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Bad Boy Bill Brought Chicago House to Orange County

Bad Boy Bill Brought Chicago House to OC

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

MDA had the honor of hosting an absolute legend and pioneer, Bad Boy Bill. BBB grew up in Chicago during the house music movement of the mid to late 80s with his DJ career starting in 1985 when he was only a teenager. He built his popularity by hosting his own parties and opening for the legendary Hot Mix 5.

Success as a remixer came early for Bad Boy Bill, as he earned a Top Five Billboard Dance Chart hit at the ripe age of 19 with his remix of Dada Nada’s Deep Love. He had some tough competition as the other remixers for Deep Love included Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, and Steve Wight. As a DJ, he proved his skills by winning the DMC Midwest Finals and placing in the top three of the US championships in 1988. He is known for using up to six turntables in competitions!

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Perhaps Bad Boy Bill’s most interesting accomplishment is helping to bring the concept of commercial DJ mixes to the world. Before commercial DJ mixes, music publishing houses were not paid any royalties on copyrighted music in the mixes DJs would produce and sell. This means that the artists who made the songs were not paid if their songs were featured as part of a mix.

In 1995, Bad Boy Bill launched Mix Connection Multimedia (MCM) and became the first Chicago DJ to produce legally-licensed DJ mixes. He went on to release mix series such as Bangin’ the Box and The House Connection with Richard Vission.

BBB has countless singles and remixes credited to his name, but in 2009 he released his first full-length album which is appropriately named, The Album. I highly recommend checking it out.

Bad Boy Bill merges genres throughout the album like I’ve never heard before, but everything still has his electronic signature. He also shows how well-respected he is in the music world as his list of collaborators include JJ Flores, Steve Smooth, Alyssa Palmer, Alex Peace, and even John Taylor from Duran Duran.

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His set on Friday was very reminiscent of the album, as he blended many different genres, eras, and sounds from start to finish. No matter what everything had the Bad Boy Bill feel to it. He played some of my personal favorite tracks right now, Hood Girl by Billy Kenny and Cola by Camelphat and Elderbrook, and also mixed in some of his newest original tracks like Hustling for Horns with Ghettoblaster.

Bad Boy Bill is one of those rare DJs that has managed to stay relevant for decades, especially in today’s world when DJs are a dime a dozen. I don’t think he will be going anywhere any time soon. I just hope he keeps coming back to Orange County to play!

Until next time Ambassadors!  

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

 

Recap: Matoma at The Fonda Theatre

Matoma Never Disappoints

Experience by: Kagan Richardson

Matoma never disappoints and neither does The Fonda. Last Friday, Norway-native Tom Lagergren, aka Matoma, embarked on his One in a Million Tour and made a stop at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition to popular American metropolitan spots, such as New York City, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, Matoma will take the stage in Hungary and Norway, as well. Matoma has been killing it ever since he came onto the scene with his unique remixes, starting with Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G. in 2014. He went on to release his Hakuna Matoma EP in 2015, along with countless singles and releases over the years. He was even featured on Jason Derulo’s Try Me with Jennifer Lopez in 2015.

This tour, however, was to promote his first full-length album, One in a Million, which is set to release on March 9. Matoma is rumored to have many features joining him on the album, and the first single is proof of that. Slow was released on November 17, the same day tickets for the tour went on sale, and features Noah Cyrus - little sister to Miley Cyrus. In an interview with Billboard, Matoma said he was looking to do something different and with Noah on Slow, it felt right. He heard her first single, Make Me Cry, and loved it so much that he knew he had to get her on a track. Noah is also set to release her debut album in 2018, and she recently released We Are F**ked with MØ.

Matoma hinted at some other awesome collaborations with his tour schedule as he brought many other great artists along with him. Two Friends, Elephante, Naations, Youngr, MAX, Robotaki, and BKAYE all joined on different legs of the tour. Youngr took the opening duties on Friday night with MAX joining Matoma on stage to play their new song together. The talent didn’t stop there as Noah Cyrus and Yashua made surprise appearances to showcase their collaborations.

Matoma himself absolutely killed it all the way through his hour and a half set. He masterfully mixed his originals and remixes while showcasing his vast musical taste by throwing in Yeah 3X by Chris Brown, Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the Candyland remix of Axwell & Ingrosso’s More Than You Know, and Rumors by The Kemist, just to name a few. He kept us guessing all night long.

It was my third time seeing Matoma and the first two times he only DJ’d. This time he brought along a Nord Stage 3 with his normal DJ setup. He fused live elements into his set especially when he had company on stage, showing that he is not just a DJ.

If Friday night is any indication, One in a Million is set to be one of the best albums so far this year. My only complaint of the night was that it ended at 1am, not 2am and we wanted more!

Until next time. Keep your antlers up.