Tuesday 31 August 2010

Big Ups

Massive big ups 2 the Souleance crew, dj Soulist & Alain and all @ Nouveau Casino in Paris 4 a wicked party friday nite !!!! Special shout 2 da 3 beauties who came onstage @ da end 4 a quick dance :-) This club is one of the best in da Paris area noooo doooooooubt, super friendly staff & all, yeeeeees !!! I like it when there's no bullshh...
Anotha mash up nite in Basel for the Musik Stadt Festival, big up Marco & wifey, Franco, Tom & Katia and da rest of the Living Room Fm crew, top peeps as always... The venue was in an outdoor courtyard of the Modern Museum Of Art, quite amazing and certainly full of people, was hard 2 move them @ first but we all got there @ da end, 4 hours of music of all colors :-) Best breakfast ever @ that amaaaaaazin hotel too... Final big ups 2 every1 i missed @ Carnival !!!! One of them ones... Back 2 South of France again, Toulouse 2moro...

Friday 27 August 2010

Stadt Musik Festival 2010

Swiss booties ae you reaaaaaa-aaaaady ??? ;-)

Thursday 26 August 2010

What The Funk @ Nouveau Casino (Paris)

Friday nite special in Paris !!! Gonna b propa party tiiiiiiiiime !!!! Funk / Disco / Boogie / Afro / Latin / Dancehall / Hip Hop & more ... Doors open @ Midnite ...

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Tokyoooooooooo !!!!!

Everytime i go to Japan it really gets better . One of my favourite place in the world no doubt, as its so different !!!!! Amazin few days spent in Tokyo, saw my brother Lefto (who was stayin 3 weeks wid his girl Fatoosan) and saw a few of my friends there, the gig @ AIR with Jazztronik was roooooockin , one of the best sound-system in the country and fantastic vibe, even Osunlade came down as he was in Tokyo (bless bro !!!) , we ended up playin until 6am wid Ryota as Satcho from Soil & Pimp was blessing the mic, really a top nite 4 sho'... After a very few hours sleep (so many places 2 go and things to do in such a short time), went to do a little radio ting on J-Wave, bought a few items that you can only find in Japan and witnessed da last day of the huge HMV store in Tokyo... Things are changin' !!!
Had time to check out Osunlade playin @ Eleven (the ancient Yellow Club) on saturday and dropped by Warehouse 721 where my man Jimpster was spinnin', dfntly a deep house w/end hahaha, supa good vibes tho, finished @ a little Jazzy Sport party in Shibuya where Dj Jin, Masaya & crew were spinnin' ... Massive thanx & big ups to Yoshi @ Base, Ryota aka Jazztronik, Yuya & crew @ AIR, Taka & Shoji, Mari Sinju, Nami, Mari & Andy @ J-Wave, Toshio Matsura, Atsushi, Jun @ BBQ, Jimpster, Osun, Aroop, Kimi & Absolute Crew, every1 that 1 4got & all da dancers !! 私は日本を愛する

Thursday 19 August 2010

August Chart

Tokyo Skyscrapers August Chart

1. Christo The Trust Is Gone (Christo's Re-Rub + Deep Order Mix) Atjazz Rec.

2. Phil Asher Esoteria EP Vol 2 restless soul

3. Kidkut I Love 04 Applepips

4. Andreas Saag Nobody Here CDR

5. V/A Elements Part 2 Urban Graffiti

6. Greymatter & Klic Thinking About U-11 CDR

7. Simon/off Various CDR

8. Gold Panda Snow & Taxis (Throwing Snow Remix) CDR

9. Midland Play The Game Phonica

10. Foreign Beggars Beggattron Remixed EP 2 Dented

11. T. Williams Chop & Screw Deep Teknologi

12. Setspeed Droptools Bass

13. Dark Axe Blood Vein CDR

14. DVA 32DA4 DVA

15. Dels Shapeshift (orig & instr) Big Dada

16. Funkineven Heart Pound Eglo

17. Greenmony Strictly Original CDR

18. Superfriends Various Superfriends Edits CDR

19. Milton Jackson Beautiful Liars EP Dark Energy

20. Alex Abstract Various CDR

21. Mahon Closer (Kaytronix Insanely Klose Dub) R2

22. Aslope A Helping Hand EP HI

23. Illum Sphere One For Dimlite CDR

24. Trilogy Various NU CDR

25. Willian Kouam Joko Yes, Now CDR

26. Steve Lynx Various CDR

27. Izzi Dunn Nothing But Love (Bugz Remixes) CDR

28. LD & Cluekid Jay's Reese Ringo

29. Agape I&I Simbad Remix & Dub CDR

30. Mala & Simbad Various NU CDR

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Interview + Mixtape For Get Some UK

Guess its anotha big fun nite dis saturday in Londinum ! !!!!


Who are you and what do you do?
I make music & dj, have used many aliases when released in the past but im trying to stick just to Simbad deze days…

Where are you currently based?
Mainly in London but spending 1/3 of every year in da US

When did you first get involved with music and what were you doing?
As a teenager I picked up the saxophone and started playin in bands and got heavily into jazz & funk then moved to Paris in the mid-90′s where i was putting on Jungle & DNB nites with a crew, finally moved to London when i was 19 to pursue my dreams… Had to do many shitty jobs while playing with musicians on the side but got to do loads of session work in studios, mainly house & garage. Then met another french fella called Fred McQuinn and we started our own studio and label (we were releasing under Marathon Men) , thats when i really got into the whole production & record collecting (was workin in some record shops in Soho @ that time too)…

How has the music industry changed since you first got involved? In your opinion, has the online revolution has a positive effect on what you do and the music industry?
Well back in da days we would press a 12” and live of it for months easily (as music was selling well in general) and everything was much more ‘physical’ or hand on hand, whether in da studio regarding the gear (hardware equipement like compressors, mixing desk, reverb units etc…) , record releases or carryin crates of vinyl to your gigs you know ? The whole digital revolution had some positive effects regarding freedom of expression & exposure via non-physical mediums but the whole game has changed tremendously, not only money-wise but also substantially…

Like nowadays i feel the information behind a tune or an album has been lost, no more credits attached to it too much and the sound resolution in quality has somehow diminished and we’re getting used to it !! It seems that there’s a lack of knowledge in certain areas and that kinda bothers me coz its as if technology has made our brains regress instead of progressing, we almost leave the computer to do all the thinking and thats fucked up in my humble opinion… I mean its amazing what we can do now with computers just digitally in creativity and all that, but its important to know also what we’re worth just as simple human beings and how we relate to our context in different ways… Hahaha not that i wanna sound patronizing but you know what im sayin ???

Do you find there to be a prejudice against DJ’s who use MP3′s and is software like Ableton Live bridging the gap?
Mmmh not really, i mean again its a question of taste and creativity really… You can have the best tunes and not connect with an audience, wether its coz you’re playin’ low resolution mp3′s via your laptop (so the frequency spectrum of the music is totally diminished therefore we can’t feel it through the sound-system) or coz you just dont pay attention to the vibe and just look at your screen all nite LOL but naaaaaaah you can really exploit that digital side of playing in a positive way… Its about energy and emotions & fun @ the end of the day right? (and BASS hahaha)

Personally I still prefer vinyls and cds for the physical touch and the randomness of human error opposed to a robotic flawless pattern of a software… But thats me yo !!! Loads of my fellow dj friends do really great things with Serato and Ableton and i do admire them, somehow its all about being original and being yourself… The way you do it isnt too much of an issue no more… Just spread da love yooooo :-)

What can we expect form Simbad in 2010?
Few singles about to come out on a few labels (Defected, 2nd Drop and a few others TBC) and still loads of remixes (Simbad Remixes VOL 2 due any minute on Key Rec.), gotta mix down some collabs projects too (with Cooly G, Deetron, Von D, Fred P, Karizma , Son Of Kick etc…) and more travelling i guess… The Donn T album that i produced in Philly in 2008 has just come out (she’s Questlove sister) and im still rapping up this booogie / funk project featuring some dope singers in the states for a respected label from LA… Also finishing a compilation for Brownswood Rec. with exclusive material from various peeps, quite exciting actually !

If your career in music was to end tomorrow, what would you do instead?
Good question haha ! I pretty much live day by day and find it a blessing to survive doing what i love so i dont think about it too much… Maybe i would retire to the Himalayas and become a buddhist monk LOL

Who should we be watching in 2010?
What you eat LOL !!! Musically ?? A singer from South Africa called Brian Temba, a french producer named Klimaax, the next Stereotyp album all gone juke style, some Mark Pritchard newness that is out of this world, guys like ID & Baobinga, Airhead, Midland, Trilogy or DNB cat Steve Lynx makin sick beats … The next Disiz & Grems album (the 2 best french rappers) … Labels like Night Slugs, Deep Teknologi, Record Breakin’, Numbers plus all your favourite producers and bands haha :-)

And finally, please complete the following sentence…
GET SOME… love (let’s)


1: Earl Flint – People Hold On (CBS)
2: Mike Dunn – Prey (CDR)
3: Kink – E79 (Ovum)
4: Izzi Dunn – Nothing But Love (Bugz In The Attic Dub) (CDR)
5: Doc Daneeka – Hold On (Ramp)
6: Simbad – Pilgrimage (CDR)
7: Dubbel Dutch – Throwback (Palms Out)
8: Ave Blast – Glow In The Dark (CDR)
9: Mj Cole – Thekla Riddim (Prolific)
10: Africa Hitech – Do You Really Wanna Fight (CDR)
11: Midland – Play The Game (CDR)
12: LD Vs Cluekid – Jay’s Reese (Ringo)
13: Plan B – Prayin (Breakage Remix) (CDR)
14: Aquadrop – Hyper (Eight FX) (Edit) (CDR)
15: Unknown – Chatte Pa La (Edit) (White)

Monday 9 August 2010

Catania (Sicily)

Just got back from Catania, sweet little town on the magnificent volcanic island that is Sicily. Even tho i've been before (i recommend it, beaches with black sand & warm sea !!!!) i was really happy to play again @ Mercati Generali, a beautiful outdoor venue & restaurant open from February thoughout October, very decent sound and open crowd, not to mention the sicilian ladies alwayz up for a dance ... :-) Had 600 peeps rockin' under the moon and really felt a nice vibe there, mainly stayed on the deep house tip but couldnt resist droppin a bit of UK bass tings in da mix, some disco & some bruk ... u know how we do !!! Thanx to the girls that were throwing flowers during my set, gracie to Andrea, Arturo i Marco & special gracie mile to Diego the papa !

Wednesday 4 August 2010