Moodymann

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Moodymann
Moodymann performing at the 2010 Sónar
Moodymann performing at the 2010 Sónar
Background information
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.,[6] better known by his stage name Moodymann, is an American musician based in Detroit, Michigan.[7] He is the owner of the record labels Mahogani Music and KDJ Records.[8] He is a member of 3 Chairs.[9]

Career[edit]

In 1997, Moodymann released his debut album, Silentintroduction, on Planet E Communications.[10] It compiled the previously released tracks from his own KDJ Records.[11] He released Mahogany Brown in 1998,[12] Forevernevermore in 2000,[13] and Silence in the Secret Garden in 2003.[14]

In 2012, he released Picture This as a free download.[15] It was followed by ABCD in 2013.[16] His self-titled album, Moodymann, was released in 2014.[17] He released Sinner in 2019,[18] and Taken Away in 2020.[19] In December 2020, Moodymann appeared as himself in the video game Grand Theft Auto Online, serving as one of the resident DJs at the newly-opened nightclub called the Music Locker.[20]

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'."[21] Philip Sherburne of Pitchfork wrote: "His sample-heavy productions have drawn on artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Chic, not to mention gospel music, and his beats have always remained rooted in disco's bump and swirl."[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] Moodymann was later released after an investigation showing that he was indeed the owner of the property.[24]

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)
  • Taken Away (2020)[25]

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" / "Emotional Content" (1994)
  • "Moodymann" (1995)
  • "Long Hot Sex Nights" / "The Dancer" (1995)
  • "The Day We Lost the Soul" (1995)
  • "Don't Be Misled!" (1996)
  • "I Can't Kick This Feelin When It Hits" / "Music People" (1997)
  • "U Can Dance If U Want 2" (1997)
  • "In Loving Memory" (1997)
  • "Dem Young Sconies" / "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" / "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" / "Hangover" (2014)
  • "Pitch Black City Reunion" / "Got Me Coming Back Rite Now" (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. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Leight, Elias (June 5, 2019). "Song You Need to Know: Moodymann, 'I'll Provide'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Sherburne, Philip (May 29, 2018). "Moodymann's Soulful Anthems Redefined Detroit Dance Music. Here Are 8 of His Best". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Anderson-Rich, Louis. "THE 15 BEST PRE-00S DEEP HOUSE ALBUMS". Mixmag. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  5. ^ Dalphond, Denise (May 27, 2011). Glasspiegel, Wills; Bishop, Marlon (eds.). "Get Familiar With Detroit Techno: 10 Essential Songs". NPR. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (April 18, 2017). "Prince devotee Moodymann stages a Detroit house party in this week's recommended mix". City Pages. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Cardew, Ben (June 7, 2016). "Cult heroes: Moodymann – the enigma who remade dance music". The Guardian. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Gadiano, Jerry (February 26, 2016). "Carhartt Show Love to Detroit's Techno, House and Electronic Legacy with This Mahogani Music Collaboration". Complex. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "3 Chairs retrospective from Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Rick Wilhite". Fact. September 22, 2009. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Lhooq, Michelle (June 8, 2016). "Moodymann's Private Prince Palace is Detroit's Best-Kept Secret". Vice. Archived from the original on June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Pearl, Max (December 24, 2015). "The 10 Best House Albums of the '90s: Moodymann, Silentintroduction". Complex. Archived from the original on June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  12. ^ Poe, Jim (June 13, 2018). "20 Tracks That Prove 1998 Was Also The Best Year Ever For House Music". Junkee. Archived from the original on June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Forevernevermore - Moodymann". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Moodymann – '9 Nites N Nowhere'". Fact. April 9, 2012. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  16. ^ Sussman, Jesse (June 1, 2013). "Moodymann releases mini-album, ABCD". Resident Advisor. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  17. ^ "Moodymann by Moodymann". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on August 22, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  18. ^ Minsker, Evan (June 10, 2019). "Moodymann Announces New Album Sinner". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 13, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  19. ^ Pierre, Alphonse (May 1, 2020). "Moodymann Announces New Album Taken Away, Shares New Song "Do Wrong": Listen". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  20. ^ "The Music Locker: The Underground Club for Everyone". December 5, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Sherburne, Philip (May 29, 2018). "Moodymann's Soulful Anthems Redefined Detroit Dance Music. Here Are 8 of His Best". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  23. ^ O'Neil, Luke (January 16, 2019). "Moodymann: police aim rifles at Detroit DJ in encounter caught on video". The Guardian. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  24. ^ a b Yoo, Noah; Minsker, Evan (January 17, 2019). "Moodymann Shares Chaotic Police Video, Says He Was Arrested at Gunpoint". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  25. ^ "Moodymann". Bandcamp. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2020.

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