October 22, 2012 11:22

'Skream and Benga make Liam and Noel look like pussies,' says Annie Mac

Dubstep DJs more hardcore than Sex Pistols says Radio 1 host

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Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac says dubstep DJs Skream and Benga are more hardcore than the Sex Pistols or Oasis ever were.

Mac – full name Annie MacManus – is a successful club DJ away from her Radio 1 day job. Speaking to The Guardian about the art of being a superstar DJ, she revealed the level of excess some of her friends from the circuit exert themselves to. Mac says Magnetic Man stars Skream and Benga are so hedonistic makes Noel and Liam Gallagher "look like pussies".

It's crazy, Skream and Benga are like the Sex Pistols! They are everything that's wild and anarchic about underground music. You know bands like The Who or Led Zeppelin were famous for their excess? It's spoken about, revered. But that's happening every day in DJ world. Even compared to Oasis and what went on at Supernova Heights... mate. Go to Croydon on a Friday night. Skream and Benga are gonna make Noel and Liam look like pussies.

Speaking more about Skream's drinking habits, Mac said: "Skream is some sort of weird bionic man. No matter what he puts inside himself he's always fine and at the studio at 8am the next day making bangers. He often goes four days without sleeping. It's hard for him, too, because everywhere he goes, people are like, 'Shit we have to get ready, Skream and Benga are coming to town'. They're expected to fulfil that role of rock'n'roll party boys. From our perspective, we have one crazy night with them; for them, it's crazy every night of their lives. We always say that Skream's just gonna get really fat overnight. Everything's going to crack. He'll age 70 years because he's put so much alcohol into his system."

Elsewhere in the interview, Mac speaks of her interest in starting a night were revelers are asked to hand in their mobile phones at the door to stop people filming DJs. She also says David Guetta should be praised for "changing everything".

Aside from having his hellraising abilities questioned, Liam Gallagher recently revealed that he is hoping to continue making albums until he is 70.

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