Im 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 Ill be doing is living the lifestyle I want to be living; basing myself on a beach just south of Sydney. So Ill be able to spend much more time surfing. Im not particularly good at it but I love doing it.
Chatting to Skrufff this week from his already ultra-luxurious pad in Londons seaside resort town of Brighton, Marine Parade chief and breaks king Adam Freeland admitted his wandering gaze is increasingly settling down under.
Ill be focusing all my touring on Asia for that six month period, doing residencies in china and Japan then Ill do the UK, Europe and the rest of the world for the second six months of the year, he explains. It means Ill be able to focus more on what Im 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 thats both genuinely global and seemingly recession proof.
Breaks is definitely getting bigger all the time, not just in the last 12 months though, its 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 weve just been getting on with what weve been doing. Breaks has never had any particular cool hype, whereas now its reached the point of being a globally strong scene.
Though while Australia has become the country thats truly embraced and enhanced breaks in popularity terms, the musics production heart remains London, where clubs like Fabric continue to thrive through their music policy thats heavily geared towards the music and its players.
Fabrics the only proper residency Ive ever done, its a great club, the people that run it are my friends and I always enjoy playing there, he agrees.
Its the only London gig Im doing at the moment and Ive been doing it since the club opened, some five years ago now. I can always play whatever I want; they systems 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 dont.
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 youre not allowed to use your own remixes. The record companies make a big fuss about it and you have to accept you cant 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 Ive 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 Ive done loads of other crazy shit, slowing down lots of tracks ridiculously such as LFOs Freak; I had loads of fun with it.
Skrufff: Youre playing Global Gathering after missing Glastonbury, why did you choose that?
Adam Freeland: I wasnt 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 Im not doing that. Im either playing my own shows or playing at breaks or more alternative events, which is good. What Im doing now has gone beyond just the electronic thing, theres more rock stuff in my music. It definitely varies from place to place.
Skrufff: Theres more and more terror alerts in places like Thailand and Indonesia, are there places youre now thinking twice about visiting?
Adam Freeland: I havent had a situation like that where Ive had to say no to a place, Im still open to suggestion. I didnt 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 didnt, 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 Im probably gigging more than ever. I think you become better at organising your time, Ive 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 thats mellowing Im 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 Id be doing shitty little mid-week gigs in tiny bars in the middle of nowhere. I dont have the energy to do that anymore; and I dont 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 dont feel any different. I get worse hangovers. Id probably have thought wow, Id never have imagined it would be like this but I still feel like theres a long way to go. Its always changing. Breakbeat wasnt even acknowledged as a genre back then, none of the magazines had breaks reviews, break beat records got reviewed in downtempo sections. A lots changed.
Skrufff: Are you still politically angry?
Adam Freeland: I guess so; the worlds getting increasingly scary, isnt 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. Hes a fucking smooth talker, man, hes a highly fucking intelligent man and he can talk his way around in an unbelievable way. You can watch him being criticised and hell come out waving the flag for the free world. He can turn things on his head, its amazing to watch the spin. If there werent any Iraqi terrorists before there are now millions of people that would happily give their lives to blow up America.
Skrufff: Paul Van Dyks supporting Rock The Vote, do you see yourself getting similarly active at some point?
Adam Freeland: I feel Ive already been fairly active just getting on with what Im saying and doing in interviews for example. Its tough doing that Rock The Vote thing when youre not American. But I havent released my album in America yet and hopefully were 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 theyre the puppets. People then think I dont want to vote for any of those wankers, so Im going to stay non-political which is completely missing the point.
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