TOTD // 06/04 // DJ Bone

Published: April 6, 2016, words by Oli Katz

On this day last year, a respected member of the electronic music community experienced a serious tragedy. Detroit’s DJ Bone lost his mother to a long battle with cancer.

To help him cope with the loss, he took to the studio and created a song in memory of her. “I just let it all come out and into the music, and the result was M.O.M., a new song.” Months after, at the end of the 2015, he decided to release a two-track EP under his Differ-Ent alias on Don’t Be Afraid, the title track being M.O.M..

Attaching a message to the release, which you can read in full via the description section of M.O.M., DJ Bone explained how influential his mother was in his musical progression and direction, also detailing his “anger towards the cancer that took her.” It’s not often that a release has such emotion and story behind its creation, and it was a powerful tribute to a woman incredibly close to his heart.

On the anniversary of her passing DJ Bone chooses four tracks that remind him of her, detailing their significance and his memories attached to these musical outings. Also chosen by DJ Bone, you can donate to the Susan G. Komen charity to help fund research into curing the disease here.

In loving memory of Jacqueline Y. Dulan-Hinds. 
(December 2nd 1947 — April 6th 2015)

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Sam Cooke

A Change Is Gonna Come

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“After my parents, music was my third teacher. Every song my parents played for me had a message, and my parents always took the time to explain the messages to me in great detail. A Change is Gonna Come held the message of hope…of holding on and believing in your heart that things will change for the better. She pointed out the passion in his voice as he sang about his optimism. This has stuck with me til this day. Every song should have meaning and passion.”
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Heatwave

Boogie Nights

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Boogie Nights showed me that there was another level, a next-level of funk that  existed in between soul and disco. This was one of our weekend motivators that helped us finish our chores around the house. Mom would start an impromptu dance party in the living room every once in a while with this one, so that intro is forever stuck in my ears.”
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Stevie Wonder

Village Ghetto Land

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is definitely one of my all time favorites. It was my first introduction to classical. My Mother told me the story of how Stevie Wonder wanted to include classical music into this album and was met with huge doubt and opposition from his label. They weren’t as forward thinking as Stevie. I learned SO much from this one song! It taught me that it was possible to out-think or think past the record label creatively. Also, it showed me how genres didn’t really matter as long as you create something timeless. And most importantly the lyrics spoke to me since they reflected my daily surroundings in Detroit.”
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Phoebe Snow

Mercy On Those

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Phoebe Snow was one of my Mom’s favorite singers and this song really spoke/speaks to me. Detroit is a hard city and my Father handled all the tough, hard stuff. But my Mom wanted to make sure I wouldn’t grow up jaded and closed-off. She made me a well-rounded individual by teaching me that, although I had to be tough, I also needed to be forgiving, compassionate and merciful to my fellow man whenever possible. She showed me that Love is always stronger than Hate (even though it took me years later to realize this) and that I could be merciful without being weak. Thanks Mom. I love you, forever-ever.”

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