Steve Arrington Talks Sound, Sampling & Personal Evolution
Steve Arrington talks about funk, the effects of sampling and his personal evolution in an interview with DJ Chris Read for WhoSampled.com The boogie funk icon goes back down memory lane to his earliest musical influences as a kid from Ohio and brings us along to San Francisco at the start of his career with the legendary percussionist Coke Escovedo. Steve Arrington details his career with Slave and the breakdown of his involvement with the group. He talks about a departure from music that was prompted by an urge to nurture his spirituality and elaborates on the assertion that hip-hop kept funk music alive; Arrington's music has been sampled by a laundry list of heavyweights in the rap world and stands as a pillar of the classic west coast sound. Twenty-five years after his departure, Arrington returns to music with a fire in his belly and some dope sounds coming via Stones Throw; Steve Arrington is slated to drop a reissue project featuring unreleased and classic tracks. He's also got something cooking with DāM-FunK. Check the interview below for the full scoop.