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IHouseU.com recently sat down with Groove Armada, one of Dance music’s most beloved acts this century. They had some really interesting things to say about some upcoming events they are getting involved in as well. It looks like they are going to be doing something Saturday December 3rd, 2011 at Stylus, Leeds University Complex for Colousound’s Season Closing party! If you are in the UK, and want to check out that party I say “go for it” it appears that the party is open to the public… get your tickets and info here.
Check out the whole interview here… , but before you do, here’s some great highlights I’ve collected for you.
So what is Red Light? How does it differ from your old Live show?
It’s a whole new experience. The last live show was just that - live. We spent a long time working out how a band could play electronic music that was happening there and then but which sounded properly heavy. Once we got that system nailed, we had 8 years of amazing gigs.
The Black Light album saw us record that onstage sound and with it, make our best record. The tour that followed was the high point of the whole GA Live experience. So we decided to leave it there – at the top. Red Light is the opposite of all that. A return to the warehouse.
To the decks and fx where it all started. So it’s a DJ thing, a warehouse vibe, but delivered stadium style.
Judging by Trax Vol 1 you guys have revisited your deeper, more underground electronic roots. Quite a shift from the large ‘dance’ records of the past, not to mention albums like Black Light and Soundboy Rock. Why the shift back to more traditional house and techno?
The sound has always been there. We’ve been in DJ booths all over the world for a long time. But when the band was on the road and there were those kind of albums to be made, we didn’t get the chance to make the kind of music we love to play as DJs. That and being stuck on a major label where tunes take 2 years to come out. When we stopped the band, we also finally fulfilled our original record contract and now we’re free to do what we want, go deeper, make the tunes we feel like.
Do you guys pay a lot of attention to what’s happening in the electronic scenes at the moment? Who are you feeling?
Yes we get out there, stay on top of it. We’re DJing all the time and we run a festival so we’re in amongst it all. There’s a return to the basement vibe all round. What happens in the basement is a free for all at the moment. There’s the jacked up return to the old house sound
- something we’re right into – but there’s also a harder take on the berlin scene, NYC disco antics, good time Hip Hop stuff – whatever, whenever, and loads of it is sounding great.
You’re known for your collaborations. Of those you have yet to work with, which artist would you most like to do something with and why? (Any
Bob Dylan. Anyone who can make Blonde on Blonde is worth having a beer with.