Radio 1 DJ Grooverider gets four years


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19 thoughts on “Radio 1 DJ Grooverider gets four years

  1. Hold up your lighters? Gimme a break. Who is he? John Lennon? Martin Luther King? Some dumbass DJ who twirls discs around and thinks he is hip is all. So dumb he forgot he had some shit in his pocket while going to an Arab country. Yah. Hardly the brightest spark ever to come from a firework now is he?

    Matt, your immaturity is showing.

    Hold up your lighters… Jeesus.

    Bedwyr

  2. Obviously not knowing a thing about drum 'n' bass or the work that Grooverider put into establishing a global music movement over the past 20+ years, you have no idea what you're talking about. And again, obviously never having gone to a drum 'n' bass event, your pathetic jibe won't have much impact here. Nice try, though. Immaturity? Jesus back at you. Twirls discs? Thinks he's hip? You're a lost cause.

    I dare you to go to a rave in the UK and tell the geezers holding up their lighters there that they're "immature". Lighten up FFS.

    No harm done.

  3. Well, I'm afraid I'm with Bedwyr on this one – to me and most people of my generation a DJ is a man with a Transit full of knackered amplification equipment and dodgy flashing lights who provides music and inane comments at discos, usually in village halls. It's very hard for us to believe that playing other people's music is being a creative artist. (Apologies to Bedwyr if he is a young fogey and not of my generation.)

  4. And I can totally appreciate that, but calling me immature based on a lack of knowledge of something that I grew up with and have a lot of respect for is silly. Sure, he's no John Lennon, but Grooverider has done more than most for a scene by DJing, producing (making music), hosting radio shows, breaking out new artists, and so on.

    People are also ignorant of the fact that almost all DJs produce music as well. Without people like Grooverider, a lot of those people wouldn't have made the music they did.

    The reference to a lighter is something specific to drum 'n' bass. It wasn't a generic hippy reference.

  5. Seems I struck a raw nerve Matt. But puhlease. DJ's don't make music, they twirl disks that someone else made. As for your estimation of his contribution to music, I will wager he is a 9-day wonder and will sink without a trace on day 10.

    We could have a vote though. Who thinks that bloggers who have a wealth of material to choose from and actually CHOOSE to write about some dumbass DJ hero are models of maturity? I mean… really!

    And actually the thing about holding lighters up started in the 1960's so even that is neither new nor original. Says it all really. Drum 'n' Bass? 'Grooverider'? 'Global music movement'? Sheeeeit man, get real, he is a DJ not someone serious.

    Still, it'll be a while before this loser makes some more 'music' and breaks out any more 'new artists'. About 4 years it seems.

    By which time his jeans will probably fit.

    Smile Matt…

    Bedwyr

    ps No offence Matt but I don't think you are on a winner here. Great blog when you print serious things but banging on about drum 'n' bass and all the other shite just makes you look… well, lightweight.

  6. No offense, but I've just seen this page via a google search. And Bedwyr, you have *no* idea what you are talking about.

    Firstly, Grooverider has been playing out for over 20 years, slightly more than 9 or 10 days. He is one of the pioneers of this musical genre, and has played all over the globe, to certainly a few more people than "you would get at your village hall".

    Next, and as vanalli states, he not only plays "other peoples music", but also HIS OWN. Music he has made, and produced, in profressional recording studios.

    I shouldn't feel I have to explain myself to you, but your complete ignorance of the subject only proves you really do not know what you are commenting on. At all. I could quite easily use a choice few phrases here to describe you based on my opinions of what you've written above, but I'll refrain from such offenses here.

  7. But puhlease. DJ’s don’t make music, they twirl disks that someone else made.

    Wrong. They do make music.

    We could have a vote though. Who thinks that bloggers who have a wealth of material to choose from and actually CHOOSE to write about some dumbass DJ hero are models of maturity?

    You're still forgetting that you have no idea what you're talking about.

    And actually the thing about holding lighters up started in the 1960’s so even that is neither new nor original. Says it all really. Drum ‘n’ Bass? ‘Grooverider’? ‘Global music movement’? Sheeeeit man, get real, he is a DJ not someone serious.

    I didn't say it started with drum 'n' bass, I said it was specific to drum 'n' bass, but having never been to a drum 'b' bass event, again, you don't know what you're talking about.

    RE: Global music movement. Drum 'n' bass is now played all over the world, even in Dubai it seems. It started in the UK with people like Fabio and Grooverider. You can hear the music all over Asia, the US, Australia, Brazil, etc.

    I give up here. You're making yourself look silly.

  8. If he can drum up 150K, he will do about 4 months and then get a pardon.
    This issue isnt just about Grooverider, but more to do with the westernized & watered down version of Shariah law followed in places like Dubai and UAE.
    If you really want to know how ridiculous it gets here are a couple more examples…

    "Bert Tatham, 35, was jailed for four years in Dubai in June after he was arrested during a stopover from Afghanistan, when customs officials found two poppy flowers in his luggage and 0.6 grammes (0.02 ounces) of hashish in his clothes.
    He was also charged with having traces of drugs in his urine."
    NOTE: Bert Tatham was an anti-narcotics officer working for the U.S. State Department's Afghan poppy elimination program, and was not a DJ/producer.

    "Also in June, a 24-year-old Italian tourist landed a four-year jail term followed by deportation after being found in possession of 0.01 grammes of hashish, which he said he had forgotten in a jacket pocket."
    NOTE 0.01g is probably not visible to the human eye.

    UAE was nothing but a desert 25 years ago and all its wealth & development has been built around oil and the expats who work there.
    For some unknown reason the nationals of these countries dont like to work and they would rather have overseas workers from around the world do the real graft.

    This is why it is legal to drink in these countries* and at the same time why so many international dj's & artists are playing there. Seeing UB40 live in concert in UAE was a great show, but there was just one thing missing……

    *It is legal for non-muslims to drink alcohol, but you will regularly find Arabs in all their attire knocking back a few bottles of Heineken at the Sheraton Pool Bar.

  9. "You’re still forgetting that you have no idea what you’re talking about."

    Ouch that hurts. Waaah!

    "I didn’t say it started with drum ‘n’ bass, I said it was specific to drum ‘n’ bass"

    And I just showed you how it is no such thing. You didn;t spot it? Shall I say it again but simpler for you Matt?

    "but having never been to a drum ‘b’ bass event"

    How you know this Sherlock? maybe I went to enough to convince myself that they are mainly attended by people who aren't too bright and don;t know much about actual, moosic. Present company excepted of course Matt, I wouldn't dream of being scornful of you.

    "RE: Global music movement. Drum ‘n’ bass is now played all over the world, even in Dubai it seems. It started in the UK with people like Fabio and Grooverider. You can hear the music all over Asia, the US, Australia, Brazil, etc."

    Yep. Shows that there are not-too-bright people who don't actually know anything about moosic all over the world eh? Persuasive point you make. Most eloquent. Flawless logic.

    "I give up here."

    Probably for the best…

    Smile Matt, nobody is having a shot at you, no need to be aggressive. Chill out dood.

    Bedwyr

  10. "If he can drum up 150K, he will do about 4 months and then get a pardon.
    This issue isnt just about Grooverider, but more to do with the westernized & watered down version of Shariah law followed in places like Dubai and UAE.
    If you really want to know how ridiculous it gets here are a couple more examples…"

    Sure, all these things can be really daft, and I make no comment at all on whether the guy should or should not be smoking shit – his business right? But to say 'I forgot" is just plain stupid. He was going to an Arab country and he should have known the likely consequences of getting caught with hash.

    But of course he didn't forget at all, he wanted to light up during or after his gigs and impress everyone with how cool he is. Still, he will make lots of new friends in the next few years… he may even widen the circle of his new friends…

    And have his own circle widened of course…

    Bedwyr

  11. Generation gap glaring here.. totally with you on this one Matt. Bedwyn would be holding lighters for John Lennon.. for no better reason, if we were to visit him in his youth.

  12. Hi Will. Actually no. I always thought Lennon was over-rated and never actually produced anything alone which could hold a candle to what he produced with the Beatles.

    Also I don't think grown men should have heros. Something for small children really.

    Bedwyr

  13. Two different topics here: Music and how is one qualified to judge what is creativity and what contribution an artist make.

    I am with Bedwyr on this one to some extent. Though i like drum and bass, it won't stay in history like most of the sh*t currently produced who sounds to me exactly like what was produced 10 years ago. I was told that it is what happens when you get over 35. I recall some young people raving on Nirvana's cover version of Bowie, obviously unaware that it was a cover version… Listen to a '97 Brit Pop compilation and you understand what I mean and say good by the Franz Ferdinand, Acrtic Monkeys, Stripes and the likes…

    Judging on what is creativity (and art by extension). Difficult one. One does not have to be an expert but knowledge (historical knowledge) do help. Then experts get it wrong too. What remains of the s'70? By extension what is the contribution of a footballer to society, why and how "haute couture" matters. It's this kind of question? Not always obvious to see, even harder to judge. So I am on Matt side on this one, but let's we forget, you don't have to be great, good or a genius to change the world.

    Regards
    ~r

  14. For such a clever opinionated grown man you really should check your spelling.
    Heroes for people and heros for sandwiches.
    If you are in Phuket and like sandwiches, then try the Sandwiche Shoppe in Patong or Chalong as they make the best foot longs on the island.

  15. I am "qualified" to speak on the subject of DJing – have been a DJ in the past (employed as one, and also "bedroom DJ"); was into the whole scene back in 1991-92 (rave/hardcore) and DJed back then.

    So what's my opinion? Knowing what I know, I can categorically tell everyone that DJing is an absolute piece of cake if all you're doing is beat-synching DnB / House / Techno / whatever to a receptive and "converted" crowd. And that's what all the big name guys like Grooverider do.

    I've DJed in Austrian beer kellers where you get asked to play anything from rock to techno to classical (literally). THAT'S not easy. But I digress.

    All the big name DJs from the late 80s/90s like Rampling, Digweed, Sasha etc – all these guys are in full-time careers doing jobs that are as taxing as being a night watchman outside a block of apartments. The technical aspects of DJing such as beat-synching, scratching, sampling etc are really not difficult and does NOT require any special talent, and I always roll my eyes whenever someone reverently speaks of a DJ as if he's some kind of guru/visionary.

  16. Grooverider can't beat match. The point is that he's done more in his career than just DJ. And you are wrong on a number of levels. Have you ever watched QBert, Eddie Halliwell, Andy C? They're no less talented than someone who spends his or her life practicing any skill.

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