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Beatmaker-Producer Spooks McGhie

Beatmaker-Producer Spooks McGhie

Spooks McGhie is a beatmaker-Producer from New Jersey. Spooks caught my attention one day while I was listening to random music on facebook and thought to myself that I’d like to interview this beatmaker. I then sent Spooks a message to his inbox about being the first featured beatmaker for my newly launched instrumology.com website. Spooks responded by saying thank you but felt that he wasn’t ready for that title of being the first to be featured so he fell back until he felt that the time was right. We kept in touch via facebook and soundcloud and during this time, I’ve watched Spooks and his production grow and ganer a huge following. His persona is like everybodies favorite party starter and his tracks are very creative. Some tracks are collaborated with his wife making this a perfect combination. Beatmakers-Producers, and Music Lovers, Meet Spooks McGhie!

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

SPM: Hey hey young world. I am known as Spooks McGhie Coming at you from the Tri-State area, Brick City New Jersey AKA New York’s illegitimate brother.

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

SPM: Wow. I have been composing for a long time. Always had a knack for sound, didn’t get on any equipment until I was about fifteen, so I guess it’s safe to say 11 years and counting. As far as people I have worked with, I have had some ridiculous setbacks. So I am not at the level I anticipated I would be musically by the time I was 25. But I can rattle off a couple names you may or may not recognize: ChanzizR and BlackScientist of Wi?Not Entertainment, Webbafied, Wino Willy, Badweather, D’Angelo Mack, Wil-EZ, Nzero NZ of Air Haze, Hi-Que, FranksWear, Wheredough?, Collin Moody, Dompollitt Aka Dolla Sign Dott, Gary Adams, Shannon Gillespy, Corr Kendricks, Jamaal Brooks, Droptop Harv, James Gibbs III, Black Astro, Oski of Iron Hogs, Keen Arthur, Anonimuz – you guys don’t know who the hell I’m talking about, do you? That’s okay. You will know ALL of those names soon. I only fox with the best. (HA).

INST: What equipment and or software are you using?

Spooks taking his baby for a stroll!SPM: I use a mixture of hardware and software.  I am forced to keep it simple due to my hardships.  But before I lost all my equipment  I love love LOVED incorporating live instrumentation and organic sounds that I collect with a high quality portable audio recorder.  As far as programs, I will forever be a Fruity Loops head.  Right now I’m in the rebuilding process, so all I’m using is an SM58 and MXL 990 microphone hooked up to a windows computer through a TASCAM audio interface and an M-AUDIO Axiom-25 USB Midi controller. I also use this old ass YAMAHA PSR-47 if I want to get more keyboard action than the two octave M-Audio device.  These are things that were donated to me by fellow musicians who saw that I was struggling and didn’t want me to stop producing because they believe in my talent. If that’s not real love, I don’t know what is.

INST: What made you want to create beats?

SPM: Beatboxing. In New Jersey, I had to walk and ride public transit everywhere. I would always beatbox, but I would never be able to get these beats in my head to sound the way I imagined them. I had to find a way to get people to hear what I was hearing and the beatbox wasn’t cutting it. Someone gave me a cracked copy of fruity loops and the rest is history.

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

SPM: I said this before, I love live instruments. But I don’t have money for such things. The only reason I really got into sampling is because I didn’t have a way to record instruments the way I wanted them to sound. But because I was forced to do that, I gained a deep love and understanding with the art of sampling. Since the two mean so much to me, I would love to be able to mix the two seamlessly in the future.

INST: Who influenced your style?

SPM: WHY DO YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE!? It’s so hard for me to pick a list of people without rambling. But let’s just say the obvious, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, DangerMouse, Kanye West, Mr DJ of Outkast, Mannie Fresh Scott Storch to name a few. And the least obvious, Stevie Wonder, Freddie Mercury, Tenacious D, George Clinton, Quincy Jones, Cee Lo Green- have I confused you yet?

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

SPM: No. Why would you even say such a thing?

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

SPM: Yes. I don’t even know why we started calling ourselves producers, because the literal definition of a music producer doesn’t always imply that they compose or arrange anything. Sometimes a producer just gets everyone together and tells them how to play his vision. A beat maker is sitting in a dark room with a computer and an MPC or some other device reshaping and twisting sounds from all over to create a newer and fresher sound. A producer is a manager, a beat maker is a one man band.

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

SPM: If you’re really interested in being in the industry, I suggest you do two things that I have yet to do and have hindered my success and skill level. 1. Take an audio course mixing, mastering, production, Protools, sounds all that. The reason my music sounds so rough, is because I didn’t do this. YET. 2. take MUSIC courses. Pick up an instrument. Don’t just learn it, MASTER it. And don’t just learn the instrument, learn music theory in general. Dabble with other instruments even if you aren’t comfortable playing them. Learn all the instruments you can, but master one. Don’t be a slave to the synthesizer, find a way to incorporate real sounds into your music, real instruments and real drums that no one can mimic because they are yours.

INST: Where can we hear your work?

SPM: I’m on soundcloud all the doodah day. So you can definitely check me out there soundcloud.com/spooksmcghie. I also have a mixtape of beats out on Datpiff, thatcrack, hotnewhiphop (pick yourpoision) called “Beats N Shyt” So check that out. In the meantime, here are some sets I made with my favorite beats.

https://soundcloud.com/spooksmcghie/sets/instrumentals-with-samples

https://soundcloud.com/spooksmcghie/sets/instrumentals

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Who ever told you that beatmakers-producers can’t rap, clearly mislead you and should get their hip-hop pass revoked! Here (Hear) is proof that not only do we make beat heat, but we blaze the mic too! Beatmaker-Producer VerseALL has finally released his long anticipated album entitled beautifulNOISE: for free download at verseall.com and verseall.bandcamp.com. beautifulNOISE: was originally suppose to be released in 2009 but due to unforeseen events had to be put on hold. Now in 2013, with the success of instrumology.com and the various mixtape series we’ve put together, we can now bring you more material for your enjoyment. embeded below is the entire album. listen to it in its entirety or download it and listen to it later. You can download it from bandcamp in any format and is compatible with ipod, iphone, and any android device etc.

WU-Mixed Dropping April 9th. The Saga Continues!

WU-Mixed Dropping April 9th. The Saga Continues!

Beatmaker-Producer VerseAll has set a date to release WU-Mixed for April 9th, 2013. WU-Mixed is a compilation of songs by the 1990’s super group Wu-Tang Clan, remixed with all new production by VerseAll. This 14 track compilation features all of the WTC members plus appearances from The Notorious BIG, Red Man, and Ruff Endz. WU-Mixed will be available for “FREE DOWNLOAD” at VERSEALL.COM and VERSEALL.BANDCAMP.COM (Limited time only at bandcamp).

Here (Hear) is a sneak preview of what you can expect from the WU-Mixed project.

NOTE: VerseAll is in no way affiliated to the Wu-Tang Clan and is only a fan of the group. This compilation is for promotional use only.

20130310-223226.jpg Van Ark is a B.M.P (Beat Maker-Producer) who has a wide range of   styles that will satisfy your listening pleasure. His musical ability to play live instruments and sample from the dustiest of crates are far beyond your imagination. Van’s knowledge of music will make you feel like a student in music class, taking notes in preparation for a pop quiz. Beatmakers-Producers and music lovers, meet Van Ark.
INST: Let the world know who you are and where you’re from?
VA: My name is Van Ark Producer/Musician/Music Artist from Richmond,Virginia
INST: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing?
VA: I started playing trumpet in a band when I was in middle school then started making pause beat tapes during high school. Soon after, I got into making beats on various drum machines and old keyboards and went on from there. In total; I’ve been producing for 13 years and ended up working with artists such as Baatin from Slum Village, Leaf Erikson, Shuanise, and I have also done remixes for the band No Bs! Brass.
INST: What equipment and or software are you using?
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VA: Well as far as equipment, I’m mostly into hardware and live instruments
such as, Ludwig Drum set, Yamaha Electric Guitar, Bongos, Various Percussion Instruments, Cassette Recorder, The Roland Spds, 1978 Roland Vk-09 Organ/Synth, Boss SP-505, The korg Monotron analog synth, The Microkorg, Emu XL7, numark portable turntable, vinyl and as far as software i just use protools to record and mix in…lol thats alot but i make everything from Experimental music, Jazz, to Hip-Hop and Folk Rock so everything I metioned is utilized according to how I sculpt a live composition, performance, or beat. .
INST: What made you want to create beats?
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VA: When I first started; I was influenced by producers and artists, such as Stereolab, Weather Report, Prince, Bjork, Large Professor, Rza, Madlib and early Slum Village. Listening to them trained my ear as a composer, musician and a beatmaker for me to understand different ways and approaches of making music.
INST: Do you use or prefer sampling over playing live instruments?

20130310-223729.jpg VA: I would say it depends on what mood musically I’m into, so sometimes I might want to do a one man band performance and play every instrument live, or just pull out the sp-505, some vinyl, chop up some samples and make a beat so i would say it’s 50/50

INST: Who would you say has influenced your style?
VA: Some of the artists that influenced my style is Sun Ra, Raymond Scott, Suzanne Ciani, Early Kraftwerk (70-73) J-Dilla, David Axelrod, Coldcut, Pete Rock, Prince, Stereolab, Chick Corea it’s so many to name.
INST: Do you ever see yourself quitting or retiring from beat making?
VA: I don’t see myself retiring from making music because it’s my meditation and creative expression in the form of sound design.
INST: Is there a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?
VA: I think it’s a difference because as a beatmaker you are just taking pieces of sound and putting it together as a collage of sound for a track as opposed to a producer who can operate as a musician, the person that sculpts the overall concept of the album, song and or compose the entire soundscape of the sonic plate.
INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?
VA: I would say as a beatmaker and/or producer get into listening to different styles of music and expand into playing instruments because it will broaden your horizons that will make you more versatile into various settings of musical enviroments such as working with bands, singers and artist from all genres…
INST: Where can we hear your work?
VA: you can tune in to my work at my music site www.arkteknologies.wordpress.com and please feel free to subscribe!

As a music producer, selling beats should be you primary concern. Sitting down at your keyboard to use your reason 5.0, Fruity Loops, mpc, or pro tools is fun… But if you don’t sell those beats you can’t pay the bills and really live.

To find out how to increase beat sales visit http://www.liveoffbeats.com

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WE, as beatmakers and producers tend to purchase equipment that suits our need for a certain quality of sound and style. Some of us run out and by the latest new peice of equipment no matter how expensive it may be. Then you have the few that hold on to their relic pieces of equipment because they have become accustom to using it. However, many beatmakers and producers lack the care of keeping their equipment safe from accidental spills, dust, smoke, ashes, etc. Most beatmakers, producers, and music engineers smoke and drink inside of their music studios plus allow recording artist to do the same. I’ve always heard that if you smoke around your music equipment or any type of electronic devices such as comupters, cell phones, gaming consoles, etc. it will get damaged earlier than its original life span. Dusty and damp areas are also no good for your equipment so if your setup is in an unkept basement, attic, shed, or a room that doesn’t get much air circulating through it, then chances are your equipment will suffer in the long run.

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Here are some tips that I’ve put together on how to care for your equipment.

Tip 1: Always cover your equipment up after using it.
Doing this will help protect it from from any lingering dust particles that can build up on top or inside of your equipment

Tip 2: Turn off your equipment after you’re done with usage.
Give your machine time to rest. Keeping your equipment on for a long period of time can cause over heating and eventually blowout. Avoid leaving your equipment running all night while you’re sleeping. Not a good move!

Tip 3: Invest in a feather duster and cadenced air.
No matter how well kept your work station might be, you can’t avoid dust. Wipe down your equipment with a dry cloth or feather duster. Use canned air on equipment that has space in between that can hold dust. This helps to keep the dust to a minimum.

Tip 4: NO EATING, DRINKING, OR SMOKING IN THE STUDIO! This goes for every and anybody including yourself that smokes cigarettes etc. We’ve all heard the horror stories of how “so and so” was recording a hit record, got over excited and in his excitement, he knocks over a drink that spilled onto his equipment causing it to short out. My advice to you is to create an area where your clients can eat and be comfortable while you’re working. Smoking should “STRICTLY” be kept outside.

Tip 5: Avoid setting up your equipment in areas that are liable to get water danage.
Rain storms cause flooding to basement areas and leaks to attics due to damaged roof tops so find an area that will be lease damaging to your equipment or invest in some remodeling of your basements and attics and safe proof those areas.

Final Tip: Get insurance for your equipment.
This is one of the best things that you can do for your equipment especially if you are a self made business.

Last bit of advice, Set up some rules for your music studio and stick to them. If you take care of your equipment, your equipment will take care of you

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you have any tips that you’d like to share? Let’s discuss it in the comments section of my blog.

Peace and BoomTap!

20130212-192953.jpg Producer/Recording Artist Alchemist Making A Beat!

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Lester “EazyBeatz” Angeles is a producer/ beatmaker from Hong Kong who I met online in a producers group on Facebook. After a few conversations with EazyBeats, I gave his beats a listen. I was impressed instantly with his style and production. Since EazyBeatz lives on the other side of the world, I had to email him the questions for this interview.

INST: Let the world know who you are?

EB: Eazy Also Known as EazyBeatz (Asian HipHop Producer) Founder of Hongkong’s Filipino Rap Group “Pinoy Wit Attitude”

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

EB: To be Honest, I started tryin’ out (making beats) was around 2004/2005.
But when one of my friends showed me (SOUNDCLICK.COM) where you can find downloadable hiphop beats, I was like F*ck it!!!
I’ll just concentrate on writing and start to focus on my “Rap Career”. Then years later, after I found out how important original beats are, because I wanted to do an independent album, I started researching again on how to make a proper hiphop beat. Then I started buying these cheap DRUM PADS, messin’ around with different types of sounds.

Throughout my whole entire years in the Music HipHop Scene, I have worked with Some of the Finest Underground Talents. It’s gon’ Be Pretty Long if I name them out 1 by 1 haha. And; I’m currently not in good terms with some of them haha. Ya’ll Know What’ HipHop is. RITE?!?!?

I’m Currently working with some Top Knotch Artist.

Internationally, I’m working with some underground rappers around New York, Los Angeles, Canada, New Zealand, Florida, Japan, and of course my city “HONGKONG” and Many More….

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INST: What equipment and or software are you using?
EB: Alesis Q49, Studio Projects C1, Akai Mini-MIDI Keyboard, Akai MPD 18 , FL Studio 10 , Abelton 8 LIVE, Alesis MultiMixer 4USB, Korg, NanoPad 2

INST: What made you want to create beats?
EB: Its All about the MONEY (haha), Naaaahh just kidding. I’m a son of a professional musician in Hong Kong, so music has been around me since I was a kid. Growing up I heard different types of music from rock, jazz, pop, and hip-hop. Looking at the music scene rite now, it’s really hard to hook up with some producers around that sell very cheap beats. So I decided to make my hobby into a small business.

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

EB: Well of course I prefer Playing Live Instruments Than Sampling. Hmmm.. it depends though because I use Both of them. depends on what type of music quality you’re bringin’ out.

INST: Who influenced your style?

EB: Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Jahlil Beatz, The Runners, AraabMuzik, Lex Luger, 808 Mafia, Dj Primiere, Bo1da, Cardiak, The Bizzness, HitBoy, MikeWill, Mannie Fresh, Cool & Dre, Young Chop, !LLM!ND, and Lowkey the Boy Wonder.

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

EB: Nope!

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

EB: Nope! A BeatMaker Does Sampling and a Producer Plays Live Instruments. But in the END, they still make music. “AINT NO DIFFERENCE”.

INST: Do you have any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share with aspiring Producers and Beatmakers?

EB: All I can say is that when you’re creating music, Put it into your Heart. Trust Your Ears and Forget the Blings. Always be creative about makin New Crazy Sounds. Never Stop learning new stuff. Always watch beatmaking tutorials on youtube and do some research. Always remember that you’re never gonna be called one of the best producers if no one has ever rapped on your BEATS!!!

INST: Where can we hear your work?
EB: Here’s My Own Website: http://lestereazyangeles.wix.com/eazybeatz
Follow Me @ www.soundcloud.com/lester-angeles, www.youtube.com/lesterangele , Add Me on Facebook : Lester Eazybeatz Angeles, http://soundcloud.com/lester-angeles/brand-new-sound-eazybeatz

Checkout Eazy’s Production for your self and leave your feedback.

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For as long as I have been producing music; It has never crossed my mind to question whether there is a difference in using the term Beat maker or Producer. This new thought of whether their is indeed a difference stems from a retweet that I read a few weeks ago, while I was reading my twitter timeline. The retweet read “Beatmakers are not Producers” there is a difference. Quoted by the legendary and to some, iconic, Dr. Dre. With that being said, I decided to do my own independent research in order to learn the proper terminology, when calling myself a beat maker or a producer. There are a few blogs online with articles about this topic, but a lot of what was being explained about the difference was not thorough or either made no sense to me at all. So, what is the difference when using the terms producer or beatmaker?

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A “Beat-Maker” is the person or persons that will create the beat. A beat-maker will then lease the beat or sell the beat exclusively to a song writer. Depending on the role of the beat-maker he or she will also play the role of the producer.

A beat-maker can also be a person that strictly makes beats, that is all, that is it! He or she may make beats for hobbies sake or because their parents bought them a MPC 2500 XL for their birthday or something like that. Others want to pursue their dreams of becoming the next hit-maker but lack the knowledge what it takes to market their beats.

A “Producer” is one that will produce, manage, or finance a project or production. He or She will see the project through from beginning till the end. The producer will arrange the song and usually can point out any mistakes and will be quick to edit (re-do) any area’s that need corrections. A producer is a perfectionist at heart.

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To me; a Beat maker and a producer are both one and the same but what separates the two are the work they are willing to put into their business and creation also their drive to be successful.

 

What are your thoughts on this topic? Let’s discuss this in the comments section.

Peace & BoomTap to all beat makers & producers!