Producer on many labels around the world including a new vinyl release on Ubiquity Records (winners of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide "Label of the Year" Award). A focused latin, funk, soul, afrobeat, hip hop, reggae, and electronic dance music vinyl collector for nearly two decades. Performer at hundreds of parties across the nation. Organizer and helping hand of hundreds of events throughout the years. Director of Boogieburg Recordings with many releases including a new 7" with more always on the horizon.
New 7" on Boogieburg Recordings out Spring 2017!
If you've been paying any attention to the world of funky breakbeats then you've no doubt heard of Basement Freaks - the brainchild of George Fotiadis, a major force in the scene for well over ten years. Not only do his DJ sets elevate sold out crowds, he produces more music than almost any other DJ in the scene and is the label boss for the infamous label Bombastic Jam.
After more than 10 successful vinyl releases, 2 full albums, over 15 remixes and countless digital EPs, George has been called "The hardest working man in Funk". His music has been praised by MixMag, I-DJ Mag and even the Godfather of Nu-Skool Breaks - Rennie Pilgrem. In fact, every respectable funk DJ on the planet includes a Basement Freaks tune in their set.
George exploded into the world of breaks with his remix of Beggarman by Smoove and Turrell. Jalapeno records got wind of this and sought out George to produce a follow-up album "Something Freaky" which has been played on BBC's Radio1 and written about in Knowledge Magazine.
In 2011 Georges Perin a long time collaborator and vocalist of "Something Freaky LP" becomes an active member of Basement Freaks project and perfroms with the soundsystem.
His previous album "Debut" was part of his side project, Smokey Bandits, and showcases George's multitalented skills as he plays guitar, bass and drums. Since then, George has released music for Goodgroove, Wack, Breakbeat Paradise, ESL, Air Recordings, Bombstrikes and, of course, Bombastic Jam.
Basement Freaks has toured extensively throughout Europe, dropping funk at the renowned Glastonbury Festival, the Fabric & Cable Nightclubs in London and the Exit & Reworks Festivals. In the summer of 2011, Basement Freaks headlined the world's largest and best breakbeat festival - Shambhala - in Canada. Late 2012 the freaks hit Brazil with 2 massive performances on D.Edge Club & NaveGroove#9 Festival.
New 7" on Boogieburg Recordings out Spring 2017!
Bass driven brothers Ryan & Scott hailing from southwest England got together in late 2014, since then they have released on multiple labels, diving in and out of a cocktail of mixes and productions in glitch hop, drum and bass, twerk, swing, breaks, reggae & hip hop and then fusing them together in their live sets to create the ultimate party phibe!
They have had #1 releases on Juno & Beatport, their music has been supported by breaks legends Featurecast & Krafty Kuts and in the swing scene by Caravan Palace, Electro swing UK & even locking down official remixes for Caro Emerald & reggae artist Rocka T.
New 7" on Boogieburg Recordings out Summer 2017!
Something is stirring in downtown Tucson. That's no great surprise perhaps: Calexico have been sending out missives from the desert for 20 years now, Giant Sand for even longer than that, and the Green on Red revival is surely overdue. These three giants of American popular music ask questions of the form, chiefly because of where they are situated. Let us remind ourselves that this isn't a big city in the American sense (it's the country's 33rd largest), but that its hinterland is indeed as big as it gets. For an hour south, Mexico starts. And this is where things get interesting.
Born in Nogales, Arizona, raised in Nogales, Sonora, multi-instrumentalist and band-leader Sergio Mendoza grew up listening to the Mexican regional styles jostling for headspace in a young, music-mad mind - cumbia mainly, but mambo, rancheras and mariachi too. The border is always a fierce arena of exchange, both commercial and cultural, and so there was American music too. At one point 'rock and roll, the classics', as Mendoza himself deadpans, seemed to win out and he stopped playing those 'Latin styles' for a good decade and a half.
Nogales, Sonora, Nogales, Arizona: this is what the border looks like here - for now. To talk about borders and the diasporas they create, is to be pitched headlong into our era's most urgent debate, marked by Trump's lurid obscenities and the lines being hastily reinstated across Europe. Orkesta Mendoza's contribution to that debate is to show us what the border sounds like and what masterpieces can be achieved by honest cultural exchange. What we decide to do with that information is up to us. With this record, however, we'll have an awful lot of fun deciding.
You could, of course, take the trip to Tucson yourself, to the home of this essential set of field recordings. The scene hangs out together, so ... if the stars align and their frantic tour schedules permit, you might see any number of folks from Calexico, Giant Sand or up-and-coming cumbia rockers Xixa deep in conversation somewhere in town with a quiet young man in black. That's Sergio. Right now, in this endless game of Tucson tag, Orkesta Mendoza are IT.