I think it was the album ‘The Real Deal’ by The Isley Brothers, that sealed it 1982 for me!
Location: Kopenhagen, Denmark
One Half of Denish/German Soul-Project Cool Million
Artist, DJ, Remixer, Producer, Songwriter
Growning up on music, both my father and my mother were big music listeners – my mother was into folk, jazz & classical and my father was a soul-man and also very much into the crooner music such as Frank Sinatra (hence my name). Also he was a singer but never made it big, he stayed a happy amateur.
When i was about 13 years old i started to buy and collect music – at first it was everything that sounded cool – cloud be; Blancmange, Heaven 17, Robert Palmer, Gary Nyman, Depeche Mode, Human League, B52 and Haircut 100.
Then at some point i discovered soul music and early rap, but i think it was the album ‘The Real Deal’ by The Isley Brothers, that sealed it for me! Since then (1982) i’ve been locked into soul music in all shapes and forms.
Being young and collecting and buying music led me to make mixtape for friends and by that followed small DJ routines from time to time. I couldn’t afford a mixer, so i never really saw myself as a real DJ. Soul music never was the biggest genre in Denmark – and i have always been really strict on only playing soul and funk music so it was hard to get around it.
Years later, me and a good friend started a web site (soulportal.dk) focusing on soul, funk, jazz and R&B music – it was news flash, reviews and interviews about soul music and all the sub-genres. It became quite succesful over the years and it ran for about 7 years.
During that period I was asked to help a friend make a remix – a new world opened up to me. Immediately i was hooked on creating music. Quickly i had made my first song ever, it was ‘Naughty Girl’. That led to a remix from Rob Hardt and from that point we became friends and not long after the original line up was changed, to what it is today. That was in 2007 and now 8 years later we (Cool Million) have produced 4 albums and a couple of side projects plus more than 20 remixes for other artists.