On his new EP Josh Butler pays tribute to the early days of house music, The new record for Noir Music features Lono Brazil, a lifelong friend of Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan.
Butler: “My manager randomly met Lono Brazil in New York city last summer. Lono, a long time DJ and former major label executive, overheard him talking about music and it began a year long conversation about house music. Lono was a lifelong friend of Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan – Frankie was his son’s godfather – and he spent his weekends at the legendary Warehouse in Chicago with Frankie; the spot credited as the birth place of house music in the early eighties.”
“After many months of trying to arrange some studio time, we finally sat down and recorded Lono’s story and his experience of what house music means to him. It was incredible to hear it from someone who was there ‘when the book was being written’ as he says. When I heard his story I knew this had to be put on record. There was about 4 hours of dialogue recorded (and many more hours that weren’t) and it’s a fascinating listen. Perhaps one day we’ll release the whole conversation.”
“The Essence of House’ is out now on Noir Music and comes with additional remixes by Dario D’Attis, Metodi Hristov and Miguel Bastida.