“I first came across Addison Groove back in 2013/14, I saw him playing at a festival & I was so happy & shocked that someone else was playing all my favourite Jersey Club & Footwork records, I had never seen a UK DJ play all those sounds. I’ve been following him ever since. For our Future Bounce room at the Peckham Rye Music Festival I really wanted to push the boat out musically with the various sounds we love & support. So who better to bless us with a musical education with samples & sounds he’s collected from his trips around the world, than the Bristol legend that is Addison Groove!”
Addison Groove (aka Antony Williams) started life under a different pseudonym altogether. Recording as Headhunter, with an LP and 12” releases on the influential Tempa label stretching back to 2007, he achieved legendary status within the dubstep scene. His work at the deeper end of the spectrum graced the label an impressive 7 times, a figure matched only by Skream. This work looked set to continue until 2010 when, seemingly out of nowhere, he crafted one of the biggest bass music tracks of the decade, ‘Footcrab’, under the new name of Addison Groove.
The response to ‘Footcrab’ was phenomenal, receiving critical and commercial success in equal measure across the dance music scene. Getting plays not only from the dubstep DJs that Williams was used to reaching, it also found its way into the record boxes of techno and house heavyweights such as Aphex Twin, Surgeon, Ricardo Villalobos and Mr Scruff, bringing an enormous new audience to his music in the process. Taking influences from the Chicago ghetto tek and juke scenes, Addison Groove’s impact on UK bass music has been colossal and unprecedented.