Album Only
Artist

SINDEN

DJ, producer, remixer, label boss... for nearly a decade now Graeme Sinden has stealthily been establishing himself as one of the leaders of UK dance music as we know it.

DJ, producer, remixer, label boss... for nearly a decade now Graeme Sinden has stealthily been establishing himself as one of the leaders of UK dance music as we know it.

Growing up in Hockley, rural Essex, the first music that really struck a chord with a teenaged Sinden was rap music, "a potent controversial force, more rebellious than political than anything around at the time," with Beastie Boys, NWA, 2 Live Crew, and Dr Dre proving to be the soundtrack of his formative years. Trips to record shops in nearby Southend soon fostered an interest in Jungle, which by his own admission took over his life; a huge influence owing to its intrinsic Britishness, attitude and time stretched beats.

He quickly amassed a vast record collection which was showcased at university parties, playing an eclectic mix of old funk and disco 45's, Latin and Afrobeat, rap, jungle, dancehall, 2step garage, house and techno. "I was inspired by Gilles Peterson's 'joining the dots' attitude to DJing," he remembers, "where you could move a dancefloor on your own terms, entertain and educate."

Trips to London soon followed, where, hungry for more, Graeme headed straight for Bar Rhumba's That's How It Is night and Metalheadz at the Blue Note and later, East London's seminal basement club Plastic People. These nights would prove to have a lasting effect on the young DJ, opening his already eclectic tastes up to an exhilarating world of new music.

Making the move to the capital when he was 21, a chance meeting with Dave Taylor - recording as Solid Groove at the time before he took on his better-known Switch sobriquet - would prove more than fruitful. The pair met through Made To Play boss Jesse Rose during a late night flyering session outside Rhumba and hit it off immediately. A collaboration was soon in the works, despite Graeme decidedly lacking in studio time compared to the more experienced Taylor. It was a risk that would soon pay off, however, with the young upstart's extensive vinyl collection coming in very handy indeed, delivering a wealth of samples and loops they'd soon incorporate into choice cuts like 'Overbooked' and 'Red Hot'.

It was also around this time that Sinden would meet another soon-to-be long term collaborator, Joshua Harvey aka Herve. The pair would go on to release their debut album as The Count and Sinden on Domino Records, featuring a wealth of special guests including the Mystery Jets and a young Katy B. "There was a big collaborative ethos within the group - Jesse Rose, Switch, Herve, Trevor Loveys and myself would frequently as a unit all make music with each other," Graeme recalls. "That's when we started that whole wave of new house music with basslines, inspired by the jacking house of Chicago and NY but mixed up with a UK sensibility - basslines from jungle and odd leftfield approaches. It was reactionary to all the really boring house that was around."

A weekly Kiss FM radio show was soon in the works, providing a platform for the fresh, innovative tunes that Sinden relishes discovering. And then in 2010 he took the leap that many producers hope to do and founded his own label, Grizzly. He said at the time, "I want Grizzly to reflect my style of club music which is all-embracing, fun, disparate and twisted up... 'grey area' sounds, music you can't quite put your finger on, stuff that sits between genres and puzzles you at the same time. Grizzly will bring this sense of unexpectedness, flitting between styles - it's serious music without taking itself too seriously."

While this undoubtedly still rings true, two years later a full-to-bursting release schedule, a recent European tour and the same uncompromising attitude have seen the label evolve into a veritable hotbed of new talent, launching the likes of Melé, Brenmar and Distal and seeing early releases from XL's masked man SBTRKT and an incognito Felix Buxton of Basement
1234...15
JUMP TO PAGE
Sort 
Deeper
Extended Mix (4:57)
2019-05-31
1234...15

Make Default

Save
Embed a player for
Copy the above code and paste it into your website or blog.
© 2002-2019 Traxsource, Inc.

Add New Cart