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House Music Series –International- Marie Joly – Offering Recordings – Gratitude’s Debut

 

Marie Joly had a lot to share about life lessons, humanity and love. Offering Recordings first lady’s music is described as ‘strongly perfumed with spiritual and conscious messages’ What grabbed me was the album title…I have much to be grateful for. GRATITUDE. Simply titled.

Boddhi Satva declared Marie Joly as ‘one to watch’ 3 years ago during our interview. She was still in production mode when he first visited Toronto and I listened to minor releases until I saw a quick blurb online a few weeks ago that her album debuted on Traxsource at #16! What an entrance! She’s not a stranger to the underground scene though…..this is just one of many projects she’s been working on…we Skyped- me in Canada and she in France! Awesome convo….

Me: Marie-Joly thanks so much for this interview, I can’t believe you’ve finally released some beautiful material after a few years under the radar. Congratulations on your success. Your single and titled album ‘Gratitude’ debuted at #16 on the Traxsource ‘House’ charts.

Me: How would you describe your music?

She: I would describe my music as harmonic, it goes deep, it could be House….if people dance to it maybe……its hard to classify the genre. It’s healing music. I know I want to move people, emotionally and spiritually, like Boddhi!

She: I would call it ‘Spirited House-it’s a more natural sound’ She says ‘I try to be harmonic and soothe people, if I can make people dance that’s ideal’ I’m so proud of this album because even though they are unknown or locally known from (France/Scotland) they are flexible yet experienced artists. “I call it New Age; Funky”

Me: Why music? Tell us a little about yourself? How did you get into making music?

She: My favourite part…I played music from a young age. I was a classically trained musician, I studied ballet, I read music, I played the piano.

Instead of rigid music study she spent time studying improvisation (thinking outside the box). She had to practice Chopin but jazzed it up during practice. Her teacher wanted her to learn the Classics but she continued her musical studies in Jazz.

Me: You’re a multi-talented person…. How long did it take to finalize this specific project?

She: From the time Boddhi suggested I get working on an album to when I handed the album in, it was about 3 years…. so naturally some stuff on the album is older. This album is a good synthesis of my production history. Some old and some new. I needed to create pieces that completed a story.

Me: What does/how do you roll-out your creative process?

She: ‘My mind is always creating, I walk in nature, I hear melodies. I’m walking in the street (I hear melodies, I have lots of inspirations.) I can hear what’s happening in my head, I even hear sounds with silence. You can process sounds and sort them out, it’s kinda like musical meditation’.

Me: What comes first, writing or studio time? Are you a House producer?

She: I produce first, I lay down backing vocals first-it’s a transformative process. It’s spontaneous and in the moment. I go back to adjust and press record. It’s like I’m telling a story. I write about how I feel when I’m looking at me. I’m not disassociating my personality but I look at it. (Be sure to have a listen to ‘Lovin’ You’.) It’s one of those examples. I’m grateful for simple things in life, nature, music, friends and my life. I’m an avid vinyl collector too!”

Marie Joly

Me: What’s your favorite part of the creative process? What’s your least favourite?

She: My favourite part is pulling together sound files, ideas and beats and sounds I’ve saved so many sound files so I can work fast and not waste any time while the creativity is showing up….My least favorite is bittersweet; working with the likes of Atjazz and Black Coffee the pressure is on to create solid output (superior sound.) So humbly she says ‘you know these guys are tenured, you learn from them, it’s humbling-they show you production tricks and knowledge and you’re completely blown away….When I think too much in the studio I lose the thought and vibe so I like to be spontaneous. With that spontaneity you find that some producers are highly spiritual and they are definitely running on a very ‘Deep’ vibration when they make and play music.’

Me: So are you are a producer? (I hate job titles and labels but I had to ask.)

She: I don’t take myself purely as a songwriter or producer. I speak from emotion-I write about emotion. I improvise like Oggun. (Known for his protective nature and his ability to spark ingenuity.)I layer tracks and sounds. It could be spontaneous or it could be here and now.

Me: For this album, did you work on any tracks with Boddhi?

She: NO (he’s 100 supportive from the sidelines) I’ve got a few very close friends that call often to see how I’m doing and they are always checking in to see how smooth the production process is going.  But how I met Boddhi was ‘synchronicity’. She ties this in because it really was a chance meeting.

I was making music but I didn’t know I could get into distribution. I  ran into a producer for NHS Scotland and was commissioned to make a soundtrack for a documentary on Lenox Castle-a hospital. The filmmaker was asked me to do this for NHS National Health Scotland. (Sounds familiar with Jellybean’s story huh?) I worked on it and eventually handed in a tape.’ It’s then that she realized music (her music) was a business!  Fast forward to Winter Music Conference WMC 2007 she did plenty of promo in Miami right around the time he (Boddhi) released his first single on the Soul Heaven compilation. He encouraged her to work on something……this produced ‘Lovin U.’ (Oh la la…qu’est ce qui ce pass?) Boddhi played it EVERYWHERE-it was re-released and remixed by Louie Vega and it did VERY WELL! Boddhi recommended she work on an EP and album. Voila, here’s the album!

During her formative musical years she moved to Scotland and resided there for some time-and it is in Scotland she says she ‘listened to music differently.’ She discovered their ‘Underground’ and slowly built her recording studio and also where she discovered turntables!

Me: Who would you like to mention from the Scottish House Underground or off the beaten path?

She: Aqua Bassino, Vashti Bunyan (brilliant folk singer/songwriter), Craig Smith & The Revenge (check ’em out.)

Me: Who are your musical influences? Who inspires you musically? ‘Nick Holder I respect his musical craft.’ A lot of the times though she says, ‘It’s not just the music that makes me enjoy their music-it’s more than that’ Her favourites, [Boddhi] with the ancestral movement/sound. She really likes J Dilla’s production he helps explore her approach to music production. Other favourites: 4 Hero, Bilal, Vikter Duplaix. She lists so many more….

Me: Who would you love to work with?

She: Osunlade, Moodyman are on my list.

Me: What next for Marie Joly and Offering Recordings?
Marie Joly: Album #2 is 50% done but you never know…there are no collaborations. I’ll work on it myself but if something presents itself I could end up working with anyone.

Her parting words…..Marie Joly <<<(she’s on Twitter) believes that ‘Even though we all try to live with our art, we all have the power and capacity to not only focus on the business side of music. ‘It feels empty that way.’  She promises that this album has more artists with more experience and you do feel it [the ethereal sounds] on Gratitude. You can purchase the album on iTunes.

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Boddhi At Bunda Lounge in Toronto

Boddi Satva (Offering Recordings)

Lights dimmed, incense burning (precisely Nag Champa), music is just right- Late night date? No, not at all. It was the Toronto leg of DJ/Producer Boddhi Satva’s Canadian tour. I had been wondering about Boddhi the artist after stumbling on a podcast a few years ago and was assigned his latest ‘Ancestral Interpretations Pt. 2’ (for review).

I had a chance to sit down with Boddhi Satva last Saturday to discuss the album, the journey, the collaborations and most importantly; the person. He had a lot to say……..

About Being African: Born and raised in the Central African Republic and being well exposed to other parts of Africa and his approach to business and interaction with people in general- this is an integral part of who he is as well as the music he has chosen to share with the world. He is proud and says….’I’m African don’t get it twisted-I’m mixed but anyone who knows me knows I’m more African than any African’

On Being signed to Vega Records: Louie’s got a great heart, he’s family-oriented in business and in life. Our friendship is beyond business….it’s a team effort. He allows me to express my identity. It’s opened many doors for me…it’s definitely increased my credibility. People recognize me for my talent first and foremost……’

On his climb forward: ‘It was very slow, it was and still is lots of work….there are still challenges. Just because you tour, travel, have a label backing you up-the work never stops there. Money is a means to be able to direct your work but it’s not stop….I’m grateful for the all the opportunities awarded. I’m so blessed’

Collaborations with other artists: He’s always wanted to do this! In fact he says,’I wanted to collaborate-it’s the smartest way to get your brand out, it’s all about team work, I can’t have an ego when I know it takes a lot of collaboration with others….

On respecting those that paved the way: He sites Louie Vega, Alton Miller, Kai Alce, Osunlade among many that he has looked up to, worked with, those that have designed the music industry in a way that makes House what it is today….he lists tons of other producers from everywhere-‘I believe in Pan-Africanism especially with art/music’

On African artists namely (Oumou Sangare, Ade Alafia, Yuba, Mangala Camara) and their support of Boddhi Satva using their vocals for ‘house’ consumption- ‘They give me props, she (Oumou) is in full support and respects what I’ve done. The support is mutual-the connection is organic’

On the South African House Invasion: ‘No doubt that South Africa is a hub for house music but EDM in Africa has reached other African countries….Angola has been a runner-up for a few years now and Senegal’s hip hop music scene is stellar. Botswana is another heavy-hitter’

Music to look for: (For those looking for things he’s fond of….music and artists he mentioned during the interview……Paul Randolph (Soldier), Mara TK, Salif Keita, Jose James (Vicadin), Rancido, Offering Recordings vocalist Marie Jolie, Orgasm EP feat.Ade Alafia, Teedra Moses (My fave :D)……

Music as a spiritual connection: ‘Music can move a grown man to tears…..it can heal someone’s spirit, it invokes feelings…it can be sensual in nature’

Working with Promoters: ‘It can be tricky sometimes-my name has been used on events that I didn’t know about….you want to visit different cities but promoters don’t always come through’

On the future of Offering Recordings: ‘Offering Recordings is set to be persistent in providing quality music’

Advice to those on their hustle to succeed in the industry: ‘Stay true, work hard, collaborate, never forget to respect yourself, be grateful for all opportunities’

Impression of Canada (Canadian Tour cities): Winnipeg was happening. The festival (Manitoba Electronic Music Festival)…it was fireburn…a very organic city really peaceful. Lots of street art. Big ups to Winnipeg!’….He describes Toronto as ,vibrant with a mixture of people’ and, ‘good peoples’……’I hear Bunda’s the spot’

Expectations for that night’s (August 17) show (At Bunda Lounge): ‘I hear that Solid Garage and Booty Lounge are pretty good…..(laughs) I don’t have too many expectations but I plan to take the crowd on a journey’

Needless to say, the night was a journey. He traveled the world with music and brought tunes from countries where rhythm rules….no matter the language or dialect….you heard and felt the beats! Dancers of all ages and colours shook their butts (myself included) lol

Afrobeats and Eurobeats ran the night. The interview was as eclectic as the set that night….Boddhi, thanks for the visit!

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Boddhi Satva – Ancestral Interpretations Pt.2 (Album Review)

In anticipation of his Canadian tour, I’m proud to announce that I’ve re-posted this review that I wrote a few weeks ago…..Central African Republican DJ Boddhi Satva has grown his sound base, matured his sound and ready to explore all musical genres. For those interested he’ll be at Bunda Lounge this Saturday August 17th….party organized by United Soul…..get the details here: http://bit.ly/18nXVRk

If you’re still curious about this guy, I suggest you read this album review!

He’s cleaned up his act. No more sound production in the red- we hear a Boddhi sound that draws on his African roots. Bringing artists that may be popular or well known to us (in North America) and spinning it with a tropical and even ‘luscious’ sound. On the other hand, he brings artists that are known to experiment with music, for example Bonobo’s Heaven for Sinners feat Erykah Badu that contains a mash-up Afro-Caribbean sound! I call it Afro-Caribbean as it at times sounds liked Calypso-House-Tech….

Ancestral Interpretations‘ is a brilliant title because it encompasses the general sound. It gives listeners a chance to take it in whichever way they want and understand in whatever way they should. ‘Ancestral Interpretations’ is a great pulse checker to capture audiences and dancers that wouldn’t seek out Boddhi Satva’s music or sound; also to see what fans and followers already enjoy. It’s also a fabulous album of tracks for DJ mixes.

These interpretations are a mix of all songs: traditional African griot style, pop, contemporary, neo-soul & Jazz. This shows us a little taste of what Boddhi listens to and much of what has influenced his musical tastes. He’s honed in on his niche and is sticking to it (I ain’t mad about that!) I was expecting his signature heavy Djembe or Congo drums but I heard a lot more rhythm.

Famous Malian griot Sekouba Traore is used to open the CD with track Donson (a traditional hunting song). Donson is re-worked as ancestral soul house and this ‘interpretation’ envelopes your ears. One of many traditional songs only heard by local Malians and Boddhi brings it not only to North America, but to the dance floor…this IS as underground as it gets.

My favourites hands down: Rihanna-Stay, Justin Timberlake’s-Spaceship Coupe, Sekouba Traore-Donson and Brit Dubstep artist James Blake’s Overgrown (HEAVY). Honorable mentions include: J-Dilla’s Fall in Love, Frank Ocean’s Pink Matter and Jose James Vicadin.

One way to appreciate what Boddhi brings to this album is to listen to the originals. You’ll be blown away! This album is designed for open-minded listeners and international audiences who can enjoy different formats of music. Ancestral Interpretations is a great summer album with HOT beats for hot club nights!
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http://bamalovesoul.com/2013/07/30/boddhi-satva-ancestral-interpretations-pt-2-album-review/