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Adam Freeland: I’m Moving To Sydney To Seek Eternal Summer Sun ::

Reported by Trackitdown TID on July 2, 2004

“I’m going Australia for six months in October basing myself on a beach just outside Sydney, about 40 minutes south, in a national park. At the moment I constantly tour everywhere which is not good because of all the flying involved whereas what I’ll be doing is living the lifestyle I want to be living; basing myself on a beach just south of Sydney. So I’ll be able to spend much more time surfing. I’m not particularly good at it but I love doing it.”

Chatting to Skrufff this week from his already ultra-luxurious pad in London’s seaside resort town of Brighton, Marine Parade chief and breaks king Adam Freeland admitted his wandering gaze is increasingly settling down under.

I’ll be focusing all my touring on Asia for that six month period, doing residencies in china and Japan then I’ll do the UK, Europe and the rest of the world for the second six months of the year,” he explains. “It means I’ll be able to focus more on what I’m doing as well as living eternal summer.”

10 years after he was the new kid on the block, pushing breaks to an already moribund house and trance scene, Adam Freeland finds himself as the biggest name of a genre that’s both genuinely global and seemingly recession proof.

“Breaks is definitely getting bigger all the time, not just in the last 12 months though, it’s been building gradually over the last 10 years,” he concurs.

“Lots of scenes are hyped, such as speed garage then 2 step, for example, whereas we’ve just been getting on with what we’ve been doing. Breaks has never had any particular cool hype, whereas now it’s reached the point of being a globally strong scene.”

Though while Australia has become the country that’s truly embraced and enhanced breaks in popularity terms, the music’s production heart remains London, where clubs like Fabric continue to thrive through their music policy that’s heavily geared towards the music and its players.

“Fabric’s the only proper residency I’ve ever done, it’s a great club, the people that run it are my friends and I always enjoy playing there,” he agrees.

“It’s the only London gig I’m doing at the moment and I’ve been doing it since the club opened, some five years ago now. I can always play whatever I want; they system’s good and the crowd are receptive so you can experiment there. I can play all those tunes from the back of the box that you want to play but usually don’t.”

And more than a few of those tunes appear on his latest mix CD, conveniently released by the same East London club.

Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): What approach did you take with your latest Fabric mix CD, was it any different from doing a Marine Parade one?

Adam Freeland: “You start with your wish list of tunes then you get all the dickhead major record labels telling you that you’re not allowed to use your own remixes. The record companies make a big fuss about it and you have to accept you can’t use them, their usual explanation being that the artist involved has a record coming out at the same time and giving you your remix is going to dent their sales. For this Fabric CD this the first time I’ve done a mix properly, fully in a computer. Because of that the first 30 minutes of the mix are all perfectly in key; perfectly pitch mixed, which is impossible in real life. Then I’ve done loads of other crazy shit, slowing down lots of tracks ridiculously such as LFO’s Freak; I had loads of fun with it.”

Skrufff: You’re playing Global Gathering after missing Glastonbury, why did you choose that?

Adam Freeland: “I wasn’t offered Glastonbury.”

Skrufff: Do you find audiences differ much from country to country?

Adam Freeland: “It depends on the type of event you play at. A few years ago progressive house was the big thing and lots of progressive guys liked what I did so a lot of time I found myself playing alongside loads of big progressive names, though these days I’m not doing that. I’m either playing my own shows or playing at breaks or more alternative events, which is good. What I’m doing now has gone beyond just the electronic thing, there’s more rock stuff in my music. It definitely varies from place to place.”

Skrufff: There’s more and more terror alerts in places like Thailand and Indonesia, are there places you’re now thinking twice about visiting?

Adam Freeland: “I haven’t had a situation like that where I’ve had to say no to a place, I’m still open to suggestion. I didn’t go to Hong Kong last year when that whole SARS thing was kicking off and I regret not going now, because it was just hype. My agent and manager were warning me off at the time so I didn’t, then when I did go over there six months later everyone was like ‘man, you should have come’. Apparently when the SARS thing happened people were partying like there was no tomorrow.”

Skrufff: Are you starting to mellow with age and experience at all?

Adam Freeland: “Yeah, to some extent, though I’m probably gigging more than ever. I think you become better at organising your time, I’ve got less tolerance for doing shit gigs and little things than I used to have. You get better at cherry picking the projects you really want to do. Whether that’s mellowing I’m not sure, though. For example, the first few times I toured America I did it for free because I wanted to go and play there and I’d be doing shitty little mid-week gigs in tiny bars in the middle of nowhere. I don’t have the energy to do that anymore; and I don’t really enjoy playing to a small crowd of 50 people in some tiny bar in the mid West somewhere.”

Skrufff: What would the 21 year old Adam Freeland think of you today?

Adam Freeland: “I don’t feel any different. I get worse hangovers. I’d probably have thought ‘wow, I’d never have imagined it would be like this’ but I still feel like there’s a long way to go. It’s always changing. Breakbeat wasn’t even acknowledged as a genre back then, none of the magazines had breaks reviews, break beat records got reviewed in downtempo sections. A lot’s changed.”

Skrufff: Are you still politically angry?

Adam Freeland: “I guess so; the world’s getting increasingly scary, isn’t it? I was in America recently when the prison torture stories broke and I was watching CNN all the time to get my dose of disinformation. (Donald) Rumsfeld was on TV all the time defending himself but the problem was that he was up against all these panels which were Republican panels. It was all a bit one sided. He’s a fucking smooth talker, man, he’s a highly fucking intelligent man and he can talk his way around in an unbelievable way. You can watch him being criticised and he’ll come out ‘waving the flag for the free world’. He can turn things on his head, it’s amazing to watch the spin. If there weren’t any Iraqi terrorists before there are now millions of people that would happily give their lives to blow up America.”

Skrufff: Paul Van Dyk’s supporting Rock The Vote, do you see yourself getting similarly active at some point?

Adam Freeland: “I feel I’ve already been fairly active just getting on with what I’m saying and doing in interviews for example. It’s tough doing that Rock The Vote thing when you’re not American.  But I haven’t released my album in America yet and hopefully we’re going to be re-releasing We Want Your Soul in the run-up to the elections, which could be fun. People see politics as something boring, being just about George Bush, Kerry and Blair, as them being just the people running things when actually they’re the puppets. People then think I don’t want to vote for any of those wankers, so I’m going to stay non-political’ which is completely missing the point.” (‘Did you know that you can increase the purity of your soul by purchasing one simple product? To find out what this life changing item is click here’)ere

Fabric Live 16: Adam Freeland is out now

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