Dj Micks was born in Pietermaritzburg South Africa. He first fell in love with house music after listening to a compilation from one of South Africa’s legends DJ Oskido. Still at school he sort about getting into production first by playing around on his mothers PC using Fruity Loops to create various bootlegs of old soul records.
In late 2009 Micks came across an acapella of the classic Gladys Knight track ‘First To Say Goodbye’, he recalls ‘she was singing about what I was going through at the time and I felt an instant connection with the song and decided to create a simple hypnotic beat under the vocal. Being a huge fan of Manoo, Culoe De Song and Rocco, Micks embarked upon doing versions inspired by each producer. All three mixes were finished in one night and posted on Facebook to share with his fellow friends. A month later, more than 500 people had downloaded the single. Oskido heard the track and immediately put it on his Hot 99 show on the biggest radio station in Gauteng (YFM), eventually making it to the number 1 spot and the rest they say is history!
Tribe has long been a big supporter of the track and given the reaction and response from those on the dance floor it became clear that ‘First to Say Goodbye’ was too big a song to remain a bootleg. Tribe creative head Zepherin Saint set out on a mission to find the right vocalist to pay homage to Gladys Knight, this was no easy task but he felt there was only one place that could produce such a voice, the birth place of Ms Knight herself Atlanta, Georgia. Having strong musical connections in Atlanta quickly led Zepherin Saint to very a special lady who could indeed take up the challenge – enter Ms Robin Latimore a prominent jazz vocalist who has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Ronnie Laws and Jeff Lorber. Robin stepped up to the microphone and nailed the song in one take.
WRITING / PRODUCTION:-
Written by: James D Wetherly
Performed by Robin Latimore
Produced by DJ Micks
Published by Universal Polygram International Publishing Inc.
All tracks remixed and additional production by Charles Webster for www.misorecords.com
All instruments and messing about by Charles Webster.
All tracks mastered by Greg Moore at Masterpiece Studios, London
Executive producers Dean Zepherin and Matt Langrish Smith
P&C 2011 Tribe Records
Feedback from dj’s playing the promo in recent months..
Ezel (Yoruba) – Loving BOTH! Charles Webster & Rocco versions! very cool release TRIBE!
Vinny da Vinci (South Africa) – WOW! Finally it’s here…Loved the BOOTLEG last year which cause WAVES all over ther world…ROCCO & CHARLES can’t do no wrong…CLASSIC INDEED!!!
Jose Carretas (restles soul) – thank you, i love the charles webster vocal mix, awesome!
Allan O’Malley (Multi Storey Soul on RTE Pulse) – Wow, this is heavy. Upcoming single of the week on my radio show, big support from me, ‘Charles Webster killing this !!
Jose Marquez (Nightshift, LA) – Loving all the varieties of mixes on this package. Many to chose from depending on the time and vibe of the night. thanks!
Master Kev (NYC, MKTL) – Dance floor stomper! and Robin Latimore really turned out a GREAT vocal here! Instant classic from 2010 and now these new versions will take it far beyond.. Full support as always!!
Dave Lee (Z Records) – i like it, charles webster rough and rocco sound good too
Mario (BFBS Radio – Worldwide Network) – An absolute gem! Where’ve you been hiding this?Especially feeling the Webster Ruff mix.
Lars Behrenroth (Deeper Shades Of House – syndicated on 21+ stations) – nice.. been banging the bootleg for a while and am really happy to see this thing getting a proper release! .. remixes are ace, too! full support
Craig Barlett (L’America) – outstanding track this love it very difficult to choose a fav all are equally fantastic full support from me and a tillate review
Sarah Foote (Favourtizim) – EPIC!!!
Ralf Gum (Gogo Music) – The Original is in my sets since a while and will stay there. Remixes are a welcome addition.
Jon Cutler (Distant Music, NYC) – Great selection of mixes!
Groove Assassin (Various) – Pure fire …. Cant wait to bang this weekend..solid set of mixes !! Tribe keepin it real !
Davide Zilli (Radio Monte Carlo, www.radiomontecarlo.net) – The dimension create by Charles Webster is amazing! This is the real future afro tribal house.