Big Ups With Daniel Collás

Name, Location, What You Do:
Daniel Collás, Williamsburg, Producer.

Influences:
Rotary Connection, Eddy Grant, Shocking Blue, Francis Grasso.

Favorite Records at the Moment:
Gece – Altin Gün
Liquid Diamonds – Leon Lowman

Best Digging Story:
Unfortunately, there are very few. I’ve never been very lucky or had the persistence to really dig. So I would say the time I found a mint copy of the Elephant’s “Memory Take It To The Street” and Coke Escovedo’s “Comin At Ya” in a stack of records that had been left in my building by a previous tenant, apparently. Also the time I found Joe Bataan’s “Singin’ Some Soul” and Pagan’s “I Can See” for a dollar at some flea market upstate. The thing is, around that time, people were finding Acid for a dollar left and right, so I was more disappointed that I couldn’t find a copy and kinda felt like those two were a consolation prize. I was pretty quickly disabused of that notion.

Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ.
I don’t listen to mixes too often, but I really liked that one Andy Votel from years ago, Songs in The Key of Death, I think it was called. There was also one from Muro and Dmitri from Paris that had War’s Good Good Feeling and that Spartacus jam. Disco Friends, maybe?

LP, 12”, or 7” format?
Lots of my favorite tracks were never singles, so they weren’t released as 7” or 12”. I’ve got some European 7” 33 rpm that are poorly pressed, sound pretty lousy, and some LP cuts that are mastered really hot. Just depends on what sounds better. That being said, generally speaking, for soul music I prefer, 45s, disco, 12”.

Junk Food You Can’t Live Without:
A lot of people consider pizza junk food, so I think that’s probably the most succinct answer here. But to those people, I will say you are woefully mistaken, in my humble –but correct– opinion.

Most Memorable Gig Played:
Probably Bonobo in Tokyo, on a mixer handmade for David Mancuso when he had come over in 2000. At least that was the story.

Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:
“All Woman” by Cheryl Dilcher. Super tough feminism funk.
A close second would be “Sea Hunt” by Patrick Cowley. I only recently found out that it’s his interpolation of an old TV show theme, and that kinda ruined it for me, to be honest.

Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info:
Phenomenal Handclap Band’s “Remain Silent” 12” came out last month, and our new album will be out next year on Toy Tonics. I’ve also been working with [legendary Gil Scott Heron collaborator] Brian Jackson on his forthcoming solo album.

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