Saturday, 30 July 2011
IHFM007: DNAE Beats Cosmic Oneness Mix
Here's what he had to say about it:
The Cosmic Oneness Mix is on some other shit, a mix of rare vinyl that I have, its the stuff that inspires me.
Alongside the mix we caught up with him for chat to find out a bit more.
How did you get into making beats?
Music has always been a main focus in my life since a young age, but I really got into making beats around 15. I got my hands on a 4-track and Roland Dr.770, which is a 808 type drum machine, after that, it was over. I couldn't get enough! I would cut class to go home and practice my craft.
What's your production setup like?
Currently my setup is: Ableton, Akai MPC2500, Korg MS2000, Dave Smith Mopho, Moog Voyager, Moog Murph, Circuit, Akai MPK49 and Dynaudio Acoustics.
Describe an average day for you.
Really depending on if I have a gig, then the day is spent squeezed into 22E. If I'm at home, my day is a mixture of coffee, organic fruits and veggies, email biz and beats. Maybe a nice lil stroll through the park, or down Haight St. but I really try to lock myself in the studio as much and as long as possible.
What influences the music you make?
The trials and tribulations of life often make for the most interesting influences and inspiration. When I was producing Gift Of Gab's last album, my mother came down with lung cancer and a few months later was dead. You can hear it on that album. Electric Waterfalls is a painful beat. I was in tears making that beat. Gab could feel it and his lyrics, without knowing my mother had passed, were about the evils of cancer and the medical business. If you listen to my remix of Obsidian's Shine it has a bouncy happy funky tropical vibe, thats where I was at that point it time.
You used to primarily be a hip hop producer working with various rappers and touring with Gift of Gab. What made you decide to head down the solo route?
Mainly because I felt it was time for me as an artist to do different things and really push my musical boundaries. I'm very blessed to have been able to work with such legendary MCs such as: MF Grimm, Mr.Lif, Gift Of Gab, Lateef The Thruthspeaker, Pigeon John and many more, but I had to step out of my comfort zone. Electronic bass music has always been my passion, the tracks I'm working on while burning the midnight oil. When Gift Of Gab asked me to be his touring DJ, he basically was trying to open doors for my solo career. I really just try to stay inspired and keep growing as a musician. My goal is to really mesh my work with MCs and my bass tunes. Kind of a hybrid future bass hip hop sound.
Your new release Why You Wanna / Let Me Hit That dropped July 4th and is preceding two upcoming EPs also being released on Seclusiasis. What's the idea behind the EPs?
You might recognize the beat for Let Me Hit That - it was on my last album Secrets Worth Dying For. It got such a good response the label really wanted a remix with vocals. Psalm One laid her verse and called in a favor from Bay Area hyphen legend Mistah Fab. Why You Wanna is a tune recorded a few years back, Casual really makes this song, his verse is sooo smooth. Both of these tunes the label really loved and had to have 'em released. The EPs From The Grasslands To The Spaceship and Tangled in Technology on the other hand are showcasing my sound as a solo artist. It's a mixture of Street Bass, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Juke and House all melted together. I'm really excited that the public is finally going to be able to hear it.
Have you got any other projects in the pipeline?
I'm working on a few collab projects with some MCs, I can't really speak on yet. In August, I'm going to have Gift Of Gab freestyle over my live set, so things along those lines.
What's the scene in San Fransisco?
I think the beat scene in SF is very much alive. I'm proud to see so much talent coming from my home city, So many producers making amazing bass music. My LA family, Low End Theory just started a SF monthly that is selling out every month. Like every scene it has it's ups and downs but I think SF is a boiling pot gumbo of sub bass and stoney rap leads.
How did you hook up with the guys at Seclusiasis?
I reached out to Starkey a few years back, after I heard Ephemeral Exhibits. He hit me back telling me he was a fan of my music, we became boys from there. Its really important for me to me on the same page as the label. It made a lot of sense to release on Seclusiasis, we all are very passionate about what we do.
First record you bought?
It was either Tribe Called Quest or Digable Planets, I think I got them both of them at the same time. That was a special day.
Top five releases this year so far?
I really try to not play 'favorites' there are sooo many amazing albums coming out everyday. So far this year I've really enjoyed Africa Hi-Tech's new album 93 Million Miles, Mark Pitchard is so underrated. Space Traitor Vol. 2 by Starkey is a really dope album, he really freaks the keys hard. He's on some next level dubstep. I enjoyed Salva's debut album Complex Housing a lot. Nice & funky, I love seeing the progress of an artist, I've know him for a few years and Salva is def a name to look out for. Tipper really pushed his limits on Broken Soul Jamboree, I rarely find an album that I don't skip through a couple tunes. It sounds like Tipper spent a few years on it, its' very thought out, a perfect album for space travel. And last my bruva Stagga did an amazing job with his tune Be The Generals, which is upcoming on Slit Jockey. His style of epic basslines and sloppy drums really create a unique sound in dustup. I was honoured to have been asked to remix it for the upcoming 12" release.
What've you got planned for the rest of the year?
The rest of the year is a lot of out of state gigs, a tour in Brazil, I'm just trying to live life to the fullest and thickest frequency possible!
Why You Wanna / Let Me Hit is out now on Seclusiasis. Go get it at Beatport.
While you're here you might wana check out the ton of free stuff Seclusiasis gave a couple weeks back. Read the full post here.
Shouts to Mr. Arak for the artwork.