Single Of The Week: Kenny Bobien – Movin’ On (Gianluca Pighi Remix) (Makin Moves
In the footsteps on his memorable gems such as ‘Father’, ‘Rise Above The Sorm’ and ‘Reach’… Kenny Bobien opens his account for 2016 in a blowing style with the uplifting ‘Movin’ On’. And I gotta admit the choice between a specific version was kinda hard. As they both bring elements perfectly fitting with the singer’s interpretation. In other words, quite movin’ on, whichever it is.
We finally came to elect the Gianluca Pighi (original) remix. The reason being for the range of its atmosphere blending melancholic string lines over a syncopated synthesized funky rhythm pattern. This adding much of emotion to the flow of the song.
Gotta keep movin’ on. This being pretty much what they do as a matter of fact…
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– Listening to his father’s vast soul and Jazz and Funk record collection must have had some kind of influence on Gianluca Pighi. Since then, his destiny has been cast, a life of music, music and more music…
At the age of 15, he sneaked into his older cousin’s pirate radio station armed with some of his favourite vinyls. There, he began to learn the art of broadcasting, playing Funk classics, Hip-Hop and 80’s Soul. Soon, he would play at street parties around his area. The first “paid” gigs followed suit and the game changed. This enabled him to feed his record collecting addiction which took him to Milan at least once or twice a month.
“Getting hold of records back then wasn’t easy, sometimes it would even end up in fist-fights”, he says laughing. At that point his DJ career took off. Playing at various residencies including clubs such as Avila and Masero gave him huge exposure. He also tried his hand at promoting and managing club nights. There he would work alongside the likes of the Pasta Boys, Claudio Coccoluto, Ricky Montanari, Ivan Iacobucci and Luca Trevisi.
Pighi‘s sets began to earn him a very strong reputation which saw him spin at club Mazoom, opening up for luminaries such as David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Louie Vega, Harvey or Joe Claussell. Since then, he has never turned back and still to this day he keeps on shaking up the floors with a high-quality mixture of sounds.
With his profound love of music, it was inevitable that Gianluca Pighi would also carve out a very strong career in the recording studio. Through the years, Gianluca has worked with icons like Robert Owens and Frankie Knuckles as well.
Today, he can be seen mastering and engineering some of the biggest and the best productions coming out of Italy.
Gianluca Pighi is a firm believer in quality and this is something that he shows majestically. Whether evolving as a DJ, producing his own material, or working in the studio with other artists. If it’s not good, then it’s not for him.
His productions for Makin’ Moves with his sidekick Massimo Paramour have all gained the top 10 spot in the soulful house chart. ‘Babalawo’, as well as his collaborations with Kenny Bobien and Polina Griffiths, are other remarkable achievements.
His main focus is Mint Condition Records now. It’s a long-term project Gianluca is putting all he’s got into it. The main aim is producing and distributing Mint sounding and Mint quality records. The road is long, but the guy is on fire!
New Jersey’s Kenny Bobien has forged himself a reputation as one of the most in-demand singers in the House scene. With thanks to a unique falsetto style, he is widely seen as the “King of Gospel House Music”. Even though he left his imprint in other genres such as R&B while collaborating with many big names. From Teddy Pendergrass to Jennifer Holiday, Taylor Dayne or Celine Dion.
Kenny has powered countless club anthems. From his early works as a background vocalist along with Ten City in the second half of the 80’s. To his collaborations with some of the biggest producers in the House scene. From Kerri Chandler to Louie Vega and Blaze. But also B.O.P. and Frankie Feliciano. As many meetings which gave birth to classics such as ‘Reach’, ‘Rise Above The Storm’, ‘Hiya Love’ and ‘Father’ among others. Not to mention his cover version of ‘Why We Sing’ with post-production work by the likes of Big Moses and Johnny Dangerous. Or his memorable duet with Stephanie Cooke on ‘Love’s Been Right Here’. This in addition to ‘Old Landmark’ and ‘Baptize Me’ along with The Djoon Experience.
Kenny also happened to contribute to the memorable ‘Sweet Chariot’ under the Club Artists United guise. Then later on added his voice to the Blaze present UDAUFL‘s ‘Keep Hope Alive’ album. Meamwhile, he more recently blessed us with gems such as ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘Where I Live’, respectively with Gianluca Pighi and Wipe The Needle.
His latest delivery – ‘Love Is On The Way’ – along with producer Jose Burgos standing as another staple to be added to his already impressive list. With aditional thanks to Josh Milan whose remixing work puts it into another dimension…