What an amazing day Sydney experienced at the first ever #SOULFEST. The biggest NEO SOUL + HIP HOP + RNB line-up Australia has ever seen. I was completely humbled (and extremely lucky) to get the call to share DJing duties as #SOULOFSYDNEYDJS with #SOULOFSYDNEY cofounder DJ PHIL TOKE.
I’ve never played in front of a festival size crowd before so needless to say this was an extra special occasion for me playing between the sets of the acts I grew up listening to, and still admire today. The line-up included: #DANGELO, #MAXWELL, #MOSDEF (who unfortunately missed his flight), #COMMON, #ALOEBLACC, #ANGIESTONE, #LEELAJAMES, #MUSIQSOULCHILD, #ANTHONYHAMILTON and a gang of Australia’s leading soul talent.
Check out some pics below!
Who’s playing that funky ish?? Moi – DJ CMAN! Big ups to my boy DJ TREY for snapping this shot!
Straight off a 17 hour plane leg journey Coron via Manila to soundcheck at 10am in Victoria Park.
ANTHONY HAMILTON (I used to have his ‘I will go” track from New York Undercover on repeat in the late 90’s!)
ALOE BLACC ( Motown era soul, pitch perfect performance)
PHIL TOKE (Bringing some funk heat to Soulfest)
COMMON AKA COMMON SENSE (brought the raw energy!)
Ayo sound man! Where’s my monitor?! Propped up on the Spotify stage where all the local acts did Sydney proud.
With DJ TREY before a quick changeover, my man rocked it (cheeky bastard dropped Brown Sugar right after D’Angelo’s set – gotta give the people what they want)!
D’ANGELO (there is only one. Was getting emotional seeing him live. Real Artist, Real Musician – this was my performance highlight).
D’ANGELO (yes, the ladies goin’ wild behind me)
“Bro,can they hear me?”, “Yes man, ladies up front singing “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” :)
MAXWELL (straight butta, super smooth, kinda reminded me of Marvin Gaye in some respects, another personal favourite, Urban Hang Suite son!)
MAXWELL (workin the 12-15ish thousand strong crowd like a pro)
MAXWELL (a fitting end to an incredible event – taken from the DJ booth where we were spinning)