Groove Armada's Tom Findlay on Zero Gravity, NYE and music
Tom Findlay of Groove Armada talks classic hits, new music and their upcoming New Year’s Eve gig at Zero Gravity in Dubai. Interview by Chanelle Tourish
What have you guys been up to lately? We’ve made a album, ‘Little Black Book’, and it’s sort of a mixed album, with some house and dance stuff, but also with a lot of new material – six or seven new tracks. We were also residents at Pacha Ibiza and have just been playing festivals.
Do you have any plans to play at Pacha Ibiza Dubai? I hope so yeah. There was some talk about coming for the opening event but we weren’t available so we’d like to in the future.
You have been in the music industry for almost 20 years. How has your music developed since the early days? It has evolved a bit. The core of what we do and our interest hasn’t really changed, in the sense that as performers we always try to [create] as much of a show as we can. It’s always been about the bassline and that groove. Musically [we’ve come] full circle. There’s been a real return to house music now, commercially.
‘Superstylin’ and ‘I See You Baby’ are perhaps your most successful tracks. Do you have a favourite memory of those songs? Yeah, a lot of the memories of those tracks are of how we made them. We spent so long making ‘Superstylin’ and I think we knew pretty quickly that there was something special about that record. It’s just got a certain timeless quality about it. It changed everything for us and it was responsible for us becoming a festival band really. Playing Glastonbury in 2005 when we headlined the second stage was just amazing.
You performed in Dubai in the past. What is it about the city that keeps bringing you back? I think Dubai captures the spirit of New Year’s Eve quite well. It just throws spectacular events. The last time I came out, I came with my wife and we just spent a few days seeing friends and visited the Burj Khalifa and all the sights.
What’s the key to Groove Armada’s longevity? I think it comes from a genuine love of doing it and being excited. It would be really hard to do this as a job if you felt like you were going through the motions. We play music that we love in clubs and that’s the fundamental thing.
Can you tell us your favourite dance track of all time? I would say Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk’, Cristoph’s ‘Do To Me,’ ‘Move your Body’ by Marshall Jefferson and ‘Your Love’ by Frankie Knuckles. Dhs350 in advance, Dhs400 on the door. VIP tickets Dhs1,499, including use of the Zero Gravity upper deck, plus unlimited food and premium beverages from 8pm-3am. Includes a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight for all. 8pm-4am. Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).