Sunday, December 25, 2011
Joe Bataan talks to Oliver Wang about Ghetto Records
MORE INFO ABOUT IT AMAZING RECORDING WILL COME SHORTLY::
OLIVER: Tell me about Ghetto Records — you started it while you were still signed to Fania but not recording for them, right?
JOE: Yeah. I started Ghetto Records to show that it could ...be done. It was out of rebellion, of course, like most of my life was. That's when I became a threat to the industry, especially [to] Morris Levy with Roulette Records and Jerry Masucci of Fania.
OLIVER: What was the first album on Ghetto Records?
JOE: Paul Ortiz [Y La Orquesta So]. I produced them and Paul Ortiz became a big hit, because the guy sounded like me. I had a big hit with Oritz: "Tender Love."
OLIVER: This was sweet soul?
JOE: Very, very, very romantic cha-cha ballads, yeah.D
OLIVER: How many albums did you end up overseeing on Ghetto?
JOE: I think three: Ortiz, Papo Felix, and [Eddie] Lebron.
OLIVER: As in the Lebron Brothers?
JOE: No, totally separate.
OLIVER: If you were still signed to Fania, how did you manage to get distribution for your records? Couldn't Masucci have shut you down?
JOE: Yeah, he tried to put a wrench in it, but of course [the distributor] didn't care, as long as they could sell a record. I learned that in this business, if you're selling records, nobody cares, they'll take it. They'll probably get threatened by the other guy, but they'll sneak it, they'll take 100 [units] here, and 200 there.
OLIVER: Where did you get the capital to get this done?
JOE: I started the label with this guy who was a drug dealer, George Febo. Of course, I ain't ask where [the money] came from.
OLIVER: How did you know Febo?
JOE: Through the streets, like anybody else, you bump into one guy... We knew everybody in the streets. We knew the drug dealers, and the pimps... that was just a way of life, it was nothing strange about it.
OLIVER: What was Febo's interest in starting a label?
JOE: I think he just wanted popularity; his thing was just to be noticed, and a way to watch his money probably. Of course it backfired. When he got smart, he tried to ease me out of it...sort of bought me out. Like a lot of people, he took my ideas and decided to do it himself.
OLIVER: Did he continue to release records on the label?
JOE: Yeah, I think he had Candido, Richie Ray, and I think there were a couple other albums. He had some success, then it started folding. That's when he gave it back to me...it was sort of a setup because I didn't know the phones were tapped and all that. He was involved with a lot of drugs, and apparently he got hot and I think was under federal investigation. I wasn't involved [in the investigation], thank God.
OLIVER: Did you end up releasing more on Ghetto?
JOE: No, it was in total shambles financially. [Trying] to make ends meet without any capital was just too difficult.
[read this interview in its entirety at http: //waxpoetics.com/content/?article=bataa
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Join us for our 9th Annual Holiday Party on Saturday December 17, 2011
AN EVENING OF GLITZ & GLAMOUR INSIDE STUDIO 54!
Year after year, we've been bringing you the best holiday parties but this year, we are working hard to make it the best of the best! Lise Matthews, our exclusive and BRILLIANT event planner has been working hard to re-create an unforgettable evening bringing us back to STUDIO 54.
City Dance Corps Studios will be re-created into a whole new magical world of Glitz and Glamour.... In honour of raising funds for the CHILDRENS AID FOUNDATION.
(A Canadian charity dedicated to improving lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They raise funds to implement programs to give these children the skills to reach their potential)
**DRESS TO IMPRESS** NO JEANS ALLOWED
DJ Nilson Will Be Spinning the best Latin, House, R&B, Old School, & mroe!
Delicious hors'doeuvres, amazing performances, Cash Bar, Prize givaways and more!
The Disco ball spins for you at 8pm! Be prepared to be pampered with the finest of surprises, champagne hour, and more!
$50.00 in advance (Limited tickets will be sold)
Your party and complimentary dance lessons start promptly at 9pm.
$25 in advance
$30 at the door
BE A PART OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED HOLIDAY PARTY OF THE SEASON! TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!
Purchase your tickets:
by phone: 416.260.2356
in person: 489 Queen St West, 3rd floor
We look forward to sharing this magical evening with you!
The City Dance Corps Team!