Hailing from the same Sussex village as filth-monger High Rankin and bashment guru L-Vis 1990, Jack Adams, aka Mumdance is proving that individuality pays off with his latest ‘Mum Decent’ EP being released on Mad Decent. Still a relatively new kid on the block, he has spent the last couple of years cementing his style as a vastly open-minded DJ and producer with a penchant for all things worldly. His productions often incorporate sounds from all four corners of the globe with heavily layered rhythms and enough pounding bass to melt any face on the dance-floor. Check out ‘smasher’ from his latest release and you’ll know where we’re coming from.
So your new release is out now on Mad Decent, how’s it feel to get involved with Diplo and his clan?
It feels good, the EP has been a long time coming so it’s good to get it out there. I’m really happy to be working with Mad Decent as they showed an interest in my music at a very early stage in my career. I don’t think there is another label that I would prefer to be working with at the moment. I’m ready to get stuck into the next EP!
Was there any specific inspiration behind the EP or was it a case of diving in and seeing what comes out?
This EP is just a collection of my 3 favourite productions to date, I made ‘Sacrifice’ about 2 years ago, ‘Smasher’ at the beginning of the year and ‘Dont Forget Me Now’ half way through this year. I’ve made a load of other tracks too (Most of which you can hear on my Different Circles Mixtape - (Free D/L here) but these three were the most fun to make and, to my ears, sounded the best.
You’ve also done a cover of Wookie’s ‘Battle’, how did that come about then?
Esser and I just did it one evening half way through making “Don’t Forget Me Now” when we were stuck. It was done in an hour or so. I sent it to Toddla on AIM & he played it on Radio 1 the next day, then everyone was asking me for it, so I mixed it down a bit better and we put it out as a free Download. It’s just a homagé really, we both know it will never better the original, but we both loved the track and thought it would be a fun one to cover. Originally it wasn’t even supposed to see the light of day.
You’ve always constantly mixed up your vibe, incorporating different genres and worldly elements into your sound. This seems to be a common theme among a lot of up and coming DJs and producers these days. Where would you say this trend has come from?
I can’t speak for other people, but for me it’s just a case of the fact that I love a lot of different types of music, so it made sense to incorporate them all into a set when I was playing out. The whole regional music thing for me stemmed from hanging out with Radioclit. They were a big influence and gave me a lot of guidance when I was starting out, something I am very grateful for.
Are you happy with the state of the UK dance scene at the moment?
I think people are a lot more open minded now which is great and the main thing. I also think that people are now a bit obsessed with chasing the ‘next big thing’ without properly nurturing and developing what they have before moving on. Saying that though, I really like it when things get shaken up, it brings in a big wave of weird music when people aren’t trying to make something that subscribes to a certain idiom or genre.
What’s been your musical highlight of 2010 so far?
Definitely going over to Mexico City with the British Council & working with a number of Mexican producers in the Sony studios over there. My good friend, Toy Selectah, another Mad Decent artist, and I spent a couple of days producing a track called “Vampiro” that fuses UK Funky & Tribal Guarachero, a sound local to Mexico City. I love doing collaborations that blends cultures as well as sounds and I think this track epitomises that.
Are you playing any gigs in London soon so we can come down and have a dance? Where’s your favourite London venue to play?
This month I am playing the Book Club’s first Birthday on the 23rd with a Guy Called Gerald. I’m doing a classic House and Garage set there. Then on the 29th, I’m playing Adventures in the Beetroot Field at Ewer Street Car Park. I think my favourite London venue to play has got to be Fabric, it ALWAYS goes off there without fail.
Is there anything else that you’d like to add for our readers?
Keep an eye out for my forthcoming No Hats Hood Hoods EP with features from Trim & Jammer. The lead track is a Japanese tinged Sino Grime track called “Tarahtid” which features Trim & Jammer back to back. The flip side is an Acid House crossed with Baltimore & Electro track called “Wht Im’a Say Nex” and features Trim and a huge 303 line.
Head over to Boomkat to grab yourselves a copy of the Mum Decent EP!
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