MAGNETIC's guest podcast is taking a turn on Funky Street this week with our latest guest mix by DJ / Producer QDUP. This mix is filled with raw, funky, break beat grooves proving that funk will never die and will always be a part of the dance music landscape. Quirky old school reboots and new school twists will keep you anticipating every mix. This is funky satisfaction at it's finest.
Who are some of your early influences from the 80s and 90s? Who are some of your more contemporary favorites?
When it comes to the 80's, Micheal Jackson and Prince are 2 kind of obvious stand out artists that had a lasting impression on me. A lot of their disco and synth funk / pop influence resinates with me and just the fun dance music factor with a lot of their songs that stands the test of time that I can't help but point to. Also early Hip Hop to Golden Era Hip Hop of the 80's through the mid 90's is definitely huge influence. I'm constantly going back and rediscovering tunes from that era. I've gotten really into digging through a lot of old 80's boogie funk style music lately as well. Synthesizers, sequencing and technology came such a long way in the 80's and there were so many artists pushing boundaries and creating new styles of music that came out of it that I find it a really fascinating and inspirational era even though there was a lot of really bad music as well. I got turned on to electronic music in the mid to late 90's. I got really into Breaks, Big Beat, Techno and House music. Artists like Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Dan and local DC metro area DJ's like Scott Henry and Charles Feelgood really had a huge impact on my DJing and music taste. So far as contemporary favorites, I'm actually pretty well open minded and like quite a bit different types of music. I like anything from Classical to Rat Pack Jazz Standard style music to Classic Motown artists like Stevie Wonder & Otis Redding to Classic Rock like Led Zeppelin & Pink Floyd.
Weapons of choice, what do you use in the studio?
Ableton Live is the number one weapon for sure. I used Pro Tools as my main DAW for the first couple of years I produced which is great for tracking, editing and comping audio files and I'm glad I learned it, but the more I've been writing with virtual instruments and midi, Ableton has become my number one tool. It really is a sound designers dream with how you can build instruments and racks and go as deep as your imagination and creativity will let you. It feels like the possibilities are endless and I'm constantly learning new techniques and ways to use it which is exciting and inspiring. I have a Novation SL MkII series keyboard controller which I really love. I really like the joystick style pitch / modulation wheel. It's really fun to play bendy lead and bass sounds on which I love and the Automap functionality is really cool way to get control over 3rd party plugins. I've been working on my Talkboxing with various synth plugins the keyboard as the sound source bit lately as well. I have a Rcoktron Banshee Talkbox which has been a favorite flavor that I'm developing and starting to work into my productions. I used this on the hook and breakdown on my latest EP for "Mothership Calling".
"Part of what makes a good DJ is reading a crowd and being able to adjust to the time slot and really play the event you're booked for. It's a lot more fun to be able to switch it up and have fun with the dance floor rather than to go in knowing exactly what I'm going to do." - QDUP
When performing live what is your preferred method and/or approach?
I'm what I would consider a classic style live DJ. Having learned on turntables, I'm a vinyl DJ at heart. In the current state of things, I prefer to use turntables with Serato and Digital Vinyl Control, but I'm also a realist when it comes to stage set-up and love what technology has brought to the table for DJs. If there is any doubt in my mind on that the stage setup may be unstable or if it seems like turntables will be more of a headache than it's worth, I'll play on a set of Pioneer CDJ's with Serato without a doubt. I also use Novation Dicers which are midi controllers that let me trigger cue points, loops, stutters and FX along with Serato. When I'm DJing live, I like to read a crowd and don't usually have my sets pre-planned. I may have some tunes that I know I'm going to play and want to drop a few of my own productions or I may have a few mixes that I know work well together that I will include, but usually don't have much planned. Part of what makes a good DJ is reading a crowd and being able to adjust to the time slot and really play the event you're booked for. It's a lot more fun to be able to switch it up and have fun with the dance floor rather than to go in knowing exactly what I'm going to do.
Are you a fan of the new batch of neo classical / film score composers? Guys like Nils Frahm, Dustin O’halloran, Cliff Martinez, etc.
To tell you the truth, i had to look them up. Sometimes I get a bit stuck in my promo circles and so deep into staying on top of so many genre's and sub genres of party based music that I play and collect that some music is just off my radar. I checked them out though and I definitely have a strong respect for what they do and could see enjoying their music at for the right mood and moment.
Do you ever see yourself doing a film score?
I could see myself doing a film score at some point. I'm currently really focused on making dance and party music and my DJing career, but if the right opportunity and artistic direction for a project came up I think it would be really rewarding work. It's definitely something that I could see myself doing over the coarse of my music career or possibly more TV or video game based music as well.
Do you plan on touring in 2015?
I definitely plan on doing some touring in 2015 and already have some upcoming dates booked and more gigs in the works. I'm doing a few dates in Colorado Next weekend actually. On Fri Jan 30th Qdup will be at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom w/ Fort Knox Five, Congo Sanchez & Noah Deep and Sat Jan 31st In Boulder CO at Tahona w/ DJ Goodie. I'll also be playing in Lake Tahoe on February 12th for what will be the 2nd Annual Glamorous Gold Party w/ DJ Mancub from Space Cowboys SF that my friends at Rambo Party Productions are putting on. I'm working on finalizing some dates in California in April as well and sure I'll be pushing some Qdup funk heavily this year. I'm excited to see how the rest of 2015 plays out and bringing Qdup to new places!
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Definitely Star Wars! Don't get me wrong, I can enjoy a Star Trek film, but hands down Star Wars wins all day!
Qdup Magnetic Mag Podcast Jan 2015 Track List
1 Stickybuds & Bobby C Ft. The Jungle Brothers - Party Remedy
2 Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (San Holo Remix)
3 Wu-Tang Clan feat. Ron Isley - Back In The Game (Sohight & Cheevy remix)
4 Young Black Teenagers - Tap The Bottle (Slynk Remix)
5 Reggie Watts - Fuck Shit Stack (Father Funk Remix)
6 Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Frankee More Remix)
7Afrika Bambaataa - We Funk This Party Out (Qdup & AGFA Remix)
8 SkiiTour - The Program
9 Jem Stone - Flunk Hits The Fan
10 Earth Wind & Fire - September (Zanski Remix)
11 Grouplove - Tongue Tied (Gigamesh Remix)
12 50 Cent ft. Nate Dogg - 21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)
13 Thomas Jack - Booka Shake
14 Outkast - Roses (Philipp H. Jonson Remix - short edit)
15 Hazzaro - Funky Gang (Original)
16 Purple Disco Machine - Move Or Not
17 Missy Elliot - Gossip Folks (Ursula1000 Remix)