Detroit's powerhouse funk group Will Sessions has teamed up with Amp Fiddler (Parliament-Funkadelic, Was (Not Was), Mahogani Music) and soulful vocal trio Dames Brown for a decade-defying record that tells the story of young love in Detroit. The One is a product of spontaneous collaboration between two generations of musicians deeply rooted in funk, and putting their own modern twist on the funk tradition.
"I had this track and we had been talking about collaborating for a while, so we listened to it and... he just did it," says
"I heard that track and fell in love with it," adds Fiddler. "So we wrote that song right on the spot that day and he put his magic on it and that kind of did it."
The track the two are referring to is "Seven Mile," a song about reaching a bump in the road in a relationship, set to the landscape of some of the city's most trampled streets, I-75 and Seven Mile. This song set the tone for the entire record, which was built around the theme of a man searching for the love of his life in Detroit. From there, the duo came up with song titles that fit into their
"It was a really fun process for me working with Amp," says
While the album was built around a fictitious love story, both Beaubian and Fiddler injected snippets of their own lives into the songs. "We wanted to have some of those real moments that happen when you're in a relationship, the good and the bad," says
Although the record has a big studio sound, the entire album was recorded between
"We didn't need a big fancy studio,"
At its core, The One tells two stories: one following the trials and tribulations of a budding romance, the other of a long-standing legacy of Detroit musicians, coming together to make something completely original and uniquely Detroit.
Record release party is on Friday, Nov. 9 at The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Doors at 8 p.m.; Tickets are $20 at the door.
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