A key figure in the bass house movement of the past few years, Holy Goof brings his brand new Globes tour to Motion this month in partnership with The Blast, where Holy Goof will be playing alongside a lineup of friends and special guests.
The tour is in support of Holy Goof’s recently announced compilation album, due to drop this February. On top of seven Holy Goof tracks, including four new releases, Globes will feature the sounds of 32 different artists across 23 tracks – with brand new exclusives aplenty.
Globes will feature the sounds of 32 different artists across 23 tracks – with brand new exclusives aplenty
Globes is the culmination of years spent touring the world. As well as wanting to push some of the acts he’s met along the way, Globes also responds to a demand for this new, hyperactive, heavily bass-driven house sound that Holy Goof has helped take from basement raves to the underground’s mainstream.
Dropping his first release in 2015, the Holy Goof movement has been fast and furious. In just a few years, Holy Goof is now headlining 2k+ capacity venues, working with the likes of Juaz and Tiësto, and has already ticked off the bucket list his own FABRICLIVE mix, sandwiched between Skream and bassline originator DJ Q.
Dropping his first release in 2015, the Holy Goof movement has been fast and furious
‘I wanted to represent and push as many acts as I can that I’m feeling at the moment’ he explains. ‘There’s so much good new music and part of my show has always been about playing exclusive tracks. Another reason behind the album is that I’ve been playing in a lot of new places and countries where the sound isn’t so well known, but they all love it and want to hear more. So I wanted to present a body of music from the acts that are driving the sound.’
I wanted to present a body of music from the acts that are driving the sound
Like many of the scene’s current producers, garage was a strong influence for Holy Goof growing up. But unlike the more subtle, commercially-palatable references we’ve heard creeping in over the last few years, Holy Goof came straight in with the hard, unabashed basslines, with influences from drum and bass, grime and dubstep in the melting pot.
‘I have always just done what I’ve wanted to, all the way through’ he explains. ‘It’s important when you’re making music that you catch the vibe and enjoy what you’re doing – the moment you start trying to guess what other people will like, it’s not going to work.
the moment you start trying to guess what other people will like, it’s not going to work
‘Nothing I’ve ever made has been a conscious thing of “I want to make such and such a song”, I literally just sit down and make whatever comes out. I’m drawn to harder sounds naturally, no matter what genre I listen to, because they have lots of energy. But I’ve also been working on some softer stuff lately, just because that’s how I’ve been feeling.’
Although Holy Goof has no plans to make drum and bass, it’s one of those harder sounds that fans have come to expect in his sets. His Globes tour is no different, putting big basslines before genre. Joining Holy Goof on the Bristol lineup will be drum and bass legends Friction and Macky Gee, along with Bristol bass head Notion and Distinkt.
Joining Holy Goof on the Bristol lineup will be drum and bass legends Friction and Macky Gee
‘From day one I noticed I had a lot of supporters that were primarily DnB heads’ he says. ‘There’s definitely a crossover with people who are into certain types of drum and bass and what I play, so naturally the scenes have collided.’
The Blast are on Room Two duty for the Bristol leg of his Globes tour, and will be complementing this crossover nicely, with a drum and bass fuelled lineup featuring Problem Central, DJ Hazard, General Levy and a Souped Up Records showcase.
Cover photo by Elliot Young