Addison Groove (AKA Headhunter) has been smashing dancefloors in the UK and beyond for years, his Tempa releases as Headhunter playing a pivotal part in the development of the UK’s dubstep and bass scenes. Building on this success, his releases under the Addison Groove moniker for Swamp 81 (such as ‘Footcrab’ and more recently ‘Work It’) display a more holistic approach to electronic music, with a variety of tempo and a genre-hopping attitude that has forged a place in the sets of a wide of range DJ’s, from Villalobos to Mr Scruff. Ahead of Chew the Fat!’s Big Fat! Royal Wedding Disco, what better time to catch up with the man himself for a big Fat! chin wag.
When did your interest in the Juke and Footwork movement begin?
About 2 and a half years ago , maybe even 3 now… i eased it into my headhunter dj sets usually playing about 15 mins before i got to dubstep but even tho the music was unknown then by a lot of people, i noticed people still got it. Its very easy to dance to and pretty much to the point ,in terms of music… As time grew on i’d put more and more juke into my sets and it paid off people now request juke… i always have to tell them that its coming, i like to build up to playing juke rather then go all in.
The output of Addison Groove compared with Headhunter is wildly different. Do you have a different approach (or input) when writing and working productions for the two different aliases?
The palette of sounds is very different so the results become different, i also use my outboard 808 machine when making my addison tunes but the process in terms of sequencer and eq’s are the same (logic/ableton). Also my Addison stuff relies heavily on samples where as the headhunter stuff is very synth based
Juke is something that spawned in Chicago and is now spreading across the globe. Do crowds on different continents react differently to the music?
Most crowds just want to hear it now and the reactions are crazy, peeps go nuts to it.. i’ve said this before n ill say it again; its all about delivery and how u put the music to people but done the right way it can really get the crowd going.. as it does most weekend for me
Does the quality of dancing vary?
Ha , errrm.. no and yes.. people jump..but vie seen some girls get the booty clap going. Not really seen any footwork’s yet tho.
Your 808 freestyles throughout your mixes have really gained notoriety. What made you decide to add it to the Addison Groove equation when performing/djing?
About a year ago i thought it would be an interesting thing to try, i had nothing to loose and vie never heard an actual 808 in a club, so i went n got my outboard (80, mackie, tic electronic vex box) pissed about with it and the outcome was pretty good, took it to clubs like berghain & fabric and it really worked.. I don’t do many live shows but i average 1 a month and i really enjoy doing it.
What impact do you think Juke has had on the UK’s bass music scene?
I think it has a lot to answer for in the way things have gone, i see a lot of people using 808′s and stuff in there music, i think it came at a time when dustup was getting a bit samey and housey bass stuff was coming thru. There’s nothing quite like a fresh beat and juke was fresh to a lot of peoples ears, it still is and i cant see it changing for a good while.
You are playing at Outlook Festival in Croatia this September. Are you attending other festivals this summer, on or off the decks?
Yeah playing Melt! in Berlin, Modeselektor have me on there stage which will be amazing. and of course Outlook Croatia which, this year, will be my 5th your playing there.. I highly recommend that festival , Iabsolutely love it.
What else do you have in store for 2011?
Had a release out, ummmm… today (4/18/2011) on tectonic and next month i got a 12″ on martyns 3024 label then maybe towards the end of the year or next year put out something bigger I also have some new headhunter tunes that will come out too but im in no rush to put things out really. I’ll make some tracks , let them live a life and see how i feel about them in a few months.
We’re all bang up for the Chew the Fat! Royal Wedding disco on April 30th. Can we expect to see you in your top and tails?
I’ll wear a hat, but u wont get me out of my air max’s im afraid!
You can buy Addison Groove’s latest release, ‘Work It’ and the forthcoming ‘It’s Got Me’ here.
Catch Addison Groove at My Big Fat! Royal Wedding Disco on 30/04/2011, alongside Joker, Raffertie, Marco Del Horno and loads more. Click the flyer for more details!