Have a first look/listen at E’s latest production and keys effort, “Be U Could”. On vocals we’ve got the elusive (Quasimoto-esque) Brighton-based soul singer Chauncy Rigsby Malone. Mr Malone is not the dood in the video nor does he have any online presence. sneaky. It’s frrrresh!
We recently caught up with Eric Boss mid-tour in Finland with Myron & E. The bay area producer, dj, singer and all around cool funkin’ dood is grinding away putting records out, making videos and frying some bomb a$$ chicken. Read on as our own Anthony Comito raps with E.
For those who do not know, tell me about E’s aliases and current projects..
Okaay, when I DJ it’s E da Boss. When I produce music it’s Eric Boss. When I sing it’s E.
Current projects are :
• Myron & E with the Soul Investigators LP coming Winter 2010 via Timmion.
• New Frames with Nick Waterhouse - In the studio working on new tracks :)
• The Pendletons with Trailer Limon - In the Studio working on 7” feat. Chauncy Malone Rigsby (see video below).
• Slept On Records with Nick Andre - Digital Single coming soon.
You’ve been playing tunes in the bay longer then I’ve been on this planet, how have you seen the SF music scene change over the years?
I have seen music fads come & go. Also a lot of bands / dj’s come & go. A lot of clubs come & go or close & open with a new name. Serato changed the game quite a bit but for the most part it seems to me that it has not changed too much.
In terms of your career trajectory, are you making music from a different perspective than a lot of current DJ’s?
I don’t think so. I see a lot of DJ’s getting into other aspects of music like playing live instruments, singing, etc. Expansion of talent is a good thing.
You’ve done a bit touring. Lets hear your tour resume?
• Myron & E with the Soul Investigators - Currently touring Europe.
• Blackalicious - Several National & International tours (too many to count).
• Lateef the Truthspeaker - Several National & International tours.
• Jennifer Johns - a lot of West Coast tours & we did a tour in Malaysia & Singapore a couple years ago.
• Jahi - Several West Coast tours.
Best show overseas?
Myron & E with the Soul Investigators in Turku, Finland at Dynamo (Turku is the Funk capitol of Finland!)
How many children do you have that you know of?
One & a possible : )
Wooo!! I’m jamming “Cold Game” right now. Your catalog of music is really diverse. What inspires you to create different types of music?
I think the biggest inspiration for me is just the challenge of doing it. I also think it’s good to have a wide variety music in the catalog, not just a bunch of things that all sound similar.
It sounds like your able to keep a good balance of sampling and making it your own Is that a conscious effort?
Yes. One of my biggest influences in music are the productions of Organized Noize. Their early stuff for Outkast & Goodie Mod was a perfect blend of samples & live instrumentation. I really aspire to create the same vibe they did.
In the process of creating new music do you usually have a pretty clear idea of what you want it to sound like beforehand, or is the process more improvisational?
It’s both. Sometimes I have an idea of what I want to do and other times it’s just happy accidents. Like the song I did with Gab & Lateef “Go Left” that beat was just something I was fooling around with and it turned out good. But “Banana Split” with Bicasso was me purposely trying to make a dance floor friendly song. Both worked but it’s a good contrast between improv and a thought out idea.
You are a pretty soft-spoken dude I had no idea you could sing! What other hidden talents do you possess?
I can fry a pretty good chicken! <- It’s true we’ve had it, it’s the BOMB!
On “Cold Game” it sounds like your singing about heartbreak. Are there certain experiences that you’re drawing upon?
Not really. “Cold Game” was written and recorded in the same day. The term Cold Game comes from a guy named Eugene Smith, he was a roadie for Blackalicious back in the day. He used the term so much it became his nickname. So when we were writing the lyrics Myron had the line “It aint funny it’s such a shame” & I was like “Love is such a Cold Game” and it worked.
Where does your appreciation of music stem from?
My Grandmother. She had a crazy record collection. Every thing from Lou Donaldson, Cymande, Al Greene, a lot of Mahalia Jackson, Down Home Blues…. You name a genre and she had it. Even some country stuff. She would play music in our home constantly - she bought my first record -> Michael Jackson 45 Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough b/w Off the Wall.
As a kid, was there music on the radio that you were really drawn to?
At what point did you really get into music?
Probably around 85’-86’. That’s when I started buy records on the regular and bugging my folks to buy me DJ equipment.
Some kids remember when they first learned how to ride a bike. When did you first learn how to mix?
The guy that taught me how to mix was Cy Smith (Grandmaster C). When I first started DJing all I wanted to do was scratch but he told me the most important thing is learning how to “straight mix” meaning blend two records together on beat. He also told me that if I learned that everything else like scratching & tricks would be easier because you have to do those things in time to the beat anyway.
You pull a lot of your favorite music into your own - what are your top 5 influential records all time?
1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca & the Soul Brother
2. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
3. J Dilla - Doughnuts
4. Goodie Mob - Soul Food
5. Toro Y Moi - Causers of This
Current 7” on the table?
Myron & E with the Soul Investigators - Free Delivery From the Pot Club!
Go through your current studio setup.
• Mac G5
•2 Technics 1200’s
• Rane 56 Mixer
• Ensoniq ASR-10
• Akai MPC 60
• Casio RZ-1
• Sequential Circuits Max Synth
What piece of equipment could you not live without?
• Ensoniq ASR-10…It’s really bad but I love that thing more than most of my girlfriends.
You run your own record label Slept On Records. What inspired you to start your own label?
Yes. Nick Andre and I started the label in 2002. We started it to put our own music out. D.I.Y. is the Bay Area way!
What’s next for the label?
We are putting out a series of digital only releases. Maybe a 7” at some point but mostly digital releases for the near future.
What are some ways you’re staying up with the current state of the music industry?
Reading Blogs. That seems to be the best outlet for New Music now-a-days. I read Nahright, 2dopeboys, gorillavsbear, mintcollective, xlr8r, above-the-fold, etc. etc. etc. & always trading music with friends… Word of Mouth, Video’s, Radio… . I try to stay dialed in to all that in some form or fashion.
Grown Kids Radio is one podcast I definitely enjoy listening to. How did all these goofy dudes get together and what kind of stuff will you be doing in the future?
We are a pretty unique group of goofy dudes. I think we all got together to do a radio show on a local Pirate Radio Station but that did not work out quite the way we had planned so we started doing the podcast. Big Up’s to Brown Majic, Peter West, Spinnerty, Diversify & Cyclyst a.k.a Dust Bucket!
I think there might be a bit too much testosterone, how about getting some girls up in the mix!?
I am 110% down for that! Any suggestions?
I’ve been lucky enough to get down on E’s Fried Chicken. What’s the secret ingredient?
Love, Peace & Hot Grease!
-Anthony Comito for Mint Collective