DJ Maestro (Blue Note:Trip and Verve: Delicious Jazz) @ Bar 100, (Sydney Festival First Night Jan 7)


Special Guest DJ Maestro,

Sydney Festival First Night (Jan 7)

Bar 100

January 7, 2012

DJ Maestro (Blue Note:Trip and Verve: Delicious Jazz)

His music attracts many dance lovers globally. His amazing mix of modern and vintage dance floor inspired Jazz has made him a Sydney favourite whenever he is in town. Funk, jazz, latin: the DJ seems to have been raised on soul food and hot peppers, but actually comes from a family where everybody listened to classical music in appropriate silence and played the piano and the cello considerably well.

With his own record label (Dig This!), being Program Director of the IJazz Amsterdam festival, booker for the new Amsterdam club “Jazz on the Riverbank” and founder of the Dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with funk, Latin and jazz in the Netherlands.

DJ Maestro Spiring Dance Floor Jazz, Latin & Funk Podcast:

About Bar 100

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‘Historic stained-glass windows, a 150-year-old streetscape, First Fleet seaman and the world’s first strike for an eight-hour day all have ties to one of the most distinguished heritage buildings in The Rocks – the former Mariners’ Church at 100 George Street.

The building sits above one of the most historic sites in Australia, believed to be where the First Fleet arrivals stepped ashore in 1788.

From 1856 to 1859, the Mariners’ Church was built at the site by the Bethel Seaman’s Union. Founded in England and later established in Sydney, the Union was born from the widespread evangelical religious revival of the early 19th century, which included missionary activity among seaman.

Now in its present day, 100 George Street has come alive once again.

Home to four chic bars, indoor and outdoor dining, lounge spaces, as well an exquisite VIP area, the beautiful options of BAR100 need to experienced to be believed.

Spanning three levels of stunningly re-worked heritage space, BAR100 is an inspiring fusion of old and new and magnificent day or night.

With amazing food and drinks, jaw-dropping surrounds and iconic views, this incredible new venue embodies the very best of the harbour-side city.

About DJ Maestro:

There is a doll in the Amsterdam apartment of Martijn Barkhuis: it’s a DJ Maestro Action Figure. The box proudly mentions: ‘It really DJ’s, drinks and smokes!’ “That’s slightly exaggerated,” the real-life version says with a husky voice, while putting his Davidoff cigarette in the ashtray to fill our glasses with pinot grigio. “That doll doesn’t DJ at all.” At least, not like the human version of DJ Maestro, as many, many international dance full of sweaty and cramped calves can attest to. Mesmerize, DJ Maestro’s debut album, following the compilations he did for legendary jazz labels Blue Note (Blue Note Trip, three editions) and Verve (Delicious Jazz), is made for exactly those dance floors. “The music was inspired by the records I play and by the reactions of people who dance to those records. Some of the songs on Mesmerize are more than a year old, others I wrote only two months ago. But they have all been tested on the dance floor. When something didn’t work, we improved it.”

‘We’, in this case, are Maestro and producers Mark van de Bergh and Maarten Helsloot, aka JAAN and Marty Belmondo. They are the owners of a studio in the mundane outskirts of Amsterdam, are blessed with a good ear and the ability to transform Maestro’s ideas into beats, grooves and bass lines. “Sometimes, I hummed them a song, or described a certain feeling or vibe. I put dozens of my favourite songs on mini disc for Mark and Maarten, so they would understand what I was looking for.”

Mesmerize was born out of pure necessity. While the record collection stacked behind him almost crumbles under its weight, the DJ explains: “It’s getting harder and harder to find records I want to play. They often lack a certain atmosphere or groove. So when I was given the opportunity to record my own album, I took it with both hands.” We will get back to the hands in a second.

His record deal enabled Maestro to work with a bunch of talented musicians he often performs with: renowned saxophone player Benjamin Herman, flute player Magnus Lindgren (who also worked with Koop), Zuco 103-singer Lilian Vieira, Carl Young (bass player in Michael Franti’s Spearhead), keyboard player Sven Figee (with whom Maestro co-wrote two songs), soul singer Forrest (known for his hit ‘Rock the Boat’) and saxophone player Tineke Postma. “In general, we invited them to the studio once we finished the basis. All we told them was to do whatever they’re good at. Benjamin Herman did his thing in just half an hour.” As a result, the lazy track ‘Spring Street’ has a real ‘neon light in a wet street’ vibe, while the sax in the spicy latin song ‘En Orbita’ is like an exquisite sauce poured over the groove.

Funk, jazz, latin: the DJ seems to have been raised on soul food and hot peppers, but actually comes from a family where everybody listened to classical music in appropriate silence and played the piano and the cello considerably well. Maestro himself played the violin “quite well”, but he feels that “if somebody else is more talented, you should let that person play for you.” But clapping his hands is certainly not a problem for the DJ: just listen to ‘Rainy Day’.

As a teenager, Maestro was mesmerized by the turntables, mixers, headphones and vinyl albums of his friends, who took their drive-in show to hockey parties and school parties. It left him with an insatiable hunger for albums, and an incredible disgust for dance classics: “One of the highlights in my career was the moment somebody requested ‘Relight My Fire’ for the umpteenth time. ‘I’ve got that one,’ I said, pulled the record from my bag and broke it in two right before his very eyes.”

That doesn’t mean the DJ doesn’t know how to please the crowd: his Blue Note Trip-nights in clubs, nationwide attract many dance lovers, who love to work up a sweat on the amazing mix of modern and vintage from the Maestro’s record cases, which he carries with him to Indonesia, Japan, New York and most European countries.

With his own record label (Dig This!), being programdirector of the IJazz Amsterdam festival, booker for the new Amsterdam club “Jazz on the Riverbank” and founder of the dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with funk, latin and jazz in the Netherlands. “It’s killing sometimes, all those long nights with too much cigarettes and drinks,” he tries to put his fabulous life somewhat into perspective. But isn’t that a very big grin we see on the face of the DJ Maestro Action Figure?

AUDIO: Departure Lounge Radio Afro-Funk Special feat. El Chino, The Liberators and Soul of Sydney DJ Phil Toke


Departure Lounge Radio: Afrobeat Alert!

Flight 1510 featuring Sydney’s Afrobeat crew the The Liberators and Soul of Sydney DJ Phil Toke in to have a chat about the upcoming  all things afrobeat in Sydney including The African Film Festival & Musical Showcases.

Sydney Afro-Beat BandThe Liberators on Departure Lounge Radio

Sydney Afro-Beat BandThe Liberators on Departure Lounge Radio

Flight 1510  Playlist

Elchinos’ Pre Switch On Take Off Set

  1. Light Summer Dress/Music of Ma(George Sheridan mx)
  2. Crystalilise/Elizabeth Rose
  3. Manhattan Bound/Briana Cowlishaw/BC218
  4. Blossom Tree/Zara McFarlane/Brownswood

Afrobeats Selection (The Liberators, Interview)

  1. African Rhythms/Oneness of Juju/Black Fire
  2. Buy Africa/Fela Kuti/Makossa
  3. Ade/Xalam/Senegal
  4. Bulletproof/The Liberators/Record Kicks
    ...
  5. Monkeyface/The Liberators/Record Kicks
  6. Give It UP,Turn it Loose/The Daktaris/Desco
  7. Ta Lega/Zeca do Trombone and Roberto Sax
  8. Cascavel/Antonio Adolfo

Friends As DJs Series Phil Toke (The Soul Of Sydney DJ’s)

  1. Opposite People/Fela Kuti
  2. Everything/Fela Kuti
  3. Expesive Shit/Fela Kuti
  4. Nigerian Thing/Disco Re-edit
  5. Boogie Woogie/Fatback Band
  6. The Midas touch/Nightlife
  7. Could Heaven Be Like This/Idris Muhummad
  8. Rising To The Top/Keni Burke
  9. Fantasy/Earth, Wind and Fire
  10. Victory ‘83/Mass Production

Fela Kuti: Music is The Weapon, Film Screening & Tribute Night (Oct 27)

The series will kick off with a night that is a distinctive compliment to the gift of Nigerian Activist, Political maverick & God-Father of Afro-Beat Fela Anikulapo Kuti. We will be screening the definitive documentary “Fela: Music Is the Weapon” as an introduction to Fela’s dogmatic ideas, political movement & immense contribution to African Music,

This will be followed by a special show by Sydney own Afro-Beat power-house collective The Liberators and closing the night will be Soul of Sydney DJ’s with a rare Afro-Beat, Afro-Funk tribute homage to the likes of Fela Kuti (of course), Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Antibalas, TV On The Radio, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Kola Ogunkoya, Sonny Okosun, King Sunny Ade, Ray Lema & Manu Dibango just to name a few.

Tickets are a kick ass $10 at the door for a film, funk gig and an awesome line up of djs.

DEPARTURE LOUNGE RADIO

SATURDAYS 5-5PM

Streaming HERE

El Chino is a well known Sydney DJ and music aficionado who spent some time wandering the globe, crate digging and developing his repertoire for what was to become the smoothest flight on the 2SER roster dropping everything from New-Jazz, Afro Beat, Disco & Hip Hop.

DUB REGGAE AFRO-BEAT FELA: Bob Marly-Exodus (Bill Laswell Dub) + Fela: Music Is The Weapon Screening (African Film Festival Sydney) Feat The Liberators & Soul of Sydney DJ’s


After a hard day’s work, some people rush to the bottle, some the pipe. While others just turn on their speakers.

This is one for those kinds of people, my kind of people. Perfect Monday night vibes.

Bob Marly – Exodus (Bill Laswell Dub)

Also for those into African Music vibes be sure to keen an ear out for the African Film Festival fundraiser “MUSIC IS THE WEAPON’  that will showcase the amazing documentary from 1983 on FELA KUTI by the same name. The night will also feature Sydney’s own AFRO BEAT legends The Liberators play live in a rare personal tribute to some of their inspirations followed by Soul Of Sydney DJ’s & Friends paying our own special tribute with a solid dose of Afro-Beat & Afro-Funk sounds to close off the night.

Close for Updates Here &  Here

Soul of Sydney Podcast #17- The Afro Funk Tribute to Fela

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Tracklisting

1. Fela Kuti – Intro
2. Fela Kuti – Gentleman
3. Fela Kuti – Water got no enemy
4. Hugh MasekelaAfro Beat Blues
5. Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat – Get Up
6. Tony Allen – Hustler
7. Fela Kuti – Everything / (Rev Al Sharpton speech at Michael Jackson’s Funeral)
8. Souljazz Orchestra – Mr President
9. Afroheat #5 – Nigerian Thang
10. James Brown – Rapp Payback (where Iz Moses)
11. Brass Construction – Movin’
12. Jerome Sydnenham & Kerri Chandler – Dj Tools – Love Drum
13. Masters At Work – Expensive
14. Martin Solveig – Mr President

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FELA KUTI: “Music Is The Weapon” Film Screening + Afro Beat/Afro Funk Music Tribute Feat The Liberators + Soul of Sydney DJ’s @ Red Rattler (Oct 27th)


Our 17th Mix is an African inspired musical excursion put together in honour of the musical legacy of FELA!. The Mix covers a massive amount of musical ground from Afro-Beat, Afro-Funk/Disco & even some 4/4 Tribal Club Grooves just to showcase the kinds of African musical flavours around today.

(Sorry no download link but get in touch with us at Facebook if you want a copy)

Fela Kuti : Music Is the Weapon Feat. The Liberators & Soul of Sydney DJ's + Friends Playing Afrobeat, African Inspired Funk Jams

Fela Kuti : Music Is the Weapon Feat. The Liberators & Soul of Sydney DJ's + Friends Playing Afrobeat, African Inspired Funk Jams

For fans of FELA & fans of REAL music we will be on AFRO-FUNK patrol at the  first local African Film & Music showcase on Oct 27th @ Red Rattler

The night will feature a special screening of the 1982 FELA documentary “Music Is The Weapon”  followed by live Sydneys Afro-Beat powerhouse collective The Liberators, & Soul Of Sydney DJ‘s + Friends paying special tribute with a solid dose of Afro-beat & Afro-Funk sounds to close off the night.

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Tracklisting

1. Fela Kuti – Intro
2. Fela Kuti – Gentleman
3. Fela Kuti – Water got no enemy
4. Hugh MasekelaAfro Beat Blues
5. Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat – Get Up
6. Tony Allen – Hustler
7. Fela Kuti – Everything / (Rev Al Sharpton speech at Michael Jackson’s Funeral)
8. Souljazz Orchestra – Mr President
9. Afroheat #5 – Nigerian Thang
10. James Brown – Rapp Payback (where Iz Moses)
11. Brass Construction – Movin’
12. Jerome Sydnenham & Kerri Chandler – Dj Tools – Love Drum
13. Masters At Work – Expensive
14. Martin Solveig – Mr President

download (no download link but get in touch with us at Facebook if you want a copy)