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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Huckaby

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2018 12:19pm | Post a Comment

Mike Huckaby What's In My Bag?

Detroit DJ and producer Mike Huckaby went on an epic dig through the bins at Amoeba Hollywood, compiling a healthy stack of LPs and 12"s for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Another digger kept popping up in the interview. "Madlib is highly revered to me," Huckaby said of the prolific DJ / rapper / producer. He also grabbed a couple of Madvillain records and an LP by Madlib's early group Lootpack. "Dude says he makes an album a day," Huckaby marveled.

Mike Huckaby is a key figure in the Detroit electronic music scene who has earned international recognition for his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, his crowd-pleasing DJ sets, and his work with his Deep Transportation and S Y N T H labels. Huckaby has produced and remixed for heavyweights like Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay, Pole, Loco Dice, LoSoul, Deepchord, and Pacou. He gives back to the Detroit community by teaching music production to preteens and teens at YouthVille Detroit. His signature jazz-influenced deep house sound has made him a fixture of clubs in Berlin, Detroit, and everywhere in between.

Huckaby also spoke at length about avant-garde jazz legend Sun Ra. "(The) thing about Sun Ra is he often needs an introduction, and then the introduction actually needs a introduction," he explained. "'Cause sometimes it's just a bit too abstract and obscure for people." Another jazz hero for Huckaby was John Coltrane. He picked up A Love Supreme and called it a "classic, no introduction needed." He also praised Coltrane's often overlooked wife, Alice Coltrane, who he said was a "beast on the keys."

Also in his bag: Floating Points ("brilliant production"), DJ Paul Nice ("the breaks this guy comes up with are like amazing"), and stoner rock, cult legends Sleep ("definitely check out Sleep").

Check out the video below for all of Mike Huckaby's killer picks:

Mike Huckaby - What's In My Bag?
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