Brownswood Bubblers Nine // Diggs Duke
December 19, 2012
“Brownswood Bubblers provides a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. The series distils the stream of exciting new artists that have become semi-permanent fixtures in Gilles’ playlists and DJ sets of late to create a suite of perfect bumps.” GP
Gilles comes correct yet again with the ninth instalment in the much-loved Bubblers series. Shining a spotlight on under-the-radar talent the world over, Bubblers returns with a line up as diverse and exciting as the record bag from which they came; a musical barometer to gauge the sound and stars of 2013.
We’re profiling the artists on the compilation, so we caught up with Diggs Duke, whose track ‘Nine Winning Wives’ features on the comp.
How would you describe your music?
My music is a heavily-arranged mixture of predominantly soul and jazz music. But, I am influenced by music from all over the Earth. I write all of the music and lyrics and I play all of the instruments on most of my songs. So, when you listen to my music, you get an impression of who I am, rather than just what I hear.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Duke Ellington is my inspiration. He was pure class, musically and professionally. Part of my inspiration comes from the necessity to represent the depth of Black America beyond what the politicians, corporations and major labels would like to portray. This was Ellington’s mission and it is mine.
The other part of my inspiration comes from a drive to help people feel comfortable within their own realities, which I feel can be difficult. There is always someone around the corner trying to make you ordinary. I want to inspire others by putting as much of my true self into my compositions as I can. Also, I really have always wanted to achieve and discover something. Music is my science of choice.
What releases / gigs are out there or coming soon?
I have been releasing tons of music very informally over the past year. There have been 6 EPs and about a dozen singles. It’s all available at my bandcamp and soundcloud pages. My latest are on iTunes also. I am performing at Drom in New York City on February 10, 2013. It will be an exceptional show because I have some of Harlem’s finest coming to play with me that night. The band will be bigger than normal and it’ll be energized.
Do you have a current DJ mix or any tracks that are available for free download right now that we could point folks to?
I do. This is my best free track. It’s a cover of a great song from Thundercat’s debut album. The song is called “Is It Love?” Check it out here
Where can folks go online to check out you and your music?
and my myspace address is……no, I’m just kidding.
What are you going to do after this interview?
I’m going to continue listening to Maurice Ravel compositions, while eating chips and responding to e-mails.