For about a decade, DJ Said of Fatsouls Records has successfully shown his dedication to music through his extraordinary events, music production and DJ skills. He has brought soulful East Coast-meets-Africa brand of percussion-based deep house to a distinct slice of the underground. Said has spun at his Atmosfere events and many other clubs around the world alongside the likes of Francois K, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Tony Allen & Afrobeat 2000, Ron Trent, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, King Britt, Kenny Carpenter, Dennis Ferrer, Jerome Sydenham, Miguel Migs and countless others. His main influence is derived from Afrobeat, Highlife Jazz, Juju, and other music from his Yoruba root and numerous global music which he absorbed during his formative years.
As a teenager, Said sorted after his sibling’s extraordinary musical interests and record collection. During the period, Said was quite connected to his neighbors, Fela Kuti's family organization. Said was instrumental in enticing young elite audience to attend “Shrine” (the late Fela Kuti's nightclub) in support of classmates - Dele Sosimi and Femi Kuti who were then musician with Fela and the Egypt 80 band. In 1984, Said moved from his hometown Lagos, Nigeria to England as a scholar. While in England, he gained a vast knowledge of the London club scene through direct experience and connections.
When Said moved to the US in 1988, he became extremely close to the work of some the legendary artist whose music he played during his formative years. While getting an academic business education, Said maintained a strong presence in the San Francisco and New-York's underground club scene. By 1995, Said began residencies and guest appearances at clubs and private parties in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and beyond. In 1999, Said launched Fatsouls Productions, a super sonic campaign outlet. Fatsouls' monthly “Atmosfere” event gained a vast and remarkable following in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond during the years of 1999 – 2006. Fatsouls’ presentation of an extraordinary rotation of world class artist created a new nightlife scene in San Francisco that others have since attempted to emulate.
Said currently promotes, “The Afro Joint” an event which honors Afrobeat and all music of the African Diaspora. He has a score of releases on record labels like Wave Music, Ibadan Records, and Chez Music as well as on his newly launched Fatsouls Records(www.fatsoulsrecords.com). Keep your eyes and ears open.
“10 Jay St.” (Ibadan Records, NY), Space lab Yellow, 2002
Produced by: - Said Adelekan & Jerome Sydenham
“Fatback Villa” (Chez Music, NY), 2003
Produced by: - DJ Said (Said Adelekan)
“To Motherland” (Wave Music, NY), 2004
Produced by: - Said Adelekan
“Children of the Drums” (Chez Music, NY), 2006
Produced by: - DJ Said (Said Adelekan) & Hideo Kobayashi
“Lagos Nagoya Players Association” (Ibadan Records, NY), 2006
Produced by: - DJ Said (Said Adelekan), Jerome Sydenham, Hideo Kobayashi
“Bad Belle” (Fatsouls Records, SF), 2007
Remixed / Produced by: - DJ Said (Said Adelekan)
“No Solution” (Fatsouls Records, SF), 2008
Produced by: - DJ Said (Said Adelekan) Featuring Capitol A
Deep & Sexy 3 - Compiled And Mixed By Matthias 'Matty' Heilbronn (CD)
To Motherland, Wave Music, 2004
Deep & Sexy 3 - Compiled By Matthias 'Matty' Heilbronn (2x12")
To Motherland, Wave Music, 2004
DJ International Allstars: Fergie (CD)
To Motherland (Acapella), DJ Magazine, 2004
G Lounge Milano Vol. 1 (2xCD)
Fatback Villa, Soulstar, 2004
On The Rocks Vol. 2 (CD)
Fatback Villa (Main Mix), Chez Music, 2004
Habitat Collection: Twilight (2xCD)
Children Of The Drums, Kinkysweet Recordings, 2006
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