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Elado’s Musical Odyssey: From Funky Town to Modern Reworks

Kono Vidovic October 9, 2023 134 3 5

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Elado’s lifelong love affair with music has long earned him a reputation as a driving force within his home city scene in Tel Aviv. Avidly collecting records for three decades and DJing for the best part of two. Catching the music bug from an early age, he took influence from his father who was also a wax enthusiast and had amassed a huge collection of disco records!

This month Elado is back on Razor-N-Tape with his rework of Nadeem Khan’s ‘Tu Tak Tu Tak Tutiyan’. Here we ask him to talk us through ten tracks that have marked his musical journey.

1.Lipps inc – Funky Town

It’s 1979 and I’m 5 years old. My dad makes me a mix tape with all the hottest records of the year. Sunny, Ring My Bell, Gotta Go Home. I am hypnotized. I have a small radio tape cassette and I’m listening to it all the time. One day the cassette brakes and the tape gets all messed up. One of my first and strongest memories is crying hysterically for hours begging my father to get me a new one.

2. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

I was 10 when I bought my first cassette – a pirate tape of “Thriller” at the local street market. I was hooked on it and that video with the disco floor.

3. Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals / Rocksteady Crew – (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew

The first piece of vinyl that I bought was a comp called “HipHop”. I bought it at a secondhand shop at the age of 12. The cover looked cool, so I picked that one out. It contained these two songs and that’s where I first heard scratching. I had a suitcase turntable from my grandfather, and I played this record all the time. I was scratching it hard until both the record and the turntable broke.

4. Royal house – Can You Party. 

It’s the summer of 1988 and the biggest club in Tel Aviv is doing a weekly youth night. Every Tuesday we head to the “Colosseum, the local version of studio 54. It has a Richard Long sound system. While my friends are dancing or fighting other kids, I’m upstairs, looking at the DJs mixing on 3 turntables, and learning. 

5. Deee-Lite – Groove Is the Heart

1990 was the year that we had cable TV for the first time and MTV was a crazy revolution. At first it wasn’t live but loops that they ran a few times a day. I already knew when they were going to play this video so I could video record it. I was into funk & disco even before I knew those terms, and this song caught my attention in a big way.  Later, I was shocked each time I discovered another original song that was sampled there. I bought the 12” in real time. 

6. Freestyles – Ruffneck

It was 1998. The end of the 90’s was about big beat, brakes and phat funky sounds, and this music video was on MTV. That moment had a big influence on my future as a DJ. I finally had my own DJ style.  I bought their cd “fsuk2” – which was like a genre bible – and started to get into the UK breaks thing. 6 years later I arranged a party with the Freestylers in Tel Aviv under my Nu-school breaks night “T-Break” that was active in the years 2003-2009. I hosted all the genre’s big players. 

7. Young Mc – Know How.

I picked this bootleg record up at a Soho record shop around 2000, and I can’t get this song out of my head since. Funky breaks with Hip Hop were always a thing for me and I was heavily influenced by UK DJs like Krafty Kutz. I love a DJ that knows his crowd and has unique skills. With most DJs you always must choose between crowd sensitivity and musical depth, or high technical skills. I love the combination of both of those worlds. 

8. DJ Rolando aka The Aztec Mystic – Jaguar

While searching for my direction in the Tel Aviv scene, I was dancing in clubs quite a lot. One time I was at a party with Richie Hawtin during his Plastikman days. He played fast and jumpy techno with 3 decks and a 909 drum machine. This was at the end of the set, and it propelled me to start buying these tribal techno records that I started to play in a small underground after parties. No one knows about this phase in my life while I was playing hardcore 140 bpm minimal industrial techno. I still have those records. Maybe one day I can play them at the end of MY sets. 

9. Eddie C – O Ye. 2014. 

This is part of my life. Eddie gave me the chance to play in Berlin in 2013 and the chance to release my own edit in 2020 on his label. I bought this record at the OYE record shop at the launch event, and it never leaves my bag. I have good memories from this day while I felt a part of a scene for the first time, getting to meet DJs i know in person and getting promo’s and invites to parties. The seeds to what I am now were planted there.

10. Nadeem Khan – Tak Tu Tak Tutiyan (Elado’s Gulab Jamun Rework) 

At first, I made it for myself as a joke during the first covid lockdown. I wasn’t thinking “I want it to be successful”, I was just thinking “i wanna have some fun”. 

Jkriv from Razor-N-Tape told me he loved my “Big Baba” edit, and he asked me to send him another three. This was the third that I made.  When I first played it at a party it was in Belgrade during the covid days.  I thought that people would leave the dance floor, but the local DJ was asking me for an ID.

When I started to play it, I noticed that it made people laugh, clap, and scream – the opposite of being “cool” – this is my mission when I’m playing in a club – to get people to feel loose, communicate with each other, meet new people, scream & shout! 

After a lot of effort, we finally managed to get the original label onboard to get this the official release it deserves. 

A few final words.

As we come to the close of this sonic journey with Elado, it’s evident that the tapestry of his musical influences is as rich and vibrant as the nightlife of Tel Aviv. His unyielding passion for unearthing and sharing extraordinary tunes has forged his legacy in the music scene. We’re deeply grateful to Elado for offering us a glimpse into his soul through these tracks. If you’ve loved diving deep into these tales and tunes as much as we did, don’t forget to show some love and support for Elado’s latest works. Remember, every track has a story, and each story is a fragment of the artist’s heart. Thank you, Elado, for sharing yours.

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DJ | MUSIC CURATOR & SELECTOR | PODCAST MAKER | BLOGGER Professional online interpreneur. Coffee practitioner. Electronic music culture maven. Total music guru. Infuriatingly humble problem solver. Food & sports fanatic.

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