Last year, Bastard Jazz Recordings commissioned Tall Black Guy to put together their first ever Tempo Dreams compilation. To follow up the critically-acclaimed success, the Brooklyn label reached out to modern funk masterminds Teeko and B. Bravo out on the west for some curation help.
If you aren’t familiar with Teeko or B. Bravo, they are two amazing visionaries doing big things based out of the Bay Area. Both artists come from a DJ background and bring a new perspective to keeping the funk alive. Teeko was once described as the “most insane and creative turntablist” by everyone’s favorite DJ, Mark Ronson. He was also recently involved in the creation of Vestax’ Controller One—the first turntable engineered to be a musical instrument. B. Bravo is a founding member of the Frite Nite crew, a Red Bull Music Academy alum, and is a one of the more recognizable figures in the modern funk movement. Together, they are Starship Connection and for today, they present to you, “Tempo Dreams Vol. 2.”
As I do at the beginning of all my interviews, who is Teeko & B. Bravo, individually and as Starship Connection?
Teeko is a turntablist/producer/DJ/musician/innovator. Student of the funk and free thinker. TeekoMusic.com.
B. Bravo is a producer and instrumentalist from California known for his funked out late night synth grooves. bbravo.com.
As Starship Connection, we are a group on a mission to preserve and perpetuate funk styles and beyond.
You guys were given the reigns to compile volume 2 of Bastard Jazz Recordings’ Tempo Dreams. What were your impressions of volume 1 released a year ago by Tall Black Guy?
Tall Black Guy smashed it! All the tracks were really soulful and tasty with a nice flow. We were hoping to pick up where he left off and put our flavor on it.
To the rest of the world, the popularity of funk comes and goes. But for some reason, funk seems to always stay relevant on the west coast. As a result, a lot of the tracks on Tempo Dreams Vol. 2 are from musicians based out in Cali. What do you attributes to the funk/west coast relationship?
The west coast has always been a place that attracted fun and adventurous people. The energy and soul in funk music goes right along with that. The west coast has that carefree and fun loving attitude that funk inspires and is inspired by.
More and more DJ’s are evolving and successfully experimenting/establishing new hybrid genres. While it may be obvious, what is it about DJs that enables them to come up with these creative fusions?
It’s a natural progression of creative experimentation. Most of today’s DJ’s are using the latest technologies which have opened up many possibilities. Peep game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDk_vGuVVfo.
What was the mindset in choosing the concept/artist/tracks for Tempo Dreams Vol. 2?
We wanted to showcase soulful modern music being made by our peers around the world.