Get Lifted | An interview with Barbara Tucker

After 30 years in the industry and an unprecedented string of extremely successful releases and collaborations, this phenomenal singer really needs no introduction.

Raised in Brooklyn New York, Barbara Tucker, like many of the iconic house vocalists, started her singing at an early age in church, the basis for the soul for which she is so well known. She was heavily encouraged to pursue a singing career by her father Jayotis Washington of the group “The Persuasions”.

Tucker’s induction into the music industry really came in the late 80’s where her already distinguished vocals were used on a range of tracks.  The release of “SET IT OFF” with Harlequin 4 on Jus Born Records was a major hit and her unique performances and delivery soon established her as an icon of New York’s gay/Hi-NRG scene. In the UK it was the soulful house bomb, ‘Beautiful People’, which utilized the ‘Deep Deep Inside’ hook from Hardrive’s track of the same name, which gave her an audience in the UK and opened the doors for her to Europe.

Beautiful People”, “I Get Lifted”, “Stay Together” and of course “Most Precious Love” are some of her earlier works and like Barbara herself, have stood the tests of time and are proving to be iconic examples of musical bliss. To this day, you will still witness clubs and dance-floors around the world jumping whenever they are played; again, like Barbara, they have become firmly established entries in the History of House Music.

Barbara has also become the only recording artist to have secured an annual residency in Europe’s clubbing mecca, Ibiza.  Considering the talent moving into and out of the island each year, this is an astounding achievement.

Beachgrooves resident DJ Tito Pulpo was fortunate enough to grab a little bit of her precious time for BG Life Magazine, to fill us in on her current life, loves and movements.

The Interview…

Tito Pulpo: Firstly, thank you very much for giving us this interview.

Barbara Tucker: Thank you for this time.

TP: What does an average day for the hardest working woman in House Music consist of?  Do you have a basic daily routine or is every day random and challenging?

BT: I’m not the hardest! ….This is house … Dance.  We flow with it!

TP: You have performed once or twice here in Marbella (I was lucky enough to be there backstage at Olivia Valere for the “Celebration of Life” weekend). Will you consider coming back and performing here on the south coast of Spain?

BT: Of course. Let’s do it!

TP: What’s your favourite colour?

BT: Red.  White.  Orange!

TP: Music aside, what kind of things do you get up to in your “down time” (If you have any?)

BT: Studying more about black history… I love it. Spiritual things. Serving at my church and occupying my mind with enlightening things.

TP: If you wanted to be any singer in the world other than the great Ms Barbara Tucker who would you like to be and why?

BT: Lol. I didn’t even want to be a singer. Lol

TP: Not an easy one as you have had so many the world over, but what/where is your most memorable performance and why?

The rest of this interview can be read over at Tito Pulpo’s website…

They asked, he delivered – Spen’s favourite Gospel tracks

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Today sees the release of the Quantize Miami Sampler 2019, compiled and mixed by US house icon DJ Spen, who first laid his hand on the decks at the age of thirteen, while growing up in his native city of Baltimore, and hasn’t looked back since. Also known as Sean Spencer, the internationally renowned DJ and producer began his illustrious career in the mid-’80s as a hip-hop radio DJ making beats under the moniker Numarx, responsible for writing and recording ‘Girl You Know It’s True’, later covered and made into a smash hit by Milli Vanilli.

The years that followed saw DJ Spen move away from hip-hop and towards the classic Chicago house sound that would define his productions for years to come, after joining forces with famed production collective The Basement Boys. Working under the name Jasper Street Co., DJ Spen released his first 12″ through Basement Boys Records in 1995, the energetic gospel house cut ‘A Feeling’. This was the first in a lauded series of releases for the label that brought Spen commercial and dancefloor success over the next decade, earning him international recognition as a house music pioneer.

In 2004, DJ Spen split from Basement Boys, releasing through Black Vinyl Records and his own label Code Redbefore founding his second imprint Quantize Recordings, which has since become a regular outlet for his music. Alongside his own productions, DJ Spen has built a reputation as a talented and prolific remix artist, putting his own unique stamp on pop anthems from Diana RossMichael JacksonEverything but the GirlToni Braxtonand more.

“I know that it might be a little unusual for a DJ to use gospel music for a Top 10,” explains Spen, “but gospel music is intrinsic to who I am. At the end of the day, gospel music represents happiness and love to me – not to mention the amazing vocals. So while all my music isn’t necessarily gospel, I love to bring a positive message through my music. There’s nothing better for me than seeing someone’s smile light up the dance floor because of my music or a person telling me that my music uplifted them or gave them hope. So here’s my Top 10.”

1. The Clark Sisters – ‘You Brought The Sunshine’

“I love this record. The vocals are amazing, the production work is stellar and when it came out, it stood out like a ‘pop’ record when other gospel records didn’t have the same kind of sound quality.”

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