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Disco pioneers are bringing back the music of Sister Sledge’s Kathy Sledge and other legendary disco arts in new music

One of the pioneers of the Ibiza EDM DJ scene, Max Martire, DJ/Producer/ Remixer and the Dutchman Shanti Matkin are at it again! They are working with some of the original artists who were at the height of the Disco Era, such as the legendary Kathy Sledge (“We Are Family”) and Next Step (Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and Norma Jean, former singers of Chic) to re-create their iconic tracks and new mixes.

Max formed a worldwide music company, Pacific Electronic Music (PEM), with veteran record executive Jerry Greenberg (former Atlantic Records president) to bring legendary Disco artists into EDM market.

Last year, the Aristofreek’s garnered at #2 Billboard Dance Club Chart hit with “Keep it Movin” featuring Kathy Sledge. View the video:

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Amazing and talented global DJ’s brings popular disco artists and new mixing back to the nightclub scene. (Courtesy Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations)

Next, they may release another song they recorded with Kathy Sledge, entitled “Thank You”, however, they are currently in the studio working on other songs, as well as with Next Step.

To complete the picture the Aristofreeks have created a DJ set with these releases and other recent remix/mashups, reflecting this emerging trend in EDM.

About AristoFreeks’ Max Matire & Shanti Matkin

Growing up in Ibiza, Max Martire is one of the pioneers of the Ibiza EDM DJ scene and was instrumental in changing the musical direction of the island in its EDM Superclub infancy. Along with his Italian DJ partner Daniele Poli and their counterparts, British DJ duo Alex P and Brandon Block, they created the legendary Space Terrace phenomenon. By converting this neglected part of the Space discotheque into a sunny paradise, they changed the spirit of the island for all time. Max’s contribution shaped what is today’s Ushuaia.

He has toured extensively throughout Europe, breaking first ground in the EDM global culture. His reputation for flawless mixing and beat-matching precision earned him the nickname “The Surgeon”. Max has been DJ’ing since he was 13 years old, and his life-long unique DJ style has been dedicated to playing 70’s funky, soulful disco house, delving into his collection of 22,000+ vinyls, and he is at the forefront of the “Nu-Disco” trend that is taking off throughout Ibiza and Europe.

Shanti Matkin’s phenomenal output is the direct consequence of starting young and producing with a passion. He played his first club in Amsterdam at the age of 13 and  he shaped his early recordings along with the first wave of trance pioneers resulting in dozens of releases and DJ dates across the globe including regular outings to Europe, Mexico, Japan and a residence in Brasil at the Kabbalah festival for over 7 years as well as headlining the parties as the Krome Angels.

He has also produced a lot of techno and tech-house under the alias Matt King such as grooves with ‘Widowmaker’ for Denmark’s Iboga label and ‘De La Noche a La Mañana’ for Italy’s No-Logic, ‘Start your engines’ with Synthetic that was featured on 2011 ADE compilation sampler alongside Marco Bailey, Underworld and Marko Nastic. 2012 & 2013 saw releases on the label from Julio Navas and David Amo, Fresco Records, and on Iboga from Denmark.

In 2014, Max Martire, the visionary of Aristofreeks project, joined forces with Shanti Matkin to re-inject Disco into modern house music.

Kathy Sledge Ousted By Her Sisters From Performing for the Pope

Sister Sledge to perform for the Pope.  Courtesy Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations.

Kathy Sledge of the group Sister Sledge to perform for the Pope. Courtesy Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations.

The legendary singing group Sister Sledgeis scheduled to perform in connection with the World Meeting of Families in honor of the upcoming Papal visit to their hometown Philadelphia on September 26, 2015 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but only in part.

Recent rumors have been substantiated that although the performance is being promoted as though all four original members of the group will be in concert, sisters Joni, Debbie and Kim have refused to allow youngest sibling Kathy, original member and iconic voice of Sister Sledge, from participating in the performance.

The familial dispute that has long been developing between the sisters, well-known for their legacy of family unity that stems from their triumphantly voiced and most famous hit record “We Are Family,” has ironically culminated into an opportunity for the sisters to put their differences aside before Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families to perform for their fans.

While the sisters have all explored their own solo projects and careers, over the years the group has traditionally joined forces to perform their iconic hit songs for historic events such as the Papal visit.  Beginning in 1974, Sister Sledge captured the hearts of the world during their “Rumble in the Jungle” performance in Zaire and they have came together during President Clinton’s tenure to perform at the White House, as well as President Obama’s first Inaugural ball and on television with Oprah Winfrey.

Although the details surrounding the current dispute are unclear, media outlets have obtained a heartfelt letter from Kathy to her sisters Joni, Kim and Debbie requesting that the group put any differences aside and unite as family to perform as one before Pope Francis and the fans in their hometown city of brotherly love.

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Sister Sledge, a popular group from the days of disco music in the ’70’s . Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations

World Meeting of Family directors in charge of the performance have not been available for comment and sisters Joni, Kim and Debbie have not responded to any requests from Kathy.  Fans of the singing group have taken to social media expressing their hope for a reunion.

Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group was originally composed of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim Sledge. With Kathy leaving in 1989 the group have since operated as a trio (with Kathy occasionally re-joining for one-off performances and several releases in the 1990s). Having enjoyed marginal success in Europe during the middle of the decade, mainstream success was achieved when breakthrough album We Are Family was released in 1979.

Kathy Sledge (born January 6, 1959) is an American singer who has had several hits on the International Pop and Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including “Take Me Back to Love Again“, which hit #1 in 1992. She is the granddaughter of former opera singer Viola Williams, and daughter to Florez Sledge and former Broadway star Edwin Sledge of dance-tap duo “Fred and Sledge”.

She was the youngest of four in the music group Sister Sledge and enjoyed many pop, R&B and dance/pop hits with her sisters Debra, Joni and Kim. Kathy performed the lead vocals to their biggest hits, “He’s the Greatest Dancer“, “We Are Family” and “Frankie“.