In my utopian fantasy, by the time I am 40 years (in 9 years time, so not too long off), I will have achieved all of my life goals, be successful in my field (Hip Hop, lol) and a documentary about my life will be produced with interviews from ?uestlove, Steve Stoute and Rapsody speaking on how I am a dear friend and how my positive influence and contribution to the culture of Hip Hop cannot be forgotten.
In reality… if for some reason someone wanted to make a documentary on my banal life, my Mum and few close family and friends would be the only possible people featured.
Iconic Detroit DJ/producer Moodymann is one such person whose influence and contribution to the music scene in his city is deserving of such fanfare. Recently, for his New Era collection, the historically elusive and private artist allowed filmmakers into his life to shoot for documentary Detroit Dust On My Shoes, giving fans a small glimpse into the life so few know much about.
Close friend, frequent collaborator and equally as iconic person, Amp Fiddler, was one of the people called on to speak about Moodymann and Detroit in the documentary. Fiddler himself is a Detroit legend, a singer/producer/musician, who is credited as introducing another Detroit icon to the Akai MPC, none other than the great J Dilla.
Amp and Moodymann met decades ago at a recording session and have been close friends ever since. As seen in the documentary and heard in my interview, Amp couldn’t speak highly enough of his comrade: “He is a representative of Detroit and [he] looks out for artists he helps, that’s [the] most amazing thing about him.”
Amp is also an artist on Moodymann’s label Mahogani Music and a frequent collaborator, “he’s been on nearly all of my records and I have been on most of his records”, so it makes sense that Amp be called on to speak on Moodymann’s Detroit Dust On My Shoes.
Collaboratively they inspire each other and with Moodymann’s distinct ways of working, there is no one process when working together. “I start production and he comes in and adds to it or he starts production and I add to it.
We build on what’s there, [which is a] beautiful way to create together and be without any expectation, just open to total creativity,” says Amp.
Personally, Amp is working on the new album for the Dames Brown and his futuristic, space-experimental side project Digitarians. He is also working on a sound expansion for the Akai MPC, creating a funk expansion for the machine, and providing lyrics and sound for the Tony Allen project.
And that’s Detroit. As Amp put it “[Detroit] makes you hungry for music.” Whether it’s the weather, the people, there’s always something musically happening in the D.
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