Rush City is back, wanting to show its versatility and influences in music, traveling back in time and decided to present 4 reworkings of rare artists and unexpected musical genres such as Jazz, Experimental Rock, Italo, Afro and Funk. With this in mind, they took music from different eras and decided to turn the original tracks into a more electronic club version for today's dance floor.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing them, and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
Hey there guys, here Ivan (Joint4Nine) and Jonathan (Jonahlo) and We are Rush City from Bogotá (Colombia). It’s a real pleasure to chat with you so many thanks for having us. Jonathan and I are music lovers and We both are dedicated 100% to our personals music projects (Joint4Nine – Jonaho), Rush City and our new beloved label called Ritmo Terco. I’m a sound engineer and Jonathan is an awesome bass player; we met each other around three years ago when Jonathan was insterested in releasing his music on my label “Nómada Records”. Since then we have became really good friends; We started sharing our vinyl collections and We started playing together in some local clubs and parties, we realized that we have lot in common in music so We decided to start making music as Rush City. We have released music on Midnight People (UK), Yung Dumb Records (CAN) and a vinyl release on our new label called Ritmo terco.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
We like Italo Disco, Funk, Afro, Hip Hop, Tribal, Breakbeat, Bleep, Techno, House, Deep House, Electro, Acid and and all the amazing music that was produced in the 80’s and 90’s. Our music and sound have been influenced by the old school gritty \ raw sound and we just add a modern vanguard touch on it. When we are mixing we don’t like to stuck in one or two genres. Our deejaying is dynamic, versatile and eclectic. We like to show to our listeners music that they haven’t listened before with ups and downs and not being flat.
We’ve been influenced by artists such as Lerry levan, Larry Heard, Dj Pierre, Mike Dunn, Omar S. Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Rick Wilhite, Kai Alce, Ron Trent Marcellus Pittman, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Roy Davis Jr, Jhonny The Funk, Dj Joe Lewis, Lil Louis, Fast Eddie, Rhythmn is Rhythmn, Quincy Jones, Prince, A Tribe Called Quest, Spoonie, KC Flight, Addis Posse, No smoke, Warriors Dance, Jared Wilson and among others...
How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
As i mentioned before we love the Old School stuff, there are plenty of music which have been forgotten and we want to bring this underrated sound and music back to our listeners. Rush City and Ritmo Terco’s music is an invitation to rebel against the oppression, let yourself go and just dance to good music with a strong and positive message.
What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?
We’ve been doing lots of music this year and at the moment we are working on a second Ep with our good english friend Handerk. As we done It with our latest “Cosmic Vibrations Ep” we want to pay tribute again to the roots of electronic music.
After “Cosmic Vibrations Ep” alongside Handerk, We decided to travel back in time to present our first edit series with Rush City which includes rare artists and unexpected music genres such as Jazz, experimental, Rock, Italo, Afro and Funk. With this in mind we took music from different eras and decided to turned the original tracks into a more clubby electronic version. Rush City Edits Vol.1 Is out now on Ritmo Terco and it’s available on our new Bandcamp page.
Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?
We often try to keep it fresh as we said before, bringing back the progressive sound from different eras and showing people how incredible these producers were or still in the scene.
We feel confident also playing some modern music on our sets.
We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
No we don’t think so, now there’s more tools to expand your creativity as a musician, Dj, producer, selector, label owner and promoter.
Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?
Well as I mentioned before you can listen and buy now our Rush City Edits Vol. 1 on our new Ritmo Terco’s Bandcamp page. At the moment we are working on a new Rush City Ep alongside Handerk which will be out in 2022 and We also have a V.A, a Jonahlo Ep and a Joint4Nine Ep in the pipeline with the label so stay tuned for 2022 cause it’s going to be fun.
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