Sunday Mixtapes: Gonz aka Gunjo Discopants
Meet your host for this week’s Sunday Mixtape, Gunjo Discopants. You may know him as the guru behind the counter at Revolve Records, you may of seen him dropping jams at any number of quality venues around Sydney, or you may know him as the guy involved with Sydney’s most dubbed out sound system, The Inner West Reggae Disco Machine (with a name like that, you know it’s serious). Gunjo is a man of many talents, a wicked record collection and an extensive knowledge of all things dub and reggae. Needless to say, we’re stoked to have him on board for this week’s Sunday mixtape. Enjoy!
Who are you, and what do you do?
HAHAHAHA you sound like a cop. My name is Gonzalo Galliani III, commonly known as Gonz, aka Gunjo Discopantz . I collect, buy, sell and DJ as well as produce records. I’m often found behind the counter at Revolve Records but also drop 45s at certain night spots around the city.
What’s it like working in a record store?
Well, one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s all fun and no work, with the constant line of hot teenage girls throwing their knickers at you. But in reality, it’s loads of work with a long line of mentally and socially retarded men, and the occasional international superstar DJ who is looking for weird and wonderful places to dig for wax. Don't get me wrong I love my job, but if there weren't certain laws in this land I would slap the snot out of some of the clientele.
Sounds fun… Coolest place that you’ve dug for a record?
Man I've had a few coolest places that I've dug. For example, country side UK, Spain, NY (which was amazing), door knocking in Jamaica was cool too but my home town Peru was the best. I dug all over the city, going to weird little shacks and dirty little spaces and finding over 1000 pieces to bring back. I also found an abandoned record store still filled with OLD SHOP STOCK. Cobb webs everywhere, but due to my 2 idiotic friends that I was travelling with I had to leave that town immediately (dodgy cunts), so it was left UNTOUCHED. Y'know, the one that got away". I’m returning there in a week (its been a few years) but hopefully it’s still there.
You’re heading off to South America at the end of the week, what kind of trouble re you going to get yourself into?
Yeah going back to Peru for that record store gold mine but also got a bedroom dealer who deals in 60s peruvian garage and psych. That’s exciting and dangerous. Others on my hit list are Mexico, Chile and Colombia. Other than just looking for record I intend on finding some shit hot warehouse parties and crew who wanna get a little fucked up!! But that will come easily enough, kids behind the counter of records stores usually know where its at *kisses him self in the mirror*
Tell us about the tracks that you have curated for us today…
Well, I’ve grabbed 10 tunes for you. Some are big, great tunes, some have a little story to them and some are just really tickling my freakin' fancy at the moment.
1. We have Kelle Patterson and her version of Jolene. Everyone loves Jolene, and I think this version needs to be celebrated just as much as Dolly's .
2. We have Double ugly with 'you shoulda love me'. This "Digikilla" reggae style funk is touching me in the right spots lately. I’m also a real sucker for any song that has "BOOT A BYE BYE BYE"
3. We got Los Daltons with their latino cut of Soozy Q. This is the type of 60s latino garage stuff I will be looking for in Peru .
4. We got Hallellujah by Frank Ferrer. This is a Colombian funk monster that I paid through my nose for and if I find a copy in Colombia for ten cents I’m going to go and coward punch the closest prick next to me.
5. We got Otis Rush 'All My Love’. There’s something about 50’s RNB slowie that gets me frisky in the pants. I’m digging this shit right now.
6. Annie Williams with her rendition of Ray Charles ‘I Got A Woman’ and it’s called 'I Got A Man’. This here tune is an anthem for my little soul night thingy I do at the Bank Hotel every Saturday night in Newtown. When you here this tune, you know ITS ON!!
7 and 8… Conroy Smith with Dollar Van Ride, and same vocalist (Conroy) on the same rhythm (backing track) singing Dangerous. This 45 here is pretty new to my collection and I chose to play both sides of the record to illustrate how Jamaicans recycle music to write completely different songs. I love how a Jamaican song can have like 20 awesome cuts on the same rhythm. It’s amazing.
9. We have Hemsley Morris, Stay Loose Mama. Rocksteady at its best. This little nugget was not easy to find… 1968 was an amazing year for reggae and super collectable nuggets of rocksteady/reggae went unnoticed just like this one.
10. Last but not least is Charles Bradley, World is burning up in flames. This guy could be singing me my rights as I'm getting arrested and id be like "i love you charles”. I wanted to end this with something recent as I'm always getting teased for only listening to OLD music.