This month’s fan site is TheMinx.org, which is devoted to the music of New Mastersounds. Here Mike Wright (fan fact: former moe. tour manager) talks about the site…
Back in the day, I started to slide my interest from the typical jamband music and moved into the obscure fringes of that world – Funk. The Funky Meters and the Greyboys got me there and I slowly realized that funk music was it for me. Amazing musicianship and you can dance until your legs fell off with that head bobbin beat. What more could you ask for? I obsessed for years over it and wished that the jamband scene would embrace funk music to no avail.
My collection of 45s and Compilation albums grew to the same extent as my moe., phish and dead collection did back in the day. I was at home in my obsessive little funk world. It also made me sad I would not see the greats live. All that changed when I got my first New Mastersounds music.
I started my friendship with the New Mastersounds on a dirty little lie that shames me to this day. I was pretty prominent on the old Oink site funk section when someone posted an album called The New Mastersounds – This Is What We Do. He was bragging about it and in my never-ending craving for new funk downloaded it. It pretty much changed the way I listened to new music. I went on over to dustygroove.com which I do for all random funk purchases and bought the collection. I could not stop listening.
My wife Jessica soon followed suit in our obsession and we decided to fly to Italy to see this band and to get a vacation. We realized that not only is this band the best band we saw live they were some of the funniest and nicest human beings on the planet. I wanted so much to help them grow in any way I could. I helped promote but it always bothered me that there was no single place to talk about the New Mastersounds and the Funk Scene in general. I told the band I was going to make the board and it made them smile so I went for it.
My buddy Rocco who owns Rock-Solid Internet (http://www.rsinternet.com/) told me he would help me get a site up and learn PHP. The Minx would not be a site without his help. After about 10 tries the site went fully live around March of 2008. Of course I named the site off of the song that made me obsessed with the band in the first place.
What I didnt realize is that people from ALL over the world slowly started to come on board and loved this band as much as I did without any publicity. We have folks from Holland, Japan, Israel, Africa, Australia and everywhere else in the world that came on board. The Jamband world slowly is picking up speed on the fanbase so I get so excited when some of the ol’ phantasyphish or phishook folks show up. They get a personal funkeducation. All of us loving Funk and loving the New Mastersounds.
Here are some fun things we have over at the Minx to funk your world: