Freestyle: Worldbeat thrills return with DJ Gaudi
BY ELIZABETH KIESZKOWSKI / firstname.lastname@example.org
In this fragmented age, it’s harder than ever to say where music is going — electronic, post-punk, hip-hop and roots music are all jostling for pole position — but it’s still easy to know when a musician delivers thrills enough to move you onto the dance floor.
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Gaudi, a veteran Italian turntablist, electronic musician and producer/remix master, delivers by finding common ground in global sounds.
His projects, heavy on reggae/worldbeat rhythms and bass beats, will appeal to fans of Thievery Corporation, Lee “Scratch” Perry and The Clash, surf-rockers and Burning Man aficionados, not to mention admirers of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose music Gaudi has remixed to critical acclaim.
The music, which draws from African, Jamaican, Middle Eastern and European sources, is uplifting and the sentiments progressive, as with “Put Your Guns Down,” a dub-reggae workout from 2013 album “In Between Times.” The record, out last May from Six Degrees Records, featured collaborations with electro/dub/reggae heroes The Orb, Lee Scratch Perry and Michael Rose, among others.
The music has earned Gaudi five gold records and multiple European No. 1 hits, as well as a slew of festival appearances. In addition, the Italian TV versions of “X-Factor” and “The Voice” have tapped him as a vocal coach.
Island audiences respond to this mix, and Gaudi has traveled through Hawaii twice in the past four years, with appearances including a headlining show in Chinatown as part of Hallowbaloo in 2011. He’s coming back for another round, appearing at Nextdoor on June 19.
As extra enticement, Cherry Blossom Cabaret will offer a meet-and-greet in advance of Gaudi’s appearance in connection with the Hawaii Burlesque Festival, and Kalalea Fire dancers will be doing a special performance with new LED lights and props.
Check out the video for one of his most popular tracks, “Why You Wanna Run” (featuring English beatboxer/vocalist Danny Ladwa, who is touring with Gaudi through Hawaii!) below.
“Let us start living life with your head held high,” Ladwa sings.
I’m in! You’ll find more music and downloadable tracks on his Soundcloud channel.
Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter.