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What She Wants

by Josef Deas

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    numbered by B+V at the Portage Garage in Hamtramck. full color labels. jackets printed by VG Kids in Ypsilanti, MI. edition of 400: 300 orange jackets + 100 "PGS Blue" jackets, available at Ann Arbor & Detroit record stores, and exclusively online at The Ghostly Store.

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Past Time 03:39


"I love you, but you don't seem to care, oh oh, I wonder, why you treat me so bad?"

“A long time coming,” would be an understatement. “What She Wants” might be Josef Deas’ first release, but make no mistake, Deas has been fully immersed and actively working in the Michigan music scene his entire life.

“Josef is just one of those vital connectors - everybody whose played jazz in SE Michigan knows him,” says Marcus Elliot

Deas was born in Mannheim, Germany but grew up in Ann Arbor, MI with friends and musical collaborators Zach Saginaw (Shigeto) and Charles Tillinghast (Charles Trees). His musical education began with his mother, playing him classical music and singing to him. She encouraged him to begin playing the upright bass and he immersed himself in a symphonic orchestral setting.

In the summer of 1997 Deas was introduced to recording when he was loaned a synthesizer and a four track tape machine by his middle school orchestra director.

His relationship with Jazz was cultivated by mentor Vincent York, who worked with Deas and Saginaw in their high school years. York helped shape both of them into highly skilled, professional musicians. By the time he exited high school, Deas became one of the most capable and sought after bassists in the state, playing with Michigan greats like Marcus Belgrave, Gary Schunk, Vincent Chandler, Louis Smith, Sean Dobbins and many others.

This album is a snapshot, a moment in time. The bedroom recording days of Josef Deas, a period unrestrained by doubt and fear, propelled by explosions of creativity, self expression, and raw talent. "I had one microphone, one keyboard, some software Charles gave me, and my mom's computer in 2001" says Deas.

Recorded between 2001-2006, “I Know It’s You and Me”, “Past Time” and “What She Wants” dance between the timeless styles of boogie, R&B, and pop. “It still outshines most of my work… and it was made when I literally knew a small fraction of what i know now.. it's weird.” Anthems for the universal themes of love and loss, these songs show a maturity of someone older than their years.

Portage Garage Sounds is proud to present the début release of Josef Deas.

for fans of: funk, boogie, soul, timeless pop, PPU, Galaxy Sound Co.


released July 20, 2018

PGS 006
Josef Deas
"What She Wants"

℗ Portage Garage Sounds
© 2001-2006 Josef Deas

Written Performed, and Recorded by Josef Deas
Additional Mixing on "Past Time" by Christopher Koltay at High Bias Recordings in Detroit, MI
Mastered by Scott "Tenacity" Martin
Pressed at Archer Record Pressing, Detroit
Lacquer Cut by Deep Grooves Mastering in Glendale, CA
Jackets Printed by Aaron Bobzien at VG Kids in Ypsilanti, MI


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