Wednesday, April 10

Black Weirdo of the Week 10: John Daise

photo credit: Alicia Gutierrez

John E Daise 
(of duo Columbia Nights)

Washington, DC/Upper Marlboro, MD

Mini Bio
A son of the city and the 'burbs. A band geek and afro punk rocker. John E Daise (a.k.a. JD) is beloved by many, but remains an enigma to most. As a child, the young funkateer spent hours tinkering with his computer sound recorder, which turned into countless moments of musical discovery. He spent hours listening to records and teaching himself how to play bass, piano and guitar, eventually getting his chops up to play 'em all. Since graduating from the high school jazz ensemble, he's held down bass duties for gospel groups, indie rock bands, go-go outfits, and everything in between. Now he's putting in work as a session musician and producer, both as a member of electrosoul duo Columbia Nights and with other acts like Diggs Duke and Amber Mimz.

What is your craft/career/creative expression? 

How long have you been working at your craft? 
A lifetime.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo? 
JD never lets anyone's boxes define who he is. As a musician and brother, he's a throwback and a snapshot of the future at the same time. He's traveled the world as a teacher and musician, but always stays true to his roots. The man moves in many different spaces, but no 
matter the circumstances he's never fakin' the funk.

Links/Social Media:
Twitter: @johnedaise
Columbia Nights:
Twitter: @columbia_nights

Upcoming events/ projects?
We've been hard at work on Columbia Nights LP. Look out for that later in 2013.

Why We Love John E Daise:
He is sexual chocolate on the bass. A very kind fellow. We met up with him in DC and chopped for a while backstage he's dedicated to the upward moment of black music.