Fluent as a DJ, studio producer, drummer and live sound engineer, for John Clayton aka Hooves, music has been a lifelong engagement. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the native New Zealander worked his way through the genres of funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop and heavy metal, before diving deep into the drum and bass scene in the mid 2000s.
Since then Hooves has released several 12" singles on drum and bass labels oBSEsessions and State of Mind Music, remixed for Pitch Black and Benny Tones, and collaborated on songs with the likes of TREi, State Of Mind and Borderline. Alongside this he serves as drummer to iconic live New Zealand act Shapeshifter, and handles live sound for a multitude of acts across Australia. Throughout these works he's developed a reputation for widescreen production, iron clad rhythms, challenging melodies, heavyweight bass line pressure and massive sonic fidelity.
For the last few years, outside of this lane, Hooves has been paying closer attention to dubstep, house, modern beat music and techno. Over the last eighteen months, he's found the influence of these forms filtering into his own production. Pulling the song tempo down from drum and bass to 140 bpm, he's been constructing a new musical headspace for himself.
Within this intersection point, Hooves is creating club tempo electronic soul music equal parts raw and challenging. Filling in the gaps where he sees them, his new songs hang around arrangements which constantly ride the line between experimental and accessible, always searching for the sweet spot. Folding world music referencing percussion into techno rhythms, he steps away from the tear-out drones of contemporary club music and the generic arcade game bleeps of contemporary beat music, finding new sounds for new times.
Having recently established his own record label Increase Audio (distributed by Triplevision), Hooves' is kicking his new direction off with his Back From The Brink EP release. Alongside this he is scouting for talent to release via Increase Audio and preparing his own unique live show. When you let go of everything, the flip side is the opportunity to have everything. Listen while Hooves turns it up; watch the ride.