Old School Hip Hop & Electro Boogie this Friday at Tone, Feat. Simon Caldwell, OSC-001 and RETALI8 and special guest Japeye Bennett
JAPEYE: Electro Boogie Mix for Cold Crush
It’s time for the next hit of Cold Crushin’ Mixes. Our guest mix this time around is taken by Radelaide funky man Japeye, who will be rocking the decks with the Cold Crush Wreckin’ Cru this Friday night. Japeye first caught our attention warming up a packed dancefloor for the man Dam Funk a few months back at The Basement. We were impressed by his smooth mixes and even smoother beats and decided he was the man to help us warm up the whole joint in our new home at Tone!
Cold Crush had a little chat with the man himself, so if you were wondering who this mysterious Japeye fellow on the poster is, read on:
Cold Crush: So yo, tell us how you got into the DJ game
Japeye: I’ve been DJing since 2001 (I think). I was throwing parties and putting on local DJ’s like HMC, Agent86, Delta, Madcap & Kim Dezen before I stepped out of the bedroom and started playing out myself.
It was hip hop I fell headfirst into — The first LP I bought on wax was Main Source – Breaking Atoms. After that I became a fiend for crews like Ultra Mags, Eric B & Rakim, Tribe, Jungle Brothers and all that native tongue good shit. The soul, jazz and funk soon followed suit digging on samples and then as I started to get a bit “wilder” on the club tip the disco, house and techno became a big part of what I was dancing too, and as a result collecting and working into my sets.
And now? You still doing the hip hop thang or what?
As a DJ I started out playing pretty much a straight mix of soul, funk and hip hop but these days I am wayyyyyy open. I have a bunch of different gigs and club nights. When I play at the Botanic (fancy cocktail bar down here) I can pretty well much spin whatever I like. It makes it nice cos I can change my bag over every week and not have to sling the shit in different order all the time. I can pack my Jazz lp’s, my soul/funk 45’s and some weeks I play straight afro latin / brasilian music all night.
Variety is the spice baby! What’s the scene like down in Adelaide, is there much going on?
Adelaide’s music scene is nice. Some crazy talented producers all live here. HMC, Benny Badge, Carter Brothers, Cuckoo Music Crew, SidWho & my boy Eric The Falcon is killing it right now on the “I am T Pain” phone app. My only real criticism about the ‘ghost town’ is that its only been in recent years that the weekend warriors that occupy the clubs are less open to hearing a DJ break a new record. Most kids would like their own soundtrack to their night out, plug in their ipod and drink some cheap piss. I am actually not 100% sure whether I was like that when I was young or not. But it bothers me now.
So with a name like Japeye, have you ever been accused of… TAKING THE PISS?
Well I am actually 1/3 Japanese. How insensitive of you!
Just kidding pal….. arrrgh the ole Japeye question. Its just nickname that stuck for a bunch of reasons. I think being high for an extended duration in the earlier days contributed to it greatly. However, I have been working on some edits that I plan to put out on a bootleg cd under a new guise being “Slim Charles”. Stay tuned. Hopefully that takes off so I can kick Japeye to the curb. It’ll make my Mum happier.
We caught your set supporting Dam Funk at the Basement a few months back.
That was a killer night no?
Yea man. Dam is fresh. Such a talented and positive artist. Both of his shows in Adelaide and Sydney were nuts. The solos, the costume changes, his voice. The whole experience was really refreshing as I saw it open up a lot of younger heads to music I push a lot back home in Adelaide and care about people hearing in the clubs. Props to Niche Productions for getting him out.
Who else have you played with over the years?
Over the years, a whole bunch. Some of my favourites have been just warm up sets for live acts like Roy Ayers & Sharon Jones. My favourite club set support when I actually nailed it, didn’t fuck up any mixes, didn’t get harassed about someone’s name not being on the door, the turntables weren’t feeding back etc would have to go to a night when I DJ’d before Quantic at Rocket Bar.
What’s up with this mix you’ve put together for us?
Well… I checked your website and saw a bunch of tunes that I was planning on playing but was beaten to it and I didn’t want to double up… SO…. I ended up just putting a lil electro boogie mix together. The 2nd tune I only just found. Crazy rare 7″, some gospel shit. There’s a few shocker mixes… but I like to call them “disco blends”. Some tunes I may play on the night, some tunes you hopefully haven’t heard before. Either way I hope you feel it.
A little rare gospel shit never goes astray! What can we expect from you at Cold Crush this Friday night?
It’s the day after my birthday, Simon Caldwell is one of my favourite DJ’s and there’s a bunch of crew up from Adelaide so I plan on getting pretty special between the bar and the dancefloor. Set wise, who knows… I’ll see what crew are in the club when I am playing and take it from there as I’ll have a bunch of music on me. Bboys beware…. I am the master of killing the cypher if its preventing the ladies from gettin down.
Japeye Does The Electric Boogie tracklisting
1. T La Rock – It’s Yours
2. L.S Movement – Move Everything You Got
3. Fatback Band – On The Floor
4. Steve Arrington – Nobody Can Be You
5. Boeing – Dance On The Beat
6. Jewel – Jewel’s Groove (Instrumental)
7. Ago – You Make Me Do It
8. TJ Swann – And You Know That
9. SFB – Burnin’ up (KON Edit)
10. The Evasions – All Wrapped Up
11. Maxine Singleton – You Can’t Run From Love
12. Newcleus – Jam On It
13. Tyron Brunson – The Smurf
14. Afro-Rican – Give It All You Got (Doggy Style)
15. James Pants – Cosmic Rap (Egyptian Lover Remix)
16. Starrband – Rock The House
17. Emerson – Sending All My Love Out
Old School Hip Hop & Electro Boogie this Friday at Tone, Feat. Simon Caldwell, OSC-001 and RETALI8 and special guest Japeye Bennett.