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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.

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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

Westcoast Producer Dj Battlecat in the lab!

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Check out this clip of Battlecat doing his thing in the studio!

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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.

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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!

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Producer, Lyricist, Teacher, & Student of Hip-Hop Culture and Beat Making!

Here is an EPK of VERSE*ALL chronicling some of his past performances as a lyricist, his views on hip-hop and just having fun. Enjoy!

Producer/Emcee, VERSE*ALL – EPK from VERSE ALL on Vimeo.

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