Thursday, June 11, 2009

FREEDOM IN FUNK /// Interview with DAM-FUNK [w/ free downloads]

Hailing from Los Angeles, Stones Throw artist
Dâm-Funk has been on my radar for a while, and I finally had a chance to link up with him at his recent show in NYC during the STONES THROW TOUR 2009. With his arsenal of vintage synths and drum machines, Dâm has blended galactic harmonies with this-wordly sexy boogie/funk vibes and magic analogue soundscapes into his own brand of modern funk or boogie-funk, which earned him the title "The Ambassador of Boogie Funk." His soulful, futuristic compositions evoke an era of 80s space-inspired music, and like their inspiration, Dâm's modern funk melodies are some of the sexiest out there, that also have the power to take you out to astral dimension, if you're open to it. When he's not in the studio working on his next cosmic project, as a DJ/selector Dâm-Funk throws one of the freshest Monday nite parties in L.A. called FUNKMOSPHERE which focuses on rare joints via 'original wax' from the early 80's based Boogie/Funk, Modern-Soul, & 'current' Modern-Funk sub genres respectfully. "Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince, Prelude Records and the like, will get a dose of those groups' unknown contemporaries – more obscure but equally Funk-worthy." According to Ty G ( "Dãm-Funk is a man that's almost single-handedly brought the 'Boogie' scene to life here in LA", and I suspect he's going to do that with his signature modern-funk sound for other parts of the US and for overseas shores as well. If you're in NYC, don't miss him, he's doing a set in two weeks on June 23, at APT with Tyler Askew (for those who like to get down, this should be the night to do so...he was killing it at the last time he was here in NYC)...Follow him on twitter, myspace and check his page on for news and tour dates.

Lichiban: You produce and you are also a collector, right?
dâm-funk: Yes.

L: Is there a particular sound or mood that you are drawn to when working on a track or when you pick a record to buy?
D-F: Mostly the 'beautiful chords' when it comes to my music & with records (wax)'s usually the producer, the artwork & if it's a label I've never heard of before.

L: How much of the day do you spend in the studio? Do you have a ritual before or after?
D-F: I spend A LOT of time in the studio, actually. There is no ritual, but I usually enjoy my Djarum Blacks on the side & 'privacy' when it comes to my recording process.

L: Have you taken major risks in your carrier?
D-F: If you want to count being around a lot of gun play when I used to do keyboard session work back in the mid 90's to early 2000's west-coast gangsta rap era. Nothing I couldn't handle though. Respect was always received amongst my peers back then in the studio & in the streets of L.A. and still is.

L: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received regarding doing music?
D-F: Do YOU!!

L: Sex & drugs & rock & roll....what would be the equivalent for funk?

D-F: "Flyness (U gotta stay fly) & Freedom (Always break the chains) & Funk (Thee state of mind & sound)"

L: Projects for the next 12 months…
D-F: *My debut full length LP/CD on Stones Throw titled: "TOEACHIZOWN".

*My early work recordings being released on Good Time Records.

*More side projects on my own private press label Glydezone.

*And, more carefully chosen remixes (such as the just completed Animal Collective "Summertime Clothes" DâM-FunK Remix // DOWNLOAD IT HERE) that I actually like and am not forced to do because of some 'opportunist' that are out there that my man Leon Sylvers III once warned me about. See, when things start gettin' 'hot' (if you will), all sorts of 'wild offers' come your way. I've learned that you have to 'pick and choose like fruit' if you wanna stay strong in this game. And, I intend to 'not be drained' by so many 'johnny come lately' opportunist and the game. I intend to ALWAYS stay strong in this thang...humbly speaking.

L: Define success…
D-F: Knowing that you've made people feel good. Knowing that heartstrings have been touched by the music that has been created for the universe. (And, a brand new Dodge Challenger sittin' in your driveway! LOL!!)

Stay up & STAY FREE!!Link
- DâM-FunK


Dam-Funk Mix from
BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs Experimental Show (MP3)

DâM-FunK – ‘Brookside Park’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Spacecapades’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘This Time, Take It Out On the Groove’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Flying V Ride’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘The Sky Is Ours’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Sidewayz’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Rollin’ (Stones Throw)
L.S. Movement – ‘Move Everything You Got’ (LA/Veg)

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