Tuesday, January 27, 2015

february mardi gras

Sorting the photos from February of 2002 reminds me that I may not always be able to write quite so much about every single month worth of photos; there are 246 for Mardi Gras 2002, alone.  As time passed, numerous events took that form, portraying a story of sorts.

There were only two other events that I covered in this month though.  The first was a little party at Oldham, the place that would later morph into KC's most dance-music influential nightclub, Kabal Restaurant & Nightclub.  That's a whole other story on the horizon though.  On this night particular night it was just a newly renovated and opened restaurant space, with local Steve Thorell dishing out House Music from a folding table to a small group of friends in the basement.  The only other event outside of Mardi Gras would be later in the month, when we returned from Mardi Gras just in time for a local DJs birthday celebration back down at Club Evo's.

Mardi Gras was the event photo story for the month though, and we arrived in New Orleans, just in time to meet up with friends at the Endymion Parade, led by Grand Marshall Jason Alexander.  We took a stroll through the Quarter afterwards, to see what we could see.  It was still a few days before Mardi Gras, but the party was starting to form.  Some girls from Playboy, one of which appeared to be Pamela Anderson, were putting on an early show.  Down the street further, some local were doing the same.  Everything was as expected.

Lundi Gras was pretty laid back.  We really didn't go into the Quarter for much, except to drop off some equipment at Checkpoint for the Creaters of Habit gig that night.  Our close friend was playing a gig with his old krewe, and it was to bleed into the early hours of Mardi Gras morning. We didn't get involved with that after the gig, but did peak around the corner into the Marigny for a moment, catching a little percussion improve and meeting random people needing a light.

The next morning we skipped most of the parades.  Instead, we roamed relatively open streets that would later collapse under the weight of the massive night time population.  We avoided even that. during the night on this trip.  We focused on meeting various people and capturing some of the random uniqueness that wandered about and had a blast.

Without doubt, the adventure ended back in the Marigny.  It is our favorite spot on Mardi Gras night, either on the street or at Cafe Brasil.  We even took a little video snapshot of it. There is no better place, except maybe a moment to chill at the Dragon's Den.  .

The albums for February 2002 are available again through our Google+ page. Public and club events will be public; the "parties" will not.  You will need to be in our VIP circle to access those, or know somebody that is.  The private House Party photos are strictly VIP. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

moti blow your mind

photo courtesy of facebook moti
photo: facebook.com/motiofficial
House artist and production artist MOTi remains a bit of a mystery to some, but is is heading a new wave of EDM talent, his first single absolutely tore up the house charts in the first quarter of 2013, as 'Krack,' electro house at the highest level,   Followed up with an official remix for the Emili Sande hit single "Next To Me."

House isn't the only thing MOTi dabbles in either; Hip-Hop charts include his 'Hello' remix for the Stafford Brothers ft. Lil Wayne.  Next on his agenda are collaborations with Alvaro called 'Nanana' (Hysteria Rec.), a huge hit-single with Tiësto called 'Back To The Acid' (Musical Freedom), and a fresh anthem with Quintino appearing on Spinnin' records.

After a hugely successful year which saw collaborations with some of dance music’s hot commodities including Martin Garrix and Dzeko & Torres as well as his first ever headlining tour, MOTi is primed for the big time.

The rising Dutch star teams up with his megastar mentor and Musical Freedom founder TiĆ«sto for the newest single “Blow Your Mind”. As one of 2015’s most highly anticipated collaborations, “Blow Your Mind” is a peak big-room smash with electro synths, dizzying breakdowns, and has already garnered support from the likes of Hardwell, David Guetta, Sander van Doorn, and W&W plus many others.

His last track, “Don’t Go Lose It” initially made the rounds without any producer attached to it and the speculation began…who was behind this track? MOTi, that’s who.

Currently sitting at #3 on the DMC Buzz Chart,  “Don’t Go Lose It” goes beyond the usual dance floor banger and leaves a lasting impression. MOTi pays homage to legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela by building “Don’t Go Lose It” around a groovy Masekela track of the same name and the result is pure magic.

“Blow Your Mind” is available now from Musical Freedom.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

camouflage chfm

photo: househeadspeaks.com
South African born DJ/Producer Kimesh Desai aka Camouflage is an artist dedicated to the House Music cause since 1997. With over 15 years involvement, Camouflage has worked himself from the dance floors of Johannesburg, where he spent many weekends cultivating his love of House Music before acquiring some turntables and a mixer and  moving to London in 2003.  Once in London, after attending various parties, he finally began to land gigs at some of the top nightclubs in London, like Pacha and Ministry of Sound, finally landing a residency in Ibiza in 2007.

Starting up Chicago House Music FM (CHFM) in September 2008, Camouflage opened the first show, and after several weeks of continuous support and success, kicked off a second show after only 2 months.  Live from Scotland, London, Eastborne and Manchester, a whole new world began to unfold for Camouflage and CHFM.

Having very little music knowledge and armed with just that of being a DJ, he landed his first release in 2008 on Flexual Records (South Africa). He began to spend more time on the radio and focus on CHFM after that first release and has since released tracks on Guesthouse, Tango, Flapjack, Phobic, Deepfunk, Funkfield with full support from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Camouflage moved to the Florida next, giving even greater recognition to CHFM, which after only 3 short years in the USA, now hosts over 50 DJs from across the globe and over 100,000 listeners worldwide. CHFM now hosts shows in USA, UK, Europe and South Africa and is gaining a huge following by people looking to share their love of House Music.  CHFM has hosted a few events too, spreading the love at South by Southwest (SXSW), inter Music Conference (WMC) another points around the world.

CHFM Records have been putting out new talent releases as well as growing the scene in respect towards the ethics of House music.  Camouflage recently started a second label, Keep It Real House Music, which aims to grow the talent into positive and powerful producers to help make an impact for themselves and those around them.

Camouflage is all about House music. He has dedicated every second he has to growing and projecting the positive vibe of the music, the self awareness and growth potential it has when you believe in it. Camouflage believes that House Music and Chicago House Music FM (CHFM) is not about a specific lifestyle or trend but rather a way of life to actively shape your lifestyle to be the best you can be at it.  Recently.

CHFM just released a track for free download, Camouflage featuring Mary J, "Be With You." on Soundcloud.  Have a listen...