(New York) Ė Producer/mixer Rafe Gomez debuted his jazz-funk mix show, ďIn The MixĒ, on Sirius Satellite Radio on March 1, 2003. It marked the first time that jazz music had been presented on American airwaves in a blended, club-style mixed format.
ďWhen you ask most people about what kind of jazz you can dance or party to, they usually say big band or swing,Ē explains Gomez. ďBut thereís a tremendous selection of jazz and jazz-influenced music - such as jazz-funk, soul jazz, acid jazz, old school rare groove & funk, nu jazz, and European dancefloor jazz Ė that can definitely get your butt moving. And thatís the kind of jazz Iím presenting and mixing.Ē
Gomezís listeners are primarily jazz aficionados, but heíll be seeking to woo fans of hip-hop as well. ďBecause so many rap tracks are based on jazz samples and grooves, the tracks that I play will be instantly familiar to hip-hop heads,ď says Gomez. As far as the mixing techniques that Gomez uses, he treads a delicate line: ďI design transitions that are impressive to listeners who are used to hearing creative blending in clubs, but Iím also tasteful so as to not alienate jazz enthusiasts, who are more interested in what I play rather than how I play it,Ē Gomez says. ďMusicality, syncopation consistency, and key consistency are as important as BPMs in this kind of mixing.Ē
Gomez plays a wide range of danceable jazz from both major and independent label artists with a special emphasis on artists whose music wouldnít otherwise receive exposure on American airwaves. ďIím aggressively programming artists on niche jazz, funk, soul, and re-issue/compilation labels from around the world, as well as unsigned artists that may only have their LPs available online as downloads,Ē says Gomez. ďIf their sound gels with the vibe Iím trying to create, theyíll get as much airplay and exposure as the more established artists that I play.Ē
Along with supporting the artists he presents with airplay, Gomez will also be seeking to build their sales. ďIíll be making the playlists for all of my shows available online, with listings of artists, tracks, LPs, labels, and URLs where my listeners can learn more about the artists as well as purchase what they like,Ē says Gomez. ďItís a great way for my listeners to be able to add the new music they hear to their collections as well as for me to support the artists and labels that are helping to create a unique show.Ē
Gomez has been an active jazz d.j. since the mid-80s. Heís brought his mixing style to a number of clubs in the tri-state area and his studio skills to production/mixing projects for independent labels, including Digitalia and Jeep Jazz. His jazz mixes have been featured on leading Web radio stations, including Mixmeisterís mmRadio.com, the hip-hop site soulstrut.com, the funk and soul site mr.soulsatisfaction.com, and the Netherlands-based jazz-funk site royalgroove.com.
ďIn The MixĒ can be heard on Friday nights from midnight to 3 AM (EST) and on Saturday nights from midnight to 3 AM (EST) on Siriusí Planet Jazz stream (#70).
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