Single Of The Week: Sean McCabe & Mr. V – It Can Be (East Mix) (Good Vibrations Music)
As always, there are two sides of a coin. Meanwhile there are two ways considering a glass, as either half empty of half full. Of course digitalization has seriously disturbed the music industry. But in the meantime, it has allowed countless of us to do things that would have been impossible, let’s say 5 to 10 years ago. This being where we find ‘It Can Be’. A smooth spoken word deep jam celebrating the good thing that the globalization process has brought. Beginning with the opportunity to collaborate from all over the world. And therefore to contribute enriching (House) Music with our respective backgrounds…
It can be on the East, it can be on the West… It could be everywhere! A spiritual thing to some, House Music has become a global thing. A fact which Mr. V pretty much encapsulates on his performance. Meanwhile Sean McCabe delivers reworks which stand as many different moods. With our preference nevertheless going for the deep and intimate East Mix…
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– Experiencing Mr. V’s (aka Victor Font) DJ sets, original productions, or remixes is like taking a trip back in time to Dance Music’s golden age…
Before superstar DJ’s took over the spotlight, Dance Music was a cultural phenomenon that did what no other form of music could do… Bring people together! It didn’t matter what race or sexual orientation you came from. Why? Because Dance Music was all about embracing our differences and creating a homogeneous vibe. The music was built heavily on traditional song structures and lot of heart and soul. DJ’s played whatever it took to get the party going and the music was never predictable. It is with this classic spirit and enthusiasm that NYC Mr. V targets today’s Dance Music world. Mr. V is a throwback in the purest sense.
Growing up in the 1980’s the open-minded Mr. V got heavily influenced by House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Garage and Disco classics, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz. Despite wanting to be a professional DJ, it wasn’t until he met Louie Vega that he found his calling. “Louie used to have his party called Underground Network. That’s where I discovered a deeper taste for House music. I always wanted to be a DJ. And Louie’s type of music – that whole soulful sound – is what I wanted to play…”
Louie Vega saw the drive and potential in Mr. V and hired him as his assistant at his Masters At Work label. In this position Mr. V was given a rare glimpse into the global dance scene and before long was taking to the decks alongside his mentor.
In addition to his busy DJ schedule Mr. V has also made quite a name for himself as a producer. In 2001, along with Alix Alvarez, Mr. V launched his Sole Channel Music label. An opportunity to release music with complete control and artistic freedom. Standing among their most famous cuts, ‘Somethin’ Wit Jazz’ which got released back in 2005 as the opening cut to Mr. V‘s ‘The Dance Ritual Project’ clearly embodies what the man is about.
Combining his multifaceted skills as a DJ/producer/remixer, and with an ear towards Dance Music’s roots, Mr. V is definitely a name to watch out for!
– Bristol-based producer Sean McCabe has had plenty of time to develop his own sound. He released his first tracks in 2003 at the early age of 17. From then, he spent the last decade fine-tuning a trademark sound that is effortlessly soulful.
McCabe made his name in House Music. He developped a long-running relationship with seminal US garage label King Street Sounds. Eventually remixing the likes of Dennis Ferrer, Roy Ayers, Blaze and Todd Terry.
Since then, he’s amassed an impressive discography, delivering reworks for labels like Z Records, Vega Records, Tribe and Quantize.
A quick listen to any of his productions or one of his DJ sets will confirm this attractive, emotion-rich aesthetic. While rooted in House, his sound regularly takes on flavours of Disco, Boogie, Afro and much more besides.
As a DJ, he has forged a reputation at the legendary Southport Weekender, where he has performed regularly. Anyone who can impress the notoriously knowledgeable SW crowd must be doing something right.
Refreshingly, he seems to have no particular aspirations to play in gargantuan clubs though. And he admits to preferring gigs in small, intimate venues, where he can make a connection with the crowd.
As a producer, McCabe is constantly learning and evolving, taking his sound in different directions. He admits to a love of vintage synthesizers. Meaning these vibes one can get from listening to classic New York Boogie and 80’s Soul.