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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.

Producer/ Lyricist Black Milk

Producer/ Lyricist Black Milk

Black Milk is a producer/lyricist from the mid-west. He has worked with many artist in the music industry including Slum Village, Pharoahe Monch, Fat Kat, ElZhi, Danny Brown, Sean Price, and many more. He has put out solo albums as an lyricist and instrumentalist. One of the dopest producers to date.
Peep the video below as Black Milk makes a beat on the spot. and remember to always “Beat Inspired”!

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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.

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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.

Beat Inspired! Ms. Instrumental.

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

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005INST: Let the world know who you are and where you're from? 

REZ: My name is Randy "Rez TheSilverback" Nizer. 
I'm an 18 year old Mc/beat maker from Manchester, New Hampshire and 
I just love the hip hop culture! P.S., I say beat maker since I don't PRODUCE other genres. 
I'm strictly hip hop as of now. 

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

REZ: I have worked with a bunch of people; Artist like 7oddz from the Chi, Resolute & J-Merk, Coal, 
Taboo & Grim from NY's Dead Rabbits. Currently working on building with Godilla & Burke The Jurke. 
And believe it or not I have only been making beats for about a year. Maybe a little less.  

INST: How did you get started beatmaking-producing?  

REZ: I have always loved hip hop from every aspect, DJing, Rapping, and Producing. 
But I mainly started because I have always had a visions Of my unique sound but 
being able to keep it Boom Bap & Gritty. Another reason was because 
I never had enough money to buy beats. So I went after it myself.  

INST: Of all of the artists that you've worked with, do you have a favorite 
artist that you work well with?   
REZ: Like I said before, I have only been doing this for about a year. 
So to say a favorite artist as of right now, I cant say. 
But everyone I work with slay tracks, so they are all my favorite! 004

INST: What equipment and or software are you using?


REZ: Fruity Loops, vinyl & a turntable. That's it! 

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

REZ: I love to sample and sample anything I get my hands on, 
but I would love to use live instruments or work with someone who does! 

INST: Who influenced your style? 

REZ: Just my peers and love for the music. I always hear beats I really 
dig and never know who the producer is. 
Names don't really impress me. Its what kind of product you are putting out. 
But Alchemist is definitely (1) of my top influences 
along with the obvious Premier. 
Domingo is also another legend I look up to and have the honor of building 
with him! 

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

REZ: Only when my hands fall off or if I go deaf. Or both. 

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

REZ: Yes, there is a very big difference. For instance, 
Domingo is a PRODUCER. 
He can go from Hip Hop to R&B to probably Folk if he really wanted 
to [Haha]. 
I am a beat maker, I just make beats. 
But that is where I do best at until I feel the need to grow 
into other genres & try new things. Nothing wrong with being a beat maker though. 

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

REZ: Only advice I really have, Is be true to YOU & do what you feel is right. 
If you truly believe in your soul what you are doing is right.          
Then that's all there is to it. Cliche I know but its the truth. 

INST: Where can we hear your work? 

REZ: You can find my work just about anywhere. 
You can google me or find me on these sites. 

Soundcloud.com/rezinhiphop Youtube.com/rezin603 RezTheSilverback.bandcamp.com 

Beat Inspired! IZy

Posted: July 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

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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

ELPresLive

WE are back with the BOOM BAP! Sorry for the breif absence of Instrumology.com. I know that a lot of you were wondering what happened to the articles and interviews? Well, for the past few months, I have been promoting my Instrumology 2 album (Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and EMusic). Also WU:Mixed  (Available at VerseAll.com) which took up a lot of my time. But now WE are back with more interviews, insightful information, tips & tricks, and Good music!!!!!

 

 

Setting off the the producers spotlight list is El PresBeats! El Pres Beats has a hip-hop with a rock edge, complimented by adding dope scratch phrases and super lyricist such as Nutso, Creature (Rebelmatic), etc. to make the cipher complete! El Pres shares his story with us about the artist he has worked with, the equipment he owns, and his favorite producers.  BMP’s (Beat Maker-Producers), I introduce you to El Pres Beats.

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

EPB: I am ELPresBeats. I am a beatmaker / producer from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Right now I am living in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

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

EPB: I have worked with Nutso (Poor Pocket Music), Jak Danielz (Cold Heat), Starvin B, Marvalous, Creature (Rebelmatic), DJ Irie, DJ Friss & DJ Milton on my Glenwood Hostel EP.
I have been making beats since 1998.

INST: What equipment and or software are you using?

EPB: I make my beats in Renoise and on the MPC 1000. For making tracks I use Cubase SX. ELPresMPC

INST: What made you want to create beats?

EPB: Growing up in the nineties and listening to all the great hiphop music that came out then, made me eager to give it a try myself. I didn’t know what samplers looked like and when I went to the musical instruments store in the city I grew up in, all they had was some crappy drum computers with some presets in it. I had obviously heard about the MPC’s and the SP 1200 but never saw one in real life. I knew they were real expensive too, at least for a 14 / 15 year old boy they were. In ’98 my mother got her first PC with a Soundblaster, so I was able to run Fasttracker 2, a free software tracker that was extremely suitable for making sample based beats. I learned how to work the program from a classmate of mine that was already making beats. From that moment on I started to plunder my parents’ record collections and second hand vinyl shops for vinyl I could sample from.

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

EPB: I use sampling. It is the backbone of my style. 99% of the samples I use come from vinyl though. No sample packs or anything. Every sound you hear on my beats was found by me listening to the actual vinyl. I hold the art of diggin’ in the crates for samples up high.

INST: Who influenced your style?

EPB: Sample based producers that came up in the 90’s like Premo, RZA, Tru Master, 4th Disciple, Pete Rock, K-Def, Large Pro, Buckwild, Showbiz, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Prince Paul, Muggs, Easy Mo Bee, Beatnuts, Beatminerz, Erick Sermon, Shawn J. Period, Alchemist, Hi Tek, Nottz, Madlib, Jay Dee, Havoc, DJ Spinna, Ski, Clark Kent, No I.D., DJ Honda, EL-P, DR Period, SD-50’s and many more influenced me a lot when I started making beats. Also the Blue Monks production team – they used to do production for a crew called the Proov from my hometown Leeuwarden – influenced me, because they were coming from my town and were making some noise nationally.

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

EPB: Never.

INST: Is there a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?

EPB: I guess a beatmaker is somebody who just makes beats (only loops) and doesn’t make arranged tracks with for example vocalists or instrumentalists. A producer is someone that makes a whole track and not just the beat. You become a producer when you start making arrangements on your tracks and think about the track as a whole more. Also soundwise a producer thinks more about the mixing and mastering of the track. Most beatmakers are producers too though, in my opinion. There’s a thin line between a beatmaker and a producer. Where do you stop being just a beatmaker and start being a producer as well? I think every beatmaker has to be at least a tiny bit a producer to be a good beatmaker.

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

EPB: Be original.

INST: Where can we hear your work?

EPB: Stream / download EL Pres – Glenwood Hostel EP :
http://elpresbeats.bandcamp.com/
More beats:

Follow:
https://twitter.com/ELPresBeats
Like:
http://www.facebook.com/ELPresBeats

 

Peep “15 Cents” Video, Performed By Creature (Reblematic), Produced By El PresBeats:

Beatmaker-Producer Verse All has finally released :Instrumology 2: iTwo, available on iTunes today. :Instrumology 2: iTwo is an 18 track instrumental LP and the follow up to Verse All’s  first full-length album entitled :Instrumology: The Science Of Beat Making. Each track has it’s own unique vibe, full of soulful samples, and gives you that good ol’ Boom Bap street feeling at times. If you do not have an iTunes account, not a problem! You can purchase iTwo from Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com, Emusic.com, and many more digital retail stores where available (Coming soon to Bandcamp.com). Below is a link to iTunes music store, where you can preview and purchase the full album or individual songs. Show your support to a veteran beat maker. Enjoy!


:Instrumology2: iTwo by Verse All