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

Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.