Digging in the Vaults: The Black Album (25th Anniversary Show)

Hello fellow Brandosoul listeners and fans,

It has been awhile since we dropped a podcast, so we have decided to reach into the vaults and give you an oldie, but goodie! 1987’s The Black Album is one of the most controversial project Prince was ever associated with and it remains one of the most well-known bootlegged albums. Its stories and myth often clash with the music, but it is such an interesting album and era. Here I was joined with my co-host Jesse Jenkins and we are offering an in-depth album critique, along with new insights about this remarkable era and album.

In this episode, we also get into:
– Prince’s “Welcome 2 Chicago” shows
– Andy Allo
– Larry Graham
– Prince’s new cut, “Rock ‘N Roll Affair” 

* This episode was recorded September 2012

Listen to or download the podcast here

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Musician FunkKid preps new music for November, talks music aspirations

Funkkid
Photo courtesy: http://www.reverbnation.com/funkkidmusic

Above, is an edited interview I conducted with producer and musician David Ford (commonly known as “FunkKid.” During this interview, he discusses his music career, musical influences, life, and the challenges of being an independent artist.

It is known that there is a lack of authenticity in the musical landscape today. Artists and producers are typically manufactured and image-driven for popularity and fame. However, there is a newcomer who plans to blow away the competition with his distinctive style and unique skills.

David Ford, commonly known as “FunkKid,” is on a mission to bring back quality music on the radio and in the ears of many around the world with his upcoming album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat).”

“My main goal is to make music that people can feel in their soul … feel in their hearts,” David Ford says. “I just don’t want to make a beat someone can dance to. I want people to feel something.”

Ford considers his upcoming album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat)” to be a true labor of love. With its unique fusion of hip-hop beats, smooth soul, jazz, and electro, the album will be a culmination of Ford’s masterful musicianship and production styles. He also says that this upcoming album emulates music he grew up to admire, with his own originality to match.

“My main influences for doing music are Prince, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Dr. Dre,” he says. “I was influenced by a lot of different people for this project, so there are going to be a lot of sounds on this project.”

The 24-year-old producer was born in Virginia, but his family moved to Washington, D.C., when he was younger. Ford grew up with a heavy musical influence, ranging from Motown to jazz music. He cites his grandfather as one of his biggest influences as a child, as he introduced him to music through his diverse record collection.

“My grandfather was a jazz musician … he was a drummer,” he says. “My grandfather raised me on Motown. In the household that I grew up in, it was hard for me not to get into music because there was always vinyl laying around.”

Ford has also undergone challenges to distribute his music to the masses. As a producer, he has experienced difficulties in being able to gain exposure and become known as a serious musician. With the booming impact of social network sites, such as Myspace, Twitter, and Facebook, Ford says that he found a way to challenge expectancies that people had toward his music and exceeded them all.

“I have had a hard time trying to get my music out there, as far as the online thing,” he says. “The thing is you have to stick with it, you have to be original … you have to be who you are. All I know is I’m going to throw my stuff out there, and do my best to promote it.”

In addition to being a producer, Ford says that he plans to expand his production talents onto other aspiring artists, and possibly start his own distribution company. With his new album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat),” being released via Bandcamp in November, there is one thing for certain: the “FunkKid” has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Check out FunkKid’s music at these sites:
http://www.reverbnation.com/funkkidmusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/funkkidmusic301

Prince’s first ‘Welcome to Chicago’ show showered with controversy

When music icon Prince announced he’d be performing three consecutive shows in Chicago at the United Center as part of his two-year tour “Welcome 2 America,” the fan community and Chicagoans welcomed the news with showers of praise. But controversy has floated around the first concert of the three-night extravaganza, and it is centering on “the Purple One” himself.

The bad news began the night of Sept. 24, when an audience of fans and attendees anxiously waited for Prince to open his show. It was supposed to have begun at 9 p.m. According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, he and his band hadn’t appeared on the United Center stage for almost an hour after the show was supposed to begin.

Shortly after the bewildering lateness, Prince and his band finally took the stage as planned. One attendee of the first show in Chicago, Shonda Dudlicek, offered an alternate description of what happened.

“I don’t understand how everyone said he was late. When I go to a concert, I expect that the time listed on the ticket is when the opening act will come on and that the headline won’t come on until at least an hour or later. That’s the way it’s always been,” she says.

According to Chicago Now Magazine, Prince’s band members were rehearsing backstage and the funk legend himself was hiding in an undisclosed location. Additionally, there were a couple of people in the audience who began to shout profanities and even booed, before Prince took the stage.

“Like with any big show or any big artist, Prince was there. He was just a little late getting on stage,” according to Live Nation event coordinator Megan McKenna. “Things happen. … I believe there were some technical things going on from their end that they were dealing with.”

One other bewildering moment took many attendees by surprise. According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, when Prince’s official set ended — with an assortment of funk-drenched hits, medleys and covers — he decided to do an encore with two more songs. The only issue, however, was that he waited too long to take the stage and half of the audience had already left.

“It did suck that we had to wait so long, and that he didn’t come back on until the lights came up,” said Dudlicek. “Normally that’s a cue that the show is over, and everyone knows that. If there was a problem with the personnel, it should’ve been communicated.”

Nevertheless, the first show of the “Welcome to Chicago” series proved a mixed blessing for many, who expected the main attraction to be precise and focused. As Live Nation event coordinator Megan McKenna stated, “Prince gives an actual show … He did apologize for the lateness, but I think that people made it bigger than what it actually was.”

Long-Overdue: Music Talk #3

Hello folks!

It has been nearly three months and long overdue…the BrandoSoul Podcast is back with an all new Music Talk segment. We are about to get into a plethora of recent Prince/music-related news. We also have some new creative people on board: David Ford and Chri$topher Ryan. As well as no other than Jesse Jenkins! Let’s gear up the guns…

So listen, enjoy, comment, and share!

– Updates on new Michael Jackson “Bad 25” package
– Prince vs. Questlove: What’s the deal?
– Remasters conversation
– YouTube and music responsibility
– What’s coming up for the Purple Yoda himself: Prince!

Listen or download here: http://archive.org/details/BrandosoulPodcastMusicTalk3

Also, check out Chri$topher’s fantastic, funkycalisoulfuldope and fresh music here.

And let’s not forget to mention the thought-provoking excellence from Jesse Jenkins! 

http://www.youtube.com/user/jesterants/http://www.youtube.com/user/DemonstrativeRanD

 

Album Round-up: Prince’s The Gold Experience

Hello B.R.A.N.D.O fans and funkateers,

We are back with another Prince episode, looking back at 1995’s “The Gold Experience.” This album has long been considered one of the mighty pinnacles of Prince’s long and illustrious career. Here I am joined with Jesse Jenkins and Henry Cooper. We’re going in on this one and then some. Enjoy, comment and share! Thanks.

Click here to listen: http://archive.org/details/AlbumRound-upPrincesTheGoldExperience

 

Podcast: Music Talk #2

*Note: This episode was recorded on June 2nd, 2012. Michael Jackson’s commemorative Bad 25 single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round” is available exclusively at Walmart. Pick it up NOW! 

Hello folks!

We are back with a long-awaited episode of Music Talk #2! Here I’m joined by good friend and co-host, Jesse Jenkins. We are getting into alot of stuff on this one…so let’s get the engines running! Enjoy, comment, share and follow. Thanks!

– Prince’s Australian Tour
– Michael Jackson’s Bad 25 Release (How Will It Hold Up?)
– Prince Remasters (Will It Ever Happen?)
– Possible New Prince Project/Protege Projects
– What Are We Listening To?

Link to Podcast: http://archive.org/details/MusicTalk2

Album Round-up: Prince’s Come

Greetings people,

We’re taking it back to 1994, with the release of Come, the thirteenth album in Prince’s long and varied career. We are going bonkers on this one. One of P’s most underrated, yet greatest moments on wax. We are going all out with this podcast, which features co-host Jesse Jenkins (as formerly known as EyeJester7 on prince.org) and Henry Cooper. Prince and music lovers, get in on this one. More to come soon…Enjoy, share, and comment! Thanks so much.

Link to podcast: http://archive.org/details/AlbumRound-upPrincesCome

Article about “The Second Coming” unreleased film: http://www.waxpoetics.com/features/articles/the-second-coming

Complete Purple Rain Script: http://corky.net/scripts/purpleRain.html