Adam Freeland

Abrasive electro breaks

Adam Freeland climaxed the first decade of the 2000s with a convention-shattering subsonic boom. In 2009, the Grammy-nominated DJ/producer released his second artist album, ‘Cope’, on his acclaimed indie label Marine Parade; featuring contributions from members of DEVO, Spinnerette, Nine Inch Nails, and the Pixies and co-production from Alex Metric, ‘Cope’ vividly blurred boundaries between electronic dance music and rock. As such, Freeland stepped away from the turntables to put together a band for live shows, bringing his new hybrid sound to international crowds spanning Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party to Symbiosis to a live appearance on the Morning Becomes Eclectic show on influential radio station KCRW. Controversy followed these successes, however, when it became clear that the Black Eyed Peas had sampled without permission a large chunk of ‘Mancry’ – a key song from ‘Cope’, featuring Tommy Lee on drums – for their song ‘Party All The Time’. Freeland and the pop superstars recently settled amicably, however, allowing him to shift into a new era – then again, leading the charge into new eras is something Adam Freeland has been acclaimed for throughout his entire career. Since he released his renowned debut mix CD, ‘Coastal Breaks’, in 1996, Adam Freeland has represented change, innovation and irreverence in electronic music. With ‘Coastal Breaks’, Freeland was hailed as a key originator of the breakbeat genre – bringing syncopated funk and groove to the expected 4/4 thump of electronic club sounds of the day. Freeland released a second edition of ‘Coastal Breaks’ in 1998, but soon bristled under being so closely linked to a genre. “The whole reason I was excited about breaks was the fact that it had brought diversity to club music,” Freeland says. “But when it became a style with its own clichés and stereotypes, I had to move on.” As a result, Freeland created the multidimensional sound he is now famous for, one not limited by genre parameters: a Freeland DJ set is most certain to rock the house, but within it one will find state-of-the-art grooves from across the board. “I listen to and make all kinds of music, from the most minimal techno to the noisiest of drone rock to neo-electro fresh off the blogs,” Freeland explains. “I want to take listeners on that same journey right along with me.” As the first stage of the 2000s wound down, Freeland found himself back in the midst of change. Not only did he relocate from his adopted Los Angeles to his UK home of Brighton, England, he also found himself returning to his club roots. This move was signified by the current release of ‘Cope, Remixed’, featuring a dream team of today’s electronic music all-stars: Joker, Emalkay, Gui Boratto, Prins Thomas and Pantyraid (to name just a few) all boldly retrofit the album tracks in their own image. Accordingly, 2010 has found Freeland putting out a series of releases that find him revisiting his electronic core with furious futurism, complemented with a series of globetrotting DJ dates that find him back behind the decks with a vengeance. His first single of the year ‘How To Fake Your Own Life’ was remixed by the legendary Etienne De Crecy and king of the underground, Om Unit, for whom Freeland has returned the remix favour on Om Unit’s track ‘Searching’.


Adam Freeland


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