“Man discovered soul music as the answer to a desire for a higher emotional expression” – DJ Soulswede
Every song has a story, every album a journey, and every artist a path lush with life. It is these mediums’ experiences, joys, pains, triumphs and disappointments that inform the soundtrack of our lives. How do they sing our song? How is it they have come to know us, strangers unseen, so clearly, so undeniably? These are the curiosities and alchemy that make music a kind of sorcery, a natural magic that illuminates our common humanity. This is the power of honest music.
Unpacking soul’s power, stories, and the creative walks of these incredible men and women who gift us this music, this is at the heart of what we do at SoulInterviews. We want to know these artists, as they seem to know us: intimately, respectfully, and with the compassion they show us in every heartfelt melody and soul stirring line. We are not interested in the celebrity gossip and innuendo that plague the famous. We are unconcerned with salacious talk; though indeed some of the tales artists candidly tell us are provocative, astonishing, or just an unexpected delight. We are hungry to discover the truth that bore the bass lines that are our blood beat and the melodies that weave the tapestry of our days. Ours is an exchange born of trust, mutual respect, and a shared wonder over music’s transformative abilities for both the artist and the listener.
A connoisseur, advocate, and journalist with three decades in the industry, DJ “Souly” Soulswede is the visionary and curator of these timeless, in-depth dialogues and the founder of SoulInterviews. Under his stewardship, this most respected of European websites is realizing its mission to bring the “soul” back into soul by spotlighting those soul stars that do it best. One interview at a time, unencumbered by any other distractions, we keep fellow soul aficionados abreast of the latest and greatest, each narrating the stories behind the music in their own words. From the major label legends of yesteryear to the independent trailblazers of our now, progressive futurists to rootsy traditionalists, SoulInterviews engages them all with equal daring, humor and heart. With that heart in mind, 50% of all advertising dollars earned benefit charitable causes.
More than an altruistic vehicle, our highly interactive platform is the penultimate vehicle for providing a global audience for the musicians of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, and soulful house at their most confessional, but more than that, SoulInterviews is a tool to connect people to the people whose inspirations make life a song worth singing.
With insights and discoveries into a world that only these artists can share, you’ll have an experience with us unlike one with any other music site in the world. So, just pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable and join us for a spell. We’ve been waiting for you.
By L. Michael Gipson
© Soulinterviews.com January 2013