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Apollo Brown

Apollo Brown

Apollo Brown is different than most producers. He grew up on the Seals and Crofts-not the Isley Brothers-version of “Summer Breeze.” Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, his early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes-Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon-from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life.

Apollo’s credo is simple: “Everything I make, I try to make it my favorite album of all time.”

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Information about Apollo Brown is from his bio, via mellow musicgroup.com

WELCOME BACK BEAT MAKERS & PRODUCERS!

WELCOME BACK BEAT MAKERS & PRODUCERS!

For those of you who’ve been patiently awaiting for instrumology.com to return, WE ARE BACK!
That’s right, we are back and better than ever. We are excited to bring you more interviews, more tips, articles, plus our new sample flippers segment, a beat makers life with VerseAll, and the return of BEat Inspired.

Attention All inspiring beat makers and producers: Instrumology.com would like to interview you for our Producers Spotlight or if you’re just a fan of instrumology.com, and would like to recommend your favorite beat maker/ producer for this site, contact VerseAll at: instrumology@gmail.com.

The Legendary Sample Flipper J. Dilla

The Legendary Sample Flipper J. Dilla

In this edition of Sample Flippers, I bring to you J. Dilla. J. Dilla is widely thought of as being one of the best beat makers in the world of music and most commonly known for his natural sounding drum techniques.  As a former member of the group Slum Village, Jay Dee’s production shined bright, and solidified him as one of the best hip-hop producers to touch an MPC.

The song entitled “Players” off of the “Fantastic” Vol. 2 By Slum Village contains a sample from a quintet group called the The Singers Unlimited. The song that Dilla sample was “Clair”. The way J. Dilla flipped the sample made for a very soulful track with the word Clair being heard as if it was saying players in which the groups concept of talking about player haters in their midst.

peep the original sampled track as well as the flipped version below.

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes

Here (Hear) is a remix I did of Busta Rhymes classic hit “WhooHa” (Got you all in Check). I did this just playing around with a few ideas but I liked it enough to want to start another blend inn project. Press play, share, also download if you liked what you’ve heard. Thanks for listening.

Large Professor in The Lab Holding some rare Vinyl!
Large Professor

Large Professor

In this first edition of “Sample Flippers”, I chose Large Professor. The original song is entitle “Sugar Man” it is performed by Rodriguez. The sampled selection appears 8 seconds into the song. Peep the sample below.

Here (Hear) is the flipped version of the sample. The song entitled “Your The Man” performed by Nas, produced by Large Professor. This is dope because of how LP manipulated the voice to make it sound like he said your the man instead of sugar man. The sampled selection appears at 1:16 into the song. Peep Nas “Your The Man” in the video below.

Large Professor in the lab

Large Professor in the lab

Large Professor is a producer/lyricist from Flushing Queens, NY who has worked with the most notable mc’s in the game. His credits can be found on some of your favorite records. Large Professor has worked with Nas, Q-Tip (ATCQ), Neek The Exotic, Main Source, and many more. Peep the video below featuring Large Pro as he talks about how he got started producing.

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INST: Let the world know who you are and where you’re from?

DUSTY: Peace! I am Dusty G, a DJ and producer from Queens, NY. As a DJ, I specialize in spinning vinyl and blending hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz together under the name DJ Kool Kev. As a producer I utilize samples to construct a new mix of dusted melodies over raw analog drums.

525698_489628711097285_1507991617_n  INST: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing?

  DUSTY: I’ve been producing for almost 6 years, although I’ve only started releasing my beats within the last year or so. I’ve   wanted to develop my music to the point where it had its own sound before putting it out.

  I’ve been working with many different artists around New York, but currently I’m developing a project with the LA based     MC “Dusty Chucks.” We connected over our similar name and found that our styles blended perfectly, so we’ll be releasing   “The Dusty Files” by Thanksgiving.

  Other than that I’ve been releasing a ton of solo music, beat tapes, and DJ mixes that are all available for free stream and   download at http://www.koolkev.bandcamp.com

INST: How did you get started beatmaking-producing?

DUSTY: I’ve been playing the drums since I was a little kid, which is definitely the foundation for my production. I started to get into hip-hop through my older brother, and always wanted to cut and scratch. So I saved up some money and bought a used set of decks when I was 15. From there I began collecting records and learning how to scratch and mix. After spinning parties and recording some mixes, I started to become interested in making my own beats. At first I started real bootleg, making beats onto cassette tapes straight from the turntables. But then I picked up a sampler….

INST: Of all of the artist that you’ve worked with, do you have a favorite artist that you work well with?

DUSTY: Truthfully, I work best when I’m alone…it is like meditation. Being alone gives you the ability to be creative subconsciously. That’s why I prefer to work in the late night hours when people around me are sleeping. I like to work uninhibited, far away from the influence of “what’s hot” or what people might expect me to be making, and the result is always something dope and organic.

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INST: What equipment and or software are you using?

DUSTY: For me, it’s all about hardware. My weapon of choice is the Roland SP-404…it is so compact it is almost toy-like, yet I’m able to accomplish so much with it. Plus I run it through an SP-303, which doubles my options for effects. I sometimes use an MPC-2000XL, but lately the 404 has been my go to piece.

INST: Do you use or prefer sampling over playing live instruments?

DUSTY: Both have their own place in production, and it is important to respect and utilize each one. Personally I prefer sampling because it lets me tap into an infinite number of sounds. The sampler itself is an instrument, which many people don’t realize. I would argue that finding and layering your own sounds and tweaking them to your liking can be more original than using the same keyboard and 808 drum sounds so many producers are using right now.

Dusty G and Pete Rock

INST: Who influenced your style?

DUSTY: My style is a mix of all the music I’ve listened to over the years. That list ranges from my current taste in funk, jazz, and soul, all the way back to metal, punk, and hardcore. Of course all the great producers have had a profound influence on me, such as Premier, RZA, Shadow, Dilla, etc. But even more of an influence has been DJs and producers I’ve chilled with…my man Blazin Pete from upstate picked up an SP-404 around the same time I came up on mine. This dude learned the ins and outs of it in no time and SCHOOLED me. But as a result I gained a much better understanding for it, and since then we’ve gone back and forth teaching each other new methods. That’s what it’s all about, watching and learning from other people. You have to listen before you speak.

INST: Do you ever see yourself quitting or retiring from beat making?

DUSTY: Never! It’s in my blood, and I’ll always be doing it in one way or another. Most the years I’ve been making beats, it has been to an audience of myself and a few close homies, so even if that’s where it stays, I’m going to keep doing it. Anyone who has a true passion for something knows the satisfaction you get when you make something dope, and that satisfaction can’t be replaced by anything else.

INST: Do you feel that there a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?

DUSTY: Definitely. A producer is someone who is going to see a project through from start to finish, help create and arrange the music and serve as mediator between the artist and the engineer during the recording session. A beat maker is just that…the one who makes the beats. However, you don’t have to confine yourself to one or the other. I’ve worked with some artists where I just hand over a beat to them, while others I’ve helped create their sound and followed the process all the way through to mixing and mastering.

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INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?

DUSTY: Think outside the box! Know that shortcomings in your equipment can add to your sound if you figure out ways around them.

BE PATIENT! This is a lifelong process…music doesn’t happen over night, it is all about the slow absorption of sounds and ideas.

Be original! Even though you’re doing something that thousands and thousands of people have done before you, bring something new to the table, something that only you could bring and no one else could even carry.

INST: Where can we hear your work?
DUSTY: http://www.koolkev.bandcamp.com

For beats, questions, comments, contact me at KevinMc718@Gmail.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dustygreen718

MPC ELEMENT By AKAI Pro

MPC ELEMENT By AKAI Pro

This past week Akai Professional has released the Akai MPC Element. The MPC Element comes equip with its own software and it is priced reasonably at $149.00, This is a good price for beginner beat makers looking to buy their first piece of equipment. There isn’t any LCD screen or jog wheel built into the Mpc Element, but you do get 16 Mpc styled drumpads, play, record, the software, plus you also get a USB cable so that you can connect your MPC Element to your laptop, home computer. Checkout the video below as the Akai Professional representative demonstrates the MPC Elements ability to perform like its predecessors before its time. If you own the MPC Element and would like to say something about its performance (good or bad), please leave a comment about it.

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This young lady has skills!
Remember to always Beat Inspired!