From a young age when I would sit in front of the living room stereo during late nights after my family has gone to bed, I’d soak up a multitude of soulful styles during my youth; be it funk, jazz fusion, or slow jams, music was an outlet of both escape and enjoyment.
Whatever kind of musical styles beckoned—be it the fresh sounds of new wave, the atmospheric feel of new age, the fresh and exciting rhythms of UK techno, or falling down the rabbit’s hole with discoveries such as Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil and Kate Bush—my listening experiences took me to interesting places on the musical map.
During the 1990’s, my love for ambient and downtempo music took a leftfield turn, when I stumbled upon the sounds of acid jazz and future jazz (better known as nujazz). Combining elements of soul, funk, jazz, and electronic dance sounds, my appetite for fresh music returned anew.
During September 1997, I was among a small group of people chosen to train to become a radio DJ with KCPR, one of the country’s most respected college radio stations, located on the campus of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Fresh from about eight weeks’ worth of training, out came Urban Landscapes, the weekly broadcast showcasing jazzy and soulful club culture from around the world. The show dove into nu-jazz, broken beat, rare funk, soul, house, downtempo, and related variants thereof. Due in part to its online presence, the show earned a respectable following, having aired via two online radio stations, as well as an on-air radio station, overseas
Around 2001-2002, I found myself drawn into DJ culture by purchasing my first set of DJ decks, a cheap American DJ CD system, on eBay. Having quickly outgrown the gear, I sold the goods and ended up scoring a pair of second-hand Technics 1200 turntables, and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve since done radio mixes for a handful of domestic and overseas radio shows, including Greece (on Rodon FM, thanks to DJ Nova), Croatia (on Eddy Ramich’s radio show), and stateside in Brooklyn (for DJ Offbeat’s Soul Funktion). I also performed some live DJ gigs, private and otherwise, in the San Luis Obispo area, and even fronting DJ sets to open for Mayer Hawthorne and Breakestra. I’ve done a number of gigs since, with high aspirations for more in the near future.
I’ve also co-hosted Club 91, a weekly live dance mix show infusing a wide variety of four-the-the-floor styles and beats. It’s still airing on KCPR.
I’ve done some freelance writing contributions, in the form of music reviews for XLR8R (2004-2008), and the Giant Step web site. I’ve contributed a written interview of the trio Break Reform for the online zine Mundo Vibes. Over the years, I’ve also previous interviewed artists such as Atjazz, Coldcut, Jason Swinscoe of the Cinematic Orchestra, Gilb’r from Chateau Flight,Gilles Peterson, Yannah Valvedit, DJ Cosmo, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jessica Lauren, Bugz in the Attic, and Juergen from Jazzanova among others.
Being a tastemaker, I have access to music from quality labels and promoters from around the globe before they’re available to the public, giving numerous feedback to supporters of my endeavor to share great music with the world.
Stay tuned…there’s more to come!