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High Times Interviews Mustafa Akbar

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Photo by Josh Brick

Mustafa Akbar came up in the Eighteenth Street Lounge scene in Washington, D.C. in the mid ‘90s. “The Lounge,” as he calls it, is actually one of Teddy Roosevelt’s old mansions. Perched upon DC’s 18th Street abreast of iconic Dupont Circle, the multi-level enclave became Thievery Corporation’s stomping grounds and home to ESL Music, an incubator of DC funk and soul infused electronica and global force in downtempo music.

It was 2001 when ESL artists Thunderball debuted Akbar signing on their album Scorpio Rising. The album released on September 11th, 2001– imagine how bittersweet, yet somewhat fitting for a D.C. label whose output includes poignant political anthems like “Amerimacka” and “The Richest Man in Babylon.” Notwithstanding, Akbar’s debut on ESL set the stage for features on numerous recordings, collaborating with artists, producers and record labels the world over, including numerous appearances on Kraak and Smaak’s Jalapeno Records. He’s since formed his own group, Nappy Riddem, a conscious reggae band supported by Fort Knox Five’s record label Fort Knox Recordings, who’ve logged yearly performances for DC’s National Cannabis Festival. And today, Akbar has a new single out, “Trust,” debuting on Brooklyn indie music imprint SpinSpinNYC…”

Read more via High Times: http://hightimes.com/culture/music/nappy-riddems-mustafa-akbar-is-d-c-musics-greatest-voice/

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SpinSpinNYC’s Otodojo and Twin Primes Discuss Making Music with Molecules, Ecuadorian Shamanism and Post 9/11 Dystopia | Magnetic Magazine

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“Taking a cue from Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, a publication that features intimate conversations between creative thinkers, we asked two of New York’s rising electronic music producers, SpinSpinNYC’s otodojo (Maro Kariya) and Twin Primes (Omar Ahmad), to record a dialogue about what inspires them to create music and what influences their productions. The artists did just that and then some, exploring politics, life lessons and visualizing the sound of molecules like benzene along the way.

Twin Primes (TP): I first heard your remix of “Says” by Nils Frahm through a friend who is known for being a huge critic.

otodojo (O): I didn’t think that putting drums on top of a piano sequence looping for 10 minutes would lead to such a great connection.

TP: What’s behind the name, otodojo?”

Rest the rest via Magnetic Magazine: 

http://www.magneticmag.com/2017/03/spinspinnycs-otodojo-and-twin-primes-discuss-making-music-with-molecules-ecuadorian-shamanism-and-post-911-dystopia/

SpinSpinNYC Artists Reflect on 2016 in Big Shot Magazine’s REWIND

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“2016 was an interesting year to say the least. There were ups, downs and thankfully plenty of amazing music to keep us going in good times and bad. Now that the year is in our collective rear-view mirror, we asked 238 DJs and electronic-music artists — emerging up-and-comers to veteran stars — to reflect on 2016. Here are their musings listed in alphabetical order.”

Check out what SpinSpinNYC artists Mustafa Akbar, otodojo, Twin Primes and Dynasty Electrik had to say about 2016 in Big Shot Magazine’s REWIND.

 http://newsflash.bigshotmag.com/features/48653/

Big Shot Rewind: 219 DJs and Artists Look Back on 2014

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“As we collectively look ahead to 2015, we asked a range of DJs and electronic-music artists [Nutritious, Soul Clap, Mark Farina, Joey Negro, etc] to reflect on this difficult year. Below 218 artists tell us how they’ll remember 2014 while sharing their aspirations for the new year.”

via Big Shot Magazine: http://newsflash.bigshotmag.com/features/32868/#more-32868

Big Shot Magazine Interview & Guest Mix: Nutritious

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“With the summer solstice tomorrow at 6:51 am EST, we knew a guest mix from New York City house music explorer DJ Nutritious would be the best way to welcome the longest day of the year. Having played high-profile festivals such as Ultra Music Festival to underground loft parties to holding down a residency at Manhattan’s Ace Hotel, Nutritious has the ability to rock any dance floor. He skillfully peppers his sunny 14-track journey with standout floor movers from Miguel Migs, Gorgon City, Luke Solomon and Disclosure. As an added bonus, Nutritious, who helms the SpinSpinNYC imprint, included his crafty edit of !!!’s “Slyd.” Check out Nutritious’ mix below and read on where he explains what summer means to him and how he plans to spend it this year.” -Big Shot Magazine

Playlist & Feature Here: newsflash.bigshotmag.com/dj-mixes/30196

NiteTables Interviews Zoe Wilder

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“It’s confusing when people ask me what I do. I kind of smile and ask them, ‘Well, how long do you have?’”

With a glass of wine in hand and lioness-like hair flowing in the wind, Zoe Wilder says this as we sit outside Revel in the Meatpacking District. As a dancer, model, writer, musician, photographer and humanitarian (and that’s not all), Zoe Wilder is more than just a one-trick pony. With so many talents and events in her life, she tends to take things as they come, without guidelines or plans. She even told me she had no idea what she was doing that week. Her aversion to routine and monotonous daily plans illuminates her multi-faceted personality…”

Read more via NiteTables: https://www.nitetables.com/blog/dancer-artist-model-writer-and-creative-zoe-wilder

Music is Medicine: ‘Before We Were Kings’

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Be sure to keep an eye out for the documentary that explores music as medicine, ‘Before We Were Kings’ – featuring interviews with Nutritious, Moby, Wolfgang Gartner, Sander Kleinenberg among others.

For more information: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/beforewewerekings/music-is-medicine-before-we-were-kings-the-movie