I'm not new nor am I old. This has to be said out the gate. We should always be growing, expanding, changing, and of course inspiring. I have experienced quite a few obstacles as a woman artist, dj and now producer in this arena called Chicago. Oh I can most certainly share my thoughts and opinions on quite a few aspects of "the game". You may have witnessed some of those via Fb Live, Instagram and Youtube, of course. I definitely could rant about the countless male djs / producers, who wow us with talent, until we peek behind the curtain to find painful truths, that deflate massive egos. But not today.
Today we will simply address the gratefulness I feel to have been heard and listened to. Yes they are the same, yet different. People listen / read our ramblings everyday, all day. Application is an entirely different action. It is mostly a dropped ball, you find on the platform where you acquired the "info". When people start to apply your ideas or inquire about your services in order to facilitate the tasks you advise them on, you get to be a part of their manifestations of goals. And I CANNOT EVER WAIT to see what the universe brings forth based on those shifting from comfort, in order to grow.
Pap Spencer, as some may well know, has been a culture conveyor long enough to closely associate with both Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles. He is a dj, producer, sound engineer and visionary. We have crossed paths more than a few times, as I have "tinkered" at production over the years. This past year, we pow wowed a few times. Pap engineered "Apocalyptic Conversations" for me last year and "The Smokers Church" last month. During that period we discussed quite a few untapped angles and resources for marketing music. Did I mention this started a year ago? lol
Yesterday, after our now weekly studio session, I left with another feather in my cap. After a whole year of waiting on a small bit of content from Pap, we sat and I was able to pull enough together to put a dent in the website that will house all things related to PUMF aka Paps Underground Music Factory. Yes this is a fete. Most artist understand creation. We do this to breathe. The business end can be a hard undertaking. Based on what I have experienced in recent years, I can testify that having these tools in the ever growing pond of djs, can only help further the infinite possibilities of even a JEDI MASTER LIKE Pap Spencer.
Oh yeah fotos and website by Dani Abston of Abston Consulting.:)
At the end of this week, we break new ground. Khari B. (Discopoet) and I have known each other longer than I can remember. If we didn't cross paths anywhere else, we would meet on the dance floor. And the boogie IS still for real. We have worked together on more than a few occasions, as I have provided the soundtrack for events he has hosted and performed. We recently joined forces on stage, to create a bit of an impromptu jam session for Brews, Brats and Brass. What's different now? We have added making a music together to our evolving conquests. Working with Khari affords me to be craft quietly and strategize. I love the idea that I can simply whisper and he nods.
In the last week I have been in the presence of a few magical not for profit organizations, who are pushing forward to create, teach and heal.
The Revolving Door Arts Organization spearheaded by Jennifer Steele, is using the power of Literary Arts to further the aspiring wordsmiths. February 4th was the first (after a hiatus) of their reading series set to bring creatives together. The mission is to celebrate the works of Chicagos many great writers. I was so excited to once again play tunes for these creatives. While playing, I was reminded of how inspiring listening to the features intros and works is for me. I'm standing there listening and digging through my music to marry unique songs to each poet. Magic was most certainly made sparking not only new concepts but connections for all who attended. Please feel free to go to Revolving Door Arts website and see what they are doing for the aspiring literary community.
Ayodele Drum and Dance is a female drum and dance not for profit organization, that teaches (all ages) African culture through drum and dance class and performance. When they asked me to be a part of their dj drum circle at the Chicago Cultural Center, of course I was down for the work out. And work out everyone who came did! Deep and afro house were the selection played accompanied lead the way to a release that was the breath of fresh air needed for the mid week. They have a residency at the cultural center for the next 3 months on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information on them and the schedule for the cultural center visit there site Ayodele Drum and Dance.
Our world is in a very interesting place. We are being confronted with so many things that are intentional in keeping our spirits from soaring. This is when the creatives are MOST necessary.
Groups of creative minds are seeking places, to simply be one with their ideas, actions and others seeking the same. I find these two groups are more than worthy of supporting as they seek to create this kind of connectivity.
when i come to the jam