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Interview: DJ Yoda previews Breakfast of Champions at Band on the Wall

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 20.17.38This Friday night will see the culmination of a week’s residency between DJ Yoda and a lucky team of collaborators working at Band on the Wall. Potential partners were asked to apply for the residency, but places were already cemented for Manc rappers Truthos Mufasa (Ape Cult), Sparkz (Voodoo Black) together with Rex Domino.

Find details on the collaborators and keep an eye on the process over at Brighter Sound. Day One is already up here.

I caught up with Yoda ahead of this weekend’s performance. All pics of participants are by Brighter Sound.

Buy tickets for the event over at BOTW.

Pic: Brighter Sound
Pic: Brighter Sound

 

Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement… 

 

First off, this is an unusual project in the grand scheme of things – have you done anything similar in the past?

I’ve always tried to work on interesting collaborations – from orchestras to beatboxers to brass bands – but this is the first time I’ve actually put together a band from scratch to make original music. It’s a lot more work, but also much more satisfying!

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Who’s behind the project? Why do you think they approached you in particular?

Band On The Wall in Manchester put on an “artistic residency” once a year (here’s a little info on last year’s with Snarky Puppy)- they approached me and asked if I’d be interested in putting together a band. I can’t say why! It’s an interesting idea to have a DJ be the driving force behind something that sounds musically bigger than just playing records.

Were you integral in deciding on your collaborators or are their talents going to be a surprise?

I was absolutely integral. They put a call-out to emerging musicians, and we had tonnes of interest. So I then had this “X-Factor”-style day up in Manchester where I whittled the selection down to the kind of group I would like to work with.

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How are you preparing? What form will the final performance take or is that a complete unknown at this point?

I’ve produced an EP’s worth of music that we will translate to a live band performance, and then we plan on creating about the same amount again of totally original music during a week’s jamming, rehearsing and drinking tea.

What are the overall objectives of the project?

To do something different and new! That’s pretty much the goal with everything I try.

Have you had a chance to meet Sparkz, Truthos and Rex yet? How will your relationship with them play out over the five days?

Yep I put these guys together from the start, and we’ve been working on music all this time – I’m really excited about getting to share the results of these sessions!

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Sparkz, backed up by Dubbul O, David Insua-Cao and yours truly a couple of years back at In The Loop.

Why should we come and check out the gig?

Because there’s a lot of people working together to make something really unique – Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement!

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Matthew Halsall, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands live in June, Band on the Wall

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Fresh from a guest appearance on Mr Scruff’s new long player Friendly Bacteria, Matthew Halsall is prepping the release of new album When The World Was One on 16th June. Released on his own Gondwana Records label and with ongoing and dedicated support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Matthew continues to mature into one of the country’s finest and most well respected jazz musicians.

This date will see him accompanied by the Gondwana Orchestra, consisting of Matt on trumpet, Jordan Smart on saxophones, Lisa Mallett on flute, Rachel Gladwin on harp, Taz Modi on keys, Gavin Barras on double bass and Luke Flowers on drums.

The night before will see the mighty Go Go Penguin take to the stage, with the newest Gondwana signing Mammal Hands in support.

Buy tickets for both events at the Band on the Wall at their website on the below links.

Have a listen to Matt’s ongoing DJ mix selections on his Soundcloud!

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GoGo Penguin and Mammal Hands

Read reviews of When The World Was One at The Guardian, All About Jazz, Marlbank and The Times.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events and news at.gondwanarecords.com.

Further ahead, you can catch Gondwana brethren Nat Birchall at BOTW in July as part of Manchester Jazz Festival.

Listen to and purchase Gondwana music at the Bandcamp.

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Theo Parrish with live band (Amp Fiddler, Mensah, DePorres, Manzanza) at the Ritz

‘I don’t believe in musical genres. There’s no difference between techno, house, jazz, soul… music. The most common denominator… is tempo.’ – Theo Parrish, RBMA Mosco, April 2013

Grab tickets here!

Press release:

In association with Soundcrash and Red Bull Music Academy, we are thrilled to present an extra special live show from Detroit-based musician, producer and selector, Theo Parrish at The Ritz!

The word legend is overused. Theo Parrish is a legend in the full meaning of the word. Over the past two decades he has come to be regarded as a true great in electronic and soul music. A graduate of the Detroit underground, Theo is famed for his own seamlessly genre-hopping productions as well as for his impeccable and inscrutable skills as a music selector, with sets swerving dangerously between house, funk, disco and techno and more.
Theo, whose organic-sounding machine-based dance music incorporates live instruments, human voices and looped recordings, returns to the live arena with full band for the first time in 10 years. The line-up features soul/funk singer songwriter Amp Fiddler (keys), Akwasi Mensah (bass), Duminie DePorres (electric guitar) and Myele Manzanza (drums) alongside Parrish on beats and keys.

They will be revisiting Sound Signature classics old and new.
His show at the Barbican sold out in only 6 days so be quick!

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Event: Myron & E (Stones Throw) @ Band on the Wall

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Blurb:

The vocal duo is something of a rarity. There have been countless solo stars, trios, quartets and quintets, but the pairing of equally talented singers isn’t nearly as common. Sam and Dave, Ashford and Simpson, the Righteous Brothers and the Everly Brothers comprise a short list of standouts. Enter Myron & E.
Retro-soul vocal duo Myron & E are Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke. South Central Los Angeles native Glasper has been active since the early ’90s, when he danced in episodes of In Living Color and worked as a background vocalist during sessions for MC Lyte and CeCe Peniston. Cooke, from Newark, New Jersey, came up as a DJ and producer. The two crossed paths while touring with Blackalicious but didn’t form their duo until Cooke asked Glasper to help him write and sing over instrumentals recorded by Finnish retro-soul band the Soul Investigators. As Myron & E, they debuted on the Soul Investigators’ Timmion label in 2008 with single “Old Game”. After a number of 7”s, Myron & E, still backed by the Soul Investigators, released an album, Broadway, last year on Stones Throw.
Since then, Myron & E have been focused on building their live performance, which includes sold-out shows and a stellar showing at SXSW.
This duo are not to be missed and are probably the closest you will get to “classic soul” these days.

Event: Hip Hop Continues @ Band on the Wall

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Local hip hop business from some up and coming promoters and artists in Manchester.

Blurb:

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After the success of the previous night, the good folks at The Manchester College Openshaw Campus return with another head knocking, live night on spinning, world class rhymes, rhythm all in the name of hip hop history.

Already confirmed for the night are:

The Kaptivators
Bigg Skoob
The Truth
Lucy Mae & The Tom Cats
Marni Ti
Wherezneekz
Mothership Connection
Mike Silva
Katy Louise
The 4 Elements
More TBA soon…

Tickets are £6/£3 advance

 

Manchester: Mr Scruff album launch with Denis Jones live + MC Kwasi // 3 May 2014

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Opening at the earlier time of 9pm to accommodate a set from Denis Jones at 10, then a 5-hour Scruff set.

This one’ll be sold out early so grab your tickets… Online tickets are £12 +bf from http://www.bandonthewall.org/ &http://www.seetickets.com/

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The album ‘Friendly Bacteria’ is released 19 May 2014 on Ninja Tune:

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WIN! Tickets to Manchester Tru Thoughts showcase with Werkha & Harleighblu + Matthew Halsall

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Easter Thursday sees Manchester crew Mind on Fire join forces with the mighty Tru Thoughts record label to present a heavy night at the most consistently solid venue in Manchester, Band on the Wall.

WERKHA - with live guests (Tru Thoughts)
HARLEIGHBLU - live (Tru Thoughts)
MATTHEW HALSALL – DJ set (Gondwana Records)
DJs from MIND ON FIRE & TRU THOUGHTS

Grab Werkha’s Beacons EP here and Harleighblu’s debut album ‘Forget Me Not’ here. Matt Halsall’s Gondwana Records have just dropped the amazing new GoGo Penguin album here.

TO WIN TICKETS – share this post on Facebook or Twitter, or email me (j @ groovement.co.uk) with the subject line MIND ON TRU THOUGHTS with your full name. Winners announced WED 16 APRIL 2014. 

 

Sat 22 March: THE EXCITEMENTS + Agent J (Groovement)

 

 

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Well chuffed to be playing with Barcelona funk outfit The Excitements this coming weekend. I’ll be expanding this post with a brief Q&A with singer Koko-Jean Davis during the week, plus I’ll be interviewing them on the night.

This is a quick image I knocked up, not an official poster!

This is their flex: