DJ Grooverider - Profile
Grooverider has been DJing since before the Acid House explosion in 1986. He originally played Hip Hop, Funk, Rare Groove & Soul and boasts a record collection packed with invaluable rarities from this period.
Grooverider was inspired by seeing DJs like Carl Cox & Trevor Fung playing at parties Grooverider decided to changed to Acid House. After a meeting with Fabio in a nightclub, one night in 1987 they decided to team up to DJ together, playing Acid House in Brixton at Medoza's.
Later Grooverider became a DJ on Pirate radio station Phaze 1 based in South London, he also had a regular slot at the infamous 'Rage' nights at the Heaven club which were to become one of the longest running club night of the Acid House / Rave era. There name made both Grooverider and Fabio started to play at the big events in 1991 onwards, like Perception, Fantazia and Universe.
Grooverider had developed his own style by this stage and this has become Jungle and later Drum and Bass, for which he is some times called "The Godfather". It was he who inspired Goldie in to producing.
Not only does he appear on almost every club / event flyer that ever was in the UK, he also has a strong following overseas in countries such as Japan, Switzerland , Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece - he has also toured Australia with the Fantazia crew on one of their sell out club tours.
Grooverider's talents also span the producing / remixing side of music having worked on his own and many other top artists' material - too many to mention! Grooverider's love of his work, remains undiminished after 10 years DJing and his popularity is ever increasing as he continues to pack the crowds in wherever he plays.
Ask anyone in drum'n'bass what first inspired them to make music and Grooverider's name is sure to crop up. Not only has he notched up an incredible twelve years behind the decks, DJing everywhere from dingy illegal warehouse parties to huge outdoor festivals, but his legendary radio shows with long time companion Fabio (first for Kiss FM and now Radio One FM) helped spread the gospel of drum'n'bass further and further a field. As resident at seminal London night Rage throughout its four year stint at Heaven, he personally oversaw dance music's evolution from acid house to techno and finally drum'n'bass. "Everyone who's about on the scene now was there," he recalls, "it was like school for a lot of people. That club's got something special about it - when you play in that DJ booth way above the dance floor, you really feel like an overlord. You're in the throne. You've got to perform. I used to go there years before and watch Paul Oakenfold playing and think 'yeah, I wouldn't mind being up there myself."
It was also here that 'Rider, a born and bred South Londoner, first encountered a budding young producer called Goldie. "Somebody gave me one of his records on an acetate," he remembers, "and I was playing out one night when suddenly I see some geezer banging on the door of the DJ booth. "I thought 'who on earth is this fucking nutter?' He was shouting 'this is my fucking tune. Let me in!' So I let him in and congratulated him and it all went from there. We just kinda hit it off straight away." These days he organises Goldie's Metalheadz club nights usually topping bills that invariably read like a who's who of drum'n'bass. "Everybody wants to play for us," he announces proudly, "we do good parties then people want to play at them. All a far cry from the days in the mid '80s when Groove first ventured behind a pair of Technics at Brixton pirate radio station Phase One.
Back then, way before acid house turned the music business on its head, he'd play anything from soul, funk and rap to raw early electro, R&B and even punk. "Year" he laughs now. "I used to love all that skinhead music too, I loved the Jam and the Clash. X Ray Spex were my group! I couldn't mix or nothing when I started at the station, but it didn't matter, because its not about how well you mix, it's about what music you play. A lot of people have forgotten that over the years." An all-encompassing attitude that's served him well on his journey from unknown pirate spinner - he gave up as soon as he discovered the DTI could seize his record collection - to one of the biggest and most respected names in dance music today. One he kept close to his heart when he embarked on 'Mysteries Of Funk' for Sony offshoot Higher Ground. "I was frightened when I started out," he admits, " its a frightening thing to do. I'd never done a tune under my own name before. I'd always used aliases.
When I started my label Prototype I made all the tunes myself because I had a few bits of gear and I was just practising, testing things out, just fucking about basically. Although initially suspicious when approached by the major - "I thought, do they want me to start making pop music or something ?" - 'Rider now applauds Higher Ground for giving him the time and freedom to experiment and push his music beyond the strict confines of the dance floor. "They've been really patient with me. "he states, "Because it's two years since I signed with Sony. But they've not put me under any pressure at all and now - finally - I've produced an album for them." Some 15 tracks long, 'Mysteries Of Funk' is an unashamedly ambitious project that only someone with Grooverider's experience and diverse musical background could possibly hope to pull off. Ranging from the sheer hardcore rush of 'Where Is Jack The Ripper' to the floating vocal magic of 'Rainbows Of Colour' (sung by former Archive chanteuse Roya Arab) and the lost-in-space sampladelia of 'Starbase 23', it's an effortlessly wide ranging collection with one connecting thread -funk. 'It's a funk album," Groove says, "It's not a soul album. Funk is something that's a bit harder than soul, know what I'm saying? People will say 'how can this be funk?' and I guess that the mystery!
Funk is what it's all about. That's where I come from. That's the music that got to me when I was young - and now I'm doing my form of funk. Not what everybody else perceives as funk, but what I perceive as funk. In another five years maybe I won't be on this funk tip but this is what I'm doing right now and that's all you can do, dig deep into yourself and say this is me, this is what's going on in my head right now. As well as representing all the different influences I've taken in over the years from jazz music, hip hop, techno. Even punk rock influences it in a certain way. But it's just about me, basically."
Yet Grooverider still willingly pays tribute to his right hand man in the studio Matt Quinn, who engineered 'Mysteries...' and whose savage dance floor productions as Optical (for, among many others, Groove's own label Prototype) are fast earning him a place in drum'n'bass's premier division. "Matt's putt a hell of a lot of work into this album too" he says, before adding sheepishly. "He'll make me finish something - I've got a lot of tunes that I do by myself but don't finish them. He'll make me see it to the end." And even with the album in the can, Grooverider refuses to halt his prolific output or his hectic DJ schedule. "I've got a stack of remixes to get stuck into now," he grins, "I like to remix everybody I can. As long as there's something in there I can use I'll mix and do the best I can do, because it's my responsibility to simply do the best I can do.
Not for other people but myself. I'm really critical of myself so I'm always trying to chase myself, better myself. "I've got really into Beck recently - I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some of his stuff. A lot of people overlook that rock shit, but they shouldn't because some of it is banging! And drum'n'bass can really compliment rock if it's done right. And I'm really looking forward to doing 'Fools Gold' (seminal Stone Roses funk marathon) Now that's an original breakbeat tune if ever I heard one, man. That is a drum'n'bass tune all over, as far as I'm concerned. Just at a different tempo. Now, when I get hold of that....".
Where's Jack The Ripper (Tipper Remix) (12") Higher Ground
Where's Jack The Ripper? (12") Higher Ground
Mysteries Of Funk (4x12") Higher Ground
Mysteries Of Funk: Four Track Sampler (2x12") Higher Ground
Rainbows Of Colour (12") Columbia Records
Rainbows Of Colour (12") Higher Ground
Rainbows Of Colour (Remixes) (12") Higher Ground
Where's Jack The Ripper (Carl Cox Remixes) (12") Higher Ground
Where's Jack The Ripper? (Remixes) (12") Higher Ground
What Do You Do (The Dillinja Remixes) (12") Columbia Records
Bachelorette (12") Bachelorette
Rolling Remixes (12") Rolling
Share The Fall (12") Share The Fall
Share The Fall / New Forms (12") Share The Fall
Different Strokes (12") Different Strokes
Up Tempo (12") Up Tempo
A New Breed Of Ravers (LP) Darksides
Renegade Selector: Series 2 (2x12") Terrorist
Terrorist / Something I Feel (Remixes) (10") Terrorist Moving Shadow
Greater Love (12") Greater Love (Grooveri... SOUR
The Rollers Convention Part 3 (12") United
Enforcers: Above The Law (3x12") Manslaughter
Talkin' About The Power (12") Talkin' About The Powe... Ultraphonic
Tum Bin Jiya (12") Tum Bin Jiya
Distorted Dreams / The Shadow (12") The Shadow Moving Shadow
James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version) (12") James Bond Theme
Kemistry V.I.P. / Your Sound (12") Kemistry V.I.P.
Piper (10") Piper (Grooverider Mix) XL Recordings
Share The Fall (12") Share The Fall
The Remixes (12") Dirty Harry
Believe (12") Believe
Blame (2x12") Blame
Fools Gold (12") Fools Gold (Grooveride... Jive Electro
Got To Be For Real (12") Got To Be For Real (Gr... Higher Ground
Muzik Classics - Drum & Bass (3x12") Piper
Pacific808:98 / Cubik98 (12") Pacific (Groove Jeep Mix) ZTT
Pack Jam (Look Out For The Ovc) (12") Pack Jam
Temper Temper (12") Temper Temper
The Takeover Bid (3x12") Piper
B-Boy Stance (12") B-Boy Stance
B-Boy Stance (Remixes) (12") B-Boy Stance
Blame (12") Blame
Fools Gold (The Remixes) (12") Fools Gold
Missing (12") Missing
Old School Vs. New School (3x12") Fools Gold
The Only Rhyme That Bites 99 (12") Pacific
The Remixes (2x12") Fools Gold
Culture Club 2 (Pack 2) (2x12") Fools Gold
DJ Grooverider's links to Fantazia
Check out his mixing on the Fantazia Jungle Collection as well as Fantazia event sets.
Fantazia One Step Beyond
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