DJ Ted Simpson Embraces Electronic Music Production and Literature

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After working in the clubs as a free lance DJ for well over a decade, DJ Ted Simpson now goes on to publish his music and his writings. And they are electric.

Influenced by African music and by the likes of Todd Terry and Derrick Carter, DJ Ted Simpson (Ekong Simpson Umana), 45 years old, started dee-jaying in the early nineties after spending about five years in the cafes singing and playing the guitar. He's played in many clubs around Italy - some of which are Casa Blanca, Biblos, Old Fashion and Sesto Senso. Two years ago, however, he thought he might crown his experiences in the clubs with the release of a tune of his own. Eventually, that took him two years to finish; then instead of releasing one song he came up with an entire album called "djts volume 1".

With the exception of songs like "Dance with Me", a hip-hoplike tune with guitar, vocals and handclaps (a la Tracy Chapman), and "Have You Got Any News?", that makes you think of Massive Attack - but with a twist (because the melody is going to make you journey back to Africa), this album is predominantly loaded with dance floor anthems. From songs like "But", "I Love U 2 Pieces" and "Enjoy, the Wait is Over" to those like "Ibibio Tribe" and "Get my Thing Right", DJ Ted Simpson reveals how strongly his attachments to house music and to singing really are; and confirms what a journalist once said of him: "...he could make a pig dance".

DJ Ted Simpson is not only a DJ/Producer but a writer to boot. I think that an excerpt from his brief autobiography might help give an insight into the driving force behind his writings –" was almost as if every party and concert I attended impregnated me with something that will cause me to go back home and labour (pangs of pain brother) relieve the pain, I would get to my computer and begin to write. Such writing has given birth to short stories like 'At the Back of the Sun', 'Sandcastle', 'At the End of Timelessness I Found Time' and 'Don't Cry', which were published by Minerva Press..."

DJ Ted Simpson has now launched a website – - where all his works could be listened to or read, and downloaded. It's definitely a site worth visiting.

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