TIR 40: Erique Dial Recalls P-Funk, Gil Scott-Heron, Vaughan Mason Escapades

Erique Dial (right) with Gil Scott-Heron (center).


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in this two-part series: Erique Dial (pronounced Eric), a writer, producer, keyboard player and DJ who contributed to some of 1980s funk-dance act Vaughan Mason and Crew’s biggest hits and also toured with legendary poet-singer Gil Scott-Heron. Dial co-wrote and played on Mason’s Top 40 track “You Can Do It,” and years later collaborated on a Vaughan project under the name Raze, which created a house/dance classic in the Top 20 R&B cut “Break 4 Love.”

Coming from a musical family with a father who played with Benny Goodman, Dial was mentored by the late Jerome Bell of Van McCoy fame and John C. Freeman, co-writer of The Main Ingredient’s soul classic “I Just Don’t Wanna Be Lonely.” Among the other artists Dial has worked with are Imagination, Martha Wash, Loose Ends, The Adventures of Stevie V, Robin S, Byron Stingily and Marshall Jefferson, some have called the Godfather of house music.

In addition, Dial has moved in some very funky and freaky circles as he became extended family to P-Funk based on his sister being a superfan and her husband working as one of Parliament-Funkadelic’s sound engineers, and in the process of being wooed by Rick James’ camp was afforded an all-access pass to their to their world. Dial comes out from behind the consoles and keyboards with some insider funk and dance experiences from both sides of the Atlantic. As a bonus, he performs a new demo track called “It’s About the Funk.”

Recorded January 2018