Let the rhythm flow, whatever it may be: Afro, Latin…! Better known as Osunlade, Christian Carlos Warren looks like always havin’ been driven by his instinct, if not his envision(s). This allowing him to display the countless faces of a talent that seems to have no limit, and therefore express his versatility both as a producer, an artist, a DJ and manager (at the command of the Yoruba label)…
What has decided you to relocate to Greece years ago?
“Not a decision. More of the universe’s direction for me which got me to drop my bags in Santorini…”
A(nother) way for you to take some distance and preserve your privacy?
Greece is renowned for being the birthplace of the concept of democracy back in the ancient time. Has this had anything to do with your will to get there? Not to mention this long history which can’t be felt floating around the Mediterranean Sea…
“Nah. My relocation was simply that of energy and inspiration…”
In order to be in the position to find/feel the necessary ‘Elements Beyond’, referring to the title of your 2007 released album of the likes?
“Exactly that… Elements being everything around us. Yet, musically I wanted to take those that are traditionally used and create a new forum and direction , as well as combine the old and new.”
“I hate when I am labellized as anything, as if you look at my history of music, there is simply music… Of course, I can’t deny the fact that House Music has been a source of recognition for me. However, as you noticed, there is 30 years + of music that I’ve been a part of, and to simply state that I am a House Music creator is insane… That said, people seem to need to get each of us in a box. It’s unfortunate, but I try to not absorb so much of these things.”
You look like quite concerned in regards to History. Is it an influent part of your inspiration?
“It is, however the future is more important and relevant in terms of creating and evolving musically and personally.”
You definitely look/give the impression of acting apart in comparison to most of your alter egos. Who is Osunlade?
“One soul, pure and concentrated… Without alter nor any egos. Only here for the journey of healing.”
Your influences? Heroes?
“Everything and no one.”
You’ve been around for (already) 30 years. How do you feel sitting on 3 decades of activity? Best/baddest souvenirs? The main steps?
“I feel better than ever to have had the experience and opportunities, but most important, the lessons and chances to balance and correct those that weren’t in order. I collect nothing as I am unattached to all things of matter substance. I only thrive on what’s beneath what you can touch. They have all been main steps as one without the other would whould have led me to some different place.”
One word of ‘Sesame Street’ which you’ve been involved on, writing parts of it…
“One word? Interesting!”
Then Latin Hip-Hop artist Gerardo whom you’ve produced ‘Rico Suave’ for…
These works happened to have a mainstream appeal. What has then brought you to commit yourself into so to say more confidential concepts?
“These works had mainstream appeal due to financial reasons. I am here only to create, not to be created. I am not a commodity, so my commitment is simply for and to myself first. Everything else follows. I do not create for the mass appeal, nor do I seek it for it. Those who understand and connect with the music are seeking their own concepts of self and need something deeper. These are the connections I need…”
Looks like you’ve been caught up by your history as an Afro-American citizen at some time. What has been the sparkling light if I may say so?
“First, I do not consider myself an African-American. I don’t know what that term means, as I am not African. Nor am I or ever have I been an American by any sort of the word. People have a stigma to base your existence on where your parents gave you birth to. This is only by default…
I am of many origins, and none of them defines me solely. I am concerned with the history and future of those who do consider themselves one thing as it’s quite sad for me to see those who claim something to be all for who they are. I am of this world and everything I experience comes from everything I’ve seen, touched, heard, felt etc.”
Has this had a consequence to have you committed into heavy studies? If so, did you get help from anyone?
“I learn from studies, high priests, and damn near anything or anyone. When you live your life as a child, you see more. When you think you know anything, you miss everything. I simply allow myself to understand that there are lessons in and from everyone.”
Joe Claussell and Ron Trent have both developped introspective projects while on search for their respective roots. I guess you feel close to them spiritually speaking. One reaction?
“I wouldn’t put things that way. The only thing I believe is clear is that we all use our gifts to connect, learn and appeal to others in hopes to understand ourselves clearer.”
You’re rated as doin’ House Music. Don’t you feel it as restrictive though, as opposed to Afro Soul or Soul/Jazz the way you did live for instance years ago at the GotSoul party in Miami?
“I hate when I am labellized as anything, as if you look at my history of music, there is simply music…
Of course, I can’t deny the fact that House Music has been a source of recognition for me. However, as you noticed, there is 30 years + of music that I’ve been a part of, and to simply state that I am a House Music creator is insane… That said, people seem to need to get each of us in a box. It’s unfortunate, but I try to not absorb so much of these things. They are senseless in actuality.”