Freitag, 3. März 2017

SOUL GALLEN - Beyond Addis

So hat es getönt!
Freitag, 17. März 2017, ab 22h

Ernesto Chahoud (Beirut Groove Collective), 
JJ Whitefield (The Whitefield Brothers) & 
DJ Soulsonic a/k/a Herr Wempe (SOUL GALLEN)

Wow, was für eine DJ-Crew hinter den Turntables in dieser nächsten langen Soul-Gallen-Nacht. JJ Whitefield, der umtriebige Mastermind der Poets Of Rhythm, The Whitefield Brothers und Karl Hector & The Malcouns sowie der Beiruter Plattensammler und DJ Ernesto Chahoud legen auf ihrer Beyond-Addis-DJ-Tour einen Halt in St.Gallen ein. Es könnte ekstatisch werden, wenn sie zusammen mit Gastgeber Herr Wempe ihre Melange aus raren Ethio-Grooves, Afro Beat, Habibi Funk, Deep Funk, Raw Soul und Wild Garage auf den Tanzboden bringen.
 Die beiden Gäste waren so nett und haben uns ein paar Fragen beantwortet.

What's your name & where are you from?
   My name is Ernesto Chahoud and i am from Beirut, Lebanon

What are you doing?
    I am a DJ/ Record collector, I own a record store called Darsko Records and I am a founder of the Beirut Groove Collective, the oldest and only strictly 45 clubnight in Lebanon and the region.

Who influenced you musically?
Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, George Clinton, Frank Zappa, Charly Parker, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Mulatu Astatke, Hirut Bekele, Fairuz, Om Kolthoum, Baligh Hamdy, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Xenakis, Bartok and many more...
What was your first record?
   John Mayall "Blues Breakers"

What are your favorite records at the moment?
I have plenty of them, but if I have to pick one it will be:
The Benders "You Can't Tame Me"

What's your best digging story?
One of my favorite ones will be from my Trip to Ethiopia.
It was when I decided to hit Ethiopia looking for records. I didn't know anyone there, I jumped on a plane after booking me the cheapest hotel in Addis Abeba, or what you can call Addis freaking Abeba. I landed and walked outside the airport and here I am instantly in the city. I took the bus directly to piazza, the old downtown, where my hotel is located. Nice hotel built by emperor Menelik for his wife taihtu who was the commander of the Ethiopian army. I stepped out of the bus and walked down in a very grimy, busy rundown street towards Taihtu hotel.. I looked up to see that it was completely burned down. Fire ate it all while I was on the plane. The smell was so strong as of I was in my war comfort zone. Hahaha, however they managed to sort me out with a not completely burned down room. At night the street turns into a big brothel, gangs filled area , drug dealers and addicts hustlers and crazy dives where the police split the money with drug dealers and pimps. I was the only non Ethiopian in that street. Felt so proud. You could see people having sheets on the sidewalks where customers can go behind  for a  quick sexual fix after 10 at night. Crazy wild street indeed. Next day I went to look for my addresses they were all closed down. I had to ask the police to show me  The way back to my hotel, after they walked with me back, they grabbed me by my shirt asking for money..... hahahahahaha, the next day I went and sort me a nice cheap.gun from Ghandi street where the black market is, and my digging trip started....

What's your favorite format? LP, 12", 7"?

What are your 10 alltime favorites?
Can I please skip this one, I still didn't decide on them...
I have been trying to do so for the last 20 years. It is just damn hard to fix them. 

What's your most memorable dj gig?
Till Today, it was the one i did with JJ Whitefield at Rekorder in Dortmund, Germany.

What's the best concert you ever went to?
   Pat Martino at Ronnie Scott's in London.

Where & with who would your dream gig be?
I am not really sure about this one, sir. Excuse me again!!

What's your favorite food & drink?
Raw Lam Liver, Chicken Feet and Pork Knuckles. Rum and Cola.

Any words of advice?
  As my lovely girlfriend Natalie Shooter always told me: '' Don't let the bastards grind you down''

Wer bist du & woher kommst du?
JJ Whitfield a/k/a Karl Hector a/k/a Jan Weissenfeldt, München, Germany

Was machst du?
Komponist, Produzent, Gitarrist, Disc Jockey

Wer hat dich musikalisch beeinflusst?

James Brown, Ebo Taylor, Mulatu Astake, Thelonious Monk, Rikki Illilonga, Can

Welches war deine erste Schallplatte?
Trio -Anna 7"

Welches sind deine momentanen Lieblingsplatten?

Agitation Free - Malesh
Exmagma - Goldball
Orch. Poly Rythmo - E Wa Dagbe

Hast du eine gute „Digger“ Geschichte auf Lager?

Welches ist dein Lieblingsformat? LP, 12“, 10“, 7“?


Welches sind deine 10 Lieblingsplatten aller Zeiten?

1. Can - Tago Mago
2. Fela Kuti - Si E Tun De
3. Thelonious Monk - Live In Italy
4. Ebo Taylor - Conflict
5. Musi O Tunya - Wings Of Africa
6. Carleen & The Groovers - Can We Rap
7. Quasimoto - The Unseen
8. Funkadelic - s/t
9. Exmagma - Goldball
10. Ifang Bondi - Saraba

Welcher DJ-Gig war am denkwürdigsten?

Osaka Monorail Aftershow Party mit Daisuke Kuroda, Tokyo 2012

Welches Konzert war das beste?
Parliament/Funkadelic 1987

Wo & mit wem würde deine Traum Party stattfinden?

Bei mir im Studio mit Jimi Hendrix, Jaki Liebezeit und Bootsy Collins.

Was isst & trinkst du am liebsten?
Indisch & Mexikanisch, Ananas Saft und Augustiner.

Möchtest du zum Schluss noch etwas sagen?

Peace & Love für alle!

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