European Tour 2013

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“Funk From The Trunk” EAST BLOCK TOUR 2013
03 OCT / 05 NOV 2013

Moszcva KafezoIt has been only a few days since our East Block European tour has officially ended with the last show at Groovestation in Dresden. We are now slowly making our way back to our home Thessaloniki/Hamburg to catch up on sleep.

With no show tomorrow – no show for the next few week-ends actually – it’s time to put our feet up for a bit and take a look back at this crazy month that saw the Freaks run all over East & Central Europe.

Nu Spirit / Bratislava

We traveled 8500 km in a Van jam packed full of Musical equipment, heavy suitcases and a whole trunk full of Funk of course. 15 Shows. 9 different countries.

It wasn’t easy at times to be on the road day after day.

There were days we were tired, days we were sick as dogs and in need of medicine and antibiotics, days we sweat like monkeys and the only thing we truly wanted was a shower and a bed. There was the day we got our camera stolen by a couple of crazy kids on drugs and the day we were stuck in traffic on a German highway, with the whole country under construction.

Tab Tap (Schaffhausen)

More roads, more tobacco, (nearly 600 grams in total), with flavorful blends from Albania and Morocco & Germany. We suffered in non-smoking Hotel Rooms and at times we broke a few rules. We battle some Jamaicans we had met on smoking, and always, always, made a lot of noise.

But no matter how little we had slept or how tough the road had been, everything always changed once we hit the stage, once we met the people, saw their smile and realize how what we were doing was making them dance, how our music, our passion, our FUNK was making them forget about the world even if for just one night.

Kottulinsky (Graz)

For every tough moment there was always another one so ridiculously awesome, so freakishly funky we could not help but smile and follow along in our east Block European adventure.

9 countries and 15 cities, Starting from Belgrade, then to Cluj @ Boiler Club, it was an endless path made of changing money, speaking different languages, eating different foods, and crossing borders
We had time for record diggin in Cologne & Prague, and We had the chance to play along side Charlie Funk aka Afrika Islaam at the Moondoo in Hamburg, and even to record new collaborations in Cologne & Novi Sad.

We also experienced the culture of 9 beautiful European countries while on the road.
We drunk a lot of Serbian & Croatian Rakjia, We enjoyed Romanian Snaps with pickles , loved Austrian liquor, and indulged in Czech & Slovakian Beer.

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Basement Freaks Live @ Moszkva Kávézó 04/10/13

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Basement Freaks Live @ Moszkva Kávézó
Fri 04 Oct 2013
Oradea / Romania
Shooted by Zsolt Domokos

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Soul Intoxication (Single/EP)

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Soul Intoxication is getting a full run out as a single with hot remixes from LA boys Skaggs and Lonely Boy as well as a supremely summery house mix from Aussie breaks don Tom Drummond

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“Soul Intoxication (Tom Drummond Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD

Taken from “JAL 157 Basement Freaks – Funk From The Trunk LP

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Not enough albums open with the majestic rasp of a harmonica.

Basement Freaks attempt to redress the balance with their second studio album Funk From The Trunk which shows the boys in full P-Funk flow.

From opening track A Blues Thang to the last gasp of album closer The Last Train – you know you are listening to young soul rebels who have found their full funky flow.

Producer George Fotiadis won a lot of fans as a leader of the burgeoning ghetto funk scene and while that scene is still big internationally, there are no wobble bass lines here, just block rocking hip hop beats, funky wah wah guitars and funky as flip vocals from longtime collaborator and fellow Freak Georges Perin as well as guest spots from Mustafa Akbar of Nappy Riddem, Charlie Funk and MC Rayna.

Opener A Blues Thang was the standout track from a vinyl sampler EP released by the Freaks at the end of last year and is distinctive for its deep south harmonica lead and blues drenched vocal. Which part of America’s deep south are these boys from you ask ? Thessaloniki I answer. Greece is the word.

Moving on to the guestsMustafa Akbar is a mic killer who first came to our notice here at Jalapeno Towers providing the funk for our DC Brothers Fort Knox Five.

Basement Freaks reached out to him to work with them on FFTT. Mustafa liked the flavour of their funk and sealed another international connection providing a special flavour to the album and bringing the DC love to 3 tracks.

Work It Out featuring MC Rayna is a big heavy hitting slice of hip hop and street soul. The aggressive twang of MC Rayna gives the track an edge that will have clubs jumping from Atlanta to Hamburg where the Freaks are now resident.

The Moondoo club in Hamburg is an important melting pot for artists who can bring the heat and it was here that the Freaks met Charlie Funk who plays regularly at the club. A night in the studio later and Funk For Freaks was finished and it was down to the Freaks to mix and master their second album for Jalapeno.

Funk From the Trunk is a step on from Something Freaky – their debut. That album spawned a hit single which was licensed to a US TV show further upping the Freaks credibility over in Hollywood.

Their debut album charted in the US college radio charts and Basement Freaks are looking to build on that success this time round. Basement Freaks are touring their live show round festivals and clubs this summer. Expect to see them rocking a field / dancefloor / basement near you soon.

For More information contact trevor@jalapenorecords.com

 

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RadioZ (Nurnberg/Germany)

RadioX (Frankfurt/Germany)

Funkhaus Europa (Cologne/Germany)

Up n Loud webradio (Greece)

“Grundfunk” on Radio Wave – Czech Republic

“Wicked Jazz Sounds” on Radio 6 – Netherlands

“Kohti Valoa” on Radio Helsinki – Finland

Metrojolt (Interview)

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Basement Freaks Interview at Metrojolt 14 June 2013
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No stranger to the disparate realms of Funk, we’ve become a little infatuated with our friends Basement Freaks over in Germany. Recently released on Jalapeno Records, their newest album Funk From Your Trunk blew us away by the range of talent it displayed. Whatever you wanted to hear – party jams for the nightclub, slow jamz for your girl, or just a song to lie back and think far away thoughts while it rushed through your head, they had it all on Funk From Your Trunk. And that’s exactly why we asked them for an interview. With their help, Metrojolt got a bit more in tune with the evolving Ghetto Funk/Nu Funk scene evolving across the world.

First off, where in the world did the name Basement Freaks come from?

Funnily enough, it all begun in a basement in our hometown Thessaloniki/Greece back in 2005. By 2006, I’d already compiled our first instrumental album and got it signed to a label called Music Kitchen but we still didn’t have an artist name for the project. I got a phone call from a Sax Player from New York who I collaborated with, he asked “What’s Up with the Album?” I replied “All finished with the production now Mike but I’m Freaking out in the basement right now trying to find a name!” The rest is history…

Some people have described your sound as part of this Ghetto Funk or Nu Funk movement. Could you explain what ghetto funk or Nu Funk is and describe what sound you guys are exploring?

They both emerged out of the world of Funky Breaks with Ghetto Funk moving the genre forward by incorporating the modern electronic bass sounds of today. Nu Funk keeps its sound closer to tradition using more organic instrumentation and sounds. We don’t consider them as music genres that describe our current music but at the same time we don’t have any problem if people find us via those sources!

Our music is 21st Century Funk. We know that a few purists would say this is not Funk; we disagree as we feel that we are pushing that sound and developing it. We strive to be trailblazers in the genre.

Could you tell us a story that prompted you to start producing that funky material?

We come from a musician background, mainly influenced by Funk, Blues and Soul music from the states. We’ve both been part the local band scene in Thessaloniki since 1992 but ironically a visit in London back in 2003 kicked off things for us, set the direction of our sound.

Are there any artists out there today you’re really digging? Who would you like to work with?

There are far too many to mention! It so hard to choose but Georges Perin would love to collaborate with George Clinton. Afrika Bambaataa would be my choice.

Let’s transition for a minute to your new album. Is there anything different that you tried to do with Funk From Your Trunk that differentiates it from your last LP Something Freaky?

Well, basically instead of producing breaks with major Funk influences, we nosedived straight into pure Funk. We recorded a lot of instruments, lots of bass, guitar, talkbox and vocals. We also dropped the tempo from 115/120 bpm to 92 /105 added more blues and more soul.

Funk From The Trunk is definitely an album to be enjoyed on and off the dancefloor.

Funk From Your Trunk is so multifaceted; it’s got songs for amping the party, slow jams, and straight good feelin’ music. That’s not to mention the multiple artists you brought on to help with its vocals, instrumentation and production. Was there a specific track that you guys had more fun producing?

We really enjoyed writing “Soul Intoxication” it came so naturally that we finished the song in one day. It was amazing how it came together; it was like we were hovering above as it wrote itself!

If you don’t mind I’d like to ask a broad question: Why do you think the funk is important in music?

Its definition has changed over the years and everyone interprets funk in different ways. To us, funk means hard work, sweat and good times. Everybody likes to be “funky”, unfortunately today there are only a few musicians really working it. The truth is funk is a kind of groove that produces a human feeling so natural that it feels right to be alive. Nothing worse than music that feels wrong..

Why did you create Bombastic Jam?

Bombastic Jam started back in 2010 as there was a lot of excitement in the world of Funky Breaks. Nu Funk had now established itself and Ghetto Funk was emerging too with lots of artists and DJs pushing the sound. We were very much part of those scenes but we wanted to put our stamp on them by creating a signature sound of original funky breaks. There were a lot of mash ups and bootlegs kicking around in both scenes; we want to steer clear of that.

What’s your favorite piece of gear in the studio?

Our UAD plugins

Any upcoming projects or tours?

The first single from the album “Soul Intoxication” is in the mastering studio right now. Expect it in August on Jalapeno Records, featuring some amazing remixes from the likes of Tom Drummond, Skaggs and Lonely Boy. We love all the remixes and we’re stoked to release the single together with our first official video that we are currently working on. We always out and about playing live or DJing so keep your eyes on our social media

Any advice for new producers on the scene?

Keep your eyes & ears open, be flexible and change your habits…..

Funk From The Trunk (LP)

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Not enough albums open with the majestic rasp of a harmonica. Basement Freaks attempt to redress the balance with their second studio album Funk From The Trunk which shows the boys in full P-Funk flow.

JAL 157 Basement Freaks – Funk From The Trunk Release date 27 May 2013

******************************************************************************************* Basement FreaksFunk From The Trunk CD is OUT NOW ******************************************************************************************* JUNO RECORDS KUDOS JALAPENO STORE JPC.DE WELTBILD ******************************************************************************************* DIGITAL SHOPS ******************************************************************************************* ITUNES BEATPORT JUNO DOWNLOAD AMAZON TRACK IT DOWN SOUL SEDUCTION GOGOYOKO ZERO INC CLONE NL **************************************************************************************************** Not enough albums open with the majestic rasp of a harmonica. Basement Freaks attempt to redress the balance with their second studio album Funk From The Trunk which shows the boys in full P-Funk flow. From opening track A Blues Thang to the last gasp of album closer The Last Train – you know you are listening to young soul rebels who have found their full funky flow. Producer George Fotiadis won a lot of fans as a leader of the burgeoning ghetto funk scene and while that scene is still big internationally, there are no wobble bass lines here, just block rocking hip hop beats, funky wah wah guitars and funky as flip vocals from longtime collaborator and fellow Freak Georges Perin as well as guest spots from Mustafa Akbar of Nappy Riddem, Charlie Funk and MC Rayna. Opener A Blues Thang was the standout track from a vinyl sampler EP released by the Freaks at the end of last year and is distinctive for its deep south harmonica lead and blues drenched vocal. Which part of America’s deep south are these boys from you ask ? Thessaloniki I answer. Greece is the word. Moving on to the guestsMustafa Akbar is a mic killer who first came to our notice here at Jalapeno Towers providing the funk for our DC Brothers Fort Knox Five. Basement Freaks reached out to him to work with them on FFTT. Mustafa liked the flavour of their funk and sealed another international connection providing a special flavour to the album and bringing the DC love to 3 tracks. Work It Out featuring MC Rayna is a big heavy hitting slice of hip hop and street soul. The aggressive twang of MC Rayna gives the track an edge that will have clubs jumping from Atlanta to Hamburg where the Freaks are now resident. The Moondoo club in Hamburg is an important melting pot for artists who can bring the heat and it was here that the Freaks met Charlie Funk who plays regularly at the club. A night in the studio later and Funk For Freaks was finished and it was down to the Freaks to mix and master their second album for Jalapeno. Funk From the Trunk is a step on from Something Freaky – their debut. That album spawned a hit single which was licensed to a US TV show further upping the Freaks credibility over in Hollywood. Their debut album charted in the US college radio charts and Basement Freaks are looking to build on that success this time round. Basement Freaks are touring their live show round festivals and clubs this summer. Expect to see them rocking a field / dancefloor / basement near you soon. For More information contact trevor@jalapenorecords.com   ******************************************************************************************* INTERVIEWS ******************************************************************************************* Metrojolt Freebreaksblog ******************************************************************************************* ALBUM REVIEWS ******************************************************************************************* InYourSpeakers FestivalsForAll Monkeyboxing Manalogue Metrojolt Soul Guru Sounds Theaureview Thedigitalfix HangoutAltsounds Free Breaks Blog Iyezine (Italian) Fonkadelica (Francais) 1Beat Blog (Deutche) Sonorama (Spanish) Soul Spain (Spanish) ******************************************************************************************* RADIO PLAY ******************************************************************************************* RadioZ (Nurnberg/Germany) RadioX (Frankfurt/Germany) Funkhaus Europa (Cologne/Germany) Up n Loud webradio (Greece) “Grundfunk” on Radio Wave – Czech Republic “Wicked Jazz Sounds” on Radio 6 – Netherlands “Kohti Valoa” on Radio Helsinki – Finland