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Row productions from Collier Row perform at Spring Break Amsterdam festival alongside Big Narstie and General Levy

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 April 2018

L - R: J-Brooker and James Brooker, CEO of Row Productions at Spring Break Amsterdam Festival. Photo: Billy Rippe.

L - R: J-Brooker and James Brooker, CEO of Row Productions at Spring Break Amsterdam Festival. Photo: Billy Rippe.


The Collier Row owners of an independent record label took their music abroad to perform in an international Amsterdam music festival.

Grime artist with Jack and James Brooker from Row Productions in Amsterdam for the Spring Break Festival.Grime artist with Jack and James Brooker from Row Productions in Amsterdam for the Spring Break Festival.

Brothers James and Jack Brooker founded Row Productions in October 2017 with the aim of highlighting untapped sources of local musical talent.

Last week Row Productions, with their various artists, performed before hundreds of people at the Spring Break Amsterdam festival.

James told the Recorder: “The stand-out moment was seeing everyone performing, and the crowd dancing and having fun listening to our music.

“It was great to see that before one of the venues opened, there were about 250 people waiting in the queue, especially as we’ve come from Essex and have only been going since October.

“[Row Productions] has gone from strength to strength. It was great to be at such a big festival with more than 10,000 people.”

On Sunday, April 8, Row Productions performed at Club Air, and on Tuesday, April 10 they performed at club Claire.

J-Brooker from Row Productions performing at Spring Break Amsterdam festival in April 2018.J-Brooker from Row Productions performing at Spring Break Amsterdam festival in April 2018.

“I had never been tothe Netherlands] before, and it was a really nice place to be,” said James.

“Everyone there was enjoying themselves, and there was no trouble during the festival or anything like that.”

The two brothers shared stages with well-known grime artists General Levy and Big Narstie.

James added: “There’s a chance for us to do some work with them in the future.

“They were vey humble, very easy to talk to.”

Row Productions has a busy few months planned ahead, as they continue to try and fulfil their dream of transforming the grime scene in Essex.

Their new album, Welcome to the Row, will be released in June, and they have performances planned in Brighton and Clacton.

The brothers are also in the middle of organising a campaign with Barking and Dagenham Council called Drop the Knife, Pick up the Mike.

It is for 15 to 18-year-olds.

“I think what we’re doing is building a platform, getting people to notice artists that wouldn’t have been noticed,” James added.

“I think we have come a long way, and I think we have the potential to be the best in Essex.”

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