smalltown with Moodymann + DJ Tennis

smalltown with Moodymann + DJ Tennis

20th February 2015

Brown Alley

 

Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodymann has emerged as one of Detroit's most enigmatic and most successful house producers. Perfecting a unique blend of samples and original instrumentation KDJ's music is different and original than typical house. Drenched in soul, funk and jazz KDJ gathers the full force of his musical influences and recontextualizes them within the house genre. His material ranges from the slow and moody to the up beat and energetic. Another quality label that keeps the spirit of good soulful house music alive.

Moodymann combines classic soul and jazz samples, low-slung bass in many of his tracks that always manage to create a captivating scope of sounds keeping you hooked in the groove from start to finish. This style of strong soul and blues-tinged tech house music is able to combine the original disco sound with the more deeper approach to production that has been mo-re apparent with the producers of Detroit.

While he may frustrate people with his refusal to be interviewed and insistence on reminding people of the genre's origins, it is a certainty that his music is ground braking, and the brilliance of his unique underground sound appeals to all ears weather they be Black, White, Yellow, the result is the same: soulful personal music from the heart.

Dj Tennis born in 1970 and raised between New Jersey, Sicily and Parma in a family where music was such a small thing. No relatives playing any musical instruments, nothing to play at home, no one giving music any special amount of love. But despite this, his creative and artistic attitude have always centered around music - singing, playing and collecting weird and noisy musical instruments at every turn. In 1989 while studying computer science at the Pisa university. He was already playing and singing in school bands and had an indie rock radio show on a local radio station in Palermo.

Recording bands, organising parties and DJ'ing at the tennis club where he used to play as a semi-pro player (the Tennis moniker comes from his passion for that sport) all became his way to support the costs of his studies. But when he graduated he never imagined he would turn that hobby into his career. Still he became a DJ anyway, while focusing first on promoting underground music in his country and founding and developing some of the most important Italian underground musical events such as the Elita festival in Milan and the Dissonanze festival in Rome.

Tennis is currently based between Miami and Berlin where he also shares the label experience and a studio with Tale of Us / Mind Against and he works incisively hard to keep developing and growing the artists in his Life and Death label, which is conformed of young and inspired musicians like Clockwork, The/Das, Vaal, Dead Heat among others.