Dan Reid

Dan Reid

I had the chance to sit down with Darren Tate – successful producer, film composer, and DJ- and Jono Grant- a member of Above & Beyond, one of the world’s most esteemed electronic music groups- to talk about the formation of JODA and their self-titled debut album that comes out on August 26th. 

While the duo’s record will transport fans back to the 80s, I think it’s better if we take it back to 2020 to discuss just how JODA came to be.   

In 2020 Tate and Grant, along with the other two members of Above & Beyond, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki, worked together on the film score for Craig Leeson’s climate change film, The Last Glaciers

“We had kinda done most of the work on the film but we didn’t have the final director’s cut, we both discussed that it wasn’t worth doing any more work til we had that final film…We both agreed it was best to stop for a bit…

So I called up Darren one day and said “Hey why don’t you come down to the studio and hang out”, this is probably in February 2020…We basically we wrote the first track which was ‘Shape Of Your Heart’ [from JODA] we were just messing around with ideas…We had no preconceived ceptions of what to do it was purely just messing around, it was just having fun”. – Grant  

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