Archive for July, 2013
Tags: 9th Wonder, Alchemist, Beat Battles, Beat Maker, Beat Makers, Beats Per Minute, Boi Wonder, BPM, Culture, Damu The Fudge Monk, DITC, Dj Premier, Dj Statik Selektah, Dr. Dre, Dubstep, Dungeon Family, Electronic press kit, Hhip-Hop, Hip-Hop, Hosting, J. Dilla, Kanye West, Optiks, Pete Rock, Pri The Honeydark, Producer, RZA, Samples, SwizzBeatz, VerseAll, YouTube
Tags: 9th Wonder, Alchemist, Beat Battles, Beat Maker, Beat Makers, Beats Per Minute, Boi Wonder, BPM, Culture, Damu The Fudge Monk, DITC, Dj Premier, Dj Statik Selektah, Dr. Dre, Dubstep, Dungeon Family, Electronic press kit, Hhip-Hop, Hip-Hop, Hosting, J. Dilla, Kanye West, Pete Rock, Pri The Honeydark, Producer, RZA, Samples, SwizzBeatz, VerseAll, YouTube
Pri: I started learning how to produce back in early 2000. My current production focus is on film and television, which include licensing placements with MTV & Viacom.
My son’s father, Afrobluu, was a DJ and producer (We started as a hip hop group and well…..you know…lol…a child was born). We had a home filled with crates and equipment. One day I asked him to teach me how to DJ (I’m not a DJ now, so obviously that didn’t work…lol), then he purchased a Tascam Porta One and that became the very first piece of equipment I learned to use. Back then you had to double up on tracks in that machine like a motha’ to create a song! However, I stuck it out and then moved on to chopping samples in the ASR and EPS keyboards with a Protools set-up. By that time I had found my own style, which tends to be very dark…hence the name “Pri the Honeydark”, and it was on from there!
I like working with my crew The Anomolies, which includes Invincible, Helixx C, Big Tara and DJ Kuttin’ Kandi. We are an all female Hip Hop collective. Each individual has a unique style that challenges me to work in various genres.
Pri: After the ASR and EPS, I moved on to Propellerhead Reason. I found out about it by accident after bumping into someone who used it while I was shopping for new equipment at Rogues Music Store in NYC. At that time the Reason software was kind of low key. I had never heard of it, but once I used it for the first time, I knew I found what I had been seeking to go further and I have been using it ever since. My keyboard trigger is an M-Audio 61 Key. I also have Logic, but rarely use it. I tried the drum machine set up, but I just feel more comfortable playing keys. I also use loaded midi keys to play keyboard drums, which I use a lot to make certain tracks sound more live. I hope ONE day, I will have a large enough space to store, learn and play on a real drum set….sigh.
Afrobluu taught me, so he is the first influence. The next individuals that influenced me the most were from our past. A few of those influences would be Jimi Hendrix (I would have been a Hendrix groupie in my past life), Etta James, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Bob Marley. Those are some of the individuals I listen to mostly for an inspirational story within my music. Nina Simone as well. As far as hip hop is concerned, I have been inspired by producers such as, Dr Dre, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Rick Rubin, Diamond D, Da Beatminerz Just Blaze, Large Professor, Buckwild, Prince Paul, RZA, Pete Rock, Easy Mo bee, Denaun Porter, Freddie Foxxx, Alchemist etc…..etc…..the list goes on and on. My style is Hard and Dark (sounds like a really interesting movie…lol). I am mostly influenced by people who create that dark emotion within their tracks, but aren’t limited to them.
Today’s beat inspired is some one whom I’ve never heard of before today. She goes by the name of IZy. She is a very dope beatmaker-producer, that I just so happen to come across while searching for content to add for the beat inspired beatmaker of the week on youtube. What I most liked about IZy is that she oozed extreme confidence and came up with a catchy tune in under 5 minutes. Very dope and I look forward to seeing IZy fulfill her dreams.
Remember to always “Beat Inspired”.
Visit http://www.izymusic.com to learn more about IZy