A drum ‘n’ bass MC who turned a Tube carriage into a full-scale rave says it is one of his best ever gigs and commuters were “embracing the vibes”.
Harry Shotta was filmed rapping amid flashing lights on the Bakerloo line as travellers danced to music blasting from a sound system on Monday night.
He told the Standard that the rave began at Elephant and Castle station, with him and members of YouTube pranksters Trollstation, jumping on board with their equipment.
“The guys had speakers and a little mixer, microphones and lighting,” Shotta said. “It was like a mini rig, a mobile rig.”
“The first two girls who got on started dancing immediately to the music. They couldn’t believe what was going on. It went from there.
“If people weren’t dancing they were getting their phones out and taking pictures. Everyone really embraced it.”
The unusual scenes, described by police as a “fully-fledged rave”, went on for 25 minutes before officers brought the fun to a halt as the train reached Paddington.
He said: “I remember saying something about ‘my Paddington crew’ and then the police got on. We did it for 25 minutes though. It was like a mini rave.
“People didn’t want it to stop. The commuters just wanted to stay on.”
He said police were very polite and even helped the group off the train with their heavy equipment.
The Gravesend MC, who broke Eminem’s record in 2015 for the most words squeezed into one track, is more used to playing in front of thousands at festivals around the globe.
Over his career he has won awards, played across Europe, regularly performed on Radio One and 1xtra and amassed a huge online following.
But he claimed the Bakerloo line gig was one of his finest ever.
“I’m used to playing at big festivals. To do something like just, with literally 30 people so up close and personal, it was brilliant.
“I was wondering how people were going to take it but everyone was embracing the vibes.”
“They always say on the Underground no one makes eye contact, everyone’s in their own world, so I’ve never seen anything like it on the Tube,” he said.
“It’s got to rank up there with the best I’ve done, it was so unique.”
“There’s a lot of mad stuff going on in the world and we brought some light-hearted fun to the Tube,” he said. “It was fantastic.”
A spokesman for British Transport Police told the Standard: “At 10.40pm yesterday evening, BTP officers were called to the northbound Bakerloo platform at Paddington station after reports of a party on board a Tube.
“Officers attended and spoke with a man who agreed to turn off the speakers and the light systems, they then left the station.
“Whilst officers relish any opportunity to experience underground drum and bass, we’d kindly ask DJs to refrain from using the Tube as a pop-up club.
“It may be the Easter holiday but there is a time and a place and we’d ask everyone to consider other passengers using the network.”