Freshly formed Los Angeles based techno and house collective, GROOVE-ISM emerges with Technology Vol. 1 featuring serious talent in the Detroit techno, funk house, acid and tech house space. Within the circle is Canada’s Titus1 who has a laundry list of appearances alongside the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Knife Party and Adventure Club. Then there is Andy Villa who also holds a strong track record opening for Duke Dumont and Dash Berlin, among many others.
Also find the Californian underground project, Monstr Drop who has opened for EDX and appeared at WMC Miami, Electric Summer Nights and events throughout Southern California as well as MONDAYSS who has touched at renowned clubs like Marquee Las Vegas and Avalon Hollywood. Pumping the acid elements in the crew is Nero & Balance from the Netherlands. While Kyrojay remains a phantom of the night. Together they will curate a night your soul should not miss.
Discover the GROOVE-ISM collective’s connection with their music, select tracks and truly exciting career accomplishments, plus details about their debut event through our exclusive interview.
Has GROOVE-ISM done any events?
GROOVE-ISM has not done any events but we do have one planned for the “TECH-NOLOGY Vol 1.” Compilation party. It’s happening on May 29th at the Blue Lounge in Hollywood, CA.
To all, what intentions are behind this particular release? Could you share 3-5 tracks they find at the forefront of electronic music?
Titus1 “Message behind my tune is that I like to experiment a lot and take risks with music. Through all the years of influences. Each project is a projection of those influences when I sit down and dig into arrangements and sound design.
The forefront always changed I feel. But it’s the ear that wants to make a statement or re-invent/remodel a sound concept like fashion. Currently in different genres I feel like there’s a few different tunes that are taking risks for sure.”
- Sigala and Becky Hill – Wish You Well
- Alesso – Going Dumb
- Disciples – Solid Gold
- Gorgon City – Burnin(terrace dub)
Andy Villa “My contribution to this collaboration “Prowler” was written over a stretch of days where I’d been kinda sleep deprived. The track is meant to represent that uneasy feeling you get when working in a dimly lit room at all hours of the night, and you swear you can see things outta the corner of your eyes lurking in the dark, just beyond the reach of the light. That tingling feeling since childhood makes you wanna rush out of the room when you turn the lights out, as if something was chasing you.”
- Camelphat – Easier
- Rebuke – Clarity
- Luttrell – Snoop Dawk
- Genix – Torque
- Tommy Trash – BE
Monstr Drop “As far as my track’s emotions or intentions go, I really don’t know what to say tbh, except for the fact that I was going for a funky/jacking tech-house vibe with a real driving/pumping energy. Also, as far as my favorite tracks at the moment that I think are at the forefront of dance music, I would say basically any of the recent releases by Fisher or Chris Lake.”
MONDAYYS “My track “2 Da Beat” was built from emotions of the old school house sound. From the groovy hats to the old school toms, nothing beats dancing to the sound of original “House Music”. When I made this, I was really inspired by some of the Iberian sounds I’ve been hearing at some of these underground events in L.A! It’s always been for me from the streets 2 da beats!!”
- Mark Knight & Rene Amesz – All 4 Love
- Solardo – The Acid Trip
- Shermology – Burning
Nero & Blance “The message of the track is: after the lockdown you want to party With a lot of Energy. Thats why we like to party “till dawn “ with a nice fine techno beat.”
- Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth
- Avicii & Sebastien Drum – My Feelings For You
- Armand Van Helden, Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers
- Chuckie – Let The Bass Kick
Kyrojay “My intentions of putting out a record is to showcase my creativity and hope that fans can vibe and interact with not just me but with each other through music. it’s a great feeling when you play something out and you see people dancing and enjoying themselves.
Emotions hit different when you put out a track and you get nothing but love from it.”
What styles of techno do you tend to lean more toward? Have any of them opened for some big names?
Titus1 “Funk House/Detroit Techno. Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Adventure Club, Limp Bizkit, Krewella, Calvin Harris, Knife Party, Sublime, Fedde Le Grand, ATB, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Vandalism (Australia), Nom De Strip, Ferry Corsten, Bingo Players, Hook N Sling, Chuckie (Holland), Wolfgang Gartner, Patrick Hagenaar, Klaas (Germany), Eddie Halliwell, Dada Life, Arty, D-Block & Stefan, Porter Robinson, Mat Zo, Deep Dish, Dabruck & Klein, Mstrkrft, Marco V (Netherlands), Steve Angello, Wippenberg, Chris Lake, Axwell (Sweden), R3hab, Armin Van Buuren, Rank 1, Santiago & Bushido, Morgan Page, Bad Boy Bill, Dirty Vegas aka Paul Harris, Tommy Trash, Tritonal, Stupid Fresh, Spencer & Hill, Cosmic Gate, Datsik, Andy Moor (UK), Dirty South (Australia), Infected Mushroom, Godsmack, Hatiras (Toronto), Headhunterz, Starkiller aka Nick Terranova (Las Vegas), Seven Lions, Dash Berlin, Candyland, Slushii, Josh The Funky 1, The Thrillseekers, Hardwell, Gabriel & Dresden, Adam K (Toronto), Sebastien Leger, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Stonebridge (Hed Kandi United Kingdom), George Acosta, Dusty Kid, Arias, DJ Dean (Germany), Andy Daniels (Hed Kandi UK), Filo & Peri, Kris Menace, Bart B More, Austin Leeds, Alex Morph, Dave Armstrong, Steve Murano, AK1200 (Florida), Shawn Mitiska, Donald Glaude, DJ Dan, Matthew Dekay, Sander Van Doorn, Yoji Biomehanika (Japan), Alex Kidd, Kyau vs Albert, Menno De Jong (Netherlands), Scott Bond (Gatecrasher), Richard Durand, DERB (Germany), BT, BLIM (UK), DJ Preach (Montreal), Miss Innocent, Markus Schulz, Marc Hughes (Ministry of Sound UK), Lady Bass, Joachim Garraud, Above & Beyond, Kenny Glasgow (Toronto), Global Deejays, Lisa Lashes, Ken Finch, Fx Logik (Ecko Records), Luke Fair (Bedrock Records), Christopher Lawrence, Digital Kid (UK), Amber D (UK), Antoine Clamaran, Sander Van Doorn, JES, Heavygrinder (Los Angeles), Glenn Morrison, Dig Dug (Seattle), DJ Mea (Los Angeles), Fred Baker, Felix Cartel, Brian Cheetham (UK), Johan Gielen, Gareth Emery, Mark Oliver (Guvernment Nightclub, Toronto), Guyver (UK), Suzy Solar, Judge Jules, Marco Petralia (Germany), Paul Maddox, Jelo, Paul Jackson (UK), Mark Sherry, Ron Reeser, Guru Josh Project, LA Riots, DJ Montana, Blake Jarrell, Alex Peace, Remo-Con, Marty McFly (Toronto), Jaytech, Mightyfools, Lady Dana, John Bourke, Anna Kiss, Andy Whitby, Rob C, Dr.J (Saskatoon), AL3, Darude, Ghastly, Sullivan King, Sikdope, Jauz.”
MONDAYYS “House/Tech-House. Tommy Trash, Botnek, Dyro, Cray, Bassjackers, DJ Irene, Audien, Project 46, Rickyxsan, Thomas Gold, AN21, EDX, ATB, DJ Chuckie, Rebecca & Fiona, and Norin & Rad.”
Andy Villa “Tech-House. Cash Cash, Gabriel & Dresden, Marco V, Kyau & Albert, No Mana, Deorro, Dada Life, Blank & Jones, Arty, Sub Focus, Drezo, Duke Dumont, Wolfgang Gartner, Zomboy, Sander Van Doorn, and Dash Berlin.”
Monstr Drop “Tech-House – Ton!C(Deorro), Mord Fustang, Myles Dyson, Lady Faith, Dj Bl3nd, Adrian Hour. And tracks supported by Felix Cartal, DJ’s from Mars, and Victor Niglio.”
Nero & Blance “Techno/Acid. Gregor Salto, Benny RodriBass-d, Bike (aka Noize Suppressor), Ophidian, Steve-D (aka Dr. Peacock), Endymion, Lady Dana, Angerfist, Enzyme X, Neophyte, and T-Junction.”
Kyrojay “Dirty Tech-House/House. no response.”
What events or festivals have you played at?
Titus1 “WMC Miami, San Francisco Love Parade, Ministry of Sound, Fashion Television’s Encore, Hed Kandi Tour, MTV Lovefest Tour, Avalon Hollywood, All over Canada with residencies in different cities.”
Monstr Drop “Avalon Hollywood, Dim Mak Studios, Somewhere Loud SD, Majestic Ventura Theatre, Tonic Santa Barbara, and many other top venues in Southern California.”
MONDAYYS “Avalon Hollywood, Create Nightclub (now known as Academy LA), Revive Music Festival at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, ADE, WMC Miami, Marquee Las Vegas, Time Nightclub, and many more venues through Southern California.”
Andy Villa “Exodus Las Vegas, Electric Summer Nights, Calgary Stampede, Cemetery of Sound, WMC Miami, Pure White Night Edmonton, Glitter & Gold Calgary.”
Nero & Blance ” Loveland, Thunderdome radio, Penoze, World of Hardcore, Lose your Mind, Reng Deng Deng (temple of value), 12house, Atlantis, Hargen Sail, De Oosprong, Clubdepartment, N201, Argus R17, Club 5.”
Kyrojay – no response