Mr Fish & Paprika connected back in late 2006 as fresh Melbourne-town transplants, around a mutual appreciation of funky things on the afro/tropical & Brazilian & world beats and pieces tip.
From initially sharing the odd Dj set together, to a decks/effects & percussion feature as part of the Melbourne Mo-Horizons support, they’ve enjoyed joining some dots from their respective musical backgrounds (Mr Fish – comes from the African club/Afro beat/Caribean/hip hop/North African/ & world beat sides of things, whilst Paprika has more Brazilian, Latin and funk influences).
The Afro-Dizzi-Act remix was their first attempt in the studio together with Mr Fish handling the controls, Paprika adding percussive bits and pieces; whilst simultaneously re-arranging the band’s song layout and bringing different parts like Jali’s vocals, the horn section, and Shan Sol’s guitar to feature, aiming at a more ‘clubbier’ dance floor sound. The final touches in the mixdown, were applied by Johnny Hooves drummer (Shapeshifter), producer and sound technician.
“African rhythms are in my heart, so i tend to infuse ‘em in my beatz and sets.”
Nico Poisson (aka Mr Fish), is a Dj and producer hailing from the tiny volcanic island of Reunion (in-between Madagascar and Mauritius off the African East Coast), where the Indian, African, Chinese and French have lived together for centuries.
MR FISH can’t help but blend cultures with heat in his DJ sets…He invites you to experience a global merging of the world beat musical landscape. PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA, ONLY ONE MR FISH.
The spark to take his love for music further came after being involved (bless you my sista!) in the creation of the BOREALIS festival as a teenager in the south of France, attracting up to 50,000 people. Fish was inspired, and went on to play internationally; including spots in the South of France (a three-year residency as a house DJ), and later whilst living in Sweden, Germany, Holland and finally London building his collection and promoting his sound along the way.
His time in London marked a turning point within his Djing and artistry, after meeting guru DJ Eric Soul in London – an influential Rwandan DJ (from a family of Divas) and father to the infamous “groov’n’bass/ AFROGROOV” movement – who passionately promotes a new generation of African music. Invited to join this movement, MR FISH incorporated African rhythms with hip hop grooves and scratching techniques into his sets.
Whilst based in London, he started appearing at events such as, RESPECT FESTIVAL 2000-01 (line up including U-cef & De-La-Soul), NOTTING HILL CARNIVALS 2000-2004, TECHNO PARADE 2003 (PARIS-alongside kojak , alex kid, dj cam), LONG ISLAND CLUB NIGHT (BUDAPEST) and was able to truly express his more eclectic self. MR FISH used his technical skill and extensive collection of world influenced tunes, to keep people grooving outside the chart territory…This would open doors into the eclectic London bar scene such as MOMO’S, residency at the infamous COBDEN CLUB, 2 yrs Residency at HARRY’S SOCIAL CLUB , who were so inspired by his music they created a label (Harry’s Records) in which he was signed to. He then contacted two rare talents (and friends), Emilie Chick (2008 worldwide talent search winner), and heavily multitalented producer d.a.t.a (son of kick) to collaborate on an opus…
On his arrival to Australia MR FISH rapidly developed a reputation as a special and original talent, and went on to play at the 2007 Big Day Out Festival and the 2007 Melbourne Afrobeat Festival. He also got noticed by UBERLINGUA and asked to join forces with the Australian global/electronic sounds crew ..He immediately featured in events such as Bellingen Global festival (2007), Sydney Festival (2008 and 2009), and opened the main stage of ADELAIDE FRINGE FEST (2008), SOCCO CARGO (2008). He’s supported Mo’Horizons (2008) and been apart of Melbourne’s finest afro night – ‘Scatter Scatter’ – alongside Public Opinion Afrobeat Orchestra (2010). In the same year he’s performed for his second time at the 2010 Big Day Out and supported Femi Kuti at the Australasian World Music Expo…
A regular on Australian world music events such as THE WORLD MUSIC EXPO 2009 and 2010, radio shows (P.B.S/ S.B.S,RRR), MR FISH is also tirelessly and passionately promoting the new urban sound of Africa !!! Now living in Melbourne, MR FISH continues his passion down under…
PAPRIKA hails from the western outer suburbs of ‘Bris-vague-as’. He’s a DJ, drummer, percussionist, sambista and bedroom beat-maker and as a selecta’, is one of Australia’s leading exponents of the futurelatinjazzfunk & afrobrasilian beat.
His DJ sets can be straight down the line mono genre, or his favourite – a mixture of other worldly sounds that crossover many rhythms including afro brazilian/future jazz funk/latin jazz/broken beat/drum n bass/afro beat/balkan beat and beyond. With a certain fondness for the syncopated groove, and the more challenging sides of world jazz dance, Paprika’s sets usually take a more lively route.
At 28 he’s supported and played alongside Norman Jay MBE (Good Times UK) – one of the originators of the UK funk, soul and rare groove scene, Thievery Corporation (Eighteenth st Lounge recordings – USA), Sharon Jones & The Dapkings, Gotan Project, Jazzanova, DJ Marky, Keb Darge, Marcelo D2, Mo Horizons, Alice Russel, Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Bugz in the Attic, Russ Dewburry, Mark De Clive Lowe, Russ Jones, Ursula Rucker (K7/USA), Karsten John (Vinyl Vibes, Cologne Germany), Chikashi Nishiwaki (Tree, Japan), plus Australian taste makers: Ennio Styles (Stylin RRR radio), Kano, Lanu, and Blair Stafford (Straightup.com.au/Melbourne).
He’s also played his records alongside some well-respected Australian live acts including The Bamboos, Cookin on 3 Burners, The view from Madeleine’s Couch, Labjacd, The Red Eyes & Rumberos.
As well as his talents behind the decks, he also trains as a drummer and percussionist currently with Malagueta (Brazilian samba pagode & forro group), Kerbside Collection (dusty west coast Jazz funk); as well as performing with Jesse Witney & Urukum (brazilians roots & reggae), Kafka, Peter G’s Golden Sounds, The View From Madeleine’s Couch, Chukale, G.R.E.S. Unidos da Primavera Brisbane Samba School, Melsamba, Oziriguidum Samba School & Soul Motion. As a DJ and musician, he’s performed at festivals including Big Day Out, Island Vibe Festival, Brisbane Valley Jazz Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Vibes on a Summers Day and the Australian Gospel Music Festival.
He’s held down residencies at Moanin’ (during 2004-2006) – Brisbane’s Longest running Jazz weekly, as well as The Bowery, Miss Libertine, Bambu lounge and Longrain.
Paprika was one of the co-founders (along with fellow Brisbane music enthusiasts Julien Love, Ravi and Ben Osborne) and now sole engine driver of a monthly freestyle jazz dance session called CUTUCADA (futurelatinjazzfunk & afrobrasilian beats) initially starting out in the heart of Brisbane, over 6 years ago. The night ran solidly for 3 years in Brisbane as well as showcases in Melbourne and Woodford Folk Festival.
Along with a Brazilian group he’s recently joined (Malagueta), and fellow Brazilian/tropical music enthusiast Pepe Sol, he helps with their traditional samba session – ‘Que Saudade’ – showcasing the Brazilian street sounds of Pagode, Samba, Gafieira, Baiao and Forro.
The last couple of years has seen him focusing on his drumming and percussion, whilst making inroads into production collaborating with Eddit (Freestyle Records/Equatorial records – Melbourne), Barkin Soul (Mighty Highness Records – Byron Bay), & Mr Fish (Reunion Island/Melbourne), whilst also contributing mixes for Aussie rare groove label Mighty Highness Records’ blogcast.
‘…talk to Paprika, and the conversation will soon be peppered with him singing bass lines, melodies and scat rhythms..but when he takes the decks, the music does the talking.’ (Kano DJ/Redbull Music Academy & Ennio Styles – dj/producer/RRR radio show Melbourne)
“…one of our top 3 support dj’s for this world tour..”
Mark De Clive Lowe & Vanessa Freeman – Feb 2009 – world tour (Freesoul Sessions/ Antipodean Records NZ/UK/US)