One of my favorite things to do is to go to a museum. Living in the DMV we have access to so many museum and historical sites. The Smithsonian campus has many amazing museums and galleries. The Freer is one of my favorite. The exhibition are always completely captivating and dominate the majority of the space with extensive works of art in each themed exhibition.
Classically-trained pianist, Chilly Gonzales, is known for his innovative compositions that can’t be narrowed down to one specific genre. One thing we know about him for sure is that he isn’t much of a electronic guy; prefers composing with real-time instrumentation. However, he isn’t a stranger to electronic music. His main electronic success was his album Ivory Towers which was one of his few ventures into the world of electronic music, and that album wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for Boys Noize.
In his latest interview for Daft Punk’s The Collaborator series, Chilly discusses his thoughts on music, composition, and working with Daft Punk. It’s a nice behind-the-scenes look at how he helped composed a track with Daft Punk, as well as some of the reasons behind the musical choices he makes on the piano.
Watch the exclusive interview below and dive into the mind of Chilly Gonzales and his musical genius.
And in case you missed Daft Punk’s track with Pharrell, check it out too!
Perhaps instead of some house (even though we need it,) let’s take a step back into the days of disco. Of course, without house we wouldn’t have disco, so lets celebrate the weekend (and my birthday) to the groovy sounds of Tiger & Woods “A Golden Bear” mix.
Jam packed with unreleased disco tracks, the mix is a smooth, groovy, infectious serving of disco. Let the infectious rhythms of disco spread throughout your mind…body…soul, don’t fight it, embrace it!
Normally, I blog about an event the day after, but I partied last weekend at Deep Sugar till 5 in the morning; slept most of the day and Monday was an exceptionally lazy day. By no means am I a slacker, but as a freelance writer/artist, I make my own schedule. So you know what that means? I can live it up on the weekends (and weekdays if I want) with no regret, but I must say, there is nothing like a night/morning at Deep Sugar.
I hadn’t been to Deep Sugar in quite some time, considering I had moved to Los Angeles, and prior to my move, I was living all the way in Germantown (crazy far from Baltimore.) But I knew that since I had moved back to Maryland and had already had my night of dancing at U Street Music Hall’s Red Fridays, I would have to venture to downtown Baltimore and get in my monthly fix of Deep Sugar. And boy, did I ever!
Bringing my mom with me for the first time (we had never been out dancing together, it was a new experience) we made the 15 minute drive to the Paradox. My mom, being cautious of finding parking, decided we should get there right at 11pm. And…we did. Normally I don’t go early unless I have to, but it was nice seeing Lisa Moody already getting warmed up. Shortly after some great funky tracks, the room began to slowly fill as people from all different backgrounds, ages, sizes, and even fashion choices made their way onto the dance floor.
Let me tell you, Deep Sugar is truly an experience! You can try to be a wallflower and bop your head to the music, but trust me, you’re gonna wanna dance. Sweat, sweat, sweat! I can’t even tell you how soaked my shirt was. It was so wet, I had to take it off and wear my tank while jumping up and down, smiling, and getting lost in the infectious house.
From classics to tribal to soulful to deep to tech to gospel, Lisa and Nate played all types of house!
If you’re looking for some pure house and you happen to be in the vicinity of the DMV (DC.MD.VA,) then you need to check out Deep Sugar. Held at Baltimore’s legendary nightclub The Paradox on the second Saturdays of every month, Deep Sugar is a fabulous event hosted by the Deep Sugar Family. It’s a big family, but the lovely Girl Squad Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody hold it down in the main room.
Not only did I have such an amazing time (as usual,) but I met some cool people (lots of dancers) and passionate house junkies. Everyone comes with a vibe that is just all about the music. Every now and then you might sense an attitude, but once a certain track comes on, someone’s frown is turn upside down into a joyous smile. It’s hard to be upset when you get lost in the spirit of house. My mom and I even shed a few tears while dancing and getting lost in the spirit of some of our favorite gospel house tracks.
So, with all that being said (sorry for the lengthiness,) I must say that if you want to experience house music on the East Coast and don’t want to make a trek to New York, then check out Deep Sugar @ The Paradox. From 11pm to 6am the morning, come early and till dawn (like I did,) or come whenever you want and still dance till dawn. Haha, you can’t resist the enigmatic atmosphere of the dancefloor chanting your name.
Hope to see you next month at Deep Sugar. Save the date: Saturday, May 11th, 2013 with OSUNLADE. Yes, Osunlade. I can’t wait!