We sent some questions via e-mail to UK-based DJ/producer Addison Groove, he of footwork/juke/DnB/“Footcrab” fame, in anticipation of his upcoming show at Good Life Boston. This is what we got back.
You’ve had a busy year, releasing two albums (Presents James Grieve and Turn Up the Silence) in addition to shows and mixes. Where are you creatively at the moment? What does the last song you’ve made sound like?
It sounds similar to a train hitting a glass wall that’s 17 feet deep. My creativity lies in me taking Valium and coffee; it’s really helping my deteriorating brain.
What was the concept behind Presents James Grieve?
An apple grew on a tree in my garden; it was a James Grieve. Not much went into coming up with that name. The apple went on to become part of a pie I made late in October 2013.
Why did you decide to follow up with Turn Up the Silence just a few months later?
It was a good idea because one night in a dream Mickey Mouse and Marvin the Martian appeared and told me that I should do it. I think I’d do anything they say. I’m such a slave.
That album features the track “U Been Gone” with the late DJ Rashad. Do you have more unreleased collaborations with him?
Yeah, loads more. They will never come out.
Are there any emerging styles or trends in music now that are exciting to you?
Japanese bassment flute music is my jam. And I can’t forget how much forest floor jungle is going off in my head right now. Maybe I can combine both to get something like Japanese forest flute-jungle … pure vibe.
Will you be bringing an 808 to the Boston show? When did you start using that drum machine for shows?
I used it for a few years till I blew it up due to badly ventilated venues. It’s a bad idea these days to expose the cake 0h eight to the elements after so much use. It is now in retirement, probably with a whiskey bottle next to it laughing at the world.
Have you played Boston before? What was your last experience in the city like?
Yep, was good except for the part where the Red Sox lost and someone tried to ax me.
How do you know when to either place another bet or walk away from the racetrack?
Walking away is for losers. Never give up on your dream.
ADDISON GROOVE w/ Girl Unit, Ali Berger, Dev/Null, Amadeezy. Fri 2.6. Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. 617.451.2622. 9:30pm/21+/$12. soundcloud.com/addisongroove