Aria is honored to welcome DJ, remixer and electronica pioneer, King Britt!
Well, my parents were heavy into soul and jazz. My mom was friends with Sun Ra and 'Blakey my dad into the funk: James Brown, etc. so this was the root of my upbringing. Then, growing up in Philly with amazing music from Gamble and Huff, I really appreciated songwriting!!! So groups like the O'jays, JBS, Sun Ra Arkestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mtume (jazz stuff), Doug and Jean Carn, etc.
I was working at Tower Records in Philly when Butterfly came in looking for a rare CD....I told him we didnt have it but i knew where to take him we met later and just clicked. Then he told me he needed to make copies of a demo tape; I said stop by the crib and the rest is history. He made the copies went to NYC got the deal and bam! Grammy ! Lol ...
Well, for me it was T Alford (NJ) friends with Blaze and Casio Ware he really got me open to the NJ sound Big Beat, etc early Danny Teneglia Frankie Knuckles, of course (Sound Factory days) Morales (Red Zone days) and Mancuso (I was a Lofty). Producers: Burrell Blaze Larry Heard A Guy Called Gerald (with 808 state) .
4. While we're on the subject, who are some of your favorite remixers?
I love Mark de Clive-Lowe, Bugz in the Attic, Jazzanova and Charles Webster!!! DFA!!! Junior Sanchez they all have balls!!!
Love travelling I am so grateful to be able to travel and share my love for sound! Recognition is whatever I love the DINNERS !
Ha! Well my all-time favorite is "Footsteps in the Dark" Isley Brothers, but the label didnt like it. Everytime I play it people freak its deep dark and sexy slow Tori is another one loved doing that, as I'm a huge fan! Everything but the Girl was another one, because I've loved the song since high school and last but not least, Soul Dhamma -"Flower" classic...I didn't know what I was doing !!
It's totally UNplanned I have a pallette of sounds and songs and I paint a picture with each gig. I try to create atmosphere as much as I can bring you into a world, so to speak! Sometimes it's hard to keep the artistic side alive, lol......
I am music every part of me is music !
Yes i do, but people kinda need these to get an idea of what to expect; with me, my label is loooooong... lol .
I have always always always loved Jody Watley. Not only is she a great singer, but a beautiful soul inside and out she is the definition of love in my book. So, I first wanted to work with her on Re-Member's Only. The song "Rising" was written for her, but her manager said she didnt like it so Kathy Sledge did it I came across Jody over Email and we talked. Then boom "The Essence" a song for all young women everywhere. A song of self-realization....
Oh yeah lol. On MySpace, there are some of the most talented singers!!! Kelly Evans from Canada; Chris Rouse from Toronto; Eric Rico from LA; Santi White - Philly, Nikki Jean - Philly; Aries, of course all coming sooooon!
Hahahahahaha....we went to high school together, 9-12 and we weren't really tight in high school. I floated to different cliques just into all things he was mainly hip hop and a dj, so i really didnt hang with him 'til college when he used to come to Silk City to our legendary Back to Basics events then he played me a demo tape WOWOWOWOWOWOW!
13. What's next for King Britt?
Trying to break into the pop world; I need to reach a larger audience. Just sent a song to Britney and working on some things for Kelly Clarkson not sure if they will accept, but the door is open !!!
You can visit King Britt at www.kingbritt.com