Updated: Feb 22
''Surrounded by trees and fox shit, every week Arenma & Glory will be interviewing the best of the UK underground scene''
With 5 full-length episodes, 'The Plot' season 1 has brought some much-needed attention to some of the most talented underground artists from the London areas. With a refreshing concept of a living room conversation in the woods, Plot producers/Uni students Ollie and Ella have become landlords for the talented hosts Arenma and Glory, as they welcome all our favourite artists into The Plot one by one.
2020 has not leant itself to grabbing ahold of new opportunities and left the majority of us to really make the most of the little freedom we now have. We ourselves were no exception to this, once the initial lockdown was announced we began gutting away building the foundations of what we bring you today in the form of 'UKUR'. Shortly after we had set up our website, we received a DM from Mr Oliver Freeston. He told us about 'The Plot' and how it was in its early stages yet we still loved the idea and were keen to get on board offering our filming services.
Hosts Arenma and Glory shot by @franjennise
As soon as we had managed to settle some dates, we headed down for 3 days to shoot the 5 episodes. It took several months for the guys to collect and scavenge the timber for the set but 'through the power of D.I.Y and bare luck' they managed to create something unique, quirky and true to the underground scene. With friends Sam and Fran there to assist with Photography and sound, we had a whole crew.
Each episode had it's up and downs logistically but yet the Plot is described as being just as 'raw and authentic' as the artists featured in the series. Along with capturing the interview footage, we have also produced a 5 minute BTS footage reel which you can catch at the bottom of this page; first, check out our interview with THE PLOT below.
UKUR: Who is the Plot made up of?
PLOT: ''Ollie and Ella (Creators, producers, assistant camera operators, editors etc)''
UKUR: What is the main concept/idea behind the Plot?
PLOT: ''The Plot has always been and will always be a platform in which we give underground artists a voice - where their listeners have a place to learn more about there favourite artists and the music they make.''
UKUR: What made you set it up/start it?
PLOT: ''We've been a big fan of the underground alternative scene since early and there was never anywhere to watch or hear from the artists we listen to. No platform in which I could find similar artists; I always had to hunt them out. I mean there’s some fun to that but by creating ‘The Plot’ we want to make it easier for people to discover and find sick underground artists. Plus, we just love a good project''
UKUR: How was season 1 filming/ the experience for you guys? Any stories etc
PLOT (Ollie): ''It felt like a movie - we had turned this forgotten wasteland into a show set for a week. Months of building, moving and planning crammed into a few days. And they were sick. It was just bare exciting and everyone felt like family.
UKUR: For real! Big love to all you, it was a wicked vibe!
PLOT (Ella): ''It was mad! Like I’d only ever seen it with one other person and then all of a sudden there’s bare people and cameras and it was a set, was crazy and we all just had bare fun doing it''
UKUR: What're the plans for season 2, what can you tell the people?
PLOT: ''Fuck knows. Bigger and better! Hopefully on legal land this time. We’ve got a couple of names that we wanna get for season 2 and just promote the scene more''
UKUR: What's next for the bigger picture of the Plot what do you hope to achieve with it?
PLOT: ''Build a consistent audience and continue to open peoples eyes to the crazy amount of talent there is in the UK, that the mainstream doesn’t shed light on. And see where the scene goes and what routes it takes - cos we’re just listeners who are fans of the scene and wanted to know more about our favourite artists too!''
Episodes and Artists:
THEODOR BLACK -
The first episode recorded, alternative rap force Theodor Black is one of the most anticipated artists coming out of an extremely talented South London scene at the moment and he brought all the in depth answers along with him. At the time of his visit to The Plot his album was just brewing and now months later we have been gifted the debut project 'GARCON'. Theodor has got a mad aura and it just was bless to be able to chill and smoke with him.
KEEP VIBES NEAR -
A proper showman with mad stories both in and out of music. With a crazy voice and slick attitude, KVN keeps you enaged from start to finish. Both Glory and Arenma had a good banter with Keep Vibes Near and dipped into some more artistic and soulful topics. Arenma's 'skulduggery pleasant' surprise serenade idea and lamp shade falling down have to be two of the series highlights.
NIX NORTHWEST -
Nix instantly makes you feel at ease when you talk with him, this is can be seen in his conversation with Glory and Arenma as they easily graced through subjects. You could listen to Nix speak, sing or rap for hours - we need to get him back for a live performance of Rum & Ginger or See You In The Morning (Shoutout Nix for letting use the tune for the BTS video below), he just needs to work on his accents...
Everytime Scuti talked we laughed at her sharp witt, her and Glory were having a right proper catch up too. Everything she says is with chest and truth and you have to respect her for that also. With a full project released just back in July, Scuti was on full confidence for the Plot. I'm sure 2021 is going to be a huge year for Scuti and we'll begin to see her name more and more in the places it belongs.
Ollie - ''My guy - wavey fit - was exciting to see him at a stage in his career where everyone knows hes gonna go on and do a madness!''
UKUR- Feux's Pure Nine album that dropped prior to our filming session has absolutely blown us away and been featured across our platforms. A top guy really intune and supportive within the scene, big up Feux.
''Bringing you a different perspective of @theplotldn’s first season filming from the POV of UKUR. Alongside filming the interviews with @theodorblack, @keepvibesnear, @skoowup, @youthful.wizardry and @dubiousfeux [Insta] we captured all the alternative moments behind the scenes.
Shoutout to all the guys over at The Plot, making things happen @ollie.freeston, @_ellaamae, @sam.sporadic, @franjennise, @glorytalks and @arenma_a [Insta]. Season 2 is gonna be brazy‼️ For filming enquiries: email@example.com.
Filming and editing by: @uk_undergroundrap
Track ID: Nix Northwest - See You In The Morning''
Team PLOT (Left to right: @sam_pyke, @lanksyvisuals, @arenma_a, @glorytalks, @oliver.freeston, @jsld_____, @franjennise and @sam.sporadic)