Another  month, another fine residency on Frission. The sun might be setting a little earlier in the sky as we transition into fresher Autumn days but for the month of September we are keeping the Summer party alive with a cocktail of colourful tropical vibes.

Our resident for September is Denis Faneites aka Radio Hobo: a crate digger, illustrator and DJ based in Berlin with German-Venezuelan roots. radiohobo_pano_1-1

He considers himself a crate digger since he started buying hip-hop vinyl back in 1996/97. It wasn’t until 2012 that he started DJ’ing in Berlin-Kreuzberg, in a bar which belonged to a friend of his. There he held a DJ residency every weekend for around 2 years. Back then it was vinyl only (as it remains today) spinning soul, funk, jazz and reggae.
“The location wasn’t that big so there was no place to dance, so i played more ‘background music’. That leads to where i am now (since i found out that i like to make people dance): going back to my roots, my heritage and playing more tropical tunes. That can be bossa nova, cumbia, zouk, afrobeat, highlife or funana. It fits me and my tropical approach in terms of what I am doing as an illustrator and painter. The Music inspires my Art and vice versa.”
Denis Faneites Illustration 2
Check out more of Radio Hobo’s incredible illustrations here:
In October, Radio Hobo will play at the first underground Mindelo festival in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands, together with Celeste Mariposa and Romy Romualdo. His hope is for a chance to play in more countries, where they feel what he feels when the needle hits the record. Radio Hobo’s future plans are to have a monthly opportunity in Berlin, to share the tropical treasures found over the years and even to throw a party every month.

Q&A with Radio Hobo.

You can put together a band of any musicians dead or alive to play at any venue – who, where, why?

Fela Kuti, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Bob Marley, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tony Allen, Max Roach, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Tupac & K.Lamar in a small jazz club.
Because it would be interesting to see.

What music was around your house when you were growing up?

Harry Belafonte, Rat Pack, Tito Puente, Herb Alpert, Bert Kaempfert, Bob Marley, Rare Earth, Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young

1st record you bought (or forced someone to buy you)?

Phil Collins Best of (CD), Snow – Informer (7inch) when i was 10 or 11.

Original pressing piece of vinyl you would do something shameful to own?

I won’t do no shameful things to own any material stuff but i would like to own these for a reasonable price 🙂

Americo and Djarama – Nha Destin
Tchiss Lopes – Stranger Ja Catem Traboi
Bonga – Angola74
Masaru Imada Quartet – Now!

Top 10 producers of all time (any music style)?

Only 10?

Favourite 3 music videos?

I grew up without MTV,…but hmm….i would say Karma Police by Radiohead, Karma Police by Radiohead and Karma Police by Radiohead.

What’s next for you?

More guest mixes, gigs, exhibitions, work work work…but only god knows.

Greatest year for music?

Only 1 year?

5 albums it should be illegal for people not to own?

Jose Gonzalez-Veneer
John Coltrane- My favorite things
Manu Chao – Clandestino
Acey Alone- Book of human language
Nick Drake – Pink Moon

Most mind blowing gig you’ve been to?

I played at Underground Mindelo in Rotterdam…that was mind-blowing for me.
In terms of concerts…Remy Shand 2001, Ben Harper 2006, Jose James 2015, etc… too many.

Recommend 3 other works of art/artists (books, painters etc)?

The art of William h. Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, the autobiography of Miles Davis, Sue Graham Mingus and of Charles Mingus.
Novels: The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Lilac & Flag.

In a parallel universe where anything is possible, who works on your next project with you and what is it?

The Cumbia Group Malphino and Chalo Correia…. it would be an art exhibition in a small venue, showing my artworks while they are playing.

Record label you wish you started?

Def Jam…i would be really rich, well connected and could do quite a good yoga on Instagram.

Apart from music what do you love most?

Illustration & Art.

Who is your musical inspiration?

If i could play guitar it would be Jose Gonzalez.

You can listen to one song before you get put into the Black Sleep of the Kali Ma – what do you choose?

Jose Gonzalez- Crosses.

We are chuffed to have Radio Hobo on board for this month and look forward to him sharing his collection with us.
For September, Radio Hobo will take the reigns and deliver a series of specially themed mixes. Ranging from Latin to Afro to Jazz.

Radio Hobo Residency Dates and Time slots in full.

If you are in Berlin, you can catch the mixes in the following order:

Friday 2nd Sept – 20:00 CEST // Berlin

Friday 9th Sept – 20:00 CEST // Berlin

Friday 16th Sept – 20:00 CEST // Berlin

Friday 23rd Sept – 20:00 CEST // Berlin

If you are in Japan you can catch the show at these times:

Saturday 3rd Sept – 21:00 UTC+09:00 // Tokyo

Saturday 10th Sept – 21:00 UTC+09:00 // Tokyo

Saturday 17th Sept – 21:00 UTC+09:00 // Tokyo

Saturday 24th Sept – 21:00 UTC+09:00 // Tokyo

US play times are as follows:

Thursday 8th Sept – 20:00 UTC-08:00 // Los Angeles

Thursday 15th Sept – 20:00 UTC-08:00 // Los Angeles

Thursday 22nd Sept – 20:00 UTC-08:00 // Los Angeles

Thursday 29th Sept – 20:00 UTC-08:00 // Los Angeles

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While you wait, why not bask in the splendor of these beautiful illustrations.