We chat with Noodles (Groove Chronicles) as we prepare to celebrate alongside him and the Witness boys at the second birthday of Witness at Sneaky Pete’s.
Beginning in 1996, Groove Chronicles (Noodles & El-B) were a duo who contributed to and pioneered the original UK garage scene. With El-B leaving the duo 1999 and having a solo career, Noodles has continued to work as Groove Chronicles and run his label DPR Recordings. Having spanned nearly twenty years, Groove Chronicles has produced some of the most prominent garage classics, with Stone Cold and the remix of Myron’s We Can Get Down springing to mind.
Here is what Noodles had to say about it all:
How did Groove Chronicles first come about? When did it all begin? -
– Groove chronicles came about whilst I was working in the records shops. After selling records for many years I wanted to hear something different and being in the shop you tend to get bored so I was like “I’m going to make some hybrid mixture of music I like which was dnb, jungle,deep house,garage and soul.”
What was it like working with El-B and how was Groove Chronicles affected after his departure? –
- I taught El-B a lot since I knew him from an early age, most of the work was about getting the sound & vibes right. As I like to make good sounding music.
Who were some of the inspirations that were taken into account when you were producing? -
- Too many to name. Put it this way: Anything danceable inspired me musically.
Having played for many years, what would you say is one of your most memorable shows? –
– Corrr That’s a hard one! Playing at the musical festival in ren with DJ Ron (jungle dj) & MC Five O, The prodigy & Dalai Lama (yes he was there…)
When producing, would you say that you have a preference between using software and hardware? –
- I still have a lot of outboard equipment, but currently I’m using Ableton Live & Reason for music production.
What upcoming releases do you have planned for your label DPR Recordings? –
- I’m back in the studio so it’ll be releasing my own material. I’ve recently signed new artists onto the label as well, so you’ll be hearing music from Dubchild, Wr1ng, cj reign, Daega, Price, m2j, Royce Rolls and D3adline too..
You can checkout forth coming releases from the all the artists mentioned on http://www.soundcloud.com/dprrecordings & hear my dj mixes http://www.mixcloud.com/dpr
If you don’t want to miss the opportunity of seeing a UK garage legend playing in the capital this week, then I suggest you head down to Witness at Sneaky Pete’s tomorrow night.
11pm – 3am
Buy a ticket here – http://witnessnoodles-efbevent.eventbrite.co.uk/
Join the Facebook Event here –
Noodles on top form, take a listen: