When a dancefloor lies flat; beats-boring, no life, no love just static shoes following lonely-harlequin lights it’s onerous to get excited, get hyped. When a DJ can turn a space’s dead air into a setting of pure charge, from silence to chaos; there’s clarification their worth listening to, worth moving to. Mumdance is one of these DJs: forcing a floor into noise corruption. We speak to Jack Adams, DJ and producer Mumdance, as his EP, Mum Decent, is released onto the clubs and country.
How do you feel about being so in demand right now? You’ve gone from being relatively on the low to working with names like Diplo, Switch and Brodinski?
Haha I’m enjoying where I am at the moment as I have worked hard over the past year or so. I still don’t feel I’m where I need to be- but I’m getting there. It’s really nice that people that I respect are into what I’m doing; it’s also really nice to work with people who are in the same sort of mind space as me.
The Mum Decent EP has just been released: how long has it taken to get to this point? How are you feeling about its release?
I’m not nervous about the release of the Mum Decent EP. It came together really naturally and I feel it’s three of my best tracks to date. I made Sacrifice about 2 years ago; it’s nice that it’s finally seeing a proper release as I thought it was quite ahead of its time when I made it. Smasher is my favourite track out of all of them that I’ve produced. It’s one that I still actually enjoy listening to. Don’t Forget Me Now is a special one to me too as it’s my first attempt at writing lyrics and writing an actual ‘song’.
What influences what you do? Can Mumdance be labelled?
It’s hard to label my sound as I try to always keep it moving; I guess it’s my job to produce the sounds and your job- as the media- to label it, then I’ll get all diva-esque and be like “you cant put me in a fucking box mannnnnn.”
What story are you giving to your name? What is Mumdance?
Mumdance is just a stupid word I made up that made me laugh. It doesn’t mean anything. When I chose the name there were a lot of acts choosing really poncey names which referenced the first line in some really abstract highbrow book they read once when they were going through a really ‘hard time’ and I think I was like “I’m just gonna have a stupid name that isn’t clever or highbrow”. If you’re putting out good music it doesn’t matter what you’re called…I’m living proof of that haha.
Are you attracted to being a DJ over a producer?
I’ve got a love-hate relationship with both. I was in the studio non-stop over the summer and during that time I was doing my best to stay away from any other music that was around so I didn’t follow any trends. Now it’s really nice to have a break from the studio and immerse myself in all the music that everyone else is making. I just switched back to CDJs so I’m really enjoying DJing at the moment in clubs- digging deep for a really interesting selection of music to play to people. Whenever I spend time away from the studio and go back with a fresh head I always come out with the best music.
When DJing what’s the killer track, the track that gets everyone hyped?
I think a track that never fails and never leaves my CD wallet is RIP Groove by Double 99. It was the first vinyl I bought and has pretty much never left my set. A recent track would be Samo Sound Boy – Taking it All (Mele Remix) or Dread by Jack Sparrow: both HUGE tracks.
Do you find remixing a record more restrictive or just as creative as starting from fresh?
I find doing a remix a lot harder and more frustrating than making an original record. I always like to make my remixes completely different tracks while retaining the original vocal or hook; so the track is the same but totally turned on its head. On a production level my best remixes so far are All The Cash by Evil Nine as I kept the US vocal on and got a new UK vocal to go on top of it- rapping about the same subject but from a completely different angle. Also my remix of Lets Get Clinical by Maximo Park is another favourite as I pretty much did a cover of the tune but in a new-style that I invented called Kerplunk (it sounds like when all the marbles fall out of the old-school children’s game). If you compare the original to the remix side by side you’ll see what I mean. I recently complied a collection of all my remixes from 2008 – 2009 into a zip for free download on my website – www.mumdance.com
Your Sound is eclectic but then has a fitting place in London; what is it about the city? Is there anywhere better for music?
Everyone knows that London is the best place for dance music. There are so many different ideas and cultures in such a close proximity. Blending cultures and ideas together is the backbone to my music so I think that’s why London is always going to be a good place for me. If for some reason I was never allowed back into London, I guess I would either live in Berlin or NYC as they both seem to have really vibrant scenes and nightlife.
What’s been the best night of the year? What are the essentials for a sound night out?
One of my best nights of the year this year was New Years Eve. I played a Grime Rave at Sankeys in Manchester then drove down to play a much more house and techno set at Bugged Out in London; I felt like a ‘proper DJ’ that night, it was nice to play two totally different sets so close together. I’m not really sure what my essentials for a night are; I never like to plan my nights. When I actually go out to socialise I’ll just head out with a vague idea and let the night take me.
What do you think of the club scene at the moment?
The scene is great at the moment; it’s amazing that people have such open minds these days. If people keep open minds musically and don’t adhere to trends it’s going to stay strong. I’m excited to see where its heading next.
Set to play across the UK; there’s no whining, no excuses, Mumdance is here with an EP ready to drop on the hottest dancehalls around. The Mum Decent EP out now. No Hats No Hoods EP released Nov 22. For more info check his Myspace.