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Mighty Zaf - Mighty Great New Mix


We're mighty happy and excited to bring you this first mix of 2021 - from Mighty Zaf. 
Mighty Zaf - Mighty Great New Mix

by Herb Essntls

A month ago


News

Mighty Zaf - Mighty Great New Mix


We're mighty happy and excited to bring you this first mix of 2021 - from Mighty Zaf. 

by Herb Essntls

A month ago


Mighty Zaf - Mighty Great New Mix

We're mighty happy and excited to bring you this first mix of 2021 - from Mighty Zaf. 

Our beloved Music Director Tim Overill have this time outsourced the sit down and chat to his brother Will Overill. Will and Zaf had a short but sweet conversation about this uplifting mix called "The Mighty Zaf NYC Label Mix 1975-1986".

Enjoy!


Tell us bout your mix, how was it put together and what are the key tracks?

The directive I got for this mix was anything I wanted but it had to  have some links to New York. So I went though my  disco/soul/boogie 12’s which are all stored in year order starting  from 1975 to 1986. I picked one track from each year, so starting  with First Choice Love & Happiness 1975 on Salsoul (originally  released on LP) and then going up yearly to 1987. All but one track  was a independent NY label, the exception being the Charles  Earland promo 12” “Singing A Song For You” which I found in a NY  record shop in the ‘90s. As for the actual recording of the mix it  wasn’t easy. It’s the first disco boggie mix I have done in years and  seeing as I haven’t been djaying this year at all I was a tad rusty! 

What are your best memories of New York, how has this city shaped your sound?

I first went to NY in 1975 with my parents....don't remember too much as we were there a few days before going to Detroit & the Niagara Falls. I was only 8 years old but I often think about the records I could have got then!
Then I went in 96, 97, 98 & 99 just for record buying trips....that was spectacular.
I used to take UK issue only records & trade with dealers & shops. Shaun Pizzonia (Sting International) was my boy. He would take me round all the shops & dealers after he had first pick of all my records. Aldo at A1 was another friend I did business with. 
I used to go clubbing as well, they were golden days. I used to go with my mate Stuart Fullerton who used to work at Reckless with me & my box boy Richard Robinson came a couple of times just for the ride. Some of the best times of my life for sure. I haven't been since 1999. Crazy I know.

I know you are a massive Prince fan, who are your major  influences?  

Joni Mitchell, Minnie Riperton, Chaka Khan, Linda Lewis, Donny  Hathaway, I could go on and on…

You have been involved in buying and selling music in London for  how many years? How did you first get into it? 

I was an assistant editor at a TV production company when my  contract ended I needed a job for 2 months as I was going to  California for a holiday in 1988. I asked the guys at Reckless  Records if there was any part time jobs and by chance they said  yes. The intention was to work there for 2 months but after coming  back from California after a month I stayed another 18 years. In  that time went back and forth to the US and became a private  dealer as well as the manager/part owner at Reckless in Soho.  When I left in 2006 I needed a break from retail so continued  dealing privately and then starting zafsmusic.com online. Then the  opportunity to start LoveVinyl came about 7 years ago and it felt  right to go back into having a shop again.

You went from working in a record shop, to owning your own shop  Love Vinyl. What gives you the most enjoyment?

The best thing is the social element. I am blessed I  have always been able to work in something I am passionate  about. The abuse is a two way street…..people travel in to give it to  me as well! 

You have put together various comps compiling disco, boogie and  other sounds - What is the secret to a great compilation?  

Putting together records that should have been bigger than they  were and records that make you want to dance. There’s so many  to choose from if you know where to look. 

With Phil Asher, you have released various re-edits and started an  80s label - what took you so long?

Yes you’re right, we talked about it for years as we did many co productions, some finished and released and many more  unfinished. All this time we wanted to start our own label but I was  late to the edit game mainly because I’m inherently lazy and  unambitious. I can take or leave most things now I am approaching  my mid ‘50s. I will do anything for an easy life, stress free. 

How are you fairing during Covid times? Have you pivoted into anything music related online now when you can’t play clubs?

Yes! We're selling online through our discogs accounts, here are the links:
Discogs link 1
Discogs link 2
Discogs link 3

 

After Covid retreats, you get to put on a party - who is on the bill  and where would you host it?

My fave DJ’s are Darryn Jones and Red Greg, so it would be with them at my Disco Shack at the back of my garden. That way when  it’s time to stop I can throw everyone out and crawl into bed real  nice and easy.

This mix is dedicated to the memory of Phil Asher.

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