Moodymann

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Moodymann
Birth name Kenny Dixon Jr.
Also known as Moody, KDJ, J.A.N.
Born Los Angeles, California, USA[1]
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres Detroit techno, house
Occupations Producer
Instruments Sampler
Years active 1992-present
Labels KDJ Records, Mahogani Music, Planet E Communications, Peacefrog Records, Cutz.Me, MPT Recordings, Decks Classix, Ornaments Music[2]
Associated acts 3 Chairs, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite, Norma Jean Bell, Andres
Website www.mahoganimusic.com
Notable instruments
MPC, E-mu SP-1200[3]

Kenny Dixon Jr., better known by his stage name Moodymann, is an American techno/house musician based in Detroit, Michigan.[4] He is an owner of KDJ Records.[5] He is a member of 3 Chairs along with Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman.[6]

Career[edit]

Moodymann released Silence in the Secret Garden on Peacefrog Records in 2003.[7] It was followed by Black Mahogani on the label in 2004.[8] His free EP, Picture This, was released in 2012.[3] He released the seven-track ABCD in 2013.[9] Moodymann, the self-titled album featuring contributions from Amp Fiddler, Andres, and José James, followed in 2014.[10]

Style and influences[edit]

Moodymann is considered to have "developed hybrid modes of recording and performance incorporating analog and digital media — the playing of 'real' instruments with 'pushing buttons live'."[11]

In 2011, his "Dem Young Sconies" was chosen by NPR as one of the 10 tracks that define the Detroit techno sound, and Denise Dalphond wrote that Moodymann captured the gritty sound on the track.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Silentintroduction (1997)
  • Mahogany Brown (1998)
  • Forevernevermore (2000)
  • Silence in the Secret Garden (2003)
  • Black Mahogani (2004)
  • Black Mahogani II (2004)
  • Det.riot '67 (2008)
  • Anotha Black Sunday (2009)
  • Picture This (2012)
  • ABCD (2013)
  • Moodymann (2014)

DJ mixes[edit]

  • Moodymann Collection (2006)

EPs[edit]

  • The Telephone (2001)
  • I Guess U Never Been Lonely (2012)

Singles[edit]

  • "I Like It" b/w "Emotional Content" (1994)
  • "Moodymann" (1995)
  • "Long Hot Sex Nights" b/w "The Dancer" (1995)
  • "The Day We Lost the Soul" (1995)
  • "Don't Be Misled!" (1996)
  • "I Can't Kick This Feelin When It Hits" b/w "Music People" (1997)
  • "U Can Dance If U Want 2" (1997)
  • "In Loving Memory" (1997)
  • "Dem Young Sconies" b/w "Bosconi" (1997)
  • "Silent Introduction" (1997)
  • "J.A.N." (1997)
  • "Music Is..." (1997)
  • "Joy Pt. II" (1997)
  • "Amerika" (1997)
  • "Forevernevermore" (1998)
  • "Just Anotha Black Sunday Morning with Grandma" (1998)
  • "Sunday Morning" b/w "Track Four" (1998)
  • "Black Mahogany" (1998)
  • "Shades of Jae" (1999)
  • "The Thief That Stole My Sad Days... Ya Blessin' Me" (1999)
  • "Don't You Want My Love" (2000)
  • "Deleted Rehearsals" (2000)
  • "Analog: Live" (2000)
  • "J.A.N." (2001)
  • "Nmywagon" (2001)
  • "Sweet Yesterday" (2003)
  • "Shattered Dreams" (2003)
  • "Silence in the Secret Garden" (2003)
  • "Untitled" (2004)
  • "Ampapella" (2005)
  • "How Sweed It Is" (2005)
  • "I'd Rather Be Lonely" (2007)
  • "Technologystolemyvinyle" (2007)
  • "Ol' Dirty Vinyl" (2010)
  • "Freeki Mutha F*cker (All I Need Is U)" (2011)
  • "Why Do U Feel" (2012)

Productions[edit]

  • Norma Jean Bell - "Yes I Am (I'm Gonna Get You)", "Nobody" and "Mystery" from Come into My Room (2001)
  • José James - "Desire (Moodymann Remix)" from Desire & Love (2008)
  • Andres - II (2009)
  • Rick Wilhite - "Drum Patterns & Memories (Moodymann Mix)" from The Godson & Soul Edge (2010)
  • José James - "Detroit Loveletter" from Blackmagic (2010)
  • Junior Boys - "Banana Ripple (Moodymann Remix)" from Even Truer (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moodymann". Red Bull Music Academy. 
  2. ^ "RA: Moodymann". Resident Advisor. 
  3. ^ a b Switlicki, Lukas (April 19, 2012). "Moodymann - Picture This (EP)". Earmilk. 
  4. ^ Stats, Eddi (May 17, 2012). "Audio: J Dilla x Moodymann – Dillatroit EP (Preview + Tracklisting)". Okayplayer. 
  5. ^ Bush, John. "Moodymann - Biography". Allmusic. 
  6. ^ "3 Chairs retrospective from Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Rick Wilhite". Fact. September 22, 2009. 
  7. ^ Battaglia, Andy (July 8, 2003). "Silence In The Secret Garden - Music - Musical Work Review". The A.V. Club. 
  8. ^ Burns, Todd (July 15, 2004). "Moodymann - Black Mahogani - Review". Stylus Magazine. 
  9. ^ Sussman, Jesse (May 31, 2013). "Moodymann Drops New Album". XLR8R. 
  10. ^ Williams, James (January 17, 2014). "Moodymann - Moodymann". Exclaim!. 
  11. ^ Zuberi, Nabeel (2004). "Sound Exchange: Media and Music Cultures". In Downing, John D. H.. The Sage Handbook of Media Studies. Sage Publications. p. 436. 
  12. ^ Dalphond, Denise (May 27, 2011). Glasspiegel, Wills; Bishop, Marlon, eds. "Get Familiar With Detroit Techno: 10 Essential Songs". NPR. 

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