The filming starts for The GTW (James King) music video for his new single tomorrow. I can’t wait to be apart of it! I’m getting in the mood by listening to this^ I will be posting the new video as soon as final edits are completed ;)
So how did your interest in making music begin?
I’ve been playing guitar for a decade, but when my mom got me a computer installed with logic, something compelled me to make music electronically.
Do you have a Dj name & where did it come from?
Barry Bands, Nolan, A.K.A. Soleman, came up with it. I liked it alot so it stuck. My previous DJ name was tim john iLL, but I’ll say that was just a phase haha.
Who are some of your favorite beat-makers?
The Dream, Pharell, Slug, Bibio, Timbaland, Lapalux, Mike Will Made It, Harry Fraud, Machine Drum, J Dilla, Daft Punk, Miike Snow, Joy Orbison, Justin Martin, Different Sleep, Kanye West. Lot’s of people to name. (Fuck RL Grime)
Where have you Dj’d thus far?
In San Diego I Djed various raves that were held at random locations as well as few lounge/bars. Within Chicago lots of house parties and the Elbo room. Coming this summer I’m going to play at the Wheel House next to the Cubs stadium.
What was the first record you bought?
A weird al record in 7th grade. I have no regrets.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one never fails?
Shakira - Hips Don’t Lie. There’s not a human alive that won’t dance to that.
When your not doing music how do you like to chill out?
Movies are another big passion. I love watching movies and paying attention to the story telling.
If I looked in your freezer what would I find?
Frozen vegatables from trader joes. I love me trader joes.
What do you think would be a fitting epitaph on your gravestone?
I will probably have achieved a godlike form in the coming decade, so irrelevant question.
If you could have someone ad-lib your life who would you choose?
I’d like Barry White to.
What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters?
The bulk of this answer is going to be directed at Djs. Before you can put yourself out there, network, and commit to gigs, be good at your craft. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a DJ get the slot they want and then absolutely blow their one oppurtunity. Practice your mixing religously, keep up with current trends, and know the oldies. When getting ready for a show, don’t expect a set list to pull you through. You need to be able to read and respond to audiences and make their listening experience the best as possible.
To further that last thought, IT’S ABOUT THE AUDIENCE. DJ’s today have become the new rockstars and I classify it as a pornography. Stop worrying about branding and looking like the coolest dude in the city. Be a respectful musician that is dedicated to a craft. Let the partiers do the partying, you have work to do.
For promoters, it’s all about grassroots. Start marketing campaigns that encompass multimedia, but be sure to spread events by word of mouth. Bring your friends, and have them bring their friends. Facebook numbers mean NOTHING. Be sure to be communicative with your talents so they can clearly communicate the event to their fan base and create a welcoming atmosphere for the attendees. Unlike being a talent, you are gambling as a promoter. Make sure to invest your money wisely and if a show or event fails, keep your chin up. Take the lesson from it and move on.
Last night at Schubas Tavern the band Rhye played, no openers, just the band and a dark room, with 20 or so candles spread out onstage. The minute the lead singer Mike Milosh opened his mouth the audience fell silent, and for an hour and a half nobody moved. Milosh’s high falsetto voice is soulfully captivating and will make you melt. The show did include some funkier moments with improved trombone, vocal, and upright electric bass solos.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Rhye yet they’re going to turn into something huge. Not sure I would expect them to play any festivals though. The band likes to keep it low key, dark, and sexy. Just a month ago Rhye was an internet-based mystery with anonymous singles posted online.
When releasing their album last month their names came out and so did their premiere tour dates which you can find at the website link above. You can stream a few of their songs & remixes (including remix by Ryan Hemsworth) here. For the rest, get their album Woman, a bedroom-R&B treat. Key Tracks; Open, The Fall and Last Dance.
OR ALL OF MY SOUTHERN ROOTED FOLLOWERS.
Charleston local DJ, Jeff Turner aka JeffET, was featured on the cover of Charleston City Paper’s spring issue. As you guys know being featured in the CCP is a huge deal and will set you apart from the other artists in the area. Not only is Jeff(y) well dressed but he’s also a unique maker of space beats. For those of you who don’t know, space beats is a dirty south style sound, with chilled grooves and broken beats. He also does Juke, which you Chicagoans are all too familiar with.
You can see him DJ live at events like JLINSNIDER’s First Friday parties along with artists BirdFlu, Stumble, and Nasty Boyz. You may have seen him at other local hotspots Club NV, Torch, Tivoli, and Upper Deck Tavern, etc. You’re also more than likely to bump into him on King Street paling around with other local DJs such as; Party Dad, and DJ Rocky Horror who’s now under the new moniker Worship the Sky (as well as in the duo Holy Blood along with Joycette). With an awesome personality and an ill style, you’ll know JeffET when you see him.
Look at his CCP interview HERE.
^.^ INTERVIEW WITH AFRIPOP MAG ^.^
while i was at a sxsw i had an amazing time chilling by the convention center getting interviewed by afri-pop, looking at randoms walk by (one wearing a “you deserve it tee”). Spoke to afri-pop about my aspirations and what i have coming up next. Check out the interview HERE.
For my first night in the UK I headed to the famous nightclub, Fabric. And let me just say that I am at a loss for words. Finding your way in a dark industrial club set three stories underground is intoxicating, with winding stair cases & lifts, it’s more like eight levels. The club consists of three dance rooms: Critical Sound, Tectonic, and Med School with a total of about 26 DJs from 10pm-6am. Sounds ranged from mostly drum n bass, UK dub-step, breakbeat, purple, UK house, techno, and some grimey hip-hop.
Londoners know how to get down, and the guys don’t want to pick up girls as much as they just want to dance. And if you thought you knew how to dance, think again, because london will teach you their step way. The 150-180 BPM way.
There’s no bad time to be had. You’ll leave at the end of the night with good vibes, new friends, favorite DJs and a free Fabric dance mix to boot.
You can find some choice Fabric music podcasts HERE
I’ll be bouncing around Europe starting tomorrow for my spring break. I’ll still be trying to keep you guys updated as much as possible while I’m over there. Starting off in London, many dance clubs will be visited such as the infamous Fabric, Egg, and the club Cable. I’ll be shown around by a few UK DJs on my stay, & above is some footage of one of the guys I’ll be kicking it with, Mike Neptune. Keep an open mind when checking out his soundcloud, UK tech house may not be something you’re familiar with. You really need to be in a live setting to fully understand it.
~Keep a lookout out for some european updates~
Chucktowns experimental rap group Astral, consists of two 17 year old producers Khari Lucas & Will Isaacson. Judging from their music you’d never guess that these guys are still in high school. They’re currently finishing up their senior year at the same arts school I went too. Back then they were both working on separate solo projects and more recently decided to join forces for something dark and unique. According to Khari they like to describe their overall sound as being very space influenced. From their lyrics, their far out echoes and all around celestial sounds you can hear space as their main motif. Props to these boys for creating something relatively unique in todays hip hop scene, your songs are fresh in my library.
My favorite track: Center of Gravity
Explore more here: Astral Soundcloud
Be sure to check out this up and coming mini web series entitled Eye Of The City brought to you by Good Vibe Films. This series will be based in Chicago courtesy of Columbia College students. You’ll see the city through the eyes of the college goers. Which means a lot of drinking, drugging and partying. And expect that good underground rap music we all love.
Promo pics were recently released showing a few of those who will be featured in the show. Some of the pics included water falling a bottle of grey goose into ones mouth, chilling on a toilet, and laying at the bottom of the stairs passed out on top of a mattress. That gives you an idea of how entertaining this possible shit show will be.
The artists behind this project? Film student & Good Vibe Films starter Tyler Jones/Tee Jay with Justin Mackie, Blake Harmon, Paul Abood, Alex Sistowicz and Daniel Sodavaram.
~The first episode of the series will be filmed on St. Patricks day. So expect a rowdy first episode, released after those who are filming recover.~