004-BAKER’S FLAVORS avec Marvy da Pimp
Marvy da Pimp est grand, mince et bien bouclé, à la présence longuement attendue et charmante. Il est français et présentement demeure à Chicago, ou il collabore avec des artistes de la scène juke et bass tels que Dj Rashad, Dj Godfather et Traxman . Il propage un air habitué aux voyages et après quelque minutes de présentations se fond au décor de Casa del Sol. Malgré le temps limité et les murs déconcentrants, on réussit à le retenir en lui offrant un espace intime en échange d’une quinzaine de minutes de confession, qui nous ont permis de dévoiler son identité… assez multiple.
003-BAKER’S FLAVORS, an evening with Nadus
Last week the Booty Bakery family decided to reunite for a quick pre-twerk session with one of BB’s guests, DJ and producer Nadus (NJ) extraordinaire. Our sacred Casa Del Sol offered its comfortable sanctuarious balcony as the nest of our interview. Several minutes were enough to get ourselves alaiz and connect with Nadus’ quite pertinent, however yet unknown artistry and personal bubble. I am behind the camera, whereas our guest faces the incredible lighting provided by Maxi Depot and without fear transmits his rainbow-colored energy through the lens and all around the nest. He is only 20 years old, having journeyed since 2008. Our Baker succeeds in acquiring a worldwide recognition, which given the multiplicity of his musical horizons, is not that easy where he comes from. His musical experimentation fusions various musical styles such as hip-hop (his first production) Juke, B’more (Baltimore Club music) and more.
The socially accepted introductions are made and our encounter transforms into a simple, but very enlightening small easy-breezy talk. Nadus is definitely to be checked out immediately as his performance at last week’s Booty Bakery had left some asses still hanging loose…true fact.
002-BAKER’S FLAVORS avec Shash’U
Cette semaine à BAKER’S FLAVORS on rencontre Shash’U, DJ et beatmaker de Montréal. Connu internationalement, Richard, de son vrai nom, est modeste quant à sa reconnaissance dans le milieu de la musique. La journée pluvieuse nous a permis de trouver refuge chez notre cameraman et co-fondateur d’Espace Public LoBono où quelques heures sont passées en une voiture de police au feu rouge. Ceci dit, on ne parlait presque plus de musique, ni de lui, mais de nos vies respectives et peu à peu ceci a créé une intimité très familière et confortable. Bref, un chilling bien ALAIZ où personne n’était prêt. Tout en écoutant ses nouvelles productions inedites, j’ai été éblouie par la variété de production presqu’illimitée Shash’ U-enne! Des beats électro, G-Funk, Hip-Hop, Krump, Soul et Dubstep Leger se mélangeaient à l’odeur de patates douces et miel (recette un peu plus bas). On cuisine, on discute de l’interview approchant et on partage des souvenirs de la soirée Freshmakers un Halloween d’Ilya un an. On parle de ses performances à l’extérieur du pays, notamment en Pologne, de ses aspirations et inspirations, collaborations et aventures multiples. Quant à moi, je m’occupe des tomates séchés sur le poêle et je passe la relève a Shash’U de temps en temps pour rajouter une touche de somptuosité, de cette couleur qui n’existe pas dans l’arc en ciel…
Recette de la chose rouge et verte sur la vidéo:
-Cèleri (absorbe le gout du tout)
-Sel et poivre
-Un parfum d’herbes interdites
-N’importe quel épice, mais exagère quand même
* A même temps tu cuits des patates douces et tu rajoutes des poivrons, asperges, carotte, n’importe… et tu mélanges en purée (exercice de défoulement inoffensif)
-Tu mélanges le tout ensemble, tu brasses et tu brasses…et tu manges bien, heureux et content!
001-BAKER’S FLAVORS an interview with Paul Salva
*N->Hi Salva, I’m really pleased to finally meet you. You know, you’re the first guest of *BAKER’S FLAVOURS*! How was your trip to Montreal?
*S->Yes, it was good, drama at the borders…
*N->Yes that usual, at least I wish you will have a little time to visit. So let me ask you, now that the borders are crossed and we are sharing this moment, how could you explain the mixture of sounds and *flavours*you are adding? Through a little search we found that you used to work in a record store. Did that hybridize your notion of music and style?
*S->I don’t know if it’s very atypical for any musician to be in just one style. You know, all the people I’ve worked with and all the DJ’s I met and all the cities we’ve been to have a wide range of styles and I love that about modern music right now. My personal upbringing was in record stores and DJing in clubs and all that stuff. Back, when I started making music, about 10 years ago, in my various crews it would be my drum and bass friends, my *hip- hop* friends, my techno friends, and now everybody likes everything so I guess for me, everything from funk,* hip- hop*, house, techno, drum and bass, early dubstep, grime, music from wherever I can get my hands on.
*N->Everything kind of comes together, not only in the music industry but literary everywhere… So, back to the point, you are a member of *Friends of Friends*, could you tell me what does the name stand for?
*S->Yes, sure.* Friends of Friends* is a label and collective from Los Angeles. They released my first full length instrumental record last year called *Complex Housing* and includes other artists such as Shlohmo, Ernest Gonzales, Groundislava, Thomas Barfod and the LOL boys, Markus being from Montreal, that will be recording for the label later this year. The label speaks to my eclectic taste. It is not only one sound and that’s why I love it. It’s really representative of all the stuff I like. With the crew, we do music and we try to push good art and good music.
*N->You came on tour to Montreal with Nguzunguzu which are your fellow Bakers tonight. Have you worked together before or it is a pure coincidence you both came along here?
*S->Well, we are touring together right now. We’re doing between 10 and 15 dates. So we toured in the West Coast, South West *South West*, we were there for the festival, and we are doing some East Coast dates and then we are going to head to a music conference this week end. I didn’t know them too well before but I was a fan of their stuff and the powers that be decided that we should get together and do a tour and it’s been very good so far . I love what they do and they are good DJ’s and good people.
*N->Simply developing on what you said about different tours and festivals. Have you been outside North America, in Europe for example? How do you think their scene is evolving musically?
*S->I haven’t been in any big festival so far. This *summer* I will. I did tour with Shlohmo from my crew and I’ve was in *Red Bull Music Academy* last year. Actually, I was in Romania for the *Raw Collective last year with Jimmy Edgar and Oneohtrix and a bunch of amazing artists. I really love Europe and the stereotype is that they are more forward thinking and dance music and electronic music are more widespread and more accepted there. And I think that to a degree it is but North America is definitely catching up and I like coming up to Canada a lot. I played in Vancouver a lot, in Toronto last month and it is my second time here so I think there are a lot of brilliant minds here too but yeah, Europe is amazing. I mean being from North Americas it’s just amazing to be there and soak up the culture. Most cities, they like to dance and party, some other cities are a little stiff, but you know that’s everywhere, it depends where you go. It depends on the party, the night but yeah, Europe is amazing for sure.
*N->It is. And for tonight’s party, have you prepared a set lining with what Nguzunguzu’s style?
*S->Yes. For example when I was touring with Shlomo, you know I don’t stretch too mouchfar out of my sound . For his audience and his sound I did more of my live stuff. A lot of my originals from last year , played keys and played more of the down tempo stuff. With nguzu I wanna cather it more to dance, so it is more of a mix of variousdiff kinds of dance music and I still love guetto hip hop, trap music, just dirty beats too. It is just a mixture of all those stuff and talered to the dancefloor and people to have fun to.
*N->That’s the goal. And last year you released two albums..mm..
*S-> …And EP
*N-> EP’s. One album and EP, yes…and I’ve listened to them many, many times….hahah…and I just wanted to know…uh how can you….in terms of the fact that they came out so…in a so short amount of time and they are quite different …was this uh(choking) intentional? On your part or it was just two things that just ended up out? (fail)
*S->Yeah, I played a lot of shows last year, more than I ever have in my career and I traveled a lot and just got in front of a lot of people… and like I said I came from a wide background and so back in the days for a long time I was a hip-hop DJ, and stuff like that and I always love, you know, dance music too, house music , I grew up in house music and really, just sounds that are waiting to come out of me. Really, you know, I will make tone of music and most of it will never get released cause I’m very critical on it as I think artists should be. But yeah, I recorded *Complex Housing* in 2011 but most of that stuff was recorded in the Spring of 2010 so it usually takes a while for an album or something you do lots of preparation for and as far as marketing and releasing, all that stuff was indicative to the sound I was doing then and the *Yellowbone* EP was ( they are kind of going along the same line if you dig deep)… But I guess the *Yellowbone* song was definitely the most four-four kind of dark, techy song that I released. That’s more of what I worked around last year when it was released. But yeah, I’m just gonna keep on changing it up you know, the stuff that I am working on now is more boogie-based and midtempo stuff , I am really into deep house , that whole movement that is happening so I’m daggling in this stuff too and going back to making rap beats again and I’m just gonna keep going…all over the place you know…
*N->What are your plans with Shlohmo this *summer* and are you playing in any festivals, I heard that you would perhaps travel together.
*S->Yes, the festival’s name escapes me cause it’s tough to remember some of these but in July we are doing some stuff together and I have a lot of amazing festival plays in the US that I’m really excited about . I am doing *Movement in Detroit * which is a Detroit electronic music festival and I wanted to play that since I was young and *Cotchella* and a bunch of other good ones so a lot of touring the rest of the summer… and I run a label too, *Frite Nite* so I’ve been working hard, I’m getting the releases up of that again too. I’ve been doing collaborations, working with people and putting out more of the artists that I work with : B. Bravo and Kalmah, a lot of these guys and that’s again eclectic, its funk stuff. So definitely, ->watch out<- for all the *Frite Nite* stuff and all the *Friends of Friends* stuff that’s coming out is amazing too, so yeah . Really, really exciting, tasteful music coming on that label too. I am just being a cheerleader for all that stuff and supporting it. Yeah, just doing music, doing shows and you know, just try to have fun, live life hahah.
*N->Thanks Salva, we will check this all out. Come across the street towards Blue Dog.
PS: Keep it twerkin!:)