The moment you have to choose to be a graphic designer or a DJ.
We had the pleasure to do the Record Shopping with Peter Groovin'. When Peter arrived he was a little out of breath. "Sorry man, I am a bit later because I came to realize my bike was stolen when I was looking for it, I thought I placed it in front of my door ... Did I?" After a minute he said: "Alright let's get this started then, oh wait I need to say hi to the people behind the desk". Alright, let's start.
At first Peter walked a little through the recordshop and stops. "Roy Ayers, I am definitely gonna bring this one home with me, oh wait Apolos?! That one too ". Peter explains how he normally diggs through the crates." It is fun to check the new releases and buy it, but everybody does that. I prefer to digg through the old crates and find those rare records. I can take that one vinyl for €20 ,- or pick up a bunch for the same money, but I honestly most of the time end up with the one for €20,- haha!".
I didn't hava an alias before my first big gig, but when it came the name was born too. It comes from the cartoon Family Guy and Peter Griffin was transformed in to Peter Groovin. I wasn't really sure about it at first because I thought it was not really credible. But people started to remember my name and started to call me Peter Groovin.
It happened when I was at a friend's house and there was a little DJ controller with Virtual DJ and I played with it. After that it went from a house party to house party, untill my boss at the time introduced me to Phillip Powel (Bird, Rotterdam) asked me to play at Bird. From there on I was getting more bookings, so he is the man who pushed me in the scene.
Peter Groovin with Peter Powel on his left.
"I would go for being blind. Because music can really bring that type of emotion which is indescribable."
That is difficult to explain, but when I hear the warmth of the Rhodes or keys with that soulful kinda vibe, then I know it's worth listening. I don't know why but it triggers me a lot. Also the cover of the record decides if I'm grabbing it or not. I specially like it when a song can bring back great memories.
One time I was in Berlin at a gig and it's well known track but I never heard of it at the time, so the DJ was done with his set and I hesitated to walk up to him to ask the name of the record. But luckily he knew which one it was "Can't hide love by Jimmy Smith".
Athens of The North (disco re-issues)
Rhythm Section (jazzy, rythmic house and broken beat tunes)
Early sounds recordings
Music from memor
Favorite Recordings (Good compilations and re-issues)
I used to produce beats and I went to the Academy for Arts so now I'm going through life as a graphic designer and DJ. I am trying to pick up the beatmaking now and put more time in it. Since I am graphic designer, I like to pick records just by looking at the cover and sometimes it's really good and sometimes it isn't, then it deserves a spot on the wall one day.
Well you know my love for music is way too big and I listen to all kind of genres. So I can't name my Idols but I am listening a lot to Larry Heard at the moment, you should check him out too!
I was already expecting this question haha! This will be it for now, but as we speak, these are more than 5, sorry.
- Henry Wenceslas Thenard - Ne Dis Pas Cela
- Kassav - O La Ou Ye
- Patrick Nuissier - Pou qui ça (Digital Zandoli Compilation)
- Network Riddim Band - Sokanizer (This is not really Zouk but definitely carribean vibes)
- Jean-Claude Naimro - Avèou Doudou
- Erick Cosaque - Boideroze
(This will be a little bonus when it comes to Erick Cosaque, I won't play this during my set but you have to give it a chance to play it in your living room!)
- Erick Cosaque Et X7 Nouvelle Dimension – Kominiké
Haha , well ... that is maybe the hardest question. But I think I would go for being blind. Because music can really bring that type of emotion which is indescribable. I won't have that quickly by seeing a photo or so ever. Yes, I would choose to be blind if I have to.
Friday January 6, at The Suicide Club.