Dance music producers long to be pioneers and innovators. Some scramble to conceive and lay claim to subgenres and sounds, but only a handful can be credited with generating a movement. Todd Edwards is revered as the architect of “UK garage” and the humble New Jersey native’s instantly recognizable sound has remained a guiding force in electronic music for over two decades. In London, England, Edwards plays to sold-out crowds at massive clubs and fans lovingly refer to him as “The Godfather of Garage” or “Todd the God.” In North America, the EDM explosion coupled with the revival of UK garage and keyboard driven house is bringing Edwards into the limelight.
CJSW’s Paul Brooks spoke with Todd Edwards for our airwaves:
Tricky is fed up with celebrity culture. The musician, whose supernaturally fresh flow and unconventional production methods dominated 90’s alternative music, is railing against the mechanism that once made him a household name.
“Fame is not an ambition,” says Adrian Thaws, (aka Tricky,) speaking from his home in Paris. “Anyone who wants to be famous is mentally sick. Fame is not reality.”
Born of this ethos are Thaws’ new record label False Idols and a forthcoming album of the same name. Thaws states his new work is in the same league as his groundbreaking 1995 debut solo album,Maxinquaye. Thaws (with his tongue firmly planted in his check) calls his new material “a remarkable return to form,” but joking aside, there appear to be parallels between where Tricky is at now and where he was at the start of his career. Tricky is in control.
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