For nearly two decades Groove Armada has been established as one of the planet’s best loved and biggest selling dance acts. As comfortable on the big stages as they are in sweat soaked basements, the boys cross genres and styles with ease.
Andy Cato and Tom Findlay met in London in the mid 90s. Groove Armada started as a series of nights across London. It was to promote these nights that they started releasing 12s for East London pioneer ‘Tummy Touch’.
An album made in a week, ‘Northern Star’, soon followed (which contained downbeat anthem ‘At the River’), and from that came major label recognition. ‘Vertigo’ their first album on Jive sold over a million copies and four albums followed on SONY and BMG garnering Grammy and Brit Nominations and sold out gigs from Sydney to Moscow. A pioneering combination of performance and electronics, the GA live show evolved into one of the very best in dance music.
In 2010, the boys redefined the GA sound with Black Light, their 6th and best album which saw the songwriting and musicianship that made their live shows so special, brought into the studio. The band toured this album across the globe bringing their ‘live’ career to a close with 2 memorable nights at Brixton Academy.
Now the boys are returning to their roots. Through live shows and a series of dancefloor EPs, GA have marked a return to DIY spirit of the warehouses where the project was first spawned. They began with a series of release with London label Hypercolour. They’ve followed this up with EPs and remixes for the likes of Moda Black, Defected and Danse Club records.
GA returned to their We Love Space Terrace residency in 2013, DJ shows from Ushuaia to Jakarta and closed and hosted arenas at Beat-herder and Creamfields. For the run of special shows, the pair took control over every aspect of the show; from the sound to lighting and lasers and visuals from their custom built booth. 2014 saw the duo continue to explore the sound of their roots, with critically acclaimed debut release on Moda Black, and also appearances on Get Physical, Danse Club Records, Moon Dance and OM Records.
2015 saw GA release their 7th studio album, revisiting the Moda Black label for the ‘Little Black Book’ package. The double disk album featured 21 new tracks, as well as remixes from a hand picked selection of producers from Kolsch, Joris Voorn, Huxley, Pillow Talk and more. In December 2015 GA return to Fabric for their first yearly residency at the club, 17 years after making their debut appearance at the world famous nightclub, and bringing some of their favourite selectors to play alongside the duo.
2016 promises to be another huge year for GA fans. The pair have been selected to mix the prestigious Fabric CD which is set for release on the 20th May. Andy and Tom step up for the 87th instalment of the series with a soon-to-be classic mix showcasing their unique of knowledge of house and techno acquired over 20+ years of DJing around the world. With still more to come from the duo in 2016; expect new remixes, new original material and exciting collaborations in the pipeline. For fans hoping to catch Groove Armada behind the decks doing what they do best, there will be plenty of opportunities when they play at some of the worlds best parties, festivals and throughout 2016 with their yearly Fabric residency…