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“Funky House” comes in a variety of flavors.
Do you have one or two tracks in mind that could potentially give us a notion of your definition of “funky house”?
Traxsource.com is my usual go-to for what I think of as “funky house”.
- This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by Alex Moschopoulos.
I’d look on the blog at the “entry level” lists that have been made.
I think it’s utterly cool you want in at 50. I’m going to be 43 this month and I can only fathom making mixes into my old age. Have loads of fun with it.
I just buy what I like, then later figure out what works with what.
I like that you think about programming, and not just slapping tunes together randomly.
Here’s one from 2003 that popped up last night…
Artist: Martin Solveig VS Salif Keita
Label: Universal Music Group
Genre(s): House, Deep, Funky
Year released: 2003
Salif Keita has been a known name in the World Music market for African music, and I honestly never heard of him despite how much I like World Music. It wasn’t until I encountered some video of a dance competition on YouTube, where they played Martin Solveig’s remix of “Madan”. A quick search and I was playing the tune to death. Love it.
Title: House Of Love (In My House) (The Raise Your House Mix)
Artist: Smooth Touch
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Genre(s): House, Tribal
Year released: 1993
When you listen to this remix, you’d think someone took a chunk of the Strictly Rhythm library and tossed it into one remix, but it just works. Anthony Acid was the mastermind behind this long and wild remix, and the vinyl only contained this one tune. The B-Side was smooth and empty. Still was a great remix.
Title: Can You Feel It (L & V Remix)
Year released: 1992
Can You Feel It was already an anthem in the clubs, but even before the original “In House Dub” could fade into the past, Todd Terry popped up with more remixes, including this wonderful big room remix. To this day I’m always torn on playing this one or the In House Dub from the original record when I want to play this tune.
Gerd has me in a 90s mood, and I’m posting hot tunes from the 90s that ended up with a secondary boost from a “new remix”.
Here’s an unforgettable one:
Title: Keep On Jumpin (Rhythm Masters Thumpin Mix)
Artist: Todd Terry featuring Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown
Year released: 1996
Todd had already mesmerized clubland with his original mix a few years before, but he returned in 1996 with more polished remixes (and a video) featuring the former Weather Girls in vocal. The Rhythm Masters, Robert Chetcuti and Steve Mac, were gaining notoriety in the mid-90s for their pumping energetic work, and this release only boosted them further.
Strangely, the Rhythm Masters didn’t seemingly stay on top when the 21st Century arrived. I guess it was changing times.
And i know that there is not so much djs that playing that kind of music in my country
The bigger question is: Are there “normal people” in your country who would be into the kind of music you’re into?
Niche music areas are tough, mainly due to how much a given market is into mainstream hits, but not underground specialties. Believe me, I’d try to push deep house and be asked to play Top 40. I’d push trance and be asked to play popular rap and/or eurodance. It became quite frustrating in that I could not break into the niches within Chicago for those sounds, nor could get “average people” going into what I liked.
If you find the articles (“How to succeed at DJing”), keep to heart the advice that much of this is a big popularity contest. There’s a reason why the David Guettas and Calvin Harrises of this world pack festivals while talented savant DJs end up playing to small rooms, or big noted underground DJs are pulled from booths to please high rollers.
My suggestion is you have to build a following beyond your country. One big way is to produce. Maybe your country won’t appreciate you, but then you might get a large fan base in another country. I’d also look into podcasting or some kind of regular content creation. Educate the masses and gain fans. Perhaps even try to learn to review that subgenre you’re into and submit music reviews to blogs and publications. That will get you noticed…or at least score you free promos.
Like Vintage said, if you want to make a living, then you’ll have to play to the masses…or starve for a while on the hope you’ll blow up at some point.
I say dress for the event. I seem to see many wedding DJs in slacks with a shirt, vest, and tie…no jacket.
Birthday Party…it depends on the crowd. For kids I see many in some kind of “company t-shirt”. For clubs and such it’s more “stylish”.
Title: Anti Social Media (Sean Tyas Remix)
Artist: Coming Soon & Bryan Kearney
Label: Spin Twist Records
Genre(s): Trance, Psy-Trance, Acid
Here’s what I have for this week:
Title: Happy Home
Artist: J Paul Ghetto
Label: Guesthouse Music
Genre(s): House, Deep, Funky
Terry…I unfortunately can’t hear your embed. That damn territorial thing again. Here’s a link for us Americans:
Don’t let it discourage you though. If I see a posting that doesn’t play here, I’ll try to post another link so we can all check it out.
Interesting tune. I like the building energy. The whole song reminds me of the music I’ll hear in clothing stores, which is a good thing. I still think German pop sounds way better than American pop.
ON ANOTHER NOTE (since the thread was closed before I could respond), I like DJ Bobo too. He always seems like a very positive guy in his interviews. My wife and I love his release of “Everybody” with Emilia.
Babble Jam…Thank you for posting. You’re right on the money. When I speak of “new”, I more mean “newish”, like something that came out within the last six years. Lord knows I’ll go shopping, find stuff that’s “new”, and find out it was released years ago. It especially gets confusing when you see tunes that are a few years old be “re-released” on some other release, thus making you think it’s recent. I just didn’t want anyone tossing up old tunes from long ago in this topic. That’s what Flashback Fridays are for. 😉
In any case, your submission is perfect. Please feel free to submit more as you see fit. I like hearing what you’re also into simply because it shows me what’s going on in the scene beyond Chicago. It’s a cool tune too. I like how it’s seemingly a melding of what I know if Detroit Techno and the electro sound that’s dominated dance music for so long now. Love it, and I even tossed it on my shopping cart for next time I purchase music.
I find it funny I was introduced to Morty Kane and Baby D via “new remixes” done around 2000.
Makes me think when I’m on my deathbed I’ll see “new remixes” of what I was jamming to in my teens.
And finish off with some pianos that I imagine Alfredo playing at Amnesia when that picture was taken…
Title: Rhythm is a Mystery
Year Released: 1991
Inspired by a trip to the legendary Hacienda Nightclub, five friends banded together to create anthems that rocked the UK for years, and grew into being in-demand producers/remixers for many pop acts. The singer for “Rhythm is a Mystery” is Bobbi Depasois, who is still singing for many house producers to this day.