My OG..Mentor..Master Teacher..Friend. It’s been difficult for me to grasp and put my thoughts together..still in disbelief.. All I can think of are his teachings, iconic back stories (Paradise Garage and his appearance on the original Chicago broadcast taping of Soul Train stand out in particular), epic moments and more than plenty laughs. He took music seriously..it was not a game. Classically trained and followed that strict old school regimen to a science. I recall one time we where in rehearsal and Uncle Bird stepped out for a minute (my brother @derekmckeith who graciously introduced us was witness to this particular event). I’ve never been shy on picking up drumsticks, we were waiting on the drummer who was running behind or had to reschedule (shout out Clinton) so I start jamming with the band. We get a groove for about a good 20 minutes. In my mind, I was Buddy Miles in that moment. Everyone seem to show approval of my playing. Bird walks back into the studio and im playing my best stuff man..I mean some stomp down grooves. Bird looked at me and said “Ski, can you turn on the drum machine?”. My ego was crushed for a millisecond. I got over it..lmfao I understood and respect the code of conduct when it comes to this journey of music. It’s a privilege..not a right. Please take a moment and check out his writing, production credits and catalog..you will be pleasantly surprised. His music will be with us forever and a day. Sending infinite love, gratitude and condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Love Mr Edwin Birdsong..standing ovation.. 👑
You need this in your life..proper mix from good people. Check it. #DigitaLiving
I remember one time I was at a party kinda taking in the moment, these cats were literally fawning over this special guest DJ’s records ..just straight jocking the dude..I am in the total opposite direction (solo in the cut as always) mouthing every lyric to all the records my homie is dropping..who walks over to me and says: ” I see you over here in the cut..when are we gonna get together and throw a grown & sexy joint pa?!” He was special and one of kind cut from a rare cloth..I miss my brother..”mucho mucho maaaaas”..Happy Birthday ::DJ DUSK::
THE version (in my book)..one of my fav 45 pieces. Slow, hot & bothered funk..straight gut. The drummer plays without hi hat or cymbals (New Orleans line dance style)..but in full swing. The style was basically ahead of its time and would later become the template Dilla (Iconic Musician/Producer) style of drum programming which many beatmakers/ producers have adopted in their own formula today.
These are my dudes right here!! Very dear friends that I share a deep bound of music, friendship & respect. Whenever im in NY, they give me the key to the city! Doing what REAL DJ’s do..we experiment and go through music..total protocol. Listen and Enjoy!!
DJ IAN HEAD
JOE BLAXX (aka Beanie Siegal!!! lol Congrats on you new marriage bruv!! Cheers!!)
The universe does what it does…shout out out to my colleague, friend & brother RAS G (an amazing producer..check out his music!!) who informed me while he was in Switzerland (which I have never set foot in..not yet..) that he saw a record I released with my former business partner & lifetime friend Producer T.I.M. It was our project FOUR TRACK MINDS http://www.discogs.com/Four-Track-Minds-Gods-Gift/release/1909186. We released that project 7 years ago..goes to show you QUALITY has no expiration date..Hey Switzerland!!! I love you guys!! I will be out there this year!!! To any promoters or event producers and DJ’s..Please feel free to reach out!!! I would love to collaborate on any level!! I would love to meet you!!!
This pic was taken from a fan over there who bought the WAX…(wow…he didnt download it…he spent his hard earned money and paid for it..im beyond humbled..THANK YOU to whoever that young man is!! Props!!)
We put our blood, sweat, tears and time on that project..with our own money and creative direction..no distribution..just pure support from real music fans and tastemakers who took a chance on us..
Thank You to my main man RAS G for keeping an international eye on the creations!! You never know people!! Cheers!!
Unique74/ CHOICE Tuesdays LA family encourages everyone to Tune In and check out our friend, colleague & partner in crime Dorian Missick do his thing in full swing on SOUTHLAND!! Jan 17th!! Check your local listings for air times!! Tune in and tell a friend!!