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Pete Mariott: A Hip-Hop Gem

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized


When we as hip-hop aficionados get together and discuss rap music past and present, we feel that we cover all grounds and include a “did you know this, and did you know that” into our conversation. Often, at times, we talk about producers that have paved the way, such as: Marly Marl, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and a few others, to name a few. Those are the obvious ones. But what about the other pioneering producers that we hardly hear about, or don’t even know exist? In this case, that would be my most recent experience when I first came to know about Pete Marriott.

Thursday, January 26th, 2017, I was inboxing a fellow beat maker/producer who’ve I’ve only known through Facebook for a few weeks. As we discussed the possibility of me interviewing him, I asked him for a brief bio. The return response had me a little on defense because his response was, “You don’t know who I am?” In all truth, I did not know who he was. He then responded, “Google Pete Marriott interview.” I did. I immediately searched his name and his Wikipedia popped up. I was impressed and embarrassed because now I felt like I should have known who Pete Marriott is. In a way I did know about Pete Marriott because Pete has worked with quite a few legends in the music industry, and some of his work I remembered.

Pete Marriott, originally from Brooklyn, New York, and currently residing in Seattle, Washington, has been in the music business since the mid to late 80s. He has worked with legends that include: Chubb Rock, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Special Ed, Full Force, and Jam Master Jay.

Pete’s history also includes being a radio host, and also pioneering the how to videos way before there was a YouTube or a Vimeo streaming site. In current times, Pete has a studio called the Tool Shed where he combines digital and vintage analog equipment to his work flow. He also has a production company called The Brooklyn Collective. He is currently working with artists.

To learn more about Pete Marriott, you can do like I did and Google his name. I hope you, the reader, has learned something new. You now have a new fact to include in your hip-hop conversations because we learn something new everyday.

I am currently reading the autobiography of Curtis Mayfield entitled “Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield”. It is written by Curtis Mayfield’s biological son Todd Mayfield. Curtis Mayfield is one of our most influential composers of all times and we can hear his influence in modern music for he has been sampled by many artist in the music industry. Kanye West Sampled “Move On Up” for his track entitled “Touch the Sky” and it became a hit! Rapper/R&B singer Lauren Hill did a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s song  Entitled “The Makings Of You”. And there are countless others that have covered or sampled a piece of Curtis Mayfield’s songs. As I write this blog post, I am also listening to some of Curtis Mayfield’s music and still seeing the relevance in his songs for they are timeless and much needed in times like these, what we as a people are facing. 

Producer Spotlight: Boi-1Da

Posted: January 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

Mathew Samuels better known as Boi-1Da is a Grammy award winning producer who’s musical roster includes working with DrakeEminemJay ZJoe BuddenG-UnitNicki MinajLecraeNasTalib KweliKendrick LamarChris Brown, and much more.

We’re Back!!!

Posted: January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s been a long time/ I shouldn’t have left you! -Eric B. & Rakim It surely has been a long time since I’ve left you. It’s been a little over a year to be exact but now…

Source: We’re Back!!!

We’re Back!!!

Posted: January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s been a long time/ I shouldn’t have left you! -Eric B. & Rakim

It surely has been a long time since I’ve left you. It’s been a little over a year to be exact but now it’s time to get back to blogging about what I love, (Beat making).

In 2017 Instrumology will be back in full effect with interviews from local to international beat makers, software and hardware reviews, and also sample flips.

Also, if you are a beat maker/ producer that’s looking for an interview, contact me via at: instrumology@gmail.com.

 

 

Available Only at VerseAll.com

Available Only at VerseAll.com

VerseAll has put together a 10 track instrumental beat tape entitled “#TheThrowAwayBeatTape” set to be released tomorow, 9/29/2014, exclusively through VerseAll.com. The purpose for this project is to introduce recording artist and music lovers to the VerseAll sound. This project is also free to download at verseall.com and all recording artist have permission to use these tracks for their future projects. Also be on the lookout for “Crossing Borders” set to be released later in the year. Checkout the two tracks below off of the #ThrowAwayBeatTape and also go to VerseAll.com to download the entire 10 track project.

THROW AWAY BEAT TAPE copy

Hip-Hop Producer and Instrumology.com blogger VerseAll, has been hard at work finishing up a series of music projects set to be released starting this summer. Of the four released instrumental LP’s, VerseAll has began to drop a free Beat Tape entitled #TheThrowAway. This free beat tape can be downloaded for limited time only at audiomack.com and very soon will be available at VerseAll.com. #TheThrowAway will consist of 8 unreleased instrumentals, and remixes. Following in the series of new releases will be Crossing Borders, a 14 track instrumental LP set to be released on iTunes, GooglePlay for Android devices, & etc.

Here (Hear) at instrumology.com, we strive to put out the best content for your viewing or listening pleasure.
Today I was inspired to add a mix of Deep House to the site. I hope that you all enjoy the mix and don’t forget to also checkout other mixes by Dj Dimsa online and please subscribe to his page on youtube.

Robert Glasper Experiment

Robert Glasper Experiment

Breakthrough success can often be a tough act to follow. But with a little help from some notable friends, Robert Glasper Experiment is set to up the ante with the follow-up to his successful GRAMMY-winning album Black Radio. Flaunting a diverse array of featured guests including Common,Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, BrandyJill ScottDweleMarsha AmbrosiusAnthony HamiltonFaith EvansNorah JonesSnoop DoggLupe FiascoLuke JamesEmeli SandéLalah Hathaway, andMalcolm-Jamal WarnerBlack Radio 2 is certain to surprise and delight critics and fans alike. With a unique fusion of R&B, jazz, and hip-hop that brazenly traverses the boundaries of all three genres,Black Radio 2 finds Glasper and his musical cohorts creating in a vibrant new chasm, brilliantly contrasting its predecessor in the process. [Read More at RobertGlasper.com]

Remember to always BE.at Inspired!

Music Producer Siba Giba

Siba Giba – LA Vive Productions

Before I became a beat maker and a music producer, I was a music enthusiast first. Growing up in a Bronx apartment with 4 siblings, a mother and a father that constantly played music a high volumes on the weekend. I can remember the feeling that I got when I listened to certain songs that my father would play on his record player, which he forbade us children never to touch. In my apartment, you would be listening to any genre of music and any popular artist or music group. I might come home from school and my father might be playing Jimmy Castor, or maybe Queen, he might even throw on some Frank Sinatra, and then some Kool & The Gang. After my father and mother separated, The loud music came to minimal decrease, but my father left behind his record collection, which I’d sought threw as a young teenager, looking for music to sample on my Casio SK-5 Keyboard. In my teenage years, hip-hop became my passion. I knew that I wanted to be apart of the culture in every way. b-boy, mc, dj, whatever it was, I was ready for it. As I became an adult, my views and opinions when talking about music had changed drastically. I know longer had that same feeling that I’ve felt all my young life. What happened to the feelings? Did radio or video change how I felt about music? Or, was it that I was just tired of artist putting out microwave music? Or was it all of the above? Only in my most recent years has my feelings for music been somewhat restored. I began putting out my own music and promoting it independently and started instrumology.com for music lovers, but mostly for the music producers and aspiring beat makers worldwide. This is how I was able to connect with music producers worldwide that work with talented artist around the world that I might have overlooked if it wasn’t for the internet. THIS STORY BRINGS ME TO the NEXT Producer to shine the spotlight on. His name is Siba Giba, music producer, mc, label owner, and one 3rd member of “Get Open” a rap group based in New York City. Siba Giba has worked with a lot of notable artist and his beat making skills vary from dope to classically dope!!! Siba Giba is our next interviewee and our most recent producer to share the spotlight. Read his entire interview below.

 

SIBA

 

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

Siba: My name is SibaGiba and I’m originally from France but live in Brooklyn for more than 20 years.

 Inst: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing? 

Siba: I’ve worked with Daddy-O (Stetsasonic), Sadat X (Brand Nubians), IAM & Faf LaRage (Marseille), Vinia Mojica, Freestyle Fellowship, Produced 2 tracks for Evelast’s  triple platinum & grammy nominated LP, “Whitey Ford Sings The Blues”. And with my Hip-Hop group Get Open.

Siba Giba and His Members of Get Open

Siba Giba and His Members of Get Open

Inst: How did you get started beatmaking-producing?

Siba: I started making beats in 1990 back in France. As I’m originally a drummer since the age of 3 years old, so making beats on a drum machine was almost a natural progression. But my first track, I sampled “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder.

 

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

Siba: Yes, I worked with Sadat X on a couple of occasions and an easy cat to work with. Easy going and always prepared.

 Inst: What equipment and or software are you using? 

Siba: Protools, Started with Akai s950, then Akai 6000 then moved to MPC 2000, MPC 500 and now MPC Element.

 MPC ELEMENT By AKAI Pro

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

Siba: I do both. But sampling is my favorite way to create.

Inst: Has anybody influenced your style?

Siba: The Bomb Squad (P.E.), Marley Marl, DJ Premier, A Tribe Called Quest.

 GET OPEN-DUMBO

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

Siba: I’ll always make beats ‘til I reach the grave.

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

Siba: Absolutely, the word producer has been misused in Hip-Hop.

There is a difference, a producer doesn’t automatically touch or program any machines although he can, a producer advises, suggests and make decisions on sound, musicians to use, style to approach and direction.

A beatmaker makes tracks and that’s pretty much it.

 Inst: Do you have any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?

Siba: I work with kids for the past 4 years and I always tell them be Original, think outside the box, that’s how you create your own sound. You can copy to practice but you must be unique to be noticed.

I also advise all beat makers to use sampled drums which are much warmer in sound than any sound bank you can find online or in stores.

Sample is the key to Hip-Hop production, less these days but it will always be the basis of the music. That’s what made and makes Hip-Hop unique.

 

Inst: Where can we hear your work?

Siba: You can hear my track for Everlast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a99CrEg7Tc

Track with VonMeista ft. Sadat X

https://soundcloud.com/sibagiba/rhymes-vonmeista-featuringMy new project with Get Open (Free Album): http://getopenmusic.bandcamp.com/album/black-book-free

Some beats right here:

https://soundcloud.com/sibagiba