Artists you should know: F-Plus

January 17, 2008 

Saturday marks the second James Brown tribute show put on by F-Plus and Don D., the funky DJs behind the monthly Body Rock night at Veni Vidi Vici.

We chatted with F-Plus about the late Brown and more.

The James Brown tribute starts at 10 p.m. at Veni Vidi Vici, 1116 N. Fulton St. There's no cover.

What's the most important aspect to being a good DJ?

Having a good instinct on what record to play at the right time.

You play everything from hip-hop to '80s favorites to old soul music. What type of music gets you most excited?

There is no one type of music that gets me more excited than the other. It's records that no one expects me to play that get me excited.

Who do you look up to in the DJ world?

I look up to A-Trak [Kanye West's DJ]. He won the DMC DJ Championships at the age of 15 and now is traveling the world doing what he loves. His dedication and contribution to the art inspired me a lot.

If you were DJing tonight, what song do you guarantee would fill the dance floor?

James Brown, "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine."

This is the second year you have done the James Brown tribute night. What made you start it?

We wanted to make sure James Brown received the recognition he deserves. He has influenced music that we love and admire so much, it was only right to create a tribute night.

The show is part of the monthly Body Rock, which always seemed to be packed. What's your secret?

There is no real secret, just dedication and love for the music. Veni Vidi Vici lets us play what we want to play, and we're grateful for that. No one can finesse it like us.

What can we look out for from you in 2008?

Look out for Body Rock nights in other venues, mix CD collaborations with Don D. and Hecktik, doing Buddha Clothing designs. F-Plus CDs and T-shirts available at FTK and Sugarhill. For more info, go to myspace.com/fplus.

Know a local musician that more people should be familiar with? Send the who and why to Mike Osegueda, mosegueda@ fresnobee.com.

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