The Anxious Beat
Monthly broadcast hosted by Anxious beat director from the Metro Detroit area that focuses on local, creative forces.
Each program will be a creation in itself and there will be no pre-determined form of structure. We don't care about the hype, just good music!
The Anxious Beat w/ Detroit’s Filthiest (Julian Shamou) - DJ Mix
For this month's show, The Anxious Beat had the pleasure of receiving a most nasty and filthy electro funk DJ Mix (an all Julian Shamou exclusive) from this month’s guest - Detroit’s Filthiest, also known as DJ Nasty, 313 Bass Mechanics and Digitek. The mix consists of tracks from some of Julians latest releases - a truly soulful variety of electro funk, ghettotech, booty tunes, electro and more which exhibits underground dance music at its limitless best.
So, discovering that we share the same predicament—Middle Eastern underground outcasts in the US who never really felt like we belonged anywhere, it quickly became obvious over the phone a few weeks ago that we had way too much in common to do a Skype or email interview and decided to reschedule til when we could actually meet face to face, once this covid BS is over, accompanied by tons of coffee and smokes.
My jaw dropped the first time I came across the now classic and still powerful “drum-machine-terrorist” picture of Julian Shamou. His face is partly covered by a shemagh, while he’s holding up a TR-808 like a lethal weapon of funk. I felt happy, and—it doesn’t happen often—but it also provided me with a specific context, being a Middle Eastern woman (born and raised in Sweden) and into underground electronic music. Asked about the picture, Julian said that it represents his heritage, among many things—the shemagh, for example, being a common attire in the village where he was born in Iraq. The picture was taken back in 1998 in front of The Sacred Heart Chaldean Church on 7 Mile, which was the first area Julian’s family (who is also Chaldean) came to when they arrived in Detroit. Not being able to fit in anywhere in the underground music community—as the first Middle Easterner to play this kind of music in Detroit—Julian also came to cover his face in this picture, as a way to stay anonymous and let people just focus on his music. Stay posted for the future interview with Detroit’s Filthiest as we get to learn more about his beginnings as a DJ and producer, hearing The Egyptian Lover for the first time and how Saddam Hussein came to receive “The Key to the City” of Detroit in the late 1970’s and much much more! (Photo by Brian Gillespie)
DJ Roach - Interview and DJ Mix
These are anxious times indeed..and for the first time, this month's guest did not make it over to the studio... Fortunately not due to any virus related issues but just because time, as always, is one big ungenerous pimp. For the third show of the year The Anxious Beat had the pleasure of interviewing Southwest Detroit's own DJ Roach (Raul Rocha also known as DJ Roach 313) - DJ, producer, founder of Nuestro Futuro Records together with Ray 7 (Raphael Merriweathers Jr. from UR also known as 051, The Beat Mechanic, M.I.A. and The Unknown Soilder) and driven originator of the annual local Detroit party - Tec Troit Electronic Music Festival. The show starts off with castanets crackling in the heavy and infectious track Remember Where You Came From (Remember Your Culture) by DJ Roach and Ray 7's synergetic rhythm duo called NF-2. Roach starts his story at his childhood home, his father being a musician and how he was surrounded by music and instruments from an early age. We also get to learn about the life changing experience of seeing The Wizard perform behind 4 decks at The Stratford Theater back in 1985, getting into DJing along with his brother in 1988, latin freestyle and the beginnings of Tec Troit among many other things. Last but not least we get to let loose and rid all quarantine bullshit to DJ Roach's master skill techno and acid drippin' DJ Mix. (Photo by Marie Staggat)
The A.M. - Interview and DJ Mix
For the second show of the year The Anxious Beat invited rave veteran, electro/techno appreciator and classically trained violinist The A.M. to the studio. This episode starts off with Ann-Marie’s perhaps first serious encounter with music—a journey which begins when she hears classical violin for the first time at a very early age, to years later when she discovered house music by listening to Detroit radio station WJLB late at night, accompanied by her younger sister, writer, host and DJ of Underground & Black blog and NTS show, Ash Lauryn. Taking a bit of a different route than her sister, The A.M. has come to favor the darker, harder category of electronic music, Detroit electro and techno being her preferred weapon of choice. Frequently attending parties and underground raves throughout the years undeniably shaped the ears of The A.M., providing her mixes with that unique Detroit funk, hard-hitting no-bullshit aesthetic. Our conversation also touched on finding a sense of home in the rave scene, overcoming fears and insecurities, the lack of division in the dance community in the past compared to today, Movement Festival (DEMF), losing younger siblings at massive underground parties and embracing your darker side, and much more. The A.M. takes over the second part of the program, showing us just how dark, deep and bottomless the rabbit hole really is.
(The A.M. correction: The after hours club mentioned as Half Past Three in the interview was in fact called Better Days)
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Sean Tate a.k.a. The Butcher - Interview & DJ mix
For the first show of 2020, The Anxious Beat invited multi-talented and elusive DJ, producer, label head and Detroit Promo TV/The Bassment’s own Sean Tate a.k.a. The Butcher to the studio. Tate continues to lead us on the journey though Detroit’s past and present and there is no telling how deep the rabbit’s hole really is. The only way to find out is to let go and let yourself fall. You might just land on a silky smooth cocaine-white rug and if so, just remember to take your shoes off. Our conversation touched upon Tate’s beginnings as a DJ and producer, cabarets vs. the club, the significance of radio shows, the origin of hypemen and mc’s like Detroit’s Marvelous Marv and Henry Tyler and the philosophy behind Tate’s label RWYS - Remember Why You Started Records among other things. Tate also announced the upcoming tribute, vinyl only release, for much loved and missed Erotek a.k.a. Andray Brown/Check it out:
The show starts off with the menacing robotic acid track A.C.F.M. by Folsom & Tate, also heard in DJ Stingray’s electrifying set at last year’s Boiler Room Festival. Tate then takes over and starts the first part of his DJ mix with Theo Parrish’s beautiful track This is for you with Maurissa Rose. About 36 min in, Tate steps away from the turntables for a bit to answer some questions and once again, we get to experience more vivid stories from Detroit - the good, the bad and some of the stuff in between. Part two of Sean Tate’s DJ mix quickly transforms into one of those rare club nights...real deep and soulful and where one can be really free.
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Detroit in Effect - DJ Maaco & DJ P-Dog Interview/DJ Mix by DJ P-Dog a.k.a. The Turntable Bully
For the last show of the year, we get to enjoy an extra lengthy and juicy program with the ultimate party masters themselves...The Anxious Beat has the great pleasure of hosting the true legends of Detroit in Effect in the studio.
This session packs exclusive, never-before-told details about the tight knit duo as well as personal and vividly described stories about the early club days of Detroit, The Men You'll Never See, legendary mixtapes, The Motown Museum, anecdotes from the M.A.P. lounge and how Paul McCartney can prevent you from breaking furniture.
This month's program also has a mind bending, creative DJ Mix by monster skilled DJ P-Dog a.k.a. The Turntable Bully of D.I.E./M.A.P. Records which is gently sandwiched in between part I & part II of the interview.
BIG thanks to all my guests, my fam at 313Detroit Promo TV/The Bassment: and to everyone who tuned in this year! See you all again by the end of January 2020!
The Anxious Beat had the pleasure of having one of Detroit's most well kept secrets in the studio - The Baroness. Not only does she add yet more contours to the story of Detroit's electronic dance music community, she does so with an abundance of charm and an impressive ear for techno.
The Anxious Beat got a sneak peek behind the veil and learned a little bit about her beginnings, her passion for photography, techno and dancing. Our conversation also touched upon the importance of Detroit's music history as well as some personal anecdotes from Detroit's (early-ish) clubs days, starting off in the 90's.
The program takes off with a hot Detroit techno blend by The Baroness, eventually leading us further down the rabbit's hole.
Scan 7: Interview with Trackmasta Lou & Mr. Hooper and a bangin' live session!
The Anxious Beat had the most rare and exceptional opportunity to have one of Detroit's own legends and heavyweights of techno and electronic dance music in the studio.
In this premiere program on Retreat Radio (Malmoe, Sweden's keepers of underground soundwaves) we have the honor to meet Trackmasta Lou and Mr. Hooper of Scan 7.
You better sharpen your ears for this one, as the mythical techno collective reveals details on rare or never spoken on matters and subjects as well as outlining a chronological timeline of the group's formation back in the early 90's .
Our conversation also touches on cultural and political aspects of the music industry, church, plans for the future and some personal thoughts on their new 3×LP album release Between Worlds on Deeptrax Records.
To top that off, we also got a exclusive bangin' live session recorded just for The Anxious Beat.
B. Calloway - Interview & DJ Mix
For the fifth show of the year The Anxious Beat had the great pleasure of talking (face 2 face) to a real Detroit gem - electrofunk pro, DJ and ninja producer B. Calloway. We start off with one of Calloway’s latest releases on wax - acid ghetto and fu**-everything-anthem Party N Bullshit (Dirty Mix, Various - Elevated Jit Vol. 2 EP/FTP), also heard in Jensen Interceptor’s dope ass set at last years Boiler Room x Glitch Festival. Calloway begins his story by expressing his love for all different styles of music - the Jeopardy theme song and just about everything else, as long as it sounds good. We get to learn more about his beginnings - starting out messing around with a couple of tape decks and a record player in his moms basement in his early teens, discovering jit and how he met Ade' Mango Henderson Mainor (Mr. De’ of Electrofunk Records) at his favorite record store, who later came to take him under his wing. Our conversation also touches on the meaning behind the freaky-bass and multi-transitional track Workout and Stack Paper from Calloway’s 3000 B.C. EP, record store vendettas, tap dancing grace of Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jr. and the philosophy behind “not looking up to, nor down on nobody” and much much more. Calloway then treats us to an hour+ dance mix of reckless mayhem, so take a moment, let loose, enjoy and just “dance like ain’t nobody lookin’…”
R.I.P. DreBrown a.k.a. Erotek