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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cosmo Baker returns for the Sound Table's first anniversary


Known for his ability to switch up what he’s spinning to cater to just about any dance audience, Cosmo Baker has been creating his multi-genre mixes for more than two decades. No stranger to Atlanta’s dance scene, Baker was part of the Sound Table’s grand opening party last year. Having satisfied that crowd, he returns this week to help the venue celebrate year one. Before he steps behind the decks to get the party started this Saturday, he takes a moment to talk about last year’s party and what he has in store for Saturday night.

You performed at Sound Table’s opening party a year ago, now you’re coming back for the first anniversary. What were the highlights of last year’s shindig?
I played with Kon and Amir, who are two friends of mine who are great DJs that are amazing record nerds. So it was a real pleasure and honor to be playing with them and to be playing at the Sound Table for the first time, which is an amazing club. It was fantastic. I’ve played Atlanta several times and most of the shows I’ve done have been either straight hip-hop or straight ahead dance music oriented. But this show was a complete departure from that. It was more along the lines of a very organic, soulful type of musical selection. So it was a real pleasure to come down there and do that because I wasn’t even sure if there was an audience for that in Atlanta given my previous experience. It was a really good time and very gratifying as well.

You’re known for the diverse genres of music you tend to play. Do you have particular plans for this weekend’s show or will you just go in and see what the audience responds to?

I never really have any sort of set game plan because things are different all over. You go in and people have this idea that it’s like x or y. So when you go in expecting this and they want that, you have to be able to switch gears. It’s pretty much like walking the line between expressing yourself as an artist and catering to the clientele because you can be as esoteric as you want but if you’re not really funky and vibing with the people you’re going to be a failure. That’s why it pays to be able to switch gears.
For this show, I just plan on rocking the house and partying and playing joints that people will get up and dance to. And hopefully play some joints they’ve never heard before that they might respond or react to. I’ve always taken the philosophy of giving you a little bit of education along with the entertainment and trying my best to expose people to new sounds and things they may not be accustomed to.

What are your expectations for the guys you’ll be performing with this weekend?
Karl Injex is a great dude and a fantastic DJ. He’s also the guy that curated the bill and I totally trust his instinct. Plus, I know that Sound Table is the place in Atlanta for this type of soiree. So I know that it’s going to be fantastic.

Cosmo Baker with Karl Injex and Jeff Myers. $10 ($5 with RSVP to st1@thesoundtable). 11 p.m. April 30. The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave. 404-835-2534. www.thesoundtable.com.

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