1.What was the inspiration for starting the label?
I wanted to do something different with house music that would resonate with people all over the world.
2. How did you come up with name Good Voodoo?
It came to me in a dream. In the dream I was DJing at a beach party to a and everybody was wearing Good Voodoo Music t shirts and waving Good Voodoo Music records. I woke up with the biggest smile on my face.
3. If someone sends you a demo, what do you absolutely NOT want to hear?
Music without drums. If there is one common factor that unites all the Good Voodoo music tracks, it’s the use of percussion.
4. What are some of the newer artists that are exciting you right now?
I have just got back from South Africa where I have been working with new artists and their talent and commitment is fantastic so look out for Nosisi, Veronique Harmse and an up and coming producer called Fingerman.
5. Who are the top 3 artists on your Remixer wish list?
Atjazz, Osunlade, DJ Black Coffee,
6. What is the label looking forward to in 2012?
More releases from new artists and established producers, live performances with musicians and more videos.
7. What is the label’s motto?
Positive Vibes Everlasting; Music to elevate the soul.
Interview for www.Eastendmusic.net
1) With a diverse musical range, can you tell us how you started in the biz, and what prompted you to get into making music?
Music is in my blood. I started playing guitar at 12. My mother bought me a set of congas when I was 14 from a 70s pop group. I bought my first synth and drum machine at 18 and I was hooked.
2) Looking at your bio, it says here that you fronted drum and bass groups and also did a breakbeat club night back in the day. We’ve just listened to Good Voodoo Afro House Vol.1 and found out that this is your first album. How did you progress from all those other styles in the past to deciding that you wanted to make your first album a house music record?
I believe that everybody enjoys more than one style of music. I have always been into house; the fact is that I didn’t think people would be into my particular style of house. I just did it for myself but then I started getting great feedback from the likes of Lost My Dog Records, Robert Owens and DeMarkus Lewis. As for making an album, there was something I wanted to say which I couldn’t fit into an EP. For me, an album is more than a collection of tracks. There is a journey that I wanted to take the listener on from Cuba to South Africa, USA and UK.
3) You’ve recorded all over and with a slew of talented artists. What is your mindset coming into a session? Do you have a set idea of how a certain track would like to come out, or do you start with a basic idea and let the people you work with influence the outcome? Has your process changed throughout the years, or do you still work within a set framework?
I always go in prepared. I will have some ideas just in case. It could be loops I have made, guitar riffs or a few tracks that I’m currently feeling. I find that takes the pressure off, that way we can be free to create and see where it goes but we always have a fallback position. I am always trying to create something original or at least has an identifiable stamp. One thing I’ve learned is that you never know how a track is going to end up when you start it, no matter what the intentions were, for instance I wrote Moneda Funk in Cuba, then got a 10-piece band to play it, then I chopped it up and remixed it. Reflections on a Memory started Life as gospel infused hiphop track featuring a rapper from Ninja Tune.
4) We love your sound. Are there other artists/producers out there that have contrasting styles, compared to yours, that you would like to work with? Who are the DJs/artists that you would like to perform/co-produce with?
I’d love to work with Atjazz, Osunlade, DJ Black Coffee, DeMarkus Lewis and Milton Jackson. Ultimately its about the connection, its about a mindset, its not about egos its about creating something unique that i’m still going to be proud of in 20 years.
5) We’ve seen some of the videos on your site and it seems that you take your music very seriously. Humor us. In the many years that you’ve performed, has there ever been a gig where it just wasn’t going your way? Any flat-out weird, or funny experiences during any of these gigs?
I’ve done those gigs when there are more people on stage than there are in the audience or a punter spills their pint all over the equipment and everything stops working.
6) You dwelled on your afro-cuban roots in this album. What is in the horizon for Domineeky? Where do you see yourself headed musically?
Well I am going to do a Good Voodoo Society Album next year as well as a few more mouthwatering collaborations. I’ll be getting a bit more jazzy also.