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"Artist of the Week, San Antonio Edition: Audiotap (and Mathew Barker)"

Like everyone else who happened to watch The Day After Tomorrow three days before all of this hurricane tomfoolery happened (at the time, it really seemed plausible that that could happen to us), we beat feet outta Houston this past weekend and ended up in San Antonio. Not one to sit around on our hands (read: we have a girlfriend who will apparently die if she doesn't spend some of our money everyday), we took in a few shows by some local musicians.
There was a juke-joint blues band that was somewhat impressive, a flamenco performance at Carmen's (think Cafe Brazil, except way more Mexicans and way less artsy snoot) and an expected Guitar Hero contest at a bar on the Southwest side of town. For our money, though, the highlight of the trip came in the form of an all-ages show at Luna Lounge, where an earthy, acoustic folk duo thoroughly rocked tits.

Desmond Fahie and Mathew Barker were the aforementioned rockers and, to be perfectly honest, put on a show that was quite unexpected. We made certain to get some time in with them in the subsequent days and had them answer a few questions for us.

Houston Press: What is Audiotap, how long has it existed, and how did it get started?

Desmond Fahey: AudioTap is the name I showcase all of my talents under. The name describes how I feel while music is being played,:as if I were tapped into it. I have been using the name for six years but I have been playing music all of my life.

HP: How would you describe your music? Sound, genre, etc.

DF: My music can be best described as eclectically unique, yet surprisingly familiar.

HP: Wow, that's not vague at all. We actually think we saw a "Eclectically Unique Yet Surprisingly Familiar" section at Best Buy, so that works out perfectly. We really enjoyed the "Voodoo Chile" cover that you guys did. Any way we could convince you guys to cover "Texas Flood"? It only seems appropriate right now.

DF: No.

HP: Okay. Thanks for that. So, did you decide beforehand that you wanted a white guitarist for your duo? Kinda like one of those cop flicks where the partners are interracial? If so, we think it'd make you that much cooler.

DF: The duo you speak of is comprised of myself and Mathew Barker. We've been performing as a two-man group on a consistent basis for about a year. We played in a band together for a while but later we both decided to leave and pursue other musical endeavors. Now we write and produce tracks together. If we had to be a well known duo, though, it would probably be the duo from Training Day.

HP: That movie is so dope. How bad did you feel for Ethan Hawke when he was sitting at that table with those Mexicans at the end of the movie? We mean, we hated him after Reality Bites, but, man, even we felt bad for him there.

DF: Not me playa, just a movie. I know real stories that are far worse.

HP: Matt, you've got a wicked cool accent, but we couldn't help but notice that you're lacking a cool facial scar with a mysterious backstory. Any other time we've ever seen dude with an accent like yours it was complemented by the aforementioned mysterious scar. Any way we could convince you to fashion one, preferably 2-3" long, and located somewhere near your chin or right eye? Or maybe you've got a big scar across your chest that's even cooler than a face scar? What's your story?

Mathew Barker: I'm from Dunfermline in Scotland. I've been songwriting for a long time and have had collaborations with a number of different artists in the past from all over the globe. I met Dez thru a funk band we played in and we started producing some basic songs I brought to him. After that we began writing songs together.

To perform a lot of the tracks we produce in the studio, we have to get pretty creative to get our ideas over with just an acoustic guitar and djembe. We both have different musical roots and we have a lot of fun mixing those together and fucking around with ideas. No physical scarring, but have seen a lot of weird shit during my travels.

HP: Ah well. Soon enough I suppose. So what's the music scene like in San Antonio? I mean, other than being second-rate to Houston's or course.

DF: As bleak as everyone makes the future of the music scene seem in San Antonio, I can't help but to be thankful for good venues like the Luna, Rebar, The Mix, etc… I wish you would write about radio prejudices. Real intelligent music is dying every day.

HP: Meh, that stuff's depressing, man. Besides, we wouldn't say that intelligent music is dying every day, there just happens to be more dumb music being played, you know?

DF: It's funny how depressing or unentertaining reality is. Any time the truth falls on deaf ears that is a dead opportunity. - Shea Serrano

- Houston Press

"Recording Aural Pleasure"

By O. Lani

With the force of a freight train, the Groove Movement combines soul, funk, rock, and jazz, rarely descending from an elevated sense of enthusiasm on their latest album.

Tracks such as “Classy Vibes,” a typical male conversation centered around the search for a cool chick, exemplify their electrifying musical gumbo, which is seasoned with Desmond Fahie’s thick, magnetic vocals.

“Guardian Angel” and “Sipping on Red Wine” feature simple, sing-along lyrics sure to connect in a live setting, while “Victim,” the band’s radio single, highlights the positives in life, driving the message home with a bit of spoken word.

Don’t be fooled by the chill vibe of their name; this group’s animated material will leave a venue’s walls shaking long after last call.

- San Antonio Current

"Improvisation fuels diverse sound of Groove Movement"

Groove Movement started out years ago as a fusion jazz band, but now the group showcases Fahie's incredible voice backed by an infectious funk groove. Like the band and its music, Groove Movement's audience is diverse. “It's almost like popular music in that sense. It's commercial because it covers a big span of people,” Wolff said. “That's kind of where we want to be. We want to be appreciated by people who love country music as much as by people who love R&B.” The guys are finishing up their first album at Rhapsody Street Studios and plan to release it in the fall, but live shows are where the band shines, with its long jam sessions and solos. “There's a lot of times when they just hand things over to me and Danny, and we just go at it,” Slaughter said. “There's not a lot of bands that do that anymore. The art of solos is gone to me, it seems like.”
- 210SA


Still working on that hot first release.



Born Desmond Fahie (pronounced foi – ee) in Crooklyn, NY 1979, D’Fahie was introduced to music at the age of five through the musical talents of his parents and church upbringing. He fell in love with the drums and later began experimenting with singing, incorporating syncopation with the art of melody.

D’Fahie listened to artists such as Bobby Mcpheron, Prince, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. For him these artists in particular seemed to sing individual notes like each one was an instrument itself and then harmonize them with what the rest of the world was listening to. Heavily influenced by jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythm, D’Fahie notes, “I adore Latin music, especially the chords that they sing their hooks in.” He was exposed and enjoyed listening to GoGo music in Washington D.C., where he studied the complex rhythms it presented and began to understand the importance of a consistent dance rhythm. D’Fahie says of the experience, “definitely the best thing to ever happen to live music.”

Most important with listening to good music of any genre comes to the ability to evoke a multitude of emotions. It is within these emotions that remembrance of events take place. D’Fahie says, “it is in this place that songs are born, concepts orchestrated and executed. Writing comes easy for me; however, life wasn’t exactly easy for me and my family. Everyone loves a good story.”

D’Fahie’s story is told in various projects. Performing under his given name or monikers such as Des and AudioTap, D'Fahie has cultivated a rich and eclectic history. After completing a four year stint with the Dog Men Poets, he began playing percussion for a San Antonio based latin-infused favorite, Border Palace. He currently leads the highly touted “funktastic” band, Groove Movement with his charismatic vocals and adept songwriting skills. His performance venues include Luna Live Music, Mix, Rebar, Revolution Room, Roadrunner Cantina, Changos, Swig, Blue Star Art Complex, Incarnate Word University, Club Rive, and Antones (ATX). He has opened up for the Black Eyed Peas at the Verizon Apmphitheater, played on the Bobby Jones Show at Disney World in Florida and most recently (with fellow musician Matt Barker) opened for the America's Got Talent phenom, Cas Haley and Woodbelly.

The newest chapter in D’Fahie’s story will begin with his solo debut, Silly Human, which is currently in the works and the official formation of Dual Prophets, a partnership with Dog Men Poet alumni, Matt Barker.

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