Daniel Ian Jones
Daniel Ian Jones is a prominent Nashville drummer and DJ with a lengthy pedigree of musical directorships, DJ headlining spots, and record credits. He's also one of my favorite people, and extremely knowledgable on our topic at hand: new jack swing. I love talking about new jack because it's the intersection of all of my influences: R&B, hip hop, and jazz. Daniel and I dive deep into some historical theory surrounding Teddy Riley, Prince, and groups like BBD and New Edition. Tune in here at Apple Podcasts or Spotify to hear our chat. Subscribe to Mr. Encyclopedia so you'll know when we drop the next episode. @chaseakers @danielianjones
28 May 2021
Multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and creative Renaissance man Matthew Maglione (aka Brer Sunshine) comes on to talk all things creative philosophy. We dive into some war stories of terrible DJ nights, how to approach building your brand, and what makes for good mental health as a musician. Matthew is multi-faceted in his approach to creating Brer Sunshine: soul-laden re-edits of current hip hop tunes, crate digging disco remixes, and vibey originals. You can find Brer Sunshine's music on Bandcamp, and see him DJ at the Virgin Hotel, Old Glory, and RBQ here in Nashville.
14 May 2021
This episode of Mr. Encyclopedia is so special! My friend Cat McDonald and I sat down to talk all things house music, specifically where house music intersects with jazz in a really cool way: electro-swing. We dive deep into Parisian/French electronic history, as well as some nomenclature and terminology around the many sub-genres of dance music past and present. Some history includes Frankie Knuckles, Daft Punk, Justice, Mr. Oizo, and others - true giants of house. Cat and I also discuss the makings of a great club banger, and how the psychology of the dance floor has changed due to Covid. Tune in now to hear me and Cat get real nerdy. Cat: @FretlessFeline Chase: @chaseakers
30 Apr 2021
On today's episode of Mr. Encyclopedia, I'm joined by one of my favorite collaborators, musicians, and all-around creative Renaissance men: Garrett Williamson. Garrett and I sat down to talk about the sheer expansive nature of Michael Jackson, and how MJ's music influences both on levels deeper than just songwriting or production. We've collaborated together on various projects, and I always love working with Garrett with his incredible work ethic and attention to detail. His creativity is off the charts, and we have a killer time exploring sound design and arrangement together. We dive into what makes us tick as musicians, how to find your sound, and some of Quincy's production tricks. You can find Garrett on all social platforms @GWillyMusic Check out his recently released album "Middle of Somewhere", on which I had the pleasure of playing rhythm guitars. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
16 Apr 2021
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