Taken from her brand new grime instrumental EP and laying her sound over a Dexplicit production, The Grime Violinist shows off her profound skills through this stunning visual for 'Grime Wire'.
Tanya has made a lot of noise recently and this project can only engrave her mark in the scene even further. She also appeared at last Saturday's Grime Originals where many in the crowd were in awe of what they just witnessed.
Tanya Cracknell a.k.a The Grime Violinist has had an impressive journey into the scene so far. Appearing on radio sets to performing at shows, she's made her mark already and now has a project to show for it.
Emcee's, producers and DJ's are the bread and butter in grime and it's very much been an electronic genre, but adding a bit more flavour to it is The Grime Violinist.
Stringed instruments have been a major part in grime over the years. They've featured on hundreds of tracks such as Tinchy and Rochee's grime anthem 'Rollin' and they're being used today; with artists such as Ghetts and Stormzy choosing to spit their bars over the melodic beats.
Live instruments have also seen more appearances than ever on a grime stage, with Kano converting his Made In The Manor album into a live spectacle, which includes a full live band and backing singers.
Kano and his live band grace the stage
We've also seen 1Xtra's Grime Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2015, which featured some of the genre's biggest names, including Wretch 32 and Stormzy, backed by the Metropole Orchestra.
Stormzy on stage at the Grime Symphony
Step forward Tanya Cracknell a.k.a the Grime Violinist. She's looking to bring her side of the grime spectrum to the masses, by performing at show, continuing to hit the airwaves along with her trusted violin and also cover the biggest artists in the scene right now.
Her covers include a grime classics such as 'Pow', 'Ghetto Kyote', 'When I'm Ere' and also recent bangers such as Ghetts' 'Slumdog Millionaire' and Subten and Double S' 'Oh What A Shame'.
We caught up with Tanya to hear more about her unique bond with grime:
How long have you called yourself The Grime Violinist and how did you get into playing?
“I’ve been playing violin since I was 7, both my parents are musicians so it felt pretty natural. Once I graduated my classical violin studies I started playing other types of music, loved it, and never looked back! I’ve been going under the name The Grime Violinist for around 1.5 yrs now, and it’s my main focus for sure.”
Are there any new generation artists you'd like to work with?
“Loads, obviously huge respect to the originals but I will work with anyone I rate regardless of their following. New gen artists I rate include FFS Why Though and Yizzy.”
Do you think we'll see more orchastrated grime shows in the future?
“No doubt. The growth of grime isn’t going to stop… and I have a few things up my sleeve for 2018” ;) What is your favourite track you've covered so far and why?
“My personal favourite grime track is When I’m Ere, though tbh that was a bitch to cover as it’s not easy under the fingers on a violin! My favourite track to play in public is Ghetto Kyote as ppl go mad when they hear that melody live.” What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
“2018 feels good already! I have an EP of original instrumentals coming out this year collaborating with producers such as Nutty P and Heavy Trackerz. I’m also collaborating with MCs on original tracks and videos, and will drop more regular cover videos on my Youtube channel as it’s a good way of introducing people to the concept of live violin on grime.”
We certainly can't wait to see what's in store for her this year! Make sure you watch her latest live session below on Clap4MeTv: