As part of our ongoing relationship with Kashif in support of his monumental documentary series The History of R&B Music we are proud to present: Ask Kashif! Where will be able to learn valuable music and life lessons through the candid answers from this icon of music. Make sure to spread the word and like The History of R&B Music Facebook Page and let your friends and fam know who are lover’s of great music and knowledge that GFM is the official home of Ask Kashif! on the web.
Ok so a little context first…checkout this demo and interview with one of the designers of the Fairlight Peter Vogel from 1980.
Next you can watch this video of Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones working out with a Fairlight and you can also read a post that I wrote about my feelings on their use of the equipment here.
And finally the inspiration for this post…
I literally was talking about this with one of musical cohorts the other day before the Whodini episode of Unsung came on and when they started talking about their use of the Fairlight in the studio and the fact that at that particular time there were on 12 in the world. When you work with a tool that not many have access to, and you can work with it skillfully that is going to immediately put you front and center or it should. Read the rest of this entry »
The work is never easy, if the product is to be considered worthwhile. Just because the barrier to entry has been lowered in some respects doesn’t mean that your standard has to be lowered. In fact that precisely the time you can set yourself apart from the crowd by raising yours. Paul Masson was/is still correct re: product completion. The only thing that we know that we can count on is change. Just because musicians made money using a certain model for decades does not mean that model will continue ad infinitum. Bach, Beethoven and countless others made a musical living a certain way as a product of the times that they lived in and well right or wrong we are living in an era where by and large folks are not going to by $16.99 CD’s nor is there enough room being made at traditional radio and the math doesn’t work out at streaming for many to even subsist on quarterly performance royalty statements.
But one thing is for certain if the work is done and I mean real work: the til it hurts, I’m falling asleep but let’s go one more take, the I hear deficiencies in my art and I need to work on them until I can solve them type work… when that type of work is done and it meets real talent (I don’t mean high school talent show talent) I mean the type of talent where you gaze upon it and tell yourself I can’t do what they are doing, because what they area doing is amazing for whatever reason… most if not all of the above mentioned issues remove themselves. Why?
The reason that the issues are removed is because when the work and the talent and the output line up you become attractive. Not attractive in the manner we always associate with that term, attractive like a magnet where you pull people toward you, they want to follow you to the next show etc., etc., No hype. No “roll-out”. None of that overblown gob that gums up the internet seemingly every 15 minutes, I mean the people came out to hear what you do and based upon that experience they are now “attracted” to you.\
I’m done for now, but make sure you check out what Dave Grohl has to say in the above video. Sage advice.
I first got exposed to the name KASHIF by either Radio…video(BET)….music publications (RIGHT ON!…Black Beat & Rock & Soul)…or my dad’s record collection. Now because I was a soldier in the purple army I had the MPLS sound covered. Dad with his record buying provided the mature music balance for my ears. Whenever he brought something in I would always check for it. Generally I could tell by album cover if it would be something I could try to listen to. Also my dad was very supportive of artists. Meaning..if he bought an artist 1st album he’d buy the 2nd or 3rd. Or if he discovered them late he would go back and buy their earlier albums. Such was the case with “Kenny G”. Read the rest of this entry »
Check out the live video for “With My Eyes”, from platinum-selling South African singer/model/actress Lira. Enjoy the heartfelt plea of a neglected lover translated in this song. Lira’s debut U.S. album Rise Again, is due out on April 29, 2014 on Shanachie Entertainment.
“It’s an emotional foreplay…is it smoke that blinds your eyes?” This sassy lyric comes from the song “Think it Over,” the sixth track off of Melissa Morgan’s 1987 Good Love album. This uptempo, funky track was produced by the one and only Kashif, and highlights Melissa’s amazing vocal range.
We at Grown Folks Music are celebrating Kashif and all of his accomplishments, past and present, and eagerly anticipate his forthcoming 10 part documentary “The History of R&B Music.”
70′s and 80′s babies it’s to get on board to get down. Speek Greene is bringing it to you direct with some rare gems in this mix that have a singular mission which is to make you move and it definitely succeeds!
Mix description from Soundcloud Page
The last time i brought you all Baruti Roho in ’11. I’m back with 80 Stops To Funkoland. It’s a nice uptempo mix of eighties rarities which promises not to disappoint. Thank you to all the dj’s that inspired me to do this. Special shout to all the weekend mixers from the now defunct NYC station 98.7 KISS FM without you all music wouldn’t have mattered as much. Finally, shout to Rock And Soul for the mold you gave all the Tri State area dj’s from my era.
When I write of often try to steer clear of clichés but I must invoke one here if you will allow. This video from Richmond based trumpeter/cornetist Victor Haskins collaborating with the legendary Lonnie Liston-Smith on piano is beyond what the doctor ordered for me today. The weather here in VA is as lovely as this rendition of the Bronislau Kaper classic. Makes for the perfect soundtrack for this season. A special nod to Matt Hall and Tony Martucci for painting with such lovely colors here as they round out the ensemble on bass and drums respectively.
“Invitation” is the first of three videos that will be released in the exclusive series.
Can’t wait to see what’s up next. As is customary around these parts make sure to share this with your friends, colleagues, etc., and spread the word about the great music that’s happening right now in 2014.