I started 2018 with some ideas fizzing around in my brain after rethinking about what I wanted to do with music and what I was getting from it. Setting up Half-Lights at the start of the Winter of last year was about sharing music, things of interest and the opportunity to promote people that I have respect for or have an interest in. At the same time I also connected with The Ruin in Digbeth, a really lovely Birmingham back street new/old boozer that opened last year. I met with Rich, the landlord, and talked about doing a bank holiday party. Bank holidays in Birmingham have been something of an institution over the years, a lot of people go out with the added days of rest and Sunday nights are usually something special (personal memories come through of Below at The Rainbow and Kitchen Disco at The Lord Clifden especially).
We chatted about hosting and sharing some music that was suited to the venue, Rich was up for giving this project a go and thus Drifting Boogie was born. The name comes from listening to ATCQ - Get A Hold whilst trying to think of a name and Dilla's sample of The Cyrkle - The Visit. 'drifffttttiiiiinnnnggg drifffttting back'.
I am always inspired by my friends, places, gatherings and sharing music so I thought that it would be a good idea to build something off these values bringing in the ideas of togetherness and partying. I am not one for the Facebook and the voodoo of it all so I have had some posters designed and printed by Joseph at Holodeck in Birmingham. Holodeck is an artist-led printmaking and bookbinding workshop in Birmingham city centre. You can go on to Joseph's website to read about the other good work he is doing in the creative print industry.
Musically I am not sure how to bill Drifting Boogie, what I can say however is today I have been listening to some disco boogie from Charles Earland, the Kokoroko track on the new compilation 'We Out Here' on Brownswood records, Carl Craig's remix of 'Incognito - Out Of The Storm', African music from Fela Kuti - 'Palm-Wine Sound', a new side project release called 'Honey Bear' on Athens of The North by Hampshire and Foat. I'd be happy if these records were in my bag on the day.
I'll also use this blog to share relevant updates, what's going on with it all and my own learnings about what can happen when you bring a congregation of people together. If you are interested in coming to the party that would be cool and If you are interested in involving yourself with developing it you can also drop me a line too, it's good to talk.
Respect and with love.