BR: Where and when did your love of bass music (especially drum and bass) begin? A: I would say my real love for bass music started in 2009 when living in a small town called Dundee in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa and I first discovered dubstep. I was really into various genres of music but nothing too heavy bass orientated. One day looking for new music I read about dubstep online and found a blog called The Dubstep Kollection. I heard Zeds Dead’s remix of “Eyes on fire” and was like WTF is this even possible?!?! Thats where it all began! My dad would always look at me crazy while I was discovering all these dubstep tunes on his pc at his work (it was my only source of internet at the time) spending the whole day there and leaving downloads on over night as the internet connection was really slow at the time. The Dubstep Kollection featured John B - Numbers (Camo & Krooked remix) saying “we know this ain’t dubstep but such a big drum and bass tune we had to share” I went crazy and had the tune on repeat all day every day, that is when my first knowledge and love for DNB sparked. Camo & Krooked's Above & Beyond album got released soon after in the beginning of 2010 and I was blown away. I had left high school as I was a bit of a trouble maker and the only high school in Dundee would not accept me. I worked as a teller in the local super market for a month realising that this small town was not a place for young people. My friend Tracy in Johannesburg told me she could hook me up work so I told my dad I am moving back to Joburg to work a better job, little did I know these would be the last few days spent with my dad. Before leaving for Joburg he told me, “son, one day you are going to be a rock star playing your music that you love”, I laughed at him back then, its something i will never forget. I got a call whilst working in Joburg from a doctor saying my dad is incredibly sick and that if I want to see him again I need to come see him now. I rushed back to Dundee and got to spend 3 last days with him before he passed away. I was angry and felt like my only best friend had now left me forever. The only thing that kept me going through this time was music and football. After the 2010 world cup I was looking for new Camo & Krooked music and discovered that they were going to play in Johannesburg, that was the first Science Frikshun flyer I saw, I couldn't make it to the Camo & Krooked show as me and my mate Vuyo couldn't find anyone to take us there on the night. We were super bummed out. I had experienced the likes of Truth night club but i wanted to experience proper bass music in a club, I just turned 18 and was ready. My work mates told me they were going to the next Science Frikshun and I was in! I walked into Town Hall in November 2010 for the first time whilst Cut Key Low was throwing down heavy Dubstep and I knew this is my kind of party, I watched Niskerone and RudeOne play that night and was amazed. Science Frikshun then hosted a street party in 2011 featuring the mighty Dj Fresh (UK). After this show I knew it was time to get serious with what I wanted to do with my life so I emailed Science Frikshun saying this is what I wanted to do and can I please work for you guys. Roan soon got back to me and started the Science Frikshun street team, through this my love for dnb really blossomed and my loneliness felt over after discovering family through DnB. We would get down to Town Hall early on SF day to help set up and watch the aftermath whilst still looking after the night. I would sit behind the Dj while the party was going on, just watch and learn from the DJ's playing all night. I would get home and try recreate double drops I heard from the night before. I released a dodgy mix on soundcloud and at one SF Leonard aka “Reepa” grabbed me and said we need to chill so we did and he had CDJs! I still couldn't get my mixing right until one evening Leonard explained to me how to count bars, this was an epiphany. I got on the CDJs and couldn't stop mixing and double dropping all my favourite tunes, from there it was over! Big ups Leonard :)
BR: Where did Adamski come from? A: The name Adamski came from a good friend of mine in high school Mathew Parker. It was originally a nickname that got very catchy, soon enough all my friends and DnB crew would call me Adamski. So when I had to come up with an Artist name it was a no brainer.
BR: How would you describe your sound? A: Three-Sixty Drum and bass, I love it all. When I mix a set i try to throw all types of sub genres into it. My sound was influenced by the likes of RudeOne and Andy C. Of course if I had to get booked for a specific night with a specific sound and time to it, I will cater for that. Growing up Dj'ing in South Africa there was not much choice in terms of exploiting the different sounds of DnB. Since SF was the only DnB party in Johannesburg, whatever time you get booked to play for is the sound you were expected to bring. All the sounds of dnb would be explored throughout the night.
BR: You are now residing in London, England, what is the scene there like compared to South Africa's and which do you prefer? A: Moving to London was never an easy choice for me as I knew I would be leaving a lot behind in South Africa: my family, crew, friends, parties, dj sets etc. I was just at a point in my life where I felt lost and couldn't learn more from and about DnB as the SA scene was limited. I was also partying way to much which started to become unhealthy, after every weekend of partying i would wake up on someones couch very angry that I don't have my own home or studio to work in, nevermind the energy to work! I knew something had to change because if i had to carry on that way it would not have ended well. That being said I thought of a way to get to London. Me and my mate Crusty started a party called Influence and by saving money from the party I was able to get to London to start anew. The scene here in London is crazy man! Cant even explain how much I have learned here in the past year and a half. It also helped me regain my passion for music that I lost so heavily partying to much which was one of the biggest obstacles in my life. I just watched Andy C in a basement 11 times in 3 months and im still buzzing! I had the opportunity to spend 2 full days in the studio learning from Philth. He is such a proactive artist, after I met him I realised that my goals are very possible. In comparing the 2 scenes they have 1 thing in common: DnB family. DnB is like that no matter what the country, it is an international language and lifestyle.
BR: What is the South African Drum and bass scene lacking? A: Money, supporters being more proactive towards it and more top class sound venues! Some South Africans are very easy to complain about our scene but never do nothing positive towards changing it. The worst part is seeing the amount of disrespect sometimes thrown at the older artists sacrificing to keep it alive at A standard. I have major respect for these dudes: RudeOne, Hyphen, Mr Green and Niskerone just to name a few. We are also lacking more international talent streaming our shores more regularly to inspire our current and upcoming artists and ravers to do more with their talent. This is a Big subject that I think of almost everyday. On the positive side, I cant wait to be back to check out all the new vibes that i see online though, It looks much bigger than when I left South Africa which is very positive and also seeing a lot of new names online. Also South Africa has a unique blend of artists that I really miss watching. Cant wait to rave out at 10 years of Science Frikshun this year!
BR: What are your plans moving foward?
A: Right now. I'm busy studying a few things to sort out my financial and time freedom. I have a lot of inspiration and ideas popping up to write music. My timetable is very cluttered at the moment but when I get to the point that I can quit my 8-5 job my real goals will receive my full focus. I'm also thinking of moving to Poland at some point to regain my roots. I’ve also received cool news recently that a very good friend of mine will be joining me here in UK come 2018 so very excited about that!
BR: What is your favourite double drop? A: Tough question this! Addictshun had a floor at One festival a few years back and the day after the DnB rave the floor was just chilling with no one jamming. Myself, King Rat & Vito took over! I thought of this double in my head told them, “Yo! Check this out.” Their facial expressions said it all! I'm sure I’m not the only one to play this double out as it's that good! #Ramlife Chase and Status - No Problem & Mind Vortex - Gravity.