“We Are This Music”-Fabio & Grooverider
The date is 29th January 2022. Around 4000 people are in London’s Royal Festival Hall to experience Fabio & Grooverider’s selection of tracks performed live by the Outlook Orchestra. The orchestra is led by award-winning composer Tommy Evans and has also presented performances featuring artists such as Congo Natty, Loyle Carner, Newham Generals, Dawn Penn and Pharoahe Monch. It has has championed sound system culture through performances of timeless classics, collaborating with artists such as David Rodigan and Mala. Everyone was taken on a musical journey from 1992 to the present, with a set list we could only dream of.
Fabio & Grooverider have been instrumental in building the drum and bass and ‘jungle’ music scene’s for the last 25 years. This special collaboration with the Outlook Orchestra presented a score celebrating the music with the most iconic tracks. A pre-show talk hosted by Heléna Star gave all a special opportunity to find out more about the show.
Grooverider: “Outlook Orchestra put the idea forward 3 years ago. Tommy came to us and said this is how we need it to sound. I said this is drum and bass and computer music - it won’t work.”
Fabio: “The process involved getting tracks together and getting the sounds broken down. Choosing tunes will always be difficult. It’s over 30 years of music,31 tunes played over two hours from 1992 to the present day. I was actually blown away when I heard what the Orchestra did.”
Grooverider: “We are this music. 30 years ago I could never imagine being here in the Royal Festival Hall.”
Fabio: “ Its emotional I never thought it would come to this, playing at the Royal Festival Hall. We don’t have time to sit back and think about our legacies but when we look back there has been so many memories. And we were on the news last night being compared to Ant & Dec!
Drum and bass has got bigger-the younger generation are pushing the genre. My daughter is telling me about tunes now. I can’t see it ever ending. We were the original pioneers.”
Grooverider: “We have a while before we catch up with techno. Techno is the biggest music there is, its global but we are coming for them.”
Fabio: “The orchestra are so good, they worked really hard and scored it. The show is almost flawless. I sat down listening in rehearsals and anything that needed to be rectified was improved. It’s amazing to see live music, I never thought you would be able to replicate that drum and bass sound. You got to remember there are all different tunes and the orchestra has captured those sounds and nuances. My advice to future producers is do your own thing and always keep at it-try and nuance your sound.”
We have lasted way longer than most marriages! We have had landmark moments and experienced all this together. I did a tour of America and I was really bored — I was like where’s Rider?? We have our individual paths but we are doing things together. The most important thing is we make each other laugh — that’s the most important thing. Humour is a massive part. Who want’s a boring best friend!”
Grooverider “The plans for the future? 17th April ‘Rage’ at Heaven(London). Be there.”
Fabio: “You never know what’s going to happen and that stops it from being boring- I feel so blessed. I’ve looked at our calendar for the year and I’m like wow-people still wanna see us!”
Grooverider: “We are so gassed about being at the Royal Festival Hall. Its slightly overwhelming to see all these people come out.”
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