Moodymann

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Moodymann
Birth nameKenny Dixon Jr.
Also known as
  • Moody
  • KDJ
  • J.A.N.
BornLos Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active1992–present
Labels
Associated acts3 Chairs
Websitewww.mahoganimusic.com

Kenny Dixon Jr.,[4] better known by his stage name Moodymann, is an American musician based in Detroit, Michigan.[5] He is the owner of the record labels Mahogani Music and KDJ Records.[6] He is a member of 3 Chairs.[7]

Career[edit]

In 1997, Moodymann released his debut album, Silentintroduction, on Planet E Communications.[8] It compiled the previously released tracks from his own KDJ Records.[9] He released Mahogany Brown in 1998,[10] Forevernevermore in 2000,[11] and Silence in the Secret Garden in 2003.[12]

In 2012, he released Picture This as a free download.[13] It was followed by ABCD in 2013.[14] In 2014, he released the self-titled album, Moodymann.[15]

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'."[16]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2019, Moodymann released a video on Instagram, which he later removed, showing the Highland Park police holding him at gunpoint in his parked car, on his property.[17] The Highland Park police department released a statement saying that during the incident, Moodymann did not show proof of ownership of the property or even an ID, which led to the arrest.[18] Moodymann was later released after an investigation showing that he was indeed the owner of the property.[18]

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)
  • Sinner (2019)[19]

DJ mixes[edit]

  • Moodymann Collection (2006)
  • DJ-Kicks (2016)

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)
  • "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)
  • "Sloppy Cosmic" b/w "Hangover" (2014)
  • "Pitch Black City Reunion" (2018)

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. May 3, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Dalphond, Denise (May 27, 2011). Glasspiegel, Wills; Bishop, Marlon (eds.). "Get Familiar With Detroit Techno: 10 Essential Songs". NPR. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Leight, Elias (June 5, 2019). "Song You Need to Know: Moodymann, 'I'll Provide'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Sherburne, Philip (May 29, 2018). "Moodymann's Soulful Anthems Redefined Detroit Dance Music. Here Are 8 of His Best". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Cardew, Ben (June 7, 2016). "Cult heroes: Moodymann – the enigma who remade dance music". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Gadiano, Jerry (February 26, 2016). "Carhartt Show Love to Detroit's Techno, House and Electronic Legacy with This Mahogani Music Collaboration". Complex. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  7. ^ "3 Chairs retrospective from Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Rick Wilhite". Fact. September 22, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Lhooq, Michelle (June 8, 2016). "Moodymann's Private Prince Palace is Detroit's Best-Kept Secret". Vice. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  9. ^ Pearl, Max (December 24, 2015). "The 10 Best House Albums of the '90s: Moodymann, Silentintroduction". Complex. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Poe, Jim (June 13, 2018). "20 Tracks That Prove 1998 Was Also The Best Year Ever For House Music". Junkee. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Forevernevermore - Moodymann". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  12. ^ Battaglia, Andy (July 8, 2003). "Silence In The Secret Garden". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Moodymann – '9 Nites N Nowhere'". Fact. April 9, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  14. ^ Sussman, Jesse (June 1, 2013). "Moodymann releases mini-album, ABCD". Resident Advisor. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "Moodymann by Moodymann". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  16. ^ Zuberi, Nabeel (2004). "Sound Exchange: Media and Music Cultures". In Downing, John D. H. (ed.). The Sage Handbook of Media Studies. Sage Publications. p. 436.
  17. ^ O'Neil, Luke (January 16, 2019). "Moodymann: police aim rifles at Detroit DJ in encounter caught on video". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Yoo, Noah; Minsker, Evan (January 17, 2019). "Moodymann Shares Chaotic Police Video, Says He Was Arrested at Gunpoint". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "SINNER | KDJ-48 | Moodymann". Retrieved July 1, 2019 – via Bandcamp.

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