For about two decades now, DJ Said of Fatsouls Records has successfully
shown his dedication to music through his extraordinary events, music
production and DJ skills. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, he has delivered a
soulful African brand of percussion-based deep house to a distinct slice of
the underground. Said has spun at his Atmosfere events in his current city
of residence, San Francisco, and many other clubs worldwide alongside
the likes of Francois K, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Tony Allen & Afro beat
2000, Ron Trent, Kerri Chandler, King Britt, Kenny Carpenter, Dennis Ferrer,
Jerome Sydenham, Miguel Migs, and more. Said’s main influence is
derived from Afro beat, Highlife Jazz, Juju, and other music from his
Yoruba roots, as well as American R&B, soul and disco music, which he
absorbed during his formative years in Nigeria.
As a teenager, Said sorted after his sibling’s extraordinary musical interests
and record collection. During the period, Said was connected to his
neighbor, Fela Kuti's family compound, the Kalakuta Republic. Said was
instrumental in influencing a young elite audience to attend the Shrine,
the late Fela Kuti's nightclub in support of his classmates, Dele Sosimi and
Femi Kuti, who performed with Fela. This marked an initiation to a world of
music known as the "underground spiritual", a term coined by Fela Kuti.
In 1984, Said moved from his hometown of Lagos to London. While in
England, he gained a vast knowledge of the London club scene through
direct experience and connections.
When Said moved to San Francisco in 1988, he began residencies and
guest appearances at clubs and private parties in the San Francisco Bay
Area and New York. In 1999, Said launched Fatsouls Productions and by
2006, Fatsouls' award-winning “Atmosfere” monthly event had gained a
vast and remarkable following. Fatsouls’ presentation of an extraordinary
rotation of world-class artist created a new nightlife scene in San
Francisco that others have since attempted to emulate. Fatsouls events
have been featured publications such as URB Magazine, Straight No
Chaser, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 944 Magazine, and Clam Magazine.
Said currently heads Fatsouls Records, a San Francisco-based
independent record label founded in 2007. He also promotes “We & The
Music” an event with emphasis on House, Afro beat and other
soulful Afro - rhythms. His discography includes a score of releases on his
Fatsouls Record label and on other top house music labels like Wave
Music, Ibadan Records, and Chez Music. Among Said’s most recent
achievements is a recognition for his contribution to the local music
industry as San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 2010 Goldie Award winner. Keep
your eyes and ears open.