Trinidad in the house! One of the albums of 2016 out via DJ Sneak’s Magnetic Recordings.
MAJOR NEW ALBUM ON SNEAK’S IMPRINT
Great jazz musicians like Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper and Airto alongside house pioneers like Todd Terry, DJ Sneak, Mark Farina and Derrick Carter. Other forms of art, record digging and photography inspire me as well. It’s not unusual for me to take in a trip to a museum to get other artistic perspectives. And I can’t let go of vinyl.
Tell us about the new album…
The main inspiration is that old school and new school factions can learn from one another to take our music to higher levels. One school of thought will never reign supreme in artistry, but the commitment to great music is a reasonable expectation – hence the TruSkool reference. As a result, you will find jackin’, tech house, acid and samba beats on the album that have a raw nature to them.
Why should we be listening to your music in the future?
My music really comes from a place that is honest and not based on some formula that a group of people have constructed and call ‘gospel’. It’s house music that respects the foundation and introduces new things.
Cici stars at Cosmic Pineapple at Pikes September 1st-22nd www.cosmicpineapple.co.uk
DANCE.CONNECT.CREATE. TRANSFORMATION AWAITS.
You make music, write, DJ and design for your own Chida Kashah crystal and fossils company – where does this incredible creativity come from?
I feel it comes directly from my spirit and the relationship I have with the world around me. I believe this is where the ability to express certain things comes from and my brain is not even aware of where they originate from.
Earliest musical memory?
My dad used to sit me in front of the speakers and play Thin Lizzy at full blast until I stopped crying.
How would you describe your DJing style?
Instinctive and multifaceted with deeper influence deriving from early Chicago and Detroit sounds as opposed to what is in the Beatport Top 10.
Tell us about Cosmic Pineapple?
I will be taking over the Fez Room and transforming it into a mystical cave where the music will not just be solely aimed at the typical 4/4 dancefloor orientation that is common at parties on the island, but by consciously building my sets with the aim to connect with people on a higher level.
Was coming to Ibiza a life-changing moment?
Absolutely – it opened my mind to a new mentality and was unquestionably one of the defining points of my own self discovery.
Three things you would like to change about Ibiza?
1. Over capitalisation and commercialisation by major global brands setting up on the island.
2. People who litter the beaches and leave trails of destruction behind them.
Muzi’s debut album ‘Boom Shaka’ is out now on !K7/WE.THE.BUNDU
DEEP IN SOUTH AFRICA
How much of an influence did the violence going on around you have on your music?
A major part. My mom had a tough curfew on us because she was scared some shit might happen to us, so staying indoors helped me find more time to make music and hone my skills.
How has moving to Berlin affected your music?
Berlin is dope although the city hasn’t really changed my music. I’m still growing as an artist but that’s not because of my surroundings, more me being increasingly comfortable with who I am and having a clearer understanding of what my goals and missions are.
What is the ethos behind your fashion label FRESHER.THAN. YOUR.IDOL.
I never got the idea of people wearing clothes with artists’ names on it - it’s a rebellion against all forms of idol worship and self belief.
LA NOUVELLE SUPERSTAR FRANÇAIS
Growing up you loved rock music – what tempted you down the electronic music avenue?
I have always been a huge music consumer, but when I was 16 I started to browse a lot on YouTube. I really liked the way electronic music melded beautiful melodies with strong kicks. The beauty of electronic music is that it is really universal but also inclusive – that’s why I said goodbye to rock.
‘This Girl’ has taken the world by storm. Did you expect all this?
Never! For me, the soulful vocal and catchy guitar had something really special. But when I decided to restructure the original track by adding the trumpets and a strong kick, I was like ‘oh okay - now I really love it!’
But all this success for a 19 year old?
It’s what dreams are made of isn’t it?
What advice did David Guetta give you when on tour together?
Keep my feet on the ground. Always be open to other styles of music because inspiration is everywhere.
THE DUO BEHIND THE ANTHEM OF SUMMER TWO SIXTEEN
The original of ‘Joy&Pain’ by Maze and Frankie Beverley is a Balearic classic. What was the original idea for your remake?
There’s a beautiful moment right at the end of the tune where there’s nothing but the band singing ‘Joy&Pain’ acapella with the crowd singing it back and clapping along. It has an amazing energy. Full of soul, hope, positivity and unity – something that we thought would be an incredible uplifting moment to bring to a new audience today. And with the incredible soulful voice of Josh Barry.
Your live shows are a major part of the Apexape experience.
The performance and DJing side for us is paramount – keeping the energy of the crowd high and keeping the party moving. It’s always a privilege to be able to perform for people and that should always be accompanied with doing the best shows possible when on stage.
Shy FX and DJ EZ for creative mixing. Looking at tech it’s Steve Lawler and Joseph Capriatti – they throw it down!
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