Sources: SF Weekly – By Christina Li | All Things Michael
When did you start Down with the King?
Down With The King started last year. I decided to start doing this event in SF after seeing the amazing response received from the Michael Jackson birthday tributes we’ve done at Motown On Mondays in L.A. every year. The first year of Down With The King received a lot of love so we’ve made it an annual event now.
What MJ song has had the biggest impact on your life?
“Bad.” Not my favorite song of his but it defines my generation. I was born just a year before the Bad album was released and the title cut is the earliest memory I have of MJ’s music. I was of course familiar with theThriller album too, but Bad had a much larger impact on me growing up. I partially blame that on watching Moonwalker all the time at my babysitter’s house when I was a little kid. Something about the energy and groove of “Bad” always makes you want to sing and dance along to it.
Why do you think his songs have a timeless quality?
Michael created original music and his unique sound can never be replaced. His music saw no boundaries of age, race, gender, religion, etc. Michael has inspired and influenced a huge amount of the music released over the past few decades including music today from Justin Timberlake and Pharrell to Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z. Children that have never experienced MJs music love it when they hear it. We still hear much of his music played on radio, TV, movies and more today. He is the first artist to have a hit record in five different decades. Michael spent his entire life devoted to music and he is loved across the globe for the beautiful music he brought to the world.
Lastly, what’s your favorite rework/remix of an MJ song?
I’d have to say that J Dilla’s beat for Q-Tip’s “Move,” which sampled from Jackson 5 “Dancing Machine.” is one of my favorite reworks of an MJ song. Can’t even explain why except for the way Dilla chopped up that song. I also really enjoy the re-edit that Reflex did of Jackson 5 “ABC”, which is a lot more DJ friendly version of the song.
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