sauntered onto the scene from somewhere in the Midwest, an international
ne-er do well maintaining a low profile as he filled listening rooms
with Brazilia flavored beats and leftfield sound pastiches. A persona
became a gag, then a serio-comic myth. While the masses partied,
he played. Constructed. For years, as the rules changed and the
music changed, the magic left and came back as magic often does.
Such is the way of the electronic alchemists and new beat adventurers,
always searching for the New Jazz Science.
Pimp Daddy Nash, a.k.a. Jon Curtis, is the scientist in question.
The persona came about during the intitial organization of Eighth
Dimension, an Orlando-based collective of adventurous alchemists
from the fields of house music, hip-hop, underground rock and syth
pop – a collective that provided a necessary antidote to Central
Floridas's increasingly conformist rave culture. But while Q-Burns
Abstract Message signed on with Astralwerks and DJ BMF ensures hip-hop
don't stop on Tuesday nights as his ferociously popular Phat N'
Jazzy night sprints toward a decade in existence, Pimp Daddy Nash
rode out the Nineties with a single-minded pursuit of the electronic
excellence. His music fit right in alongside the big beats, downtempos,
noir-ish soundscapes and spy-themed samples that infiltrated electronic
music in the mid-90s, and Pimp Daddy Nash found himself recording
for Mephisto Records, Om Records, Delancey Street, and FFRR for
the duration of the decade.
"Its almost became my alter ego," says the PDN of his
alternate identity. "Not almost, it is my alter ego. People
call me Pimp when I'm walking down the street, y'know." But
as the Pimp evolved, his music became more sophisticted. More thought
went to songwriting, rather than sample research. "I'm actually
trying to create things that have a little more melody, a little
more structure, but still have some of that, if you want to call
it, dance element or the trip hop element. Its still there, but
I'm purposely trying to push things forward a little bit. Just for
me. If everybody else stays in the sample-heavy groove, wonderful.
I'm trying to move ahead. I look at it as kind of a big jazz experiment
Connosseurs of Fila Brasilia, Howie B. and DJ Shadow will consider
Pimp Daddy a kindred soul on first listen, but peel back the layers
and soon the seeds of sonic synthesis are apparent; a clashing of
styles. A meeting of thesis and antithesis, gathered from a lifetime
of musical experiences that originated in the electronically adventurous
'80 and matured as the world became wired. House beats and jazzy
eloquence meet as Eno-esque ambience mingles with dada downtempo
dossiers. Snare drums snap adds structure to absurdist electro,
sinister syth lines trade off with turntable-scracthing excursions,
and esoteric effects flavor technopop tapestries.
The musical lanscape is vastly different then when the Pimp first
came around and introduced the bossa nova numbers racket. Electronic
music permeates culture to the core, unprecednted, unstoppable.
Unstoppable like the endless mine of musical ideas from the mind
of Pimp Daddy Nash. Like the New Jazz Science about to be unleashed
on an unsuspecting public. You'll be hearing it sooner than you
think, you just might not realize it… at first.