DJ and Producer
Sol Power All-Stars
Where do you call home?
Wedged between Petworth to the north and Columbia Heights to the west, I rep the Parkview neighborhood in Washington, DC, with my wife and 2-year-old son.
Any tips for travelers to the area?
Som Records, Joint Custody, and Bump ’n Grind for your vinyl needs; Eden Center in Falls Church for the ill Vietnamese eats; Eighteenth Street Lounge for eclectic DJ lineups; and (although I haven't yet checked it out myself) Feedel Band at Bossa (first Thursdays) for fresh Ethiopian Jazz.
What projects do you have in the works?
I produce records (with various collaborators) under the name Sol Power All-Stars. I also co-run a record label called Sol Power Sound. We release on vinyl and digitally. We had a big release last year called “Djidjo Vide” by the Sol Power All-Stars featuring DC (via Togo) Afrofunk band Elikeh. We also have a couple big releases in the works for 2017 that will feature some true music legends (that I cannot yet mention) from around the globe. I still can't believe what we have cookin’ up!
Any reading recommendations?
I’m currently reading “Dreamland” by Sam Quinones. It's a thoroughly maddening and devastating look at the rise of opiate addiction in the United States. It features a diverse cast of characters: Mexican rancheros, big pharma execs, white middle class athletes, shady doctors, and so on...
Read any good longform articles lately?
“My President Was Black” by Ta-Nehisi Coates should be required reading for all Americans.
Which albums are you feeling these days?
I also got this great compilation for my son called "This Record Belongs To:" on Light in the Attic Records that my whole family really loves.
Have you revisited any olds albums recently?
Been jamming to Fela Kuti’s “Alagbon Close” a lot lately. It's often overlooked but stands up to his iconic recordings, IMO. Also been playing the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings catalog a lot (RIP), especially their amazing amazing holiday album.
What are you wearing?
My Break North hat, of course! I also picked up this really nice scarf from a street vendor in Paris in December. I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it this winter!
My wife got me this amazing Thai cookbook over the holidays. Very thorough, and everything I've made has been A+.
And finally, what’s the secret to staying young?
Don't be lazy with your music listening habits. Listen to and buy records from all eras, genres, and corners of the globe. Not sure if that'll keep young, but you'll def never get bored!