Gangstercast 40 – T.B.F.

TBF is up for Gangstercast 40 and is introduced by DJ Sneak: “There’s this kid called TBF from Romania, he’s 19 years old, and he’s coming up with some of the toughest house sh!t that I’ve heard from Europe, Eastern bloc Europe, you know what I’m saying, these people just now got decks and parties and sh!t you know. So this guy is 19, he’s making some really really good stuff. Jackin’, energetic, it’s not techno, it’s not electro, its straight house” (DJ Sneak interview for Getthecurse.com 2008)

Growing up with Cassius, Armand van Helden, Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx and Roger Sanchez, it’s no wonder that TBF remained loyal to house music, after experimenting with other genres. It’s not hard to define his style – jazz influences, soul, funk and disco are always present. This style has found its way onto esteemed underground labels including Robsoul, Minority, Oomph and Jump picking up plays from House legends such as DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and Phil Weeks.

The Romanian DJ and producer talks about the House Gangster ethos, “House music puts together world music with electronic music in a way that offers absolute freedom. That’s what house music is to me: a bridge, a sonic one! Being a gangster is all about attitude. You can have any sound you want, but only one attitude!”

Discussing his mix, he adds, “I tried to find tracks I never really got the chance to play or they remained “hidden” for a long time, may they be new or old. I think that a DJ set should always be like a story, things have to happen in order to be interesting. And i like to make things interesting. Nothing extra to mention about this mix, as I believe that’s one of house music’s side effects: you don’t feel special, you feel humble, always feelings like “that special” set is still waiting to be discovered.”

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