GotSome is UK producer and DJ extraordinaire Adam Gorsky, a man who has been on an upward trajectory since his arrival on the international circuit in 2014. In a short space of time, he has clocked up a series of achievements and career highlights that place him at the forefront of this generation of talented British producers.
Adam has toured throughout the UK and Europe, having held down a Together residency at Amnesia in Ibiza and played prestigious clubs and festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, SW4, Fabric, Warehouse Project, Arcadia, Motion, Hideout, Snowbombing, AMP Lost and Found, Wildlife, Boomtown, Love Saves the Day and Secret Garden Party to name but a few. Outside of Europe, Adam has toured further afield with shows in Hong Kong, Singapore, KL, Bali, Bangkok and Dubai and 2018 is set to see him out on the road internationally. We at the UFO Network loved chatting to this talented artist! This is what he had to say..
Tell us about that first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since.
‘Bassline’ was definitely the tune that put me on the map, but ever since then it’s been a bit of a creative rollercoaster. I’ve been producing a lot of different genres. When Defected signed ‘Bassline’, to be honest I didn’t even realize I was making house music. ‘Bassline’ was originally supposed to be a remix of the original record by some pals of mine, the Get Along Gang. But I didn’t ever get all the parts I needed for the remix, so I ended up just making a new tune. I was listening to Adonis when I was in the studio or just before, and thought that the vocal would go perfectly with the bassline. I also thought it would be pretty funny and ironic to use it as the vocal is “this is my bassline”, and the rest just came together really nicely.
Being from Bristol I’ve always wanted to make and work with bass music: jungle, drum and bass etc. But since I’ve gotten a bit older I’ve been more into house music, so now pretty much all the stuff I’m writing is house.
Tell us more about your latest track ‘Everybody Know Now’ with Armada Deep?
I had this incredible freestyle vocal from a session way back. I didn’t do anything with it for ages, but last New Year’s Eve I wanted something a bit special and different to use for my opening track, found this vocal and put the track together. For me it’s got a kinda Soul II Soul vibe to it, and people loved it when I played it at NYE. I didn’t play it much after that as the arrangement made it a bit awkward to fit into sets, but someone heard it and said I should send it out. Armada were keen, and that was that and it’s been incredible well received since we released it!
Listen to ‘Everybody Know Now’ on Spotify
What single night out in the UK has been the most memorable for you as a DJ and Producer?
For me it’s always Glastonbury. My parents took me there when I was about 18 months old, and I’ve been pretty much every year since – except maybe my GSCE year when my mum banned me from going! It’s like Mecca for me: I just love everything about it, there’s nowhere else quite like it and playing there is always a special experience. I should also give a shout out to a night I’ve been involved with in Bristol called Who Cares which is actually about to end. That’s been a crazy, amazing experience, but Glastonbury is definitely top of the pile.
What do you do to unwind when out of the studio? Any hobbies or favourite places to visit?
I’m pretty active, got really into yoga, go swimming a lot, go to the gym. I like keeping fairly fit and busy. And when I’m not making music, I listen to a whole load of R&B. The Soulection show is my go-to listen: Joe Kay is the don.
Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Besides yourself, who are we to keep an eye on in the U.K dance scene right now?
I’d say Mall Grab. He’s Australian, but really active in the UK. I rate what he’s doing cos he plays so many different styles in a couple of hours. I became a DJ so I could play all different types of music, but often the more successful you become as a producer, and the more associated you are with a specific genre or style, the less you are able to experiment or play outside of that. That’s something I would really like to be able to do. I have another alias DJ Amo which is pretty well known in Bristol and southwest, and I play everything: house, drum and bass, hip-hop, indie – but when I play as GotSome people usually come to hear a specific sound. So I have a lot of respect for Mall Grab for not really sticking to the script. I think audiences are getting more accepting of hearing different sounds in a set. That’s how it used to be when dance music started getting played in clubs, so it would be great if we could get back to that.
You’ve worked with some pretty big names in the industry, such as Wiley and AC Slater, tell us more about how you like to collaborate with other producers and artists.
I’m currently writing a lot with Will Clarke. We haven’t finished anything yet but the sessions have been great, so there should be music coming soon. I’d love to write a record with Kenny Dope, and I’m a huge fan of Point G (DJ Gregory), and DJ Deep. Those are the guys that have really inspired me over the years. I think it was in a DJ Deep mix that I first heard Kerri Chandler ‘Rain’, which is probably the first house record I really loved.
How do you get a track started? Tell us a bit about your production process. How long does it take you to complete a track on average, and do you ever get writer’s block?
Touch wood, I haven’t ever had writer’s block. I work with an engineer, Alex, who was previously one half of GotSome. I usually start by collecting a load of samples: from Youtube, movies, TV – anywhere really – then I’ll make voice notes on what I think would work, then go into the studio for a couple of days to get a load of ideas loosely arranged using Logic. From those ideas I’ll play around until I have a pretty clear idea of where I want to go with a record, then Alex will come in to help me mix it down properly and get the textures right. I’ve always been good at the writing and creating part, but Alex has got those technical skills you need for mixing, so it’s great to be able to finish the records with him.
When did you decide tat you wanted to be a creative? Can you remember that exact moment?
I’ve always been quite creative, and my parents have always been very supportive in me doing what I wanted to do. My mum used to do photography so when I was at festivals I was always with her, sometimes backstage and hanging out with the acts. I remember playing football with Norman Cook and The Housemartins at Electric Elephant festival in the 80s, so I’ve been around musicians for as long as I can remember really. I also went through a phase making cardboard stages when I was a kid, and being obsessed with putting on these little play festivals. Then when I grew up a bit I used to hang out with Roni Size in Bristol, and really got into drum and bass. Bristol was great in that you would always see these amazing musicians like Roni Size, Tricky, Massive Attack, Portishead around, but they didn’t seem like superstars: they were really down to earth, so it felt like something you could realistically do yourself. I saw them all play live when I was young, maybe 12 or something like that. So there wasn’t one single moment, but it feels like it’s always something I’ve been around and wanted to do.
Fan question – ‘ Dream Collab? One co-producer and one vocalist…. GO!’
As said before, I’d go for Kenny Dope, what a G!
This year GotSome will continue to bring his undeniable talent to dance floors across the globe as well as unleash an onslaught of exciting new music via some of the key labels of the moment.
Whether it’s throwing down dynamic sets at the world’s best clubs and festivals, or spending hours on end tweaking his unstoppable productions in the studio, GotSome is a force to be reckoned with whose sharp and continued rise shows no signs of letting up.
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