Moodymann

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Moodymann
Birth nameKenny Dixon Jr.
Also known asMoody, KDJ, J.A.N.
BornLos Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
OriginDetroit, Michigan
GenresDetroit techno, house
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ
InstrumentsSampler
Years active1992–present
LabelsKDJ Records, Mahogani Music, Planet E Communications, Peacefrog Records, Cutz.Me, MPT Recordings, Decks Classix, Ornaments Music[2]
Associated acts3 Chairs, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite, Norma Jean Bell, Andres
Websitewww.mahoganimusic.com

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

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.[6] 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. Moodymann was later released after an investigation showing that he was indeed the owner of the property.[7]

Career[edit]

In 1997, Moodymann released Silentintroduction, the debut album which compiled previously released tracks, on Planet E Communications.[8] It was followed by Mahogany Brown in 1998.[9] Forevernevermore was released in 2000.[10]

Moodymann released Silence in the Secret Garden on Peacefrog Records in 2003.[11] It was followed by Black Mahogani on the label in 2004.[12] His free EP, Picture This, was released in 2012.[13] He released the seven-track 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]

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.[17]

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)
  • Untitled (2018)

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)
  • "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)
  • "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.
  2. ^ "RA: Moodymann". Resident Advisor.
  3. ^ Stats, Eddi (May 17, 2012). "Audio: J Dilla x Moodymann – Dillatroit EP (Preview + Tracklisting)". Okayplayer.
  4. ^ Bush, John. "Moodymann - Biography". AllMusic.
  5. ^ "3 Chairs retrospective from Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Rick Wilhite". Fact. September 22, 2009.
  6. ^ Slingerland, Calum. https://exclaim.ca/music/article/moodymann_shares_video_of_arrest_at_gunpoint. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Culham, Devin. https://www.metrotimes.com/city-slang/archives/2019/01/17/highland-park-police-release-statement-on-aggressive-confrontation-with-moodymann. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Silent Introduction - Moodymann". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Bush, John. "Mahogany Brown - Moodymann". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Forevernevermore - Moodymann". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Battaglia, Andy (July 8, 2003). "Silence In The Secret Garden - Music - Musical Work Review". The A.V. Club.
  12. ^ Burns, Todd (July 15, 2004). "Moodymann - Black Mahogani - Review". Stylus Magazine.
  13. ^ Switlicki, Lukas (April 19, 2012). "Moodymann - Picture This (EP)". Earmilk.
  14. ^ Sussman, Jesse (May 31, 2013). "Moodymann Drops New Album". XLR8R.
  15. ^ Lynch, Will (March 1, 2014). "Moodymann - Moodymann". Resident Advisor. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  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. ^ Dalphond, Denise (May 27, 2011). Glasspiegel, Wills; Bishop, Marlon (eds.). "Get Familiar With Detroit Techno: 10 Essential Songs". NPR.

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