People, people, please give it up for another very special Resident curator – INFINITEtheBEATmaker.
Detroit native INFINITE, will launch his Organic Lounge during April, an exquisite blend of the best minimalist and additive-free Hip Hop, Lo-Fi, Nu Jazz, Chill Hop, Future Soul, and Downtempo Beats for those who enjoy the mellow, laid back side of music.
INFINITE’s 2 hour mixes will showcase his beatmaker’s ear and desire to expose Frission listeners to avant-garde and innovative music by artists committed to pioneering a more earth-friendly, organic, positive and uplifting message and sound.
There’s not long to wait now as Organic Lounge #1 will premiere at 19:00 on Saturday 8th April N.Y time (Midnight in the U.K) with a replay the following Saturday at the same time.
Organic Lounge #2 will premiere on the 22nd April at 19:00 – 21:00 in N.Y and repeat the following Saturday if you are not already enthralled and tuned in live after #1!
We sat down for a chat with INFINITE aka Aqeel The Nubian to talk about his show and his musical journey so far.
You can put together a band of any musicians dead or alive to play at any venue – who, where, why?
No matter which you look at it this is a loaded question. It is so loaded that regardless of what answer you give you’ll end up shooting yourself in the foot. Now that I have spoken my piece I am going to shy far, far away from the typical response, and refrain from spewing out expected names like Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Nina Simone, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, J Dilla, Aaliyah, Max Roach, Nate Dogg, etc., etc., ad infinitum. Instead what I am going to do is stick to my guns as an “Afrofuturist” and belt out a list of up and coming artists who are right on the cusp of stardom, so here’s my 21st century and beyond crème de la crème.
Sudan Archives (violinist, vocalist);
Marlee D aka The Mixxstress (rapper, dj);
Joy Postell (rapper/vocalist);
Karla “K. Flow” Sudduth (instrumentalist, beatmaker, vocalist);
Cortney Knight aka Queen of Blaquestone (instrumentalist, vocalist);
OSHUN (Thandiwe and Niambi Sala; vocalists, femcees);
Catherine Sera (singer, songwriter);
Maassai (femcee, songwriter);
iNDiGo HiGH aka rinjibeats (beatmaker, singer)
Quiana Parks (dj, painter)
So that the whole world can see these future stars who all just so happen to be female shine forth with a brilliance that will leave the viewership in total awe!
What music was around your house when you were growing up?
Many would be dumbfounded to learn that I did not grow up in a music friendly household. The only music that was around the house when I was growing up was the music that I managed to smuggle in, and that was very little. In order to enjoy the songs of the day, so to speak, I had to go over to a friend’s house whose home was much more liberal, and free flowing. He and I listened to every genre of music that you can imagine no matter how obscure. Heck, I even remember one time when our album of the week was “Pride of Scotland: The Greatest Scottish Bagpipe Music.” Our favorite tune was “Caledonia,” and we played that song into the ground…Lol!
1st record you bought (or forced someone to buy you)?
Honestly, as a vinyl archaeologist I don’t even remember the first record that I bought. It’s kind of like asking a prehistory archaeologist does he remember his first excavation after he or she has participated in over 1,000 digs. After a while it just all runs together, at least for me it does. Wait a minute, I think it’s coming back to me… “The Ultimate 30’s and 40’s Reefer Songs,” a wacky weed compilation that brings together 20 vocal jazz cuts from 1932-1945 that have marijuana use as a theme.
Original pressing piece of vinyl you would do something shameful to own?
What I wouldn’t do to get my hands on a first pressing of “Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle.” Only 300 copies were pressed, and they were only issued in Jamaica. Produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry, and engineered by King Tubby, it was one of the first dub albums.
Top 10 producers of all time (any music style)?
Just ten, huh? Well here we go in no particular order…
Favourite 3 music videos?
BlaqueStone – 11:59
Sa-Roc – True Mastery
U.N.I.T.Y – Queen Latifa
What’s next for you?
Hopefully seeing another sunrise after a seemingly trying day. Outside of that I have no idea what’s next for me, and personally I prefer it like that! For me it’s the constant uncertainty that keeps me poised to take advantage of whatever opportunity the moment that I exist in may bring. Synergy, Synchroncity, and Serendipity are my things…
Greatest year for music?
How old is the universe? Lol…
Why do you make music?
The desire to create is a great fire that burns non-stop in the depths of my soul… You thought I was about to get deep, huh? Not…Lol! Let’s keep it shallow. Most of the time I make music because I am simply bored with life, and want to spice things up a bit hoping to add my two cents to the creative fire of the world. If someone happens to enjoy what I created, or gets inspired by it then that’s an added bonus.
5 albums it should be illegal for people not to own?
Another loaded question! Being that I am consistently unorthodox, I am going to go strictly beatstrumental here! In no specific order…
Metal Fingers aka MF Doom – Special Herbs: The Box Set Vol. 0-9
Nujabees – Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure
J Dilla – Donuts
Ohbliv & Dil Withers Split Tape
Most mind blowing gig you’ve been to?
I don’t get out much anymore. However in 2015 I was lucky enough to catch songstress Maimouna Youssef with Daniel March on acoustic guitar do a haunting rendition of her track “Stardust” at The Rawkus, Waterfront Sessions, London, UK.
Recommend 3 other works of art/artists (books, painters etc)?
As a classic bookworm, it is no surprise that two out of the three of my recommendations are literary works, while the remaining one is art book.
Ytasha L. Womack – Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
William C. Davis – Ezerea The Zauberer: The Art of William C. Davis
Credo Mutwa – Indaba My Children: African Folktales
In a parallel universe where anything is possible, who works on your next project with you and what is it?
Actually I was under the impression that we already exist in a parallel universe, or at least an altiverse. No way is this place universe prime, or even earth prime for that matter! A universe where anything is possible, huh? Sounds highly improbable to me. Nevertheless, I will play along. How about I make it simple, and get sitarist Anoushka Shankar, up and coming violinist Ezinma, cellist/bass player Esperanza Spalding, and a plus one, myself, and we do an acoustic instruments meets organic beats quartet project. Now that would be a groundbreaking release!
Record label you wish you started?
I always wished that somehow I could have been on the ground floor, or at the very least played a major role in the development, and launching of Ninja Tune.
Apart from music what do you love most?
I’m a downtempo, minimalist, chillaxin Zen type of guy that likes to daydream a lot. I guess you could call me “nefelibata,” a cloud walker; one who lives in the cloud of their own imagination or dreams, or one who does not abide by the precepts of society, literature, or art; an unconventional, unorthodox person. I guess you could say that I love building castles in the air…
Who is your musical inspiration?
The earth is my musical inspiration, the sound of the birds chirping, the wind rustling through the trees, and so on and so forth.
You can listen to one song before you get put into the Black Sleep of the Kali Ma – what do you choose?
Oh no not Kali Ma, so does that mean I can’t live in this body forever ever after? Well if that’s the case can Hine-nui-te-p? take me instead? As I fall into the great abyss I hear “Grandfathers’ Stories (Annun Sira’)” by Hamza El Din trailing off in the distance!