The Pimps of Sound Thursday 27th October 2011

Gig Details:

Band : The Pimps of Sound

Date : Thursday 27th October 2011

Time : 11:00pm

Venue : The Shed, Northbridge.

The Pimps of Sound performed as a part of an evening of original music held at the Shed in Northbridge on Thursday the 27th of October 2011. The evening, consisted of three local groups and covered a wide spectrum of music genres with the soulful grooves of the Amani Consort first up, followed by the high energy Dilip and the Davs with the Pimps of Sound concluding the evening. The Pimps of Sound, a project run by drummer Zen Fusion and bass player Rob Ferrari, contacted me to play saxophone and also enlisted the help of MC Aysha Amani to perform with them for this show.

The first act for the evening was Aysha Amani’s new outfit, the Amani Consort. This four piece started their set just after 9:00pm and set up a great groove that the growing audience really appreciated. The professionalism of this group, quality of their original compositions and their arrangements as well as the flow of songs throughout the entire set managed to get the audience up on the dance floor and dancing along.

Dilip and the Davs, the second band for the evening, brought their usual high energy and fun vibe to the stage. The intensity that this local band from Freo perform at every time always ensures that the crowd get an entertaining and enjoyable experience. It was great to see that the large following this band has in Fremantle came up to Northbridge to support the show, the dance floor being packed from their first to last song is a testament to the excellence in entertainment that is produced from Dilip and his sidemen.

The evening was finished with the performance from the Pimps of Sound. There were a few technical delays at the start of the set, the full electronic kit being used by Zen Fusion was being temperamental and there were problems with the amount of signal that was being sent to the front of house mix. This show was an important one for the Pimps as it was being recorded and video for a live demo to produced to use as promotional work for the group.

After overcoming the technical issues the band started with the song “Cubious” written by Zen Fusion. This tune featured a saxophone solo at the beginning of the tune over the synthesiser looped chords before the drums and bass came in with the groove. I was using an effects pedal throughout the evening, having a number of effects including distortion, harmonisers and various reverbs all programmed in. For this first song I was using a heavy and rather wet reverb with delay to really give the floating sound over the top of the grooves being laid down by the Pimps. In the bridge of this tune I would change to my harmoniser effect to give a fuller / horn section sound.

This song was finished with a saxophone solo in which I needed to modulate into the key of the next song “The Concept of Love”. Making sure that Zen Fusion could see me I cued the chords for the next tune and the sample pad in when I was ready and in the right key. Unfortunately there still seemed to be problems with the levels of the various pads with on stage everything feeling and sounding extremely loud. A highlight of this song for me was listening to MC Amani step up to the mic and MC her way through the various sections. Her skill with the ability to rhyme and play with the sense of time really provided great tension and release for the song. It was also an enjoyable one for the two of us to feed off each other ideas wise from an improvisation point of view.

A huge thanks must go to the Audio Engineer on the evening for the work they did to get everything up and running with the electronic music of the Pimps of Sound. Thanks also to the Pimps for the opportunity to perform with them, it’s always a fun experience for me, to Rob Ferarri for all of his work in organising the evening and to the Amani Consort and Dilip and the Davs for their entertaining sets. Finally I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Aysha Amani, it proved to be a pleasure for me again to be able to play a gig with her and hopefully we will get another chance to do it again in the near future.

The next show I have booked in at this point in time isn’t until the 10th of November when I will be playing down at Mojos in North Fremantle with Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics in support of Randa and the Soul Kingdom’s upcoming album launch. If you are in Fremantle on that night I hope to see you there!

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