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Makala

Makala

Makala


Makala, What? For those of you who do not know who Makala is, here are a few clues. Born Mikel Unzurrunzaga Schmitz on 23 May 1970 in the Basque town of Zarautz, his professional life has revolved around his two passions, surfing and music. He first broke onto the music scene in the '90s, going by the name of Makala. Over the years his sessions have embraced an ever increasing range of musical styles: from afrobeat to funk, soul to reggae, ska to hip hop, boogaloo to dub, rocksteady to jazz, all mixed, cut and ready to be enjoyed. Read more on Last.fm
Makala, What? For those of you who do not know who Makala is, here are a few clues. Born Mikel Unzurrunzaga Schmitz on 23 May 1970 in the Basque town of Zarautz, his professional life has revolved around his two passions, surfing and music. He first broke onto the music scene in the '90s, going by the name of Makala. Over the years his sessions have embraced an ever increasing range of musical styles: from afrobeat to funk, soul to reggae, ska to hip hop, boogaloo to dub, rocksteady to jazz, all mixed, cut and ready to be enjoyed.

His fascination with all types of black music has turned him into both a collector and expert on the subject and he has even written articles for magazines as "The Balde", "Entzun!"... Makala also has performed in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland, France and Portugal, as well as having frequently toured Spain and having performed at the most renowned festivals as Popkomm 2002, Sonar 2000 and Elektronikaldia 1999-2000 (working in this last San Sebastian´s music festival as artistic co-director in combination with Javi Pez between 2000>2005). He has undeniable talent. He currently combines his DJ sessions (on the radio and in clubs) with performances by the Makala Banda or his Makala Sound System.

Since two years, has his own production studio at his home town Zarautz, called Funkel. The experience gained behind the turntables led to his first digipack CD - Makala plays Novophonic - (Novophonic / So Dens / Universal, 2002) under what was then the Europe-wide acclaimed San Sebastian record label. It is a stunning session in which Mikel has mixed the Novophonic tunes, demonstrating his ability to maintain excitement without losing the beat, an essential skill for any decent DJ. The recording got Mikel hooked on producing and the album includes his first original track ..Novocut..n..Pastephonic.., made using the cut 'n' paste technique with samples from the album itself.

After this first adventure, Mikel went on to produce a steady flow of his own singles and compilation tracks in which his musical influences abound. His songs feature on "No borders, No nations, No wars" (Duplikat Records 2003 Berlin), "Basque Electronic Diaspora vol. 3" (Metak, 2003), "Basque Planet" (Wagram, 2004), "Kaffeeburger der Sampler 1" (Duplikat Records, 2006) and as a bassist and singer he collaborates with, among others, Javi Pez Orquesta on "Sports" (Hitop 2004) and Gailu on "Pil Pil Sessions V.1" (Metak, 2002), while the culmination of his work is the CD digipack recording "Hondartzan" (Metak, 2005). This is the first album in which Makala composes, sings and plays on all the tracks, supported by an array of Basque musicians.

This album has gained cult status, being one of the most recent references to another great Basque label: Metak. "Hondartzan" catapulted Makala back into the spotlight and gave him the chance of having his own radio slot on the public basque radio station "E-Gaztea" (EITB) His programme "Boom Shaka Laka" mixes a host of styles and bands past and present, and is the fruit of the daily updating of Mikel's musical files. His last compilation album is created from a nexo system like one of those radio sessions: real sounds from black roots created by basque producers. This is precisely what he set out to achieve and it is the outcome of a logical and sustainable progression in Makala's distinguished career.

It is also proof that in life these things can be achieved in an honest, tasteful and dignified way without involving deceit or bad feeling. This is today's sound from the Black Basque Country!!! Makala, Que? Para los que no sepan quien es Makala aquí tienen unas pistas. Nacido Mikel Unzurrunzaga Schmitz en Zarautz un 23 de mayo del 1970 en Zarautz, su vida profesional a discurrido en torno a sus dos pasiones, el surf y la música. Inicia su carrera en el mundo de la música como disc jockey con el sobrenombre de Makala a principios de los 90s.

Sus sesiones con los años han ido abrazando un cada vez más amplio espectro musical: del afrobeat al funk, del soul al reggae, del ska al hip hop, del boogaloo al dub,del rocksteady al jazz, todo mezclado, triturado y listo para ser disfrutado al instante. Su fascinación por la black music en general le ha convertido en coleccionista y erudito del tema, escribiendo artículos para "The Balde", "Entzun",... Makala ha paseado sus sesiones por Italia, Suiza, Alemania, Checoslovaquia, Bélgica, Holanda, Francia, Portugal, además de haber recorrido en numerosas ocasiones la geografía española y participar en alguno de los más prestigiosos festivales como el Popkomm 2002, Sonar 2000, Elektronikaldia 1999-2000 (en este último colaborando como co-director artístico junto a Javi Pez en las sucesivas ediciones hasta su desaparición en el 2005). Solvencia contrastada. Actualmente compagina sus sesiones como deejay (en radio y clubs) con las actuaciones de su Makala Banda y Makala Sound System.

Así mismo, desde hace un par de años dispone de su propio estudio de producción y creación musical llamado Funkel en su pueblo natal, Zarautz. El bagaje acumulado tras los giradiscos le lleva a grabar su primer CD digipack titulado “Makala plays Novophonic” (Novophonic / So Dens / Universal, 2002) en el desaparecido sello donostiarra de reconocido prestigio europeo. Una preciosa sesión donde Mikel mezcla el catálogo de Novophonic demostrando su capacidad para mantener la expectación sin perder el ritmo, base imprescindible para un buen disc jockey. La grabación despierta en Mikel el gusanillo por la producción y el disco incluye su primer tema “Novocut’n’Pastephonic” realizado con la técnica del "recorta y pega" a partir de samplers del propio disco. Tras esa primera aventura el goteo de canciones compuestas por él donde afloran sus influencias musicales es continuo en singles y recopilatorios.

Así le pueden encontrar en "No borders, No nations, No wars" (Duplikat Records 2003 Berlín), "Basque Electronic Diaspora vol. 3" (Metak, 2003), "Basque Planet" (Wagram, 2004), "Kaffeeburger der Sampler 1" (Duplikat Records, 2006) o como bajista y cantante colaborando con Javi Pez Orquesta "Sports" (Hitop 2004) o Gailu "Pil Pil Sessions V.1" (Metak, 2002) entre otros y tiene como colofón la grabación del CD digipack "Hondartzan" (Metak, 2005). El primer disco donde Makala compone canta y toca todos los temas acompañado por un amplio elenco de musicos vascos. Disco de culto además por ser una de las últimas referencias de otro de los grandes sellos vascos: Metak.

A pesar de todo ello, "Hondartzan" coloca de nuevo a Makala en el ojo del huracán y le ofrece la posibilidad de crear su propio espacio musical en la radio publica vasca "E-Gaztea" (EITB). Su programa llamado "Boom Shaka Laka" mezcla estilos y bandas de todos los colores del pasado y del presente, fruto de la actualización diaria de los archivos musicales de Mikel. Su último disco recopilatorio "Makala Selects Boom Shaka Laka" esta planteado como una de esas sesiones radiofónicas realizada a partir de un nexo: sonidos actuales de raíces negras ideados por productores vascos. Prueba superada, fruto de una progresión lógica y sostenible en la honrada carrera de Makala.

Demostración plausible que en la vida se pueden hacer cosas con sinceridad, buen gusto y dignidad sin engaños ni acritud. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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