- SIMON BOITUMELO MOSIA AKA DJ FUNKY T : WE WELCOME YOU IN THE PURPLE MUSIC FAMILY.WE RECENTLY RELEASED TWO GREAT SONGS OF YOURS : CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THESE PRODUCTIONS ?
Had an honor to work with two most amazing vocalists on both songs respectively, worked with South Africa’s Mpho Masilo on a track called ” Your Love” and Uk’s FiL Straughan on a track called “I Am Blessed”.
My musical relationship with Mpho dates back to 2011, a mutual friend introduced us, we clicked immediately & we were of the same musical hue, we recorded a few tracks together, yielding to a better understanding of each other’s musical prowess, so it was a no brainer that when i was working on the track, I kept hearing her voice in it. Initially, I only had an idea for the hook/chorus and the idea quickly spawned to a testimonial revelation about my spiritual relationship with the most high and about my then emotive situation & experiences.
I wrote the music and the complete lyrics, I then forwarded what i had written to Mpho (including the beat), she instantly loved the idea and could relate with the message, we then made time to record the song a week later and the outcome was a groovy uptempo Gospel House Groove that’s appreciated in different parts of the world currently (now Playlisted in various radio stations across the globe).
On the second song called ” I Am Blessed” I worked London’s best kept secret FiL Straughan. The song is also gospel house 4 by 4 subliminal Groove with lyrics filled with gratitude & praise, vocal written & performed by FIL Straughan( Recorded in London, UK).
I connected with FiL after discovering his music on Soundcloud in 2015, we started conversing and giving remarks about each other’s music, the relationship morphed into that of a brotherhood, resulting in to our eventual collaboration.
- WHEN DID YOU START BEEING A DJ ?
Well, I’ve always been lover of music & rare grooves connoisseur but started collecting/buying vinyls around 2005 and started Djing in 2006, I had friend whom i shared a very deep mutual connection & passion for the music, we both fed off each other’s passion for the craft.
- AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO DO YOUR FIRST PRODUCTION ?
As per typical evolutional norm, it was only natural for me to gravitate towards wanting create my own beats and enhance my knowledge base within the craft, I always loved playing “sick” never been heard before tunes. initially i would merge or do a mash up of different songs with different accapellas to create beats no 1 had but that quickly expired as groundbreaking means for me, I then wanted to create something unique, something i can created on my own from scratch, that’s when I started teaching myself how to produce(watched a lot of tutorials till I felt I could hold my own). Made my first complete track in 2007…
- WE KNOW THAT SOUTH AFRICA HAS A GROWING BIG HOUSE MUSIC SCENE :WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT ?
House Music is a mainstream genre here at home and multi faceted too.
Afro influenced sub- genre has a higher commercial trajectory but the electronic influenced house vibes are quickly gathering momentum and breaking grounds.
The people are becoming more survvy about the alternative sound.
The underground scene is forever growing despite the sloth from traditionalist status quo , Deep house festivals & movements are popping up all over the country.
Big Corporates are now partnering and endorsing artist.
Artist are now brand survvy & now more professionally astute.
- -DO YOU HAVE A LIFE Motto ?
My mantra is “Impossible is nothing”
- DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN RECORDING STUDIO OR STUDIO ANY Partner ?
Well, my setup is that of a bedroom studio but I have never let that be an obstacle to create A-grade high quality sound… I’m also in a process of Finding office space and expand my record label “Funky T Music”
- ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST DREAM IS…
to travel the world show casing my music, and like any other driven artist, i am gunning for that ultimate musical honor of a Grammy nomination & have song on the Billboard charts.
- ONE OF THE BEST HOUSE EVENT IN SOUTH AFRICA Is.
Well, in terms of festival events.
“Rocking The Daisies(Cape Town) ” / “Spring Fiesta(JHB)/ ” It’s Personal” (JHB) / “Corona Festival (Cape Town) / ” Ultra Fest” & “DJ Nation(Taung) are pretty much at the forefront of the scene currently.
- HOUSE MUSIC
is more than just music, it’s soul thing, a body, a spiritual connection.
- WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN THE PIPELINE FOR THE SUMMER?
Currently working on my debut album called “Reincarnation” featuring artist such as Sara Devine/ Wanda Baloyi/Nontu X. /FiL Straughan, Elliot /Mpho Masilo/Ms Kelle/Karen Benord (who has worked with A-list artist such Chaka Khan, Mary J. BLIDGE, Erykah Badu and more). Still to have few groundbreaking collabos to complete before I drop the album. Will also be embarking on my maiden European tour later this year.
Will be attending ADE (Amsterdam)
My label “Funky T Music PTY- LTD” will be releasing its first vinyl press worldwide.
There’s a lot of staff in the pipeline but I will reveal at the right juncture.
- LUCA ONERE YOU ARE RESIDENT DJ & CO-CREATOR OF RMC VIP LOUNGE PROGRAM AT RADIO MONTE CARLO ITALY : HOW DID EVERYTHINGS HAPPEN ?
I count twenty years of experience working in major radio networks (Rtl 102.5, Radio Kiss Kiss, Radio Italia Network)
Since 2005 i am working at Radio Monte Carlo. & since February 2017 i m producing
RMC VIP LOUNGE, the new Radio Show dedicated to Club Culture and Top DJs international; I select and mix the best Tracks plaied in the most important clubs in the world. The program is On-Air every Friday evening from 22.00 to 01.00, on RMC & simultaneously on RMC2
- FERNANDO YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING SINCE LONG TIME AT RADIO IBIZA IN THE SOUTH OF ITALY : WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS RADIO WORK EXPERIENCE ?
It has been absolutely my best life experience, it’s almost 30 years of music experience, connections and ackowledgement , I started my figure as a dj in a Radio and then in all best and famous clubs of Italy and all around the world.Working on a Radio,has allowed me to to meet and interact with thousand of people and insiders ,with whom I worked and still work today.
- WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PRODUCE TOGETHER AND WHY AKA JERK IN THE BOX ?HOW DID U CHOOSE YOUR TEAM NAME ?
We decided to work together because we’re friends first since long time an we tought that it could be interesting to mix all our experience and musical backgrounds . Jerk in the Box name has been chosen by Fernando before we met, it has a non real sense, but it sounds Good!!!!
- PURPLE MUSIC RELEASED YOUR REMIX OF THE ITALIAN PRODUCERS ROCCO CARERI& ARTURO MACCHIAVELLI FT ELLICE : WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT ?
We decided to remix this single when we heard it for the first time , it was a good chance to start a cooperation with Purple Music , infact since we heard for the first time the accappella we imagined and worked for a great remix specially made for Purple , and we did it !!!!!!!!
- FERNANDO YOU HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE PAST WITH SOME IMPORTANT NAMES OF IBIZA : IS IT RIGHT ?
Yes , above all with Dj Pippi , Cesar De Melero , and Tuccillo , specially with Tuccillo we keep on working together on new projects
- LUCA WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PLAY AS DJ ?
The best place is where I have not plaied yet!!!
- YOUR NEXT VACATION WILL BE?
Fernando: Absolutely New York ! Luca: An american tour!
- IF YOU HAVE TO DESCRIBE THE 2018 WITH 2 WORDS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ?
Simply productive !!!!!!!
- THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS
LUCA: My family e my girfriend Sara
FERNANDO: My daughter Giulia and my Girlfriend Stefania
- WHAT CAN WE EXPECT NEXT FROM BOTH OF YOU ?
Lot of new stuff coming up next … lot of Gigs and lot of Good Music
- From the last interview we made many things changed in your life for example we know that you became daddy for the 3rd time ! ?
Oh yes i did another great hit with my 3rd son Gregorio after my twins Filippo & Tommaso, 3 boys… !! it’s seventh heaven for me!! He gives me a lot of power
- Your new productions for PURPLE DISCO RECORDS are very successful, especially DISCO KLAP.You always had this disco flava in your past releases with purple Music :what did inspire you creating recently DISCOKLAP DISCORLANDO & DISCOBIONIC ?
I m very happy of this vein of creativity and to be part of this new label it’s amazing for me !
I ‘m always inspired from what i feel, from my sensations and i always look forward…i think a lot before any release and then i put my ideas in the studio session with my playfellow Keller,a big producer and cult music lover!
Of course the disco music gave me always a lots joy as music genre since i was a child ….with the time i learned more and got inspired from that era.
- Is it true that you will collaborate with Purple Disco Records as A&R ?
Yes and i m very happy about it!
When Jamie and Manuela proposed it to me : i couldn’t believe it !…
Purple Music has always been a music icon for me , it showed always a music coherence and great music flava and if i think now i can be apart of it as A&R , it pay me back and it shows me that the humility, passion and constancy i had during the past years at the end win ! thank you so much !
- What is coming next in your pipeline?
Many things and always more interesting: first of all my first Album «”DiscoTeca” » that will include all my disco unreleased productions& ideas..
I m also always looking for passionate people of this genre to produce them and i see that this music culture is becoming always more appreciated
- Do you think that quality housemusic is coming back in Italy ?
I think so because a quality product is always appreciated
There is too much cheese sound « i call it random music »,”that makes tired after a short period so let’s give space to good music and to all people who are living of it !
- Dad, husband, producer, dj and swimming coach ,: what are you doing in your free time?
Everything ! dad when i m not working , husband when i can, producer every day, dj during the weekend and swimming coach always!
I m very lucky because my two big passions music and swimming became my main activities & work !
- What bothers you ?
Rudeness and inconsistency also in the music !
- with whom would you like to collaborate for one of your forthcoming releases ?
I m very open for collaborations ,but if i have to mention one producer it’s Mousse T and the guru Jamie Lewis Lewis(with whom i start a collaboration almost 11 years ago with COLORS !)
- Would you ever go to a Big brother casting ?
Absolutely not ! it would mean for me to have reached the end of the line and be outside of the music industry!
I would like to be remembered for my music not for a reality show, (a very short moment) Do you think that artists such as Frankie Knuckles(peace),Little Louie Vega,or Mousse T(just to name a few ones) or any big music producer could ever take such a kind of decision?
- Next appointment with dj Walterino in a club is …
I have a couple of residencies in Mantova and Treviso cities, I m also scheduled to play in many italian regions such as Calabria, Tuscany , Umbria ..i m working on some very interesting situations..
- You are an Italian dj & producer aka Submantra: how did u choose your artistic name?
My artistic name comes from the fusion of two words SUB and MANTRA. The beginning of all is the name mantra, that it refers to the Buddhist religion’s prays, but I chose this name, because in the 2004 I have collaborated with music groups of the Tibet and producing musical bases I tried to find a deep/sub side in the Tibetian mantra. From the binomial of these two important words, that they have started my carrier of producer, it comes the artistic name Submantra.
- We know you from your productions and remixes on italian’s great label like Irma: which one have been the most successful?
There are a lot of my works that they have been published by IRMA RECORDS, but also by sublabel of IRMA, such as Soul deeparture Records, that is a music label that I manage from years with my associate DJ Umbi. Surely some of my remixes have had more successful on dance-floor and on web radio, that they play our music genre. These are : my remix FOUND LOVE by Double Dee belonging to the Hit of old the 90’s. I have proposed again a House version of this famous track belonging to the first 90’s Dance House. In this remix the track have been resung by talented Ely Bruna. Another memorable remix that I made last year and that it gave me a lot of satisfactions receving many positives feedbacks by Djs all over the world is the track Papik feat. Bengi & Stefy Gamboni – Brivido Felino (Submantra Cocktail chant remix). We also should not forget many other remixes, that I and Umbi together have made for Don Carlos, such as Take me Higher singing by the queen of the House Music, Michelle Weeks.
- Do you consider or feel yourself more a producer or a Dj?
Honest? I consider me more Dj ! Because, I have begun to play with disks in the faraway 1993, when I was 13. Playing with the first vinyls at home it was a fantastic play for me, that it caught my attention more and more, almost as a drug. This my passion has developed in the years and it has improved myself professionally, carrying me to have a lot of experiences in Clubs and Discos of my city ( oriental Sicily). Since I have begun to produce my music and I have succeeded to make me know all over the world thanks to the publications with the Major, I have spread my circle of events, going also to over my loved Sicily.
- Do you have your own recording studio?
Yes, I have a little home study that I call it Orange study, because the walls and the furniture are of orange colour. These colours make me happiness and to work with happiness it inspires me for right grooves. LOL
- Your typical day in the sunny sicily 😀.
My typical Sicily’s day I live it for the most of time in my Orange studio, dedicating to my productions, searching more and more to improve me and to gift to my followers right grooves. I also spend a lot of time to listen to music generally and this helps me a lot to inspire me. I listen to many promos, that I receive daily in my e-mail and I also manage deep music house demos that arrive in Soul Departure’s e-mail. When I want to relax me, I go for a long walk with my dog in the little woods near my house. Instead, when I can, in the weekend, I love to go in the Mediterranean coast, where I love to spend the nights to fish under the stars of the Marina di Ragusa’s sea.
- What is your big dream?
If we talk about music, I can say that I have already realised a lot of my dreams, because I would never have thought to be arrived at these levels, such as to collaborate with particular people and to succeed a day to publish by you Purple Music. You will not believe, but I have got almost your music vinyl collection. For me it was a dream to publish my production with Purple Music , instead I have succeeded and for me this is a pride, I always say it.
- How is the house/underground scene in your city?
Catania is not a good city for the House/Underground scene. My city is a good city for Electro House Music, that I sincerely do not follow a lot. There are clubs, where you can play real house, the house that it like us, but these are little aperitive’s clubs. I hope that change something in the future.
- Who /what inspires you?
Jamie Lewis! For me he is a the only MASTER ! I have always inspired me to him. I love his productions, his remixes, his way of being ‘’Purple’’ and I am happy that I also belong to your family.
- Three of your qualities as person are:
Romantic, nostalgic and mad of music! lol
- What we can expect from you next ?
There are several things ready that they will published in the next months. Soon two beautiful remixes will published by IRMA. One of these it is the remix that I have made to Soultrend Orchestra. The track is called Kings of the dance-floor and I have made a soulful re-edit that soon you will dance and hear. Instead, the second remix will be Neja – This is your life (Submantra soulful re-edit).
The Queen of the « Queen club » : Diva Avari originally from Boston: why did you move to the romantic & fashion city Paris ?
I used to model and work in the atelier for Boston Designer Geoffrey B. Small……I would come do the defile in Paris and each time it was harder too leave….
Boston is similar to Paris as it being a large city with a small village of people on the move; so I decided to pack my things and jump into the bigger pond. I also felt at home as if I knew Paris the first day I set foot….maybe in another incarnation?
Is it true that you start your singer and dancer career officially at Palace with David & Cathy Guetta parties?
Yes, I was actually a go-go dancer when I first arrived….it wasn’t till I started to speak french that I could tell them I sing as well…..I did quite a few parties with the Guetta’s at Palace & Les Bains Douches….I have many fond memories of that period of Parisian nightlife
1997 is officially the year of your first successful production“Lady Marmelade“ (Patty Labelle cover)
What has been your most successful songs/ releases since then ?
I would say 2006- Don’t Go was my first real commercial success……then 2017- was a very good year with Purple Music with Your Love, Rhythm is a dancer, and Live your Life. The dark horse has been Fuckin Bitch…..this song has been played over the world for the last 17 years and is the reason I’m so popular in Eastern Europe and Russia
A typical Sunday for Diva Avari is……..
Sunday is my day off to rest/recover from the weekend(if I go out) and also the day I take to make an occasional mix for my Soundcloud… I like to share different kinds of music with people.
Do you still like the nightlife in Paris ? which are your favourite place to go out?
Nightlife has changed so much in the last 23 years…….people aren’t as open and fun anymore. Young people seem sad and/or aggressive sitting in groups texting on their phones. I want to shake them and say lighten up, put the phone down and enjoy your youth while you can. There are thankfully a few places where you can actually enjoy music and dance. I only go out for special occasions and two different parties form time-to-time; MONA , a house party with a disco floor and house floor with fierce voguing…….then there’s Madame Klaude a special disco ball. Both have all ages and a public that appreciates good music & vibes
Have you got any « life motto » ?
Actually have two!
1) Live Your Life in the moment
2) Be yourself because it’s too tiring trying to be something you’re not
We have released three great songs from you together with producer Samy K & The French House Mafia how did u start your collaboration with him/them ?
We were introduced in 2004 by 2 separate friends at Banana Cafe where he used to Dj and at Club News Records where he worked…..I had recorded Fuckin Bitch in Estonia with Dj Raul Saaremets in 2001 and had been trying to get it signed with Tony Humphries but it took so long to find time to actually make it happen so fate brought me Samy. While recording our first track ” Feel the Chocho”…. I let him listen to it to see if he’d want to re-do it with me. Fourteen years later we’re still going strong!
If you could live in another place of the world where would it be and why ?
Good question……Paris is my home …..I’m too old to start over with another language lol.
But If I had to got back to the States…..I’d probably move to Chicago… I really like that city it’s got a-lot of different cultural ethnicities and the nightlife is the bomb> I actually got to see Frankie Knuckles before he passed>>>it was a pure night of musical delight
where are you performing at the moment?
I perform all over the world… I just got back from 2 concerts New Years Night in Riga, Latvia.
what are your next projects?
Today, I’m in the studio with Samy for our next track. Next week, I’ll be recording a commercial dance track with DJ Axel Bampton.
Coming soon The French House Mafia will produce a duet with myself and disco diva Carol Jiani…..excited for that!