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Mumdance is one of the UK's most respected DJs and producers, honing an influential and often imitated sound that draws from grime, techno, experimental sound design, hardcore and more.
As a DJ, he inhabits a unique musical space, encapsulated by his weekly Rinse FM show which has seen him comfortably play back to back DJ sets with heavy hitters such as Nina Kraviz, DJ Stingray, Regis, James Ruskin, Perc, Lee Gamble, Prurient, Shifted, Ron Moreilli, Pinch & Varg, as well as artists from across the full breadth of the dance music spectrum such as DJ Storm, ENA, Helm, Spyro, Powell, Tropic of Cancer, Slipmatt, Sunil Sharpe, Peder Mannerfelt, Josey Rebelle, Beneath & Kowton.
Since learning his craft in the basement of pioneering grime artist Jammer around 2006, Mumdance has built a reputation as one of the UK's most innovative producers. His early days saw him collaborate with artists as diverse as Skepta and Brodinski, while living & working with local musicians in Mexico, Brazil & Egypt broadened his horizons in a way that informs his work to this day.
In 2013, following a two-year hiatus, Mumdance returned with his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to date. Honing a stark, minimalist aesthetic, his 2013 mixtape Twists & Turns was in FACT Magazine's top ten albums of the year and their 31st best album of the last five years, while his collaborations with Novelist, 'Take Time' and '1 Sec' (released on legendary label XL Recordings), mark two of the biggest anthems from grime's recent revival, and topped end of year charts from Resident Advisor, Mixmag, FACT, Dummy, Noisey and more.
This period also saw Mumdance come into his own as a DJ, with a series of well-received and influential mix CDs - a back-to-back mix CD with Pinch in 2014, a CD for Fabric's prestigious FabricLive series in 2015, and again a year later with 'Mumdance & Logos Presents Different Circles' - one of US iTunes' top 10 electronic albums of 2016. He has since played international festivals including Sonar Barcelona and Reykjavik, Unsound, CTM, SXSW, Glastonbury, Applesap and Field Day, toured Europe, the Americas and Asia on multiple occasions, lectured at the Tate & performed at the Barbican and ICA. As a speaker, he has since lectured and hosted production workshops across Europe, and as far afield as Australia, Japan, India and Russia.
During this time he also launched Different Circles, his record label and event series with Logos which coined the 'weightless' sound - an already-influential combination of grime, techno, music concrete, ambient music & sound design. The weightless series of vinyls laid out a set of ideas for approaching soundsystem music from a completely different angle. Different Circles has run a number of label events across the UK and reached out across Europe at Berghain's Saule space & Elevate Festival in Austria.
An experienced collaborator, Mumdance has worked extensively with Pinch, producing a string of dance floor focused EP's as well as long time collaborator Logos, releasing the critically acclaimed album 'Proto' which twisted techno, bleep, tech-step, grime & hardcore into strange new forms. Also working with artists more further afield such as BAFTA-nominated Mica Levi, Tirzah, Nozinja & Yuzo Koshiro. Alongside this, Mumdance has two more experimental leaning side projects; 'The Sprawl', in collaboration with Shapednoise & Logos which explores dark cyberpunk soundscapes & 'Bliss Signal' which combines black metal with drone & cascading walls of sound.
In late 2016 Mumdance took his love of sound design to the next level, scoring an official advert for Nike's new Nikelab/ACG collection, and created presets for Roland's re-launch of the iconic TR-909 and TR-303 machines. Winter 2017 will see the release of a the MUM M8, his collaborative Eurorack Module with ALM Busy Circuits.