A Londoner through and through, Artwork is a man who has been a key part of some of the capital’s pivotal music scenes in the last two decades. Best of all, Artwork still doesn’t take life too seriously. Shying away from relentless promo and lifeless social media posting, he lets his impeccable taste in music, top notch production and artful personality speak for itself.
Stemming from Croydon, Artwork owned a studio above the record shop Big Apple Records, owned by John Kennedy. Alongside Hatcha, they began making garage and pioneering dubstep, then founded Big Apple Music – the label that showed us Digital Mystikz (DMZ), Mala, Coki, Loefah and many more. Big Apple Music also signed Skream and Benga when they were just 15 – a move that had a huge impact on the rest of Artwork’s music career.
Real name Arthur Smith, his series of tracks named simply ‘Loop’ or ‘Untitled’ made a big impact on the UK’s techno scene, and have been heard within seminal mixes and charts including Richie Hawtin’s ‘Decks, EFX & 909,’ Ben UFO’s ‘Fabriclive’ CD and Derrick May’s mixes at OTV club.