June 11, 2017
As the countdown to Mamby On The Beach ticks down, Green Velvet visits the beachside festival grounds to reminisce on his career in Chicago and his excitement about performing in the city for the 25th Anniversary of Relief Records. In anticipation of his takeover at the Mixmag Tent, we caught up with the acclaimed house legend to hear about his musical beginnings, Windy City history, why he started Relief Records, and the meaning behind his upcoming celebration at Mamby.
Green Velvet begins by opening up about his musical roots, which he says were embedded in him by his father. Because his dad was a funk/soul DJ, Curtis’ household was filled with a diverse collection of records, featuring music not found on any popular radio stations. As his tastes expanded, he says the music of the ’80s began to resonate with him on a different level. The house sounds coming out of the Chicago inspired him to perform his first gig, featuring his iconic hit track “The Percolator.” As you can see from the rare footage of Curtis doing The Percolator dance, he’s still got the moves.
Green Velvet reminisces on the earliest beginnings of Mamby, a party concept that stemmed from the Moonshine club where he and Mamby creators used to spend time listening to music, eating pizza and chatting all night long.
As Curtis sets foot on the sprawling Oakwood Beach, he happily reminds us that Chicago is his home turf. Getting to play a set in the birthplace of house music alongside his longtime friends and Relief Records collaborators is truly special, Green Velvet says.
Don’t miss Green Velvet celebrating 25 Years of Relief Records at Mamby On The Beach on Sunday, June 25!