DJ MA-1 gets the Polish Funky!!

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The fellow regular listeners of DJ MA-1’s weekly Rinse FM show will know that this week his show was covered by DJ Able due to absence. Although I was quite upset that I would not be getting my weekly dosage of Karnival Music, knowing that MA-1 was away spreading the sounds of Karnival Music in Krakow, Poland last night hugely compensated.

Have a look at what he was getting up to……

You can catch read an interview with DJ MA1 about his trip to Poland in May Edition of It’s Alot Magazine & June Edition of D101 Magazine

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The Sounds of Deep Teknologi

deep-teknologiOne of the hottest ‘new’ producers on the ‘UK House’ scene at the moment are London based Deep Teknologi. You may have heard a few of their bits being played exclusively recently by a few of the Rinse FM DJs. Yes they’re doing it again……

Speaking of Rinse FM, Deep Teknologi were guests on MA-1’s show last Saturday, which included a sweet introduction to their ‘deep’ sound, as well as guest mix and interview exploring the backgrounds of who Deep Teknologi are, the ‘UK Funky’ scene and production. There are some very key points within that budding members of the scene may wish to take note. All complemented with quality music provided by the one they call DJ MA-1.

Rinse FM – DJ MA-1 feat Deep Teknologi – Saturday 4 April 2009

It’s Alot Magazine Launch Party

Friday evening saw the launch of It’s Alot Magazine. Teaming up with BM Soho to present a UK Funky Producer Showcase with the UK House & Funky scene being the magazine’s main focus.

DJ/Producer MA-1 started off as the shop started fill up, with a good turnout already evident within 15mins…..

Followed by a back 2 back from Sami Sanchez & D-Malice, interrupted midway for a Live Performance from Rebecca Knight performing her latest single Poison produced by D-Malice himself

The vibe within the shop was very pleasant with people also coming down trying to market their own productions, as well as a couple of barefaced brazen bedroom DJs trying to sell mix CDs of their own instead of supporting the cause. Never mind, it shows that they felt It’s Alot Magazine held a good following for them to network within and try to make a name for themselves.

I do have to wonder how many mix CDs they sold however, considering a number of CDs were being given away for free.

Anyway, the night was brought to a pleasant close with a magnificent closing performance from L. A. Cartier performing her single Call Me produced by the highly respected Fuzzy Logik.

Look out for the OFFICIAL video soon to be released…….

DJ Cameo’s Focus is Funky….

CameoThis week Cameo was back giving the airwaves another helping of a Funky Showdown and this time around Cameo’s showcase was on a trendsetting level. Boasting exclusivity as well as major talent within the scene, there was ample amount of satisfaction for an event. Those that managed to catch the show could only have been appreciative of the quality of the show.

With guests Paleface, Kyla, Seany B, Lil’ London, D-Malice, D Read. E, Mystery, Accatta Pesante, MA-1 and Egypt, there were exclusives coming out of the kitchen everywhere! To add to this were live performances of great quality. Egypt the vocalist of Fuzzy Logik’s ‘In The Morning’, being my favourite. The track is causing a major storm at the moment!!

If you missed the show you can listen to it again here or download it here!!

Tracklist

Donaeo – Party Hard (Dub plate)
Most Wanted, Coldsteps & Kaos – Ayia Napa Anthem

Interview – Paleface & Kyla
LIVE PA – Paleface & Kyla – Daydream Live P.A

Paleface ft Alizae Levy & Maxwell D – One Night Stand

Interview – Seani B & Little London
LIVE PA – Seani B & Little London – Mr Seduction

Little London– Mr Seduction
D Malice – Gabryelle

Interview – D Malice

D Malice – Visions
D Malice Ft Rebecca Knight– Poison

Interview – D Read. D & Kai

D Read. D – Extra
D Read. D ft Kai – Confused

DJ Mystery Feat Natalie Kay – Speechless

Interview – DJ Mystery

DJ Mystery Feat Miss Bree – Worth Much More
Attacca Pesante – Sparta

Interview – Attacca Pesante & Shea Soul Live In The Studio
LIVE PA – Attacca Pesante Feat Shea Soul – Make It Funky For Me

MA-1 – Waterfalls

Interview – MA-1

MA-1 feat Sadie Ama – Those Were days

Interview – Egypt
Live PA – Fuzzi Logik ft Egypt – In the Morning

All In A Night’s Work!!

Ready to work off the calories and weight gained while munching over Christmas, this night was one that was required and it fell just at the right time. Although I was still in need of some good rest after attending Napper & CharChar’s Free Boxing Day Party at Bar 54 in Mile End the night before, this was a night I had been looking forward to and was NOT about to miss.

First stop was Uptown Records Xmas Party at Club 142 on Ealing Broadway. With a huge line up in addition to reputation, as well as the bliss of this being a charity event, there were huge hopes of there being a turnout of the scene’s celebrities. The line up alone could’ve catered for this expectation.
I got to the venue at approximately midnight. BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Cameo was on the decks spinning a few bangers. There were a handful of people within the venue, however Uptown’s Da Man wasn’t too impressed with the turnout. Most of the revellers were sitting around instead of making the most of the vibe. Despite this he was pleased that there was a mature crowd and hoped the evening would pick up as the night went on….. I never hung around to find out. Cameo was doing his thing in full effect, but with an empty dancefloor, there wasn’t much of a vibe.

Next stop was I’m A Celebrity at Departure Lounge. The vibe here was totally different. Cold as Ice were doing what they do best, and the dancefloor was bubbling with a pleasant atmosphere. The revellers within this venue were surely having a good time, dancing in unison to the bashment riddims, and many happy to pose for a picture. I unfortunately had a drink spilt down my side shortly after entering the venue. The gentleman who had carried out the felony ushered me to the bar so quickly to buy an apologetic drink, I had barely begun to feel the moisture. My drink also came with a complimentary napkin. He explained that he had drunk a little bit more than he could handle and meant no harm. Bless him. There were definitely good vibes in here. I broke into a Wacky Dip and shook a leg for a hot minute as Cold as Ice made way for Invasion Crew in the DJ box. Encountering Moonlight on his way out the door, he informed me that his next destination was my place to be for the night…. Hustle & Flow!!!

If anybody knows a venue harder to find than Mustard Bar, please let me know. I was more fortunate while looking for Corney & Barrow on my first visit, which is hidden behind every wall possible in the newly built St Pauls complex. To then make matters worse, there were problems getting into the venue…. This is not the drama I wanted to end my night with. However, all that is well ends well. Once finally entering the domain, MA-1 was on the decks with Spidey G hosting alongside, which meant it was MY TIME!!! With House & Funky in the air, it was officially time to get down!!

If you’ve been to an event held by Triple Threat Promotions, you’ll know that the vibe is always nice with everybody dancing and getting along. There’s always a variation of music genres though, so if you’re looking for one type all night long you’ll be disappointed. But if you like to get you’re hustle on, this is one of the places you’ll find your element. I found a few old faces while mingling among the crowd which is always nice, but there was one major drawback…… I would like to send my heart out to anybody with a weak bladder in Mustard Bar. Finding the toilet was like taking part in an adventure task on The Crystal Maze. I was half expecting to find Richard O’Brien standing outside the lavatory door with a crystal for my efforts of venturing so far. Luckily for me, I’m a fan of pelvic floor exercises.

Throughout the night though, Hustle & Flow was the event that was graced with my presence for the longest period and there were many smiles and laughter shared during that time. What can I say, I’m A Celebrity had the vibe, but Hustle & Flow had the friends too. Triple Threat Promotions had delivered once again. As the night came to a close, I wished I had been there longer. I was finally in the mood to really rave!! This night unfortunately wasn’t about letting my hair down, it was about work….. But one thing I do know is this, with all that running around London Town, I had already burned off my calories……

DJ/Producer MA-1 Gives It Up to Queen of Sheba

DJ/Producer MA-1

DJ/Producer MA-1

Following the release of his recent single, I caught up with DJ/Producer MA-1 to find out a little bit about him and his personal journey within the scene. How he got into the music, to becoming involved with the scene, to actually making the music within it.

Being a highly respected DJ/Producer within the movement I also thought it’d be interesting to find out his secrets on production and what he felt would benefit the scene in the long run as well as what it is that he personally favours……

What is your background within the scene? As in, how did you get into House Music?

Well I went to a rave with DJ Feva in November 2005. Then I only knew him as a Garage DJ. Tippa and IC were there playing some tunes mixed in with garage. I didn’t know what they were at the time because I’d never heard it before. Then Feva come on for the closing set and he was playing all these tunes again that just blew my head off. The crowd were just dancing and reacting in the same way that I was used to at old skool garage raves. I had to call him up and ask him what that music he was playing was. Garage wise I was into Tuff Jam and EZ and when I asked him, he was laughing. But he was playing older house stuff like Samurai and Gabryelle which just blew me away but yeah he told me what it was and I got really into it.

So what stage did you start getting into DJing funky house?

I went to a few clubs with Tippa and IC and really got into the music. These times they weren’t even Circle they were Allsbury Allstars. At that time I was buying a few of the early big tunes and I mixed them up and went down to Red Carpet one night and gave the guys over there a CD. He called me the next day to tell me that he wanted to do a giveaway CD to promote Red Carpet and that’s how I got to do one of the first rave CDs with an advert. That was like end of 2005. Before I knew it, I was hearing it everywhere. Nobody knew my face, but everyone knew my name because of this CD. The response just blew me away and all I wanted after that was to get bookings and get on to Deja Vu FM. At the time, it was the station that was really carrying the music. There was Kismet, Supa, Tippa, IC, Pioneer, Angie B and Dogtaniun and when I got there, well that was me. I’m on Rinse FM now though.

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Did you see yourself ever gaining the status that you have i.e. playing across seas etc?

Not really, I got into it just for fun. When I started it was a hobby. I enjoyed mixing. All my friends round my area done it too. Back then it was about Speed Garage which was more the music of the working class rather than a black or white thing. Everyone raved together. But I remember going to college and asking people what Garage was. Then I went out to some raves and thought it was good and just starting buying the tunes. I then started off playing in little raves around the area and the places just got bigger and bigger. I’ve played for many pirate stations, Upfront, Freek FM and Flashback FM, but I did get to one point when I thought to forget it all. I was buying all these records and I questioned myself and what I was doing. Around June 2005 I gave up music. I just wanted to go work and just be normal. So it just happened really. I never planned any of it.

What stage did you feel that as well as playing you wanted to start producing?

Back then when I got into the scene most of the UK tunes were dubs that never had any vocals. The only vocal tune at that had really taken off at that time was NG’s “Tell me”. I just wanted to make a tune that was a good vocal track and that was my goal. I always wanted to do that and eventually in the end, I did it. I made the tune in my bedroom. It wasn’t that easy though. When I first made the tune, I never had anyone to vocal it. I asked the people I knew if they knew any singers and it turned out that Sophia lived at the top of my road and I’d known her since she was little. Anyway, she came to my house, and recorded it. I then had to go to a professional recording studio, pay my money and get it mixed down. Before I knew it all the DJs were playing it, then I got a call from 1xtra saying they wanted to put my tune on the radio playlist and then it just blew up all over the radio really quick. Being a DJ and using my experience from other scenes, I realised that the people who really cross the boundaries are producers. Other than EZ and Heartless, people remember the producers from the Garage scene i.e. Artful Dodger, so knew that was what I wanted to do.

Karnival Music….. Explain what that’s about……

It’s my record label. The name really comes from the fact that at the time most of the sound was of an afrobeat style, so to me, what we were playing was carnival music, so that’s what I named it. It’s not just for my tunes though, if I hear tunes that I like, I can push it for you and we can cut some kind of deal, then I put it out. Basically it’s because say for instance, you get a producer who is up in Birmingham, he could make a banging tune, but it doesn’t really get heard. But if I take it and it goes on my label, then the level of exposure is much more. For instance there are other tracks that have been put on my label where I’ve come to an agreement with people. Now if they gave it directly to one of the bigger named DJs, the chances of him listening to it and playing it are lower than if it’s given to him by me. So yeah, that’s that.

Give It Up ft Sim Simi has recently been released. Tell me a bit about the background of that track…

I made “Give It Up” very soon after I made “I’m Right Here”. Me and Simone hooked up through MySpace. She hollered at me to say that she liked my sound and wanted us to work together and I called her up. We talked about what she wanted to do and then got together basically. But because “I’m Right Here” was so popular, I kind of put it on a back burner. But when I saw that things had really calmed down with “I’m Right Here” and other tracks had pushed it out of the spotlight, I felt that it was time to put it out. Give It Up is out now on junodownload.com, ukfunky.com and dubplate.net. It’s selling really well.

Do you feel that the funky scene is here to stay for an era, or do you feel that is may fizzle out as a phase?

I don’t know if it’s gonna stay forever. I mean I hope it does. But the music scene has changed a lot since I first got involved in 05. From the way we play it to who the top DJs are. When I started it was all about Booker T and Gavin Peters, now you hear more about Supa D, Pioneer and Marcus Nasty. I think its going to continue evolving, so it can’t be going anywhere for now.

What do you think will help the scene to grow bigger than it is right now to really embed itself within the mainstream?

Better quality tunes and a chart success. No question about that. I’m not gonna act all big about the quality of my production and that because I’m still learning myself and I give respect to anyone who has sat down for hours from day to day, to make a beat, whether I personally think its good or not. But they have to do the best they can do. Whether they get it mixed down by somebody else, there’s no shame in someone else mixing down your tracks for you. Get a professional. I did it, there’s no shame in it and if you’re looking to make a banger, you’d be surprised how much a difference mixing it down can make. I think at the moment, people outside of our scene are listening to the majority of our tunes and thinking that we’re all jokers. They hear our music and think to themselves “What’s that?” See it’s difficult, some people are impartial to our sound, others want to criticise it. The majority of the nation hasn’t heard anything we do as yet because commercial radio isn’t really supporting our sound. They all have our tracks, but they’re not really play listed during the day time so most people outside of the urban areas will never have heard it. Take Bongo Jam for instance, it got a lot of publicity due to Big Brother, but Harry Hill totally disrespected it. Then there’s the London club scene at the moment which still exists but they’re all knocking it saying there’s trouble. But there’s trouble in normal clubs as well.

So what do you personally love most about the scene?

It’s new, different and fresh. When I first saw it I knew it was gonna be big. I saw it. I had to be part of it. It’ll grow and it’ll get more popular. Some of the tunes will get commercial and hit charts. Like with Garage, when that first started it was underground, but there were many Garage chart hits. Whether its next year or a few more after that. This isn’t by far the final article.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Not really, but this whole funky thing is all good and its spreading around the country and it’s across seas. Napa really helped the scene grow and it’s really strong up north now, so it’s still growing and it will grow a lot further. The whole Bassline thing is rumoured to be calming down so it’s time for funky to really take over the whole country. That’s the next step.

Remember, Remember, The 3rd of November!!

What an eventful time it is on the scene this 3rd November!! There are releases being unleashed everywhere!!

As we know Monday is a favoured part of the week for funky heads already with ‘More Music Monday’ at UKFunky.com MP3 store. This week the following tracks will be added:

• Roska – Before Elevated Levels EP
• Funky Boy – Funky Boy
• Funky Boy ft Kimona – Change
• Seany B ft Monique Paris – Make Your Move

We’ve been blessed with another extra special treat this Monday as we can also purchase the much talked about “In The Club Vol. 1” DVD that we’ve all been waiting for….. Being the 1st 100% UK Funky DVD, this will provide the biggest insight into the movement within the UK. Showcasing DJ sets, interviews and many more promised features, this DVD is looking to be HOT property!!

UKFunky.Com present In The Club Vol 1

UKFunky.Com present In The Club Vol 1

This DVD is EXCLUSIVE to UKFunky.Com and comes with guaranteed delivery (UK Only)

The man behind the UK Funky classic “I’m Right Here” is also gracing us with another soulful hit this Monday. MA-1 has teamed up with Sim Simi to bring us “Give It Up”. This track has been floating around for a while and was also given an exclusive promo release last week’s ‘More Music Monday’. Now the remixes will also be available too!! Ensure you get yourself a copy of this, if you haven’t already. There’s enough reputation for this one to become another classic.

Meleka has an official release of her debut single Go with full remixes from Crazy Cousinz, Diamond, Sid Mercutio, Booda Bassline and Doug McCourt. The Crazy Cousinz remix has been has been blowing up the clubs and is now available for us all to purchase for our own listening pleasure.

One of the scenes undercover producers Ghostman, has turned his MySpace into an MP3 store having released his full back catalogue within his blogs section. This producer has been track listed on various mainstream radio stations, such as BBC1 Xtra, Radio 1 and Kiss FM as well as worldwide in countries such as US, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Japan. Take a look and see if you find anything you fancy!!

You can find his MySpace here…..

Uptown Records have also added some more anthems to their catalogue this week for Pre-Order. Frontline the club anthem that has been tearing down the club scene since early summer is going to finally be available for purchase on vinyl as will Seasons and Funky Flex from Lil Silva. Also HOT off the repress is Fuzzy Logik’s Banger’s and Mash. This EP SOLD OUT first time around and MP3 release is not currently scheduled. To purchase now may be your final chance??