Big Ups With Dan Ubick

Name, Location, What You Do: Dan Ubick aka Constantine “Connie” Price; musician, record producer, selector/collector, and writer. 

Influences: I am influenced by so much different stuff but I never get tired of The Kinks, Toots & The Maytals, James Brown/The J.B.’s, The Meters, The Band, Little Feat, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Sly & The Family Stone, The Rolling Stones, Booker T & The MG’s, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles. 

Favorite Records at the Moment: “Fever” by Sarah Vaughan, “Movin’ Much Too Fast” by Bobby Marin, “It Takes Two” by Lynn Williams, “Ooh Baby (Make Me Feel So Young)” by Terry Reid, “Save A Bread” by Justin Hinds and the Dominoes and “Please Stop Lying” by Errol Dunkley.

Best Digging Story: I have been riffling through garage sales, thrift stores, and record stores since I was 15 so there are many but a couple years back I found this dude in Venice who was selling LPs for $7 and 45’s for $2. Among his crates were the original pressings of the Meters first LP, Idris Muhammad’s “Power Of Soul”, The JB’s “Food For Thought”, Melvin Sparks’ “Spark Plug” and both “Bra” and “The Message” 7’s by Cymande – all in super clean condition.  Needless to say, that was a good day. Went and got some tacos after to celebrate.
Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ: Back when I was playing with Breakestra I’d get mixtapes from JRocc, Cut Chemist, Mixmaster Wolf, Marvski,  etc., and those guys turned me on to so much great music that way. JRocc’s “Syndromes” was crazy good, still got that cassette somewhere.  Miles’ “Funky Sole Live In Hollywood Vol.1“ mix has lots of great tunes on it too.  I did these great mixes with The Lions crew (Live from WLION) that Stones Throw has up on their site.  All killer Jamaican music hosted by my brothers Black Shakespeare and Alex Désert. 

LP, 12”, or 7” format? Yes.

Junk Food You Can’t Live Without: Tie between French Fries And BBQ chips. 

Most Memorable Gig Played:  Coachella Main Stage playing guitar with De La Soul was pretty epic. We had Fish from Fishbone on drums and the band (Rhythm Roots All-Stars) was tight as could be. Getting to play all those tunes I’ve loved for so long in front of a sea of people was nuts and a dream come true.

Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:  Hmm. Gotta be a tie between “Hey (I Feel Real Good)” by the Fatback Band on Event and “All Strung Out” by The Chambers Brothers. If the crowd isn’t feeling either of these then I’m at the wrong gig. Haha!

Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info: Much love to Egon, Miles, Fifer, Peanut Butter Chris, and the Stones Throw family, David at F-Spot, NYCT, Enrique at Ubiquity, Daniel & Jeri, Aunty Meggy, Brian & Monk at Wax Poetics and my brothers and sisters in The Lions, Night Owls, The Mad Geezers, and The Keystones extended family.

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