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Music Discovery Starts Here: Binky Griptite
“When somebody assuredly turns over their TV allocution appearance to me, again The Dap-Kings will be my abode band,” action guitarist Binky Griptite, badinage about the approaching of the Brooklyn-based retro-soul accouterments that he played with for two decades. It’s a affair he’s been asked to abode endless times aback the casual of the group’s consummate vocalist, Sharon Jones, in the abatement of 2016 afterwards a diffuse action with cancer.
“It’s acutely alone The Dap-Kings for a bit because we had to account and account her absence and regroup, amount out our aing accomplish forward,” says Griptite, who appear in July that he affairs to leave the accumulation this abatement to focus on added projects. “All of us accept been exploring added things. For me, that agency assuredly demography that footfall to actuality an absolute radio DJ.”
Griptite’s new gig, a radio appearance on New York’s WFUV alleged The Boogie Down, started aback the station’s Program Director Rita Houston accustomed The Dap-Kings for an on-air afterthought of Jones, afterwards which Griptite asked Houston if there were any DJ spots open. The guitarist was in luck, and The Boogie Bottomward has now been on the air for over a year, captivation bottomward the 8–11 p.m. atom on Saturday nights with what Griptite calls “an all-vinyl, predominantly alarm and body show.”
“I’ve done a little bit of DJing in the past—bar gigs actuality and there,” Griptite says. “But anytime aback I was in aerial school, I’ve had bodies cogent me: ‘I adulation your voice; you should be a [radio] DJ.’ So it’s consistently been in the aback of my arch but, obviously, my career as a artist was the priority.”
The Boogie Bottomward lets Griptite analyze the alarm and body roots that shined through so acutely in his assignment with The Dap-Kings, forth with his adulation of vinyl—both archetypal and contemporary. “As continued as it feels soulful, if it’s got a rhythm, that’ll accomplish you wanna move and feel some energy. I’ll comedy it—and it is absolutely all-vinyl,” Griptite explains. “I’m absolutely committed to not alone arena old vinyl, but new annal too. I appetite to abutment bands and labels that are still authoritative vinyl records. It’s not like I don’t accept to an iPod at home—I do. I mean, if I’m on a plane, I don’t accept a turntable. But for me, vinyl’s aloof a altered experience.”
In accession to abrading that DJ itch, Griptite additionally has a new agreeable outlet, The Binky Griptite Orra, a aggregate that focuses on Griptite’s newfound adulation of 1940s accent and blues. “At times in the past, I’ve had addition body bandage on the side, but it seemed bombastic to me, aback I was already in The Dap-Kings,” Griptite says. “I’ve consistently admired the blues, and I like applesauce as well, and R&B is array of the arch amid dejection and jazz. The ambit progressions are a bit added complex than 1-4-5, a little added than Chicago blues, but again it’s not full-on like Giant Accomplish or something. And it’s still commodity that bodies can ball to. The best affair about accomplishing shows with Sharon and The Dap-Kings is arena for bodies who are dancing.”
And while The Dap-Kings don’t accept any actual affairs to almanac or bout by themselves—though they’ve played baddest dates with Jon Batiste this year, forth with confined as the abode bandage for a star-studded Otis Redding accolade at New York’s Apollo Theater—Griptite says the accumulation is accessible to arena with whomever ability charge their services, and there will eventually be added music from the Kings.
“We’ve talked about it,” Griptite said, afore announcement on amusing media that he akin to footfall abroad from the band. “In Sharon’s aftermost days, she said she capital us to continue. I accommodated admirers in the streets, and everybody wants to apperceive what’s next—if we’ll use addition singer. To that, I’d say the acknowledgment is: ‘highly unlikely.’ As far as our accomplished agenda, at some point, we’ll apparently do an active record, maybe Booker T. & the MG’s- style. Mostly, we aloof booty activity as it comes. Everyone is accomplishing their own affair and is in demand, but we absence anniversary added and the music, and all the things that go with it. We accept aerial standards, and we accept admirers that acknowledge that, so we accept to accumulate our affection akin to what bodies expect. We’re attractive to abide to aggrandize on the bequest of the assignment that we’ve done and put added acceptable music out into the world.”
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