Q: So it doesn’t matter if I’m big producer or I’m just producer from Ljubljana?
Ms. Dynamite: I made songs with some unheard producers which are just coming up, one of them is SOLID CREW. I really like the stuff we’ve been doing it, so I’m very excited about that. Recently I’ve tried to do songs with some big producers, but the vibe is really important to me. I feel that I don’t choose them or they choose me, it’s just the vibe must be right.
Q: What you think about dubplates? Back in the day, dubplate was really something special, but today you just pay the money and you get your dubplate….
Ms. Dynamite: I think this is just reflection of where music is today. Back in the days dubplate was really something special. Money couldn’t buy that. Like I could record song tonight and tomorrow morning it will be already on ITUNES. I think that music business today is more business then ever.
Q: What is the price for your dubplate?
Ms. Dynamite: You know what I’ve never ever sold a dubplate to anyone. Anybody that wanted special from me, didn’t have to pay.
Q; What is your message to young artists?
I think not my message, but something people should probably think whatever you wannabe artist or you just wannabe famous, because they are 2 very different things that require different energy,different mind set, different thinking, different focus. Some people are genius artists and they come into music with sound, opinion,vibe and some people come to music just to be famous and they lose their path.
Q: Music industry is really hard & strong today. They can eat you or they can put you on the right path.
Ms. Dynamite: Yeah but I think it’s on you as an artist to decide what you want first, before you get to that point, because if you don’t know what you want, then it’s very easy for them to guide you into decisions you don’t want to be in.
In industry you have artists and you have entertainers. And entertainers are often classed as Fake, but it’s not necessary that they are fake, because they are entertainers they don’t care, they are willing to go this or another way.
Where as an artist, for real genuine artist it is hard to hold on your sense of who you are as an artist if you don’t know and you haven’t made this decision when you stepped into the music. Music can be very difficult.
Q: How do you look on you career from begging till now ?
Ms. Dynamite: To be honest I’m really thankfull for all the things that happened to me on the begging, but I really don’t look back to be honest. I see myself as a brand new artist who I am today and not what happened all these years ago.
Q: Do you feel that your music has become more party orientated in the past years and not so deep and with message as it was in the past?
Ms. Dynamite: I think that for me there are 2 very strong elements as who I am as an artist.
1st is energy & vibe
2nd is very spiritual and soulfoul and it depends in what kind of mode I’m in.
Whether you get energetic MS. DYNAMITE or you wanna sit down and really listen and let it touch your heart. So music I’ve been doing recently is much more energetic, jumping all around, sweatin. But the music I’ve been doing for my album….
Q: Speaking of album. It already passed 8 years from your last album. When can we expect your new album ?
Ms. Dynamite: (Laugh from Ms. Dynamite & DJ TREE) The album will definitely be this year.
Q: You released your solo single NEVA SOFT 2 years ago & and you also collaborated with artist like Shy FX, DJ ZINC,MAGNETIC MAN. Will you have any new releases before your album?
Ms. Dynamite: DIBBY DIBBY SOUND is done with DJ FRESH and it will be released in February.
Q: Which is the artist that you would like to collaborate?
Ms. Dynamite: I just came working from Jamaica, there is artist called CHRONIX and he is like reggae, very roots, he has amaizing melody.
Q: Ok and now one artist from outside your ”comfort zone” ?
Ms. Dynamite: I would like to work with…. hm…..out of my comfort zone? (small chat with DJ FREE) – PRODIGY, would you say Prodigy is still in my comfort zone. I would like to work with George Michael. You know with who I would really like to work with – DOLLLY PARTON.
Q: If you could do your own festival or event who would be your TOP5 headliners?
Ms. Dynamite: My TOP5, this is very difficult. I’m gonna say it straight of my head: SHY FX, DAVID RODIGAN, MAJOR LAZER, DJ FREE, CHINESE ASSASIN maybe. 5 is too litle. My Line -up would be 2 weeks long.