Brighton-based, Mumdance is the brother from another mother mixing bass and beats; DJ’ing, recording and producing all killer no filler dance tracks.
Keeping his material low brow and original Mumdance’s sound is bare brash. Otherwise known as Jack Adams, owning the venues he plays with his sinister, progressive rhythms, his hypnotic hooks merge modern electro with 90s techno. Combining experimental beats with rapped vocals this one man mixing machine straddles musical genres, creating accomplished tunes, to move your dancing feet to.
Doubling up with musical mates Brondinksi, Diplo and Esser, 27-year-old Jack has friends in high places, tracks with tight hooks and a dark future in dance music ahead of him. On a fast-track to a full-time night-life existence, Jack The Lad wouldn’t have it any other way.
Putting together a Mother’s Day mixtape exclusively for i-D Online, we also spoke to the incorrigibly optimistic DJ and found out what’s coming up for Mr Mumdance.
You’ve recently released ‘Mum Decent’, which has been in production for several years, how has your signature sound developed since you started? I think my sound develops every time I make a song, I always try to keep things moving, as it’s boring to make the same song over and over again. There is a new track on the my i-D Mother’s Day mixtape, which I think gives an inkling to where I’m at right now.
How would you describe your sound? I find it really hard to describe my own music. Sometimes when I’m in the studio I know I have a good song because it kinda sounds ‘yellow’ to me, it’s a thought I’ve never really pushed though as Joker has his whole ‘purple’ thing. I think it’s for the listener to decide more than anything, I put it in front of you, but you appropriate it for yourself.
Who else would you like to work with in the future? I’m working with a French producer called Canblaster at the moment, we started some tracks when I was in Paris a few months ago and he is coming over to play the launch of my new party ‘Different Circles’ next week, so we are going to spend a few days in the studio wrapping it up. Other than that I guess I’d love to work with a vocalist and make a whole album for them. It’s about just finding the right person.
Describe your studio… It’s quite minimal, I have a big mac, a MIDI keyboard, Dynaudio monitors, external soundcard, compressor mic and reflection shield. I work quite a lot off a laptop too as I make a lot of music when I’m travelling. Normally I’ll start a track while I’m away then finish it and mix it in my studio.
What venues outside of the UK do you rate? I love Berghain in Berlin and I think anyone who has ever visited it does. It’s just so vast and has a real nice ambience to it which I haven’t found anywhere else, you really feel like you are part of something special when you go there, I think it’s the best club in the world.
Download Jacks exclusive Mothers day mix-tape for i-D Online here.
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