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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.
Since learning his craft in the basement of pioneering grime artist Jammer around 2006, Mumdance has built a reputation as one of the world’s most inventive DJs and producers, drawing from ideas from across the world but always putting his own unique spin on them. His early days saw him collaborate with artists as diverse as Skepta and Brodinski, while working with local musicians in Mexico and Brazil broadened his horizons in a way that informs his work to this day: he’s since lectured and hosted workshops across Europe, and as far afield as Australia, Japan, India and Russia.
In 2013, following a two-year hiatus, Mumdance returned with his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to date. His 2013 mixtape Twists & Turns was named FACT Magazine’s best album 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 – including a CD for Fabric’s prestigious FabricLive series, a back-to-back mix with Pinch and 2016’s Mumdance & Logos Presents Different Circles – one of US iTunes’ top 10 electronic albums of 2016. As a DJ at this time he played international festivals including Sónar Barcelona and Reykjavik, Unsound, CTM, SXSW, Glastonbury and Field Day, toured the US and Asia on multiple occasions, lectured at the Tate & performed at the Barbican and ICA.
During this time he also launched Different Circles, his record label and event series with Logos that specialises in ‘weightless’ – an already-influential combination of grime, techno, ambient music, sound design and more, and collaborated with artists such as BAFTA-nominated Mica Levi, AJ Tracey, Russell Haswell and Nozinja. Although Mumdance has roots in grime, techno and sound design, his diversity puts him in a truly unique position: he’s probably the only artist in history who could support Major Lazer on tour one week and hold his own on an experimental techno line-up the next.
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.
Mumdance also holds down one of the most popular shows on Rinse FM, inspired by both the anything-goes attitude of Radio 1’s legendary John Peel and the focused style of the dance music forefathers who originally inspired him to start DJing.