Directions In Groove first formed in 1990 with the concept of playing funky jazz with raps. Their debut EP 'Directions in Groove' became the biggest-selling independent EP in Australian history.
"Like any first release, we were trying to fit it into a particular framework," says Rick. "A lot of people called it 'acid jazz' and we were writing in that sort of way".
"Even though we were doing our own particular thing it was a lot of Incognito, Brand New Heavies influences, especially in the rhythm section".
d.i.g. have ventured away from traditional genre frameworks and established their own unique sound, experimenting with hip hop, drum and bass and dub.
"We've been together for six years now and I think we've developed our own sound," says Rick. "We've also developed a style of playing that is intuitive and we've been able to bring that style into our recording".
Their latest album, 'Curvystrasse' has seen d.i.g take on a new style of recording. Instead of composing their music live and then recording it, as they have done in the past, d.i.g have been experimenting with studio technology. 'Curvystrasse' was recorded in d.i.g's own studio, which the band gradually built into a high-tech recording studio. By setting up their own studio d.i.g were able to have total artistic control over the sound of their album. Rick says this is something they wouldn't have achieved had they been in a studio owned by a record company.
d.i.g. are clearly pleased with their new direction and are happy with the outcome of their new album. Rick admits that the new direction in their recording was a risky step for d.i.g, since they'd already been successful in the past and had a well established jazz audience. "It's kind of like re-inventing ourselves all over again and I think you have to take these risks... there's no point of doing it unless you take risks".
d.i.g's newly developed sound means that they will appeal to a much broader base of fans. In the past they have mainly focused on jazz audiences whereas now they are looking at clubs and younger dance audiences as targets. "We can play clubs and do that dance thing as well and hopefully we can get out to a wider range of audiences".