Sunday, August 24, 2008

Days like this!

RAW FUSION shakes the APT///////////


Let me just start this out by saying, Tuesday nights have been some of the hottest nights of the summer in New York.. and it just don't STOP. This week is no exception.
Raw Fusion
will be rockin' the APT with an amazing line-up of Dj's, live acts and special guests till 4am. The word on the street is that last months party was incredible for everyone involved (Raw Fusion does a monthly party on the last Tuesday of the month with OP! and Dj Scribe as the residents).
If you don't know about Raw Fusion, be sure to check it out! It is both a record label and a series of parties that begun in Stockholm but has now spread to London, Miami and New York. The WMC parties have been so successful, the decided to share the love and bring it to NY!
This party will be bringin' extra heat because Erik Rico is in town and Cecilia Stalin will also be making an appearance!

I thought it would be great
to get to know some of the people involved a little more than what you can reach on the surface, or by cruisin' through the myspace/facebook world, so I picked the brains of Dj Scribe and Daru.
Enjoy! xo Sarah :

I met Daru last week at the PPP listening party. You know how sometimes you feel like you know someones music but cant place it when shaking their hand? Well that was my interaction to the dot. I knew that I KNEW his work, and once I got home and peeped the page I realized, this man has mad music with people all over the map.
SICK on the beats and the drums.....

Where do you call home?
Michigan (currently living in New York City)
When did music take grab of you and at what moment did you realize it was going to be a big part of your life?
When i picked up the drum sticks at the age of 4 yrs' old.
Is your music for your heart, your soul, your fans or is it what you do to make a living?
All the above!

What do you do to pay this bills?

Full-time Musician
I know this question is impossible, but, what are your fav 3 tracks currently in your rotation?

Jitterbug Fonk by Eagle Nubula prod. Geogia Anna Muldrow
Real Thang pt2 by Erykah Badu prod. Daru (
Joy pt2 (Drop it Mix) by Joy Jones prod. Daru (Avalible This Fall) Recordbreakin
What projects are you proud of in 08 and what do you have in the works for 09?
Proud of the "Daru
Spirit and Soul-Hop Sampler 08' hosted and compiled by Marc Mac (4Hero)" Daru & Rena "Outtakes Bootlegs & B-Sides" also Daru & Reggie B. "Future Music"
Late 08' and 09' projects: "Rapsouldrumz", Innatesounds Work Series 004 feat. Daru Inst. project "Spirit Drumz" and "A Work In Progress" by AB & Daru many more to come ...
Why is this party at APT going to be off the chain?
Alot of good artist / DJ's on this bill
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So, the first time I met Dj Scribe, my lil' one (Iza-almost 4yrs old) was having a play-date with Dhundee's daughter at Central Park's Summerstage, with Gilles Peterson, Janelle Monae, etc on the bill. After meeting him that day, all of a sudden I see his name on flyer and 3 people mentioned him in conversation that week, only to THEN bump into him last week @ APT. After doin' some research I find out he's a part of Raw Fusion, one of my favorites in the world of music (Thanks to Dj Don Cuco for bringin' it to Minneap way back in the day).
What's dope about Scribe is that he is nice on the wheels, production and also gets political with it. We need more like this on the planet.

Where do you currently call home?

Hueva yolk. the big apple store. born and raised.

When did music take grab of you and at what moment did you realize it was going to be a big part of your life? wow... Music has been important to me as long as I can remember. I started messing around with the piano as soon as I was old enough to sit on the piano bench (before that, it was strictly rattle business). It wasn't until college that I knew it was going to be the primary focus. I was thinking of majoring in psychology, but the intro psych course was an early morning class, so I started spinning instead. Late nights beat out early mornings, and it's been that way ever since.
Is your music for your heart, your soul, your fans or is it what you do to make a living?
All four. It's different things at different times. when i've got the crowd dancing, it's for them. but it's for me too, because it's a conversation. I love the music I play, and i'm trying to send that love out to the crowd...And if they love it, they send that love back to me. It's all a big lovefest, basically...unless it's a wack gig, and the love is only flowing one way, which I can take really hard. So, it's personal to me. But at the end of the day, it is how I make my living, too.

What do you do to pay this bills?
Mostly spinning. at various times I have been doing production, mixing, etc. and lately, i've started working a lot more with political/activist things. Nothing that's paying any bills yet, but i've got something brewing that could.

I know this question is impossible, but, What are your fav 3 tracks currently in your rotation?

It is impossible...but if I have to pick three, I would say "So Good" by Daru feat. Kissey Asplund (I can't get enough of it), the Hot 8 Brass Band's version of "Sexual Healing" (still kills the crowd every time), and "Monosabio Blues" feat. Eska (the Philip Owusu remix) by Gecko Turner. The Owusu & Hannibal record is brilliant, and for the most part, slept on, unfortunately.

What projects are you proud of in 08 and what do you have in the works for 09?

Well, the Raw Fusion party in Miami this year was incredible. I was really proud of putting that together. Every year I do a benefit for this local group, Take Back the Land, which is in the trenches trying to solve the housing crisis down there, which feels a million miles away from the extravagance and pretension of South Beach. They are some real local heroes, and i'm just honored to be able to work with them. Definitely adds some much needed perspective to the Winter Music Conference experience. Of course i'm amped about the Raw Fusion parties in NYC. The first one was amazing. I think for '09 it's the political thing I mentioned. If that gets off the ground it's gonna be big. The basic premise is using music to support progressive politics and movements...but the possibilities are endless. I want to produce a progressive children's record with all my favorite artists doing songs about climate change, peace, fair trade, corporatization, and shit like that, and give it away for free. Sort of a Free to Be You & Me for the 21st century.
Why is this party at APT going to be off the chain?
Because you can't put a couple hundred people dancing to the illest djs, drummers, beatmakers, and singers in a little sweatbox like APT with a ridiculous sound system, and not cook stew! Every single person on the bill is dope enough to kill it by themselves. So put them all together, and it's guaranteed sonic bliss.
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Keep posted for more on OP! and Suite 903, coming soon..........
Check back later in the week for HEY LADIES featuring JACK DAVEY, JIMI JAMES & WINTER SANTOS!

1 comment:

Rich Louis said...

daru's stuff is pretty dope