Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Karl Denson Interview

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Contributing Writer:  Edmond Klotz

I had a chance to interview jazz musician Karl Denson the other day.  To be honest, before interviewing him I had never heard of him before, and through my research and phone conversation, I was able to discover that he is one of the most interesting and coolest jazz musicians around.  He has played with Lenny Kravitz and numerous other musicians over the years, now leading his own band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  His music is definitely worth checking out. The more you find out about Karl’s music, the more you will want to see him live and get the experience up close.  He will be out on tour this summer, hitting a number of festivals including Electric Forest over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

For more information on Electric Forest, visit: ElectricForestFestival.com  (There should be a banner at the bottom of this post if you’re not feeling like typing. :)

Here is the interview I did with Karl Denson.

When did you music start for you.

When I was in 7th grade my brothers exposed me to bands such as Jimi Hendrix.

What is your biggest influence?

John Coltrane for me that is the biggest influence.

How did you Meet Lenny Kravitz?

I met him threw a friend and that’s how we started our working relationship.  I stayed with Lenny for the next few years.

How did playing with Lenny help you?

Playing with Lenny got me my record deal.

From there you formed the Greyboy Allstars.  How did it come together?

It came together cause of a lot bands at the time were sampling and making new and interesting music such as De La Soul and Guru.  The band came got together in 1992 with DJ Greyboy to fuse jazz and hip-hop togher to make something interesting.

On top of the Greyboy Allstars, you’re also in your own trio.  Tell me how that came about?

The record label asked me who I would like to play with and I said Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland.  I was star struck when we got into the studio cause they were musicians I have lot of respect for, and I couldn’t believe I was recording with them.

Who is the musician you like to jam with?

Warren Haynes is fun to play with and I enjoy it when we get together.

Finish this sentence: Today I am influenced as a musician by….

The Roots are at the top of my list, always doing something new and creative. I also like Patty Griffin and Bjork.

When you perform, how much is improvised?

We play music that is improvised in the middle of the song the beginning and end are always the same for us.

How different is playing a club to a festival?

They are a totally different beast.  At a club you can play a few sets and have them be completely different; whereas, at a festival, you have a short time and you need to trim the fat out of your music to fit the time limit.

I certainly can’t wait to see him at Electric Forest this summer.  My curiosity is peaked to see how this jazz great trims the fat, and still delivers a smoking set.  I can honestly say, “I AM NOW A FAN FOR LIFE!”

DEEP DARK ROBOT | TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents Deep Dark Robot featuring Tony Tornay and Linda Perry [Interview Session]

The Ross Sea Party | TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents The Ross Sea Party [Interview & Performance Session]

JAMIE DRASTIK | TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents Jamie Drastik [Interview & Performance Session]

ULTRAs DESIGNER DRUGS Tour

Monday, February 21st, 2011

NEW YORK CITY’S
DESIGNER DRUGS
RELEASE “THROUGH THE PRISM” REMIXES BY DADA LIFE, TOM DELUXX
AND PLS DNT STP
DROP THE LIME REMIX AVAILABLE AS A FREE DOWNLOAD

DEBUT ALBUM
‘HARDCORE/SOFTCORE’ OUT FEBRUARY 22 ON ULTRA MUSIC

MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR INCLUDING APPEARANCES AT SXSW,
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL AND MORE CONFIRMED FOR THIS SPRING

New York City production/DJ duo DESIGNER DRUGS has officially released a stellar batch of remixes for current single “Through The Prism” via Ultra Music featuring reworked versions of the track from  Swedish electro house duo Dada Life, Brooklyn producer and Trouble and Bass label head Drop The Lime, Philadelphia production team PLS DNT STP and French producer Tom Deluxx. The Drop The Lime version is available as a free download via http://soundcloud.com/ultrarecords/designerdrugs-throughtheprism-dropthelimeremix with the other songs available digitally for purchase through all online outlets.

“Through the Prism” is the first single off DESIGNER DRUGS’ hotly anticipated studio debut album HARDCORE/SOFTCORE set for release February 22 (Ultra Music).  With its visually psychedelic video (http://www.youtube.com/user/UltraRecords?feature=mhum#p/a/u/2/uFf_XL5jQYM) that features DESIGNER DRUGSMichael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson along with the “triple swagger” of vocalist Brooklyn rapper Cerebral Vortex, the original version of “Through The Prism” is a quintessential new electro gem with the Chemical Jump blog calling it “…definitely one of their best originals” (10/27/10).

Currently on a North American tour in support of HARDCORE/SOFTCORE, DESIGNER DRUGS have confirmed several upcoming performances this spring which will include their debut at this year’s SXSW conference in Austin—where they will perform Thursday, March 17 at The Phoenix as part of the Ultra Music Showcase—and Ultra Music Festival in Miami, both held in March.  The tour will take DESIGNER DRUGS across the U.S., including performances in San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as Chicago, Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Richmond.  The trek will also take them across the border into Canada for dates in Kingston and Montreal.

Widely known across the electronic/dance realm for their wild remixes, which have included nearly 50 reworked tracks for Mariah Carey, Annie, Thieves Like Us, Little Boots, Fischerspooner and more, DESIGNER DRUGS conjures up a darker, edgier vibe—think the throbbing, industrial-heavy opening club scene in The Doom Generation—yet still retains a melodic center on many of the tracks on HARDCORE/SOFTCORE.  The grinding, pounding beat of club bangers “Face Melter” and “The Terror” provide contrast to the pop vocals of Norwegian singer Annie on “Crazy For You” and fist-pumping up-tempo anthem “Into The Light.” Elsewhere, the classic electro-funk of “Leather Gang” sits comfortably against the Italo-shoegaze of “For All We Know.” The video for the album’s next single—the punishing electro-industrial punk track—“Dead Meat” will make its debut on March 22 via Prefix.com.

While it does mark their debut album, HARDCORE/SOFTCORE functions as much as a culmination of a decade’s work as it does the next stage in a bourgeoning career. As the electro scene started to flourish in the early 2000s, Patrick and Nelson built a studio in Philadelphia and christened themselves DESIGNER DRUGS, balancing an in-demand DJing schedule with near-constant demand for track remixes.  Now with Nelson currently in medical school on his way to become a bona fide doctor and Patrick recently relocated to NYC’s Lower East Side, the duo has still found a way to keep up their busy musical careers.

The current tour dates for DESIGNER DRUGS are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 2/23 San Diego, CA Voyeur
Fri 2/25 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
Sat 2/26 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Thu 3/3 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
Fri 3/4 New York, NY Webster Hall
Sat 3/5 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
Wed 3/9 Kingston, ON Stages Nightclub
Thu 3/10 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory
Fri 3/11 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Sat 3/12 Montreal, QC SAT
Sun 3/13 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
Tue 3/15 Lake Havasu, AZ SWAT Spring Break 2011 Nautical
Thu 3/17 Austin, TX SXSW @ Ultra Music Showcase at The Phoenix
Thu 3/24 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Fri 3/25 Miami, FL Ultra Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park

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