Wake Up! Music USA-UK-Nu-House: The Start Of Something Special. Written By Derek Anderson and Maddy Gomez. Label: Wake Up! Music Group. In early 2018, I was asked by Maddy Gomez, who runs Wake Up! Music Group to write the liner notes to Music Is My Life, the comeback album from Chicago-based DJ and producer Matt Warren. Mostly, when writing liner notes, it’s case of writing … Continue reading WAKE UP! MUSIC USA-UK-NU-HOUSE: THE START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL.
Pepper says: “I forgot how much I used to love this one – it just goes on and is the perfect tune to start a party – in the summer heat especially.” Continue reading Pepper’s Picks Number 11: Strafe-Set It Off.
“Ok Boom Boom and Master Plan’s Face the Music is a Pepper tune again but I love it! It’s about being in love with a cocky person who could actually care less about you but is soon about to be forced back to earth. Deep reality and should have gotten more airplay in the day. Loved working with Tony Boom Boom Badea.” Continue reading Pepper’s Picks Number 10: Boom Boom and Master Plan-Face the Music.
For her next Pick, Pepper Gomez chose Mario “Smokin” Diaz’s Let’s Do It, which was released on DJ International Records in 1987. Pepper says: “It features Matt Warren in the mix with fellow DJ and friend, Mario “Smokin” Diaz. When those two get together only great is coming out of it!” Continue reading Pepper’s Pick’s Number 9: Mario “Smokin” Diaz–Let’s Do It.
As Pepper Gomez chooses her Picks, one song is a reminder of her home city Chicago. which was the birthplace of house and now Nu-House. This is White Knight’s Never Give Up, which Pepper says: “has such a Chicago House sound with those vocal.” Continue reading Pepper’s Picks Number 8: White Knight- Never Give Up.
Pepper Gomez remembers: “one of my favourites house tunes from 1987 was Jack Me ’Til I Scream (Jack Me Baby). It’s a reminder of the heady days when Chicago house provided the soundtrack to dancefloors the world over. Continue reading Pepper’s Picks Number 7: Julian Jumpin’ Perez–Jack Me ’Til I Scream (Jack Me Baby)!
Back in 1986, Mat Warren recorded and released The Way To My Heart on Sunset Records. The Way To My Heart which features legendary Chicago house diva Pepper Gomez who wrote the lyrics to this classic. Despite being regarded as a classic, Matt Warren decided to remake The Way To My Heart when he signed to Wake Up! Music and began work on his comeback album Music is My Life. … Continue reading Matt Warren-The Way To My Heart: What’s Your Favourite?
The Master Plan photos were a result of my view of the music and the knowledge I had gained in a year of college photography applied to my vision. I had watched as many a fine musician simply not get their foot in the musical door. I always thought that there had to be a way – even though in those days, there weren’t the … Continue reading Pepper Gomez Talks About the Creative Process Of The Master Plan Photos
Master Plan Part 1 Master Plan was the 80s duo made up of Tom O’Callaghan and Pepper Gomez. Tom was a multi-instrumentalist who could virtually play anything he touched and had been a violin player in the Chicago Civic Orchestra which was the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony. Pepper Gomez was a sitar player, poet, singer and songwriter who joined forces with Tom after … Continue reading Pepper Gomez Tells The Story Behind Master Plan.
One of Pepper Gomez’s favourite house classics is Matt Warren’s Bang the Box: “I love the original, I love the Nu-House version and I just want to dance and bang it baby when I hear this tune!” Continue reading Pepper’s Pick’s Number 6: Matt Warren–Bang the Box.