Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about your beginnings in the industry! Well, thank you! Sweet to talk to you. My unofficial start was studying the piano, and then the sitar for many years. I always loved singing, too. But, my official start in the music world was really amazing. I had watched bands come and go as there were … Continue reading BSQUARED: Maddy Gomez Wakeup! Express and… “Dance, dance dance!”
Chicago House History: After winning the Columbia College AEMMP student record label contest in 1984, Master Plan (Thomas O’Callaghan and Pepper Gomez), signed with Matt Warren’s Sunset Label. Electric Baile was the first production resulting from the new partnership. Electric Baile, a part of Chicago House history, charted on Billboard and created the trajectory for continued recordings and the collaboration between Pepper Gomez, Matt Warren … Continue reading Electric Baile by Master Plan (1986)
It had been a long time since I had seen Matt Warren. Our friendship and connection predated the current instant times of connectivity and social media where you can stay in touch and find people and even see what they’re eating. I’m grateful for these new abilities as without them the birth of Matt Warren’s Music is My Life and the Nu-House era might have … Continue reading The Birth Of The Disc That Gave Birth To Nu-House by Maddy Gomez.
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.
Diva # 3 – Pepper Gomez Who is Pepper Gomez? No one really knows. She and Matt go back a few decades from their days of early house and collaboration on tunes including, “Electric Baile” (Master Plan), “Way to My Heart” (Matt Warren), “Fusion Dance” (Mario “Smokin” Diaz), “Face the Music” (Tony Boom Boom Badea) and “Shake It” (Michaelangelo). They have experienced the joy … Continue reading Matt Warren’s Nu-House Divas on “Music Is My Life” (Part 2) by Maddy Gomez,
For the past thirty years, many rock and pop journalists have looked down on those working within dance music. The basic premise of their argument is, that it doesn’t taken much in the way of talent to program drums or use samplers effectively. Especially with a highly trained engineer holding the house music producer’s hand, and reminding them of the importance of basic things like headroom. Despite their … Continue reading Master Plan-Electric Baile (Large Dub)