Adam Betts

Adam Betts dishing up ‘Colossal Squid’ at Servant’s Jazz Quarters

Adam Betts will be celebrating the release of his debut album, ‘Colossal Squid’, with a special show at Servant’s Jazz Quarters on 29 November.

Betts, a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, originally wrote, developed, and recorded the LP in various London studios. But when he was presented with the opportunity to record a live session, he was so excited by the energy and spontaneity of the resulting recordings that they became the final album.

“It clicked that this was the way to represent the material in the best way possible – performed entirely live, as it happened,” reveals Betts. “Any ‘mistakes’, any looseness, felt like a step away from the feeling of material being written with the click of a mouse at a computer.”

“It’s really a punk album with tape delays instead of guitar chords.”

It was created with a combination of effects, synths, and samples on Ableton that could be triggered from a drum kit or SPD-SX – and then “playing” them live, letting the moment take him.

“So much electronic music has had concerns with performance – how much of the amazing programmed music can be recreated live? For me music has been so much about the connection between the performers onstage and the audience,” elaborates Betts, who’s also played with TTT, The Heritage Orchestra,and Squarepusher.

One of the resulting songs is ‘Hero Shit’ which, says Betts, “was me chasing a dumb euphoric feeling summed up by the title! Inspired by a mix of the Rustie’s sense of energy but as played by a rock band.”

He explains: “Vocal samples are chopped up attempting to sound like a crowd shouting over each other, but rhythmically tied to the drum kit, so there’s a lot of chaos but it comes together in a way that makes a bit of musical sense.”

  • ‘Colossal Squid’ is released on 25 November.
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