Dam-Funk & Master Blazter are some of the most interesting, talented, humble, nice-guys we've had the pleasure of working with. This is the last interview J-1 (of Master Blazter) filmed, live at Le Belmont. R.I.P.
always the craziest stills dam!
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As any true fan of funk, G-funk and all its multitudes of variations knows, only an artist with the audacity to appoint themselves “Los Angeles’ Ambassador of Boogie Funk, is truly qualified to hold such a title in the first place. Since the 2009 release of his much-celebrated debut opus “Toeachizown” on legendary L.A. imprint Stones Throw Records, Dâm-Funk has had the right to call himself anything he damn well pleases. Since then he’s hit the road hard with backing band Master Blazter, handled production for Steve Arrington’s much-anticipated return album, and is just now releasing a new tour EP titled, "InnaFocusedDaze."
In concert, Dâm-Funk’s inimitable southern Californian take on the conventions of soulful funk and electronic music comes off exactly as it was intended to; a delirious, irresistibly dishevelled mess of warm analog synths and ice-cold basslines held together through the assured stage presence of what may be the most charismatic man working in show business.
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To be fully prepared for Cubic Zirconia's live show this Friday, February 11 at Club Lambi, it'd be best to grab hold of the new EP of remixes their label LuckyMe recently made available for free online.
Frontman Nick Hook calls his group "live ethnic disco," but reworkings from club stalwarts Egyptrixx and Ikonika and left field G-Synth master Dam Funk spread and/or skewer the sound all over the dance music spectrum. The remixes come in advance of the NYC four-piece's upcoming album Follow Your Heart.
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Here's the video for Dam-Funk's "Mirrors" off of his LP Toeachizown on Stones Throw. It features trippy visuals and Dam Funk's fresh perm. Don't forget to check out Dam-Funk on March 5 at Club Lambi. As always, "keep it gansta".
LOOKOUT: About your debut album Toeachizown, the five different volumes each have a life of their own, but still form a comprehensive whole and has an underlying story . Can you tell me something about the different volumes and why you decided to put it together this way?
Dãm: I wanted to make a concept record like progressive rock records I used to listen to back in the day. They would have a theme around it, as opposed to a bunch of hit singles on the record. “I Wanna Thank You (For Steppin’ Into My Life)” is one song that I think could be on the radio right now and be a hit. But, I didn’t want to make a record of hit singles, I don’t even want to aspire to do that. I wanted to create the record I've always wanted to make… and why not make it? In Toeachizown, the first volume is more electric based, the second more serious, Sky more positive, Hood more dark.
Is there something about L.A. that makes it a unique place for funk? How did growing up on the West Coast influence your style of music?
The music we grew up with on the West Coast is a little more laid back. Even though we have sunshine, there’s the darkness and the light… We’ve cultivated something a bit different from East Coast approach. The warm weather, the palm trees, and the driving culture of L.A. definitely influences my music.
Prince was a big inspiration for you. What Prince era do you draw influence from most?
I feel like you’ve coined the term modern funk. I don’t want to suggest a clear break in “old-fashioned funk” and modern funk, because there’s a definite continuation, but what is modern about your modern funk?
It’s a mix of subject matter, log extended tracks, instrumentals, reverb vocals... It’s a different approach. It’s the funk you’ve always wanted to have. The modern funk approach pertains to some of the science aspects of things, like of exploration of different worlds. Funk is more like funk 45 vibe. Modern funk is more electric based and appeals to post-disco funk. You know what I’m sayin'?
For more Q&A with Dam-Funk check the March 4th issue of The McGill Daily.
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Stones Throw DJs Peanut Butter Wolf, J.Rocc, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne and James Pants, have each contributed their own mixes to make up this hour-long Valentine's Day themed podcast. Say it with me now, "awwwww." Subscribe and download for free on iTunes here.
Animal Collective represent a particular challenge to the discerning critic. Though their latest full length, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is widely considered their most pop-oriented effort, it is still a drifting, ambient work that can be jarring to experience outside of its proper context. Even the album's centerpoint, song-of-the-year-candidate "My Girls" is rarely heard in any social environment. As a band, they simply exist in their own universe and, until this masterful remix from Dam Funk slipped into my life, it seemed that to edit their work for the dancefloor would be to dilute its integrity. Animal Collective has traditionally harnessed a formula wherein breezy sixties Brian Wilson-esque harmonies are overlaid with eclectic ambience. Dam Funk's edit of "Summertime Clothes" smokes out the tracks sunny, earnest melody and slaps it around with his trademark "funk," for lack of a better word. The result is a masterpiece, check it out yourself.