Monday, April 24, 2017

So Get Up (lyrics)



"So Get Up" written and vocalized by Ithaka  - 1993
© Ithaka Darin Pappas
Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music/ASCAP




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"SO GET UP"

THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US

PRETTY SOON ITLL ALL TURN TO DUST

SO GET UP FORGET THE PAST

GO OUTSIDE HAVE A BLAST

GO A THOUSAND MILES IN A JET AIRPLANE

GO OUT OF YOUR MIND GO INSANE

TO A PLACE YOU NEVER BEEN BEFORE

EAT ICE CREAM OUR YOULL LICK THE FLOOR

CUZ, THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US

PRETTY SOON IT'LL ALL TURN TO DUST

GOODBYE MY FRIENDS, GOODBYE WORLD

I'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEXT LIFE

More information about So Get Up:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Get_Up

https://www.facebook.com/IthakaBlue/


SO GET UP - lyrics and vocals by Ithaka.
Publishing: Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music/ASCAP

See his new vocal-only album entitled
"So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas"
released by Sweatlodge Records.
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ithaka2

___________________________________________

Also titled,
Ithaka's "So Get Up" vocals and lyrics have been used on tracks mixed by: Underground Sound Of Lisbon, Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia, Orion's Voice, Sarasite, Committee, Public Domain, Stretch & Verne, Marcel, Fatboy Slim, Atlantis ITA, Ce Ce Lee, PC, Miss Kittin, K-Trax, High Voltage, Dyla, Mert Yücel, Eric Kupper, King-Size, Dan Robbins, Low End Specialists, Architect, Meat Katie, Phobia, Lexicon Avenue, Dave Seaman, Mowree, Sharp & Smooth, Alex Bass,  David Mimram, Phunk Investigation, DJ Zorneus, Lochness DJ Team, Maziano, Dantim, Seikos, Pathfinder, Andrea Doria & Dino Lenny, Philippe Rochard, Bart Skils, Hakan Sarigul, Derek Mari, Danny Garlick, Black Force, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Cosmic Gate, Heartbeat, Bob Ray & Van Dyuk, Furio Levant, Koozah, Ben Gold, Pelari, Igor Carmo, Swing Kings,  JJ Mullor, Dani Sbert, Micromakine, Atmozfears, Acti & Antolini, TNT, Technoboy, Razat, Joseph LP, Alex Page, Feed, Lee Burridge, FuturePlays, Samir Kuliev, Armin Van Buuren, Rui Flip, Geometric Dark, Alex Di Stefano, Nell Silva, etc, etc, etc.

Thru the years, So Get Up Has been released by the labels: Armada Music [Netherlands], Wake Your Mind [Germany], Nervous Records [USA], Kaos Records [Portugal], Tribal Records [USA], Tribal Records [UK}, Twisted Records (U.S.), Twisted Records (UK), Plastic City [Germany], Sweatlodge Records [USA], Absolutely Records [Italy], Kontor records, 24 Records [Italy], Skint, Bosphorus Underground Recordings [Turkey], Chuvstvo Ritma Records [Russia], Black Hole Recordings [Netherlands], Elektrobeats Records [Italy], Forensic Records [UK], Mental Madness Records [Germany], Groove Records [Switzerland], Hymen Records [Germany], Trance Corporation Recordings [Spain], Titanic Records [Italy], Hardcore Maniacs [Spain], Party Label Unique Records [Netherlands], Desire Records [Portugal], Black Habitat Records, People Tech Records [Venzuela], HARDwithSTYLE Records [Netherlands], Subground Records [Italy], Memory Stick Records [Netherlands], Union Recordings [Poland], Supermarket Records, Orange Groove Recordings, Doctors Of Chaos Records [Italy], Next Cyclone Records [Italy], Elektrobeats Records [Italy], Digital+ Records [Spain], Bliss Point Records [Turkey], Activa Records [Italy], Afterglow Records [Germany], Sector Beatz [Switzerland], Re-Fuel Records [Netherlands], Fabric Records [UK], Dogmain Records [Portugal], PTP Records [Germany], Bit Music [Spain], Sys-X Records [Netherlands], Spot On Records [UK], Overodose Records [Germany], Lost Paradise Records, BZRK Records [Netherlands], Kontor Records, 24 Records [Italy], Skint, Renegade Hardware [UK], Melody Maker Records [Italy], Tronic [Sweden], Mole Listening Pearls [Germany], Refreshed [Germany], etc, etc, etc.

So Get Up and its derivitives have been written about by: Ariya Beitollahi, Ryan Farber, Steph Evans, Hugh Lurcott, Hannah DeuPree, etc.

For publications such as: Mix Max, Daily Beat, Insomniac, Earmilk,  DJ Maj, Mix Mag, etc

https://www.facebook.com/SoGetUp/
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ithaka2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Get_Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj8Ci4ZKFu8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW24QOQDPFY
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So Get Up (Lyricist Quotes)




"So Get Up" written and vocalized by Ithaka  - 1993
© Ithaka Darin Pappas
Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music/ASCAP




 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


"SO GET UP"

THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US

PRETTY SOON ITLL ALL TURN TO DUST

SO GET UP FORGET THE PAST

GO OUTSIDE HAVE A BLAST

GO A THOUSAND MILES IN A JET AIRPLANE

GO OUT OF YOUR MIND GO INSANE

TO A PLACE YOU NEVER BEEN BEFORE

EAT ICE CREAM OUR YOULL LICK THE FLOOR

CUZ, THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US

PRETTY SOON IT'LL ALL TURN TO DUST

GOODBYE MY FRIENDS, GOODBYE WORLD

I'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEXT LIFE

More information about So Get Up:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Get_Up

https://www.facebook.com/IthakaBlue/


SO GET UP - lyrics and vocals by Ithaka.
Publishing: Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music/ASCAP

See his new vocal-only album entitled
"So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas"
released by Sweatlodge Records.
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ithaka2

___________________________________________

Also titled,
Ithaka's "So Get Up" vocals and lyrics have been used on tracks mixed by: Underground Sound Of Lisbon, Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia, Orion's Voice, Sarasite, Committee, Public Domain, Stretch & Verne, Marcel, Fatboy Slim, Atlantis ITA, Ce Ce Lee, PC, Miss Kittin, K-Trax, High Voltage, Dyla, Mert Yücel, Eric Kupper, King-Size, Dan Robbins, Low End Specialists, Architect, Meat Katie, Phobia, Lexicon Avenue, Dave Seaman, Mowree, Sharp & Smooth, Alex Bass,  David Mimram, Phunk Investigation, DJ Zorneus, Lochness DJ Team, Maziano, Dantim, Seikos, Pathfinder, Andrea Doria & Dino Lenny, Philippe Rochard, Bart Skils, Hakan Sarigul, Derek Mari, Danny Garlick, Black Force, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Cosmic Gate, Heartbeat, Bob Ray & Van Dyuk, Furio Levant, Koozah, Ben Gold, Pelari, Igor Carmo, Swing Kings,  JJ Mullor, Dani Sbert, Micromakine, Atmozfears, Acti & Antolini, TNT, Technoboy, Razat, Joseph LP, Alex Page, Feed, Lee Burridge, FuturePlays, Samir Kuliev, Armin Van Buuren, Rui Flip, Geometric Dark, Alex Di Stefano, Nell Silva, etc, etc, etc.

Thru the years, So Get Up Has been released by the labels: Armada Music [Netherlands], Wake Your Mind [Germany], Nervous Records [USA], Kaos Records [Portugal], Tribal Records [USA], Tribal Records [UK}, Twisted Records (U.S.), Twisted Records (UK), Plastic City [Germany], Sweatlodge Records [USA], Absolutely Records [Italy], Kontor records, 24 Records [Italy], Skint, Bosphorus Underground Recordings [Turkey], Chuvstvo Ritma Records [Russia], Black Hole Recordings [Netherlands], Elektrobeats Records [Italy], Forensic Records [UK], Mental Madness Records [Germany], Groove Records [Switzerland], Hymen Records [Germany], Trance Corporation Recordings [Spain], Titanic Records [Italy], Hardcore Maniacs [Spain], Party Label Unique Records [Netherlands], Desire Records [Portugal], Black Habitat Records, People Tech Records [Venzuela], HARDwithSTYLE Records [Netherlands], Subground Records [Italy], Memory Stick Records [Netherlands], Union Recordings [Poland], Supermarket Records, Orange Groove Recordings, Doctors Of Chaos Records [Italy], Next Cyclone Records [Italy], Elektrobeats Records [Italy], Digital+ Records [Spain], Bliss Point Records [Turkey], Activa Records [Italy], Afterglow Records [Germany], Sector Beatz [Switzerland], Re-Fuel Records [Netherlands], Fabric Records [UK], Dogmain Records [Portugal], PTP Records [Germany], Bit Music [Spain], Sys-X Records [Netherlands], Spot On Records [UK], Overodose Records [Germany], Lost Paradise Records, BZRK Records [Netherlands], Kontor Records, 24 Records [Italy], Skint, Renegade Hardware [UK], Melody Maker Records [Italy], Tronic [Sweden], Mole Listening Pearls [Germany], Refreshed [Germany], etc, etc, etc.

So Get Up and its derivitives have been written about by: Ariya Beitollahi, Ryan Farber, Steph Evans, Hugh Lurcott, Hannah DeuPree, etc.

For publications such as: Mix Max, Daily Beat, Insomniac, Earmilk,  DJ Maj, Mix Mag, etc

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ithaka - Salwater Nomad (review on Surfline)



Are you doing in life what you was meant to?
Are you doing in life what you was sent to?
Are you living the life that you wanna live?
Are you living your life in a way to win?


--Ithaka from "The Life You Wanna Live?" (Saltwater Nomad) 


 
 
The Chinese philosopher, Confucius once said that a wise man doesn't feel the need to differentiate between work or hobby. And more importantly he doesn't feel the need to reveal to others whether or not he is working or playing.

Observing from distance at the effortless way the multi-artistic Ithaka (aka Darin Pappas) traverses at ease between all of his chosen mediums of expression; [music, sculpture, writing and photography] it appears his life's journey is a soulful balancing act somewhere between the worlds of euphoric creation and aquatic diversion. But on closer inspection, looking at the expertise and attention to detail of any Ithaka project, it becomes evident the man is getting down to first-degree serious business, even if he himself isn't aware of it. 

 

Born in southern California, the hip hop visionary and visual expressionist spent his early youth surfing LA and Orange Counties, but soon began his global wanderings - not only in pursuit of higher quality waves but of profound cultural experiences, both shore side and deep in the cities. For Ithaka, marriage of surf and street comes naturally.

Listen to a track from Ithaka's Album, Saltwater Nomad.
PORTUGAL
After long blocks of time in Greece, Japan and other exotic locales, Ith arrived in Portugal in July of 1992 with a surfboard, wetsuit, Nikon FE camera and very little else. In addition to sampling the region's wealth of epic surf and making friends, he started exhibiting his photographs, creating new sculptures, publishing his short stories, and even began working as a radio host on a national music program. He left the region six years later with two studio albums under his belt and nine Portuguese Grammy nominations. An unlikely place to start an international music career, but Ithaka has not only been influenced by his many Siddharthian journeys, he has become a product of them. And he doesn't exactly reinvent himself at each intercontinental stop along the path, he merely keeps adding layers, carpet-bagging along the way newly learned skills and infinite wealth of mental archeology, the bases for most of his songs, stories and visuals. But even though global as they come as a human being, artist and surfer, he'll be the first to tell you it's not necessary to go far away to get away. He says,

It's all about perception.
How you look at things.
How you absorb things.
Some of the wisest
and most interesting people
I've ever met have barely even
left their home state.
It¹s about breaking routine


And breaking routine is what Ithaka and his bag of tricks is all about. In contrast to his last audio work, Recorded in Rio (a melodic, mostly live-instrument hip hop album released in 2004), the new cd, SALTWATER NOMAD, his fifth full-length, goes to the polar opposite and is largely an electronic production. Recorded in Brazil with producer Tito Gomes, the two serve up twelve clean, bumping, minimalist hip hop story-songs.

Vocal-wise, Ithaka's fluid punctuality can be considered in outstanding company like Everlast, Michael Franti and the late Tupac. And although sonically, Saltwater Nomad will be considered a pop/rap record, lyrically don't expect generic Pimp & Ho/22"-rim/gansta-stylin' references. Ith successfully personalizes the genre, using it as a soundtrack for his straight-up, no bullshit, autobiographical story-telling, walking new ground across subjects like spirituality, global politics, nostalgia, lust, immigration, positive thinking, diabolic roommates (comedy), the intricate complexities of long lasting boy/girl unity and his passion of choice, wave-riding. All scribed with the Ithman's patented crafty, post-Beat Generation urban lyricism.
Breaking routine is what Ithaka and his bag of tricks is all about.
I ride since I was a small fry
Sine the day mammy multiplied
I ride to keep my soul alive
I'll ride until the day, the day that I die
I ride 'cuz I like the view from the tube
I ride 'cuz I like the color blue
I ride to keep my mojo intact
So I got the goods to deliver
When my baby gets back


Ithaka's music has been featured in several surfing films (including the award winning, Timmy Turner's Second Thoughts), and the hit basketball video game NBA 2K7. His hip-hop classic, "Escape From The City Of Angels"? appeared in Columbia Picture's feature film, The Replacement Killers.


For more info see:

www.myspace.com/ithakamusic

Saltwater Nomad (and other Ithaka releases) may be purchased at:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/ithakamusic2

A major retrospective from Ithaka's body of sculpture work entitled, The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard (1989 until present) is currently being shown at the prestigious WOA gallery in Lisbon, Portugal.

Monday, April 10, 2017

So Get Up - song



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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ithaka: lyricist, vocalist, and producer



"Fascinating lyricist, vocalist, and producer who doesn't seem to restrict himself to any specific genres. His 1993 acapella masterpiece, "So Get Up", (which was first remixed by Underground Sound Of Lisbon in 1994), has gone on to become one of the most mixed and memorable EDM vocals of the last two-and-a-half decades. It was most recently popularized by trance superstars, Cosmic Gate.

Ithaka's original "So Get Up" lyric and vocal have appeared in more than a thousand (yes, A Thousand !) tracks around the globe - in a wide range of sonic styles including; House, Progressive House, Electro House, Deep House, Tech House, UK Garage, Trance, Uplifting Trance, Techno, Hardcore, Dutch Hardcore, Gabber, Drum and Bass, Breakbeat, Dubstep, Synthpop, Trip hop, Hip hop, Downtempo, Nu jazz , Ambient, Rock and Art Rock.

His eight solo albums have, for the most part, a chilled-out story-telling kind of hip hop/trip hop vibe. One of the records, Voiceless Blue Raven, is all instrumental. And another, So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas, is almost entirely vocal...returning once again to his roots as a spoken-word poet.

His song "Escape from the City of Angels" from the album, Fishdaddy Flashbacks was used in the soundtrack to Antoine Fuqua's feature film, The Replacement Killers, starring Chow Yun Fat and Mira Sorvino (released by Columbia Pictures)."

http://www.whosampled.com/Ithaka/

SO GET UP - Original Unedited Lyrics by Ithaka Darin Pappas








"So Get Up" written and vocalized by Ithaka  - 1993
© Ithaka Darin Pappas
Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music/ASCAP




 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


"SO GET UP"

THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US

PRETTY SOON ITLL ALL TURN TO DUST

SO GET UP FORGET THE PAST

GO OUTSIDE HAVE A BLAST

GO A THOUSAND MILES IN A JET AIRPLANE

GO OUT OF YOUR MIND GO INSANE

TO A PLACE YOU NEVER BEEN BEFORE

EAT ICE CREAM OUR YOULL LICK THE FLOOR

CUZ, THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US

PRETTY SOON IT'LL ALL TURN TO DUST

GOODBYE MY FRIENDS, GOODBYE WORLD

I'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEXT LIFE

More information about So Get Up:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Get_Up

https://www.facebook.com/IthakaBlue/


SO GET UP - lyrics and vocals by Ithaka.
Publishing: Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music/ASCAP

See his new vocal-only album entitled
"So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas"
released by Sweatlodge Records.
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ithaka2

___________________________________________

Also titled,
Ithaka's "So Get Up" vocals and lyrics have been used on tracks mixed by: Underground Sound Of Lisbon, Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia, Orion's Voice, Sarasite, Committee, Public Domain, Stretch & Verne, Marcel, Fatboy Slim, Atlantis ITA, Ce Ce Lee, PC, Miss Kittin, K-Trax, High Voltage, Dyla, Mert Yücel, Eric Kupper, King-Size, Dan Robbins, Low End Specialists, Architect, Meat Katie, Phobia, Lexicon Avenue, Dave Seaman, Mowree, Sharp & Smooth, Alex Bass,  David Mimram, Phunk Investigation, DJ Zorneus, Lochness DJ Team, Maziano, Dantim, Seikos, Pathfinder, Andrea Doria & Dino Lenny, Philippe Rochard, Bart Skils, Hakan Sarigul, Derek Mari, Danny Garlick, Black Force, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Cosmic Gate, Heartbeat, Bob Ray & Van Dyuk, Furio Levant, Koozah, Ben Gold, Pelari, Igor Carmo, Swing Kings,  JJ Mullor, Dani Sbert, Micromakine, Atmozfears, Acti & Antolini, TNT, Technoboy, Razat, Joseph LP, Alex Page, Feed, Lee Burridge, FuturePlays, Samir Kuliev, Armin Van Buuren, Rui Flip, Geometric Dark, Alex Di Stefano, Nell Silva, etc, etc, etc.

Thru the years, So Get Up Has been released by the labels: Armada Music [Netherlands], Wake Your Mind [Germany], Nervous Records [USA], Kaos Records [Portugal], Tribal Records [USA], Tribal Records [UK}, Twisted Records (U.S.), Twisted Records (UK), Plastic City [Germany], Sweatlodge Records [USA], Absolutely Records [Italy], Kontor records, 24 Records [Italy], Skint, Bosphorus Underground Recordings [Turkey], Chuvstvo Ritma Records [Russia], Black Hole Recordings [Netherlands], Elektrobeats Records [Italy], Forensic Records [UK], Mental Madness Records [Germany], Groove Records [Switzerland], Hymen Records [Germany], Trance Corporation Recordings [Spain], Titanic Records [Italy], Hardcore Maniacs [Spain], Party Label Unique Records [Netherlands], Desire Records [Portugal], Black Habitat Records, People Tech Records [Venzuela], HARDwithSTYLE Records [Netherlands], Subground Records [Italy], Memory Stick Records [Netherlands], Union Recordings [Poland], Supermarket Records, Orange Groove Recordings, Doctors Of Chaos Records [Italy], Next Cyclone Records [Italy], Elektrobeats Records [Italy], Digital+ Records [Spain], Bliss Point Records [Turkey], Activa Records [Italy], Afterglow Records [Germany], Sector Beatz [Switzerland], Re-Fuel Records [Netherlands], Fabric Records [UK], Dogmain Records [Portugal], PTP Records [Germany], Bit Music [Spain], Sys-X Records [Netherlands], Spot On Records [UK], Overodose Records [Germany], Lost Paradise Records, BZRK Records [Netherlands], Kontor Records, 24 Records [Italy], Skint, Renegade Hardware [UK], Melody Maker Records [Italy], Tronic [Sweden], Mole Listening Pearls [Germany], Refreshed [Germany], etc, etc, etc.

So Get Up and its derivitives have been written about by: Ariya Beitollahi, Ryan Farber, Steph Evans, Hugh Lurcott, Hannah DeuPree, etc.

For publications such as: Mix Max, Daily Beat, Insomniac, Earmilk,  DJ Maj, Mix Mag, etc

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ithaka's So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas - new album




In early, 2017, Los Angeles-based independent music label, Sweatlodge Records will release the seventh album by the Californian songwriter, Ithaka, entitled, So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas. The record will include thirteen of Ithaka's vocalized poems (without music), many of which were written during 1992 and 1993, two of the six years that the artist lived in Lisbon. Also, as a bonus track, the original 1993 demo-version of So Get Up will appear.


There in Portugal, Ithaka was regularly recited his texts and rhymes for the daily radio program, Quatro Bairro on the national station, Rádio Comerical. Ten of the poems offered on the Lost Acapellas release were written and recorded specifically for the radio program and later (in mid-1993) were rerecorded as voice-over and musical demos on a visit to England. These recordings, were missing for 23 years until recently being discovered in a Los Angeles storage unit on a antiquated cassette tape.


Among these early acapella poems is So Get Up, most recently re-popularized by Armin Van Buuren and Cosmic Gate, which today (twenty-four years and more than a thousand releases and adaptions later) is considered The Most Remixed Vocal Acapella In Musical History (by Guinness World Records - 2016, 2017).


Ithaka first wrote So Get Up in a small cafe in Amoeira near Rádio Comerical about an hour before going on air with it for his slot on Quatro Bairro, unfortunately this very first recording has never been recovered. He did however, as mentioned, record it a second time in the U.K - to present to radio producers and possibly record companies.


There working at Rádio Comerical, Ithaka met DJ Vibe (Portugal's most prominent DJ), who played an hour of progressive house music immediately following Ithaka's segments. There Vibe usually heard the end of Ithaka's vocal sequences and was intrigued by the poems. Some months later, he invited him to participate as a guest vocalist on the first release by Underground Sound Of Lisbon (a progressive house duo consisting of Vibe and Rui Da Silva) for Kaos Records.


They recorded Ithaka's vocal in the early hours of a rainy winter night at the garage studio, 1 Só Céu, owned by the Portuguese rock band called, Os Delfins.

Ithaka was told by Kaos (a micro label at the time) that they would make 200 white-labels vinyls for distribution within Portugal only. They paid him $70 dollars for his participation, with a verbal promise to discuss any future distributions and manufacturing that would possibly follow. And weeks later, from just that single white-label distribution, the song exploded into an almost instantaneous national dance floor classic.


Although open-minded musically, Ithaka was more associated with hip hop, surfing and contemporary art more than dance music and only infrequently appeared at the clubs his apocalyptic poem had literally become an anthem for an entire generation of club goers, inspiring even people who never liked dance music to get involved.


Ironically, Kaos Records and Underground Sound Of Lisbon themselves never made a point of explaining who the mystery prophet was and nobody seemed to ask, the press included - even though Ithaka was indeed the actual performer and owned 50% of the publishing.


"I remember specifically on a couple of occasions trying to get into Lisbon-area night clubs, which was always a chore because of the wait to get in, and there in line, two different times during height of the song's first wave of popularity, I could hear So Get Up playing on the dance floor...The first was at Frágil in Bairro Alto - and I said to the snob at the door, hey man, that's me, my voice...let me in.  And the doorman said, if that was you...I would know who you are AND I DON'T! - And the other time, a few months later, was at ALCÂNTARA, when I again declared that that was my voice with hundreds of people shouting the lyrics on top of it muffled behind the thick curtains out the dance floor..and that doorman said, Yes, my friend, and Elvis is still alive too!


In late 1994, Ithaka left Portugal for four months back to Los Angeles for an art exhibit - and during that short amount of time, Kaos Records had licensed So Get Up, without consulting him, to several international parties most notably Tribal Records -USA, a sub-subsidiary of Miles Copeland's I.R.S. Records (EMI).


Although Rob Di Stefano, the managing director of Tribal Records had met Ithaka on a previous trip to Portugal, and obviously understood he was from California and only temporarily residing in Portugal, he realized the marketing potential of an exotic 100% Portuguese house music product arriving in the U.S. for the first time and made no attempt to publicize the vocalist's true origins. No featuring Ithaka credit was ever included on any of the releases, even though he is both the author and the vocalist. Yes, this is dance music, but no matter how good or bad the production is, no one can deny that the vocal-poem and adjoining hooks are the primal guts of the entire So Get Up experience. How else could it possibly appeal to such a large musical spectrum of DJs and producers?


The first 1994 release of So Get Up on Tribal was a double-vinyl set with ten-mixes, including several versions by New York superstars Junior Vasquez and Danny Tenaglia. The early international popularity of So Get Up was undoubtfully manifested by these interpretations by Vasquez and Tenaglia. Two New York all-stars creating music around the words of a California hip hop wordsmith. To call So Get Up, even at that point, a 100% Portuguese release, was inaccurate at best.  The first release by Tribal, which sold upwards of 50,000 copies, also included an uncredited acapella of Ithaka's raw poem - which paved the way for a vast multitude of remixes and samplings over a huge cross-section of electronic musical genres.


 With the exception of Stretch & Verne's legally licensed rerecord "Get Up, Go Insane!" in 1997 (and subsequently Fatboy Slim's remix of that), every other international release of So Get Up has essentially been unauthorized. It is fair to say that every (of the more than a thousand mixes released) house, trance, techno, electro, drum & bass, big beat, dub step, and art rock versions - under their varying titles of "So Get Up", "Get Up", "Forget The Past", "the End Of The Earth", "Have A Blast", "Headcharge", "Hardaventure", etc. have been issued illegally. No record royalties or performance royalties have ever been paid to the vocalist/lyricist although all have been made using Ithaka's 1994 recording - made that late night way back when in Cascais, Portugal. By the most recent estimates of Ithaka's publisher attempting to recoup his writing shares, So Get Up in it's many incarnations has been either sold or downloaded more than 30,000,000 times and approximately 250,000,000 have at least heard the poem. Whether payment ever falls into the right hands, time will only tell.

Ithaka himself has had an unusual career (and life) to say the least. He came to recording not thru music itself, but via music photography, visual arts....and reading books. For nearly three years, among his many other sporadic occupations, Ithaka was the principal photographer for Priority Records gangster rap icons, NWA and Eazy E , but that's a story for another day.

In 1992, attempting to expand his boundaries outside of the Southern California area, the half-Greek, Ithaka Darin Pappas, set off soul-searching. He first relocated to Athens for six months and then spent a year in Tokyo, finally landing in Lisbon where he spent more than six years.

During this six-year period in Portugal, Ithaka was hyper-productive. He recorded So Get Up (and many other poems), made two award-winning hip hop albums, published translated poems and short stories in Portuguese magazines - and had several large scale sculpture exhibits of his work. He also photographically documented much of the early and mid-nineties Portuguese music scene, shooting record covers for rock, hip hop and EDM projects.


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Cobalt Barrels - A Sculpture by California Artist, Ithaka





COBALT BARRELS
a sculpture by Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas
from his ongoing body of work entitled,  
[300+ recycled surfboard sculptures since 1989]. 

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