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J J Cale dead at 74: Tributes paid to singer songwriter after his death from a heart attack

27 Jul 2013 14:48

The singer songwriter was a Grammy Award winner and collaborated with Eric Clapton

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FUNK, DISCO, RAP EDIT: T Ski Valley – Catch The Beat – (DJ OzYBoY 2013 Edit)

Really feeling this ‘DISCO RAP’ cut from T Ski, an absolute classic with a bit of help with a remix by by Sydney based remixer DJ OZYBOY who has been doing his thing reworking classic cuts like this since the late 80’s.

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P.R – Sydney Jazzed up Hip Hop Beat-making DON| Interview

PR1-600x420 Yesterday Soul Of Sydney had a chance to interview Australian Hip Hop producer, P.R (Pedram Rouz). We got to chat with him about some of his new and upcoming projects, his inspirations and advice for any aspiring producers/musicians trying to get their name out there.


Words by ‘ATribeCalledCass’  | November 12 2012.

First of all can you tell us about how you got you into production ?

I started off fooling around with mixing and editing. In high school, I had a friend who rapped, so I downloaded a program that another friend showed me called “Cool Edit 2000”. We would download beats off the internet, then muck around and use them for tracks. At the time, all we had was a $5 computer mic and the program. I would record him rap, then edit, mix, add effects, etc, with cool edit 2000. It was so cool for us at the time. No one in high school was doing it. This was happening until about 2005, then I stumbled across a program called “Fruity Loops”, which is now called “FL Studio”. I self-taught myself to use it and messed around with it for a year or so, until about late 2006 – 2007, when I did my first proper track, which was with Israel Cruz called “My Lady”. The rest is history …

What other producers or artists do you see as inspirations?

Wow so many, I would say in terms of my music, that producers inspire me more than say rappers and singers, even though a lot of rappers and singers obviously inspire me overall. In terms of producers, I would say DJ Premier, Nujabes, 9th Wonder, Kanye West, J Dilla, Just Blaze, Hi-Tek, Statik Selektah and Alchemist are my main inspirations that have produced tracks over the years that have inspired me to produce beats myself. Until lately, I’ve always looked to Hip-Hop producers for inspiration, but as I’ve been growing musically as a producer, I’ve come to respect and draw inspiration from producers as well as composers from many other genres’ like Jazz, Classical, Electronica, and more.

Do you have a favourite musical project that you’ve worked on?

I would have to say “Introspection” has been my favourite personal solo project that I’ve worked with, even though my debut mixtape “Pre-Heated” had so many more tracks, and amazing features, and was hosted by Statik Selektah himself, it just felt so new working on “Introspection” because it was a style of music I had just started to create, which was the fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lounge and Atmospheric music. Other than that, in terms of working on projects for others, I would have to say DJ Victor Lopez’s upcoming album would have to be another favourite, because I have tracks on it with Evidence (Dilated Peoples), Bone Thugs N Harmony & Onyx, just to name a few, so that’s also very exciting and has some of my top Hip-Hop production on it.

Your music is very sample-based. How and where do you search for samples? Can you tell us about that process?

I started off downloading songs and sampling them, but I felt like so many producers were doing that and it didn’t feel so exclusive for me, so I got myself a record player, and now I collect a lot of records, dig in the crates, and sample off them mainly.

Can you give readers an insight of your personal records/music collection?

I would have to say my music collection is very diverse. I have everything from classic music to jazz music to Korean music, and many others. I discover something new everyday! And I definitely recommend people being more open minded with music, because there are so many amazing songs and genres out there.

Do you own any rare stuff you’re proud of?

Hmmm, a couple of rare records, books, even games, but nothing too crazy.

Besides a variety of samples, you also use a lot of musical influences. Are there any styles/genres you still want to experiment with?

I would love to start experimenting with classical and orchestral music. The type you hear in movie scores. Movies are definitely another path I want to take with my music. Jazz is also something I would love to experimental more with, I know I sample a lot of Jazz, but in terms of proper Jazz composition, that’s something I’d love to start learning and building towards. I’m down for anything really. Music has no limits these days.

Do you have advice for young people who want to become music producers?

Start with passion and love. Don’t go into production with the mind state of wanting to make money and becoming famous just like that. Production is a step by step process. Stay constant and productive, and from that you will see progression, and of course, get your stuff out there, example, through networking, collaborating, and anything you need to do for people to hear what you got to offer.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

2012 has honestly been my most productive year. I have progressed the most this year and have worked on the most projects this year, so expect to see a lot of (Produced By P.R) tracks coming your way.

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SYDNEY SOUL, ELECTRONICA: Best Thing – Jazzlord Featuring Linda Janssen

Just caught this blissed out down-tempo soulful cut from Sydney based producer Jazzlord Feat. Linda Janssen
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SYDNEY SOUL & FUNK: Dojo Cuts feat. Roxie Ray – Take From Me (NEW RELEASE)

Sydney soul/funk outfit DOJO CUTS return with a super soulful second album entitled “Take From Me”, once again featuring the sizzling, smoky vocals of Miss Roxie Ray. This much anticipated follow-up to their debut full-length sees the band taking it back to the roots of soul, but at the same time giving a nod to contemporary funk. With the liner notes written by Russ Dewbury (A Night At The Jazz Rooms) and the support of the entire Daptone Records family aka Gabriel Roth, Neal Sugarman and Homer Steinwess, this Aussie outfit prepares for what is without a doubt a significant step forward in the band’s musical journey.

This is the album where all of Dojo Cuts’ experience and hard work reaches its deeply soulful zenith, with mellow moments – such as in “I’d Rather Go Blind”, “I Can Give” and title track “Take From Me”, as well as gritty straight-up funk pieces like “Mamacita”, “Sonny’s Strut” or the Marva Whitney & James Brown classic “What Do I Have To Do”. Add to that some slices of feel-good crossover soul such as in “My Lovin’ Is All About You” and first single “Easy To Come Home”, and the result is a guaranteed instant classic! The secret is out indeed, Dojo Cuts are ready to rock your world!


Shaken <> Stirred @ the Whitehorse (Zac & Caratgold)

A new night is being hosted at the Whitehorse in Surry Hills

Downtempo, Chill sexy beats brought to you each week by myself (DJ Zac – Seattle, Sydney) and stellar guest DJ’s that play something a little different from their collections. This night is for the music lovers and a great way to hang out and still make it to work the next day (or not).

This night came from my desire to provide a weekly platform in Sydney, like I did in Seattle that offers Downtempo, Rare Grooves and Beats that you just can’t hear at the clubs on the weekend.

I would like to thank the Soul Of Sydney people for putting on the Block parties and other events. The love for music and the great friendly vibe carries on every Thursday night at the Whitehorse.

Most of you have been there or know of the space, it’s gorgeous with tons of room, great mix of people, food and a place you can chill and hear some great beats. Hope to see you all for Nick ‘Caratgold’ Gilmore (Soul of Sydney) and myself.

Check out the Facebook invite and come along.

This Thursday,
12 April 8-12

DJ Zac

NYC DISCO, HOUSE EVENT: JOHN MORALES, Phil Toke, Gian Arpino, Alex Dimitriadis + Soul of Sydney DJ’s

Soul Of Sydney and Our House Sydney are blessed to present one of the legends (not used lightly) of New York Disco and an early pioneer of dance music production, remixing and DJ‘ing – John Morales.

John has been involved in the creation of hit DISCO records for the better part of 30 years with over 500 songs on his own, and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). Known in the industry as an innovator and chance taker, John has always welcomed the challenge of working with new artists and can lay claim to being one of the originators of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Having worked, remixed or edited everyone from Marvin Gaye, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Fantastic Aleems, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin, Evelyn Thomas, Fantastic Aleems, Brass Construction, War, Candi Staton, Loletta Holloway, First Choice, Salsoul Orchestra & Double Exposure just to name a few, expect John to give a FUNK & DISCO lesson covering 30+ years of the sound that shaped music as we know it today.

Local supports include Gian Arpino, Phil Toke, Alex Dimitriades, Phil Hudson & Soul of Sydney DJ’s

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In 1975 while working as a DJ in local Bronx club, John Morales realised that he wanted to lengthen the duration of some of his records. Back then the duration of most records was 3 to 4 minutes, so by using his TEAC 71/2 and a box of razor blades, John started splicing tape for endless hours and became one the first DJ’s to create the ‘extended mix’ (or ‘remix’ in it’s original form). In doing so, he realised that he could achieve a similar outcome by cutting, slicing and taping parts from different recordings. This formed the basis for his acclaimed (deadly) medleys. John says “I can still see the 100’s of edits zoom by every-time I play the tape”. John Morales started to release some of his reel to reel edits, medleys and remixes to Acetate via the Sunshine Sound (a NYC studio where DJ’s could bring their reel to reel tapes and have acetate copies cut one at a time), so that he could play these tracks at clubs. Greg Carmichael gave him his first mixing job after hearing some of his Sunshine Acetate mixes and these first two official mixes made him famous: ‘Dance and Shake Your Tambourine‘ by ‘The Universal Robot Band‘ and the classic ‘I’m Caught Up” by Inner Life. However some of his early mixes and edits, even those officially released, were and remain uncredited and so might not appear in his discography! John has worked for numerous acts and has been involved in the creation of over 500 songs – both on his own and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). John Morales can lay claim to being one of the most important figures in the creation of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair (John Morales Edit)

Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin Live Rare Long M+M Long Beach 1981

Inner Life -Aint No Mountain – Breakdown Mix