10 Fingers: DJ Rasta Root

First and foremost, happy birthday Rasta Root! Second-most, This incredible entrepreneur – and human being – was very patient with all of my questions and shenanigans before, during, and after this incredibly long interview and he deserves a pat on the back and hug if you ever see him. We met in Chicago during the […]

10 Fingers: Christian Atunde Adjuah

by Ella Campbell 1. What was the first album you couldn’t stop listening to? The Soundtrack to Purple Rain. I ended up playing “Purple Rain” with him too, so it ended up coming full circle. I was in his band for two years, but it was kind of a nightmare to – EC: It was […]

10 Fingers: Ishmael Butler

by Ella Campbell For my birthday weekend, I traveled to Detroit to see Ishmael Butler perform in his duo known as Shabazz Palaces. In this group he rolls under the alias Palaceer Lazaro, but he is still affectionately known to many as Butterfly from Digable Planets. We know, Ishmael, Dig Planets take the three of […]

10 Fingers: Casey Benjamin

by Ella Campbell Allow me to explain what a “10 Fingers” post will be: we ask musicians ten fun and quick questions. Hopefully the answers only require one or two sentences because we know these guys have got a lot of people to talk to! With their short answers, we at Back Beat add links […]

10 Fingers: Snarky Puppy

by Ella Campbell Allow me to explain what a “10 Fingers” post will be: we ask musicians ten fun and and quick questions, and most of the time they will be the same 10 for each artist.     On a brisk Tuesday night in Detroit, a few friends and I checked out the band Snarky […]