LOGO

  • ,,,

    Nuvo Selects Four Indiana Artists to Interview Slug (of Atmosphere) | @DJKyleLong @atmosphere


    In an article today put together over at Nuvo, DJ Kyle Long asked four different artists from Indiana to come up with a question for Atmosphere’s Slug. You can read the entire interview here at Nuvo, but I’ve quoted my favorite question and response below, which was asked by Diop. Atmosphere will be here on November 20th, which we shared along with a bunch of other upcoming Indianapolis events earlier today.

    The last question comes from Diopostle who dropped his superb debut album Driving on Faith earlier this year. Diopostle asks: “What are a few critical steps to building a sustainable and independent local music scene in a city where the market doesn’t currently exist?”

    Slug: That’s a good question, and if I had that magic answer I’d write a book and get rich. For us it was accidental. We didn’t know what we were doing. Truthfully the steps we took in the ’90s probably wouldn’t even work today because the landscape has evolved. When we were building Rhymesayers there was no Internet. It was all about showing up with a stack of fliers and tapes to give away or sell. The things we did back then are obsolete now.

    But the main thing I try to tell people is to always be honest with everybody, especially yourself. If you have to lie to get where you’re going, then you’re hustling people. And hustling people works, but it’s temporary. All hustles are temporary. If you want something that’s sustainable it has to be honest and true. I’ve always tried to be as honest as possible in my music and outside my music. I look at it like this, if you don’t want my truth, if you don’t want my honesty, then you probably don’t want me. If you can’t respect me for being myself then we don’t need to work together. I don’t want colleagues or even fans that can’t accept me for who I am. I ain’t here to trick nobody.

    I also think you need to stay community-minded. The funny thing about mixing art with commerce is that it becomes very insular. It makes it hard to stay communal. I think that’s the thing that most people bang their heads against when they’re trying to establish a scene. There’s a short list of people in hip-hop history that have been able to keep it communal as opposed to keeping it focused on self. I would point to Afrika Bambaataa, or Proof out of Detroit. Proof was known for creating a space where people could come and freestyle or just kick it. And it wasn’t about Proof it was about the community. Luckily I was working with a few people who were really good at staying community minded, and I think that’s why we were able to get where we got in Minneapolis.

    There’s a dude there in Indianapolis named Rusty from the Mudkids (Last IV, Birdmen of Alcatraz) who everybody there knows. That means there already is a community in Indianapolis. Every time I talk to him or see him I can see that he is a leader. I don’t live there, so I have no idea if he’s regarded as a leader by the younger kids. But if not they should really look to this guy because he’s got a lot of history,

    inspiration, and charisma. Those are the types of things that create a leader. So Indianapolis has the leaders, you’ve got the soldiers, and you’ve got the people with talent. That’s all it takes to spark interest from people outside the scene to look in and make it a larger scene. The energy is infectious. This hip-hop shit is contagious. It just requires people to not be so insular, and to put their ego in the backseat.

    Read More »
  • ,

    Nardwuar vs. Ab-Soul (Video) | @nardwuar @abdashsoul

    Nardwuar catches up with Ab-Soul for his latest, “I know more about you than you think I know”, interview. Ab-Soul is ready to punch Nardwuar over his knowledge of all things him. It’s all in fun, though. Peep how The Human Serviette avoids the “do you smoke weed?” question. Check it out.

    Read More »
  • ,

    Red Bull Music Academy “Diggin’ In The Carts: Episode 6″ (Video) | @RBMA


    Unfortunately, we have come to the end of a great series put together by the Red Bull Music Academy. The final episode in RBMA’s Diggin’ In The Carts series is down below, which is titled “The End Of An Era”. This episode talks about the end of 16-bit games, as when the Playstation was first introduced in 1994 games switch from cartridges to CDs. The composers talk about the drum and bass music implemented in the Tekken games, and how game music has evolved throughout the years with not only music, but with the implementation of different styles and sound FX. Pretty interesting.

    Read More »
  • ,

    The Combat Jack Show Interview w/ 9th Wonder @ A3C 2014 | @combatjackshow @9thWonderMusic @A3C


    The Combat Jack Show interviewed Jamla front-man 9th Wonder down at A3C this year, and he talks about quite a bit in the hour-long interview. Press play below.

    Live from Atlanta, at the tenth anniversary of the #A3c Music Festival, we finally caught up with producer and Harvard scholar 9th Wonder where he share his incredible story about leading a scene in North Carolina with the incredible Little Brother crew to not giving JAY Z a track he had for his own group. The breakup with Phonte and Big Pooh, making hits for Destiny’s Child and why he’s going so hard for his Jamla Records premier artist Rapsody, why he really wants to collaborate with Rich Homie Quan and of course, his journey in becoming a professor at Harvard University. This was truly an honor building with 9th and I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

    Read More »
  • ,

    Interview w/ Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music and Scoring at Skywalker Sound (Video)

    For all of the music producers and engineers interested in scoring, this is a video you may be interested in watching. This interview is with Leslie Ann Jones, who is the Director of Music and Scoring at the legendary Northern California Skywalker Sound.

    In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video we feature Leslie Ann Jones, who is the Director of Music and Scoring at the legendary Northern California Skywalker Sound.

    Leslie Ann Jones has been a recording and mixing engineer for over 30 years. Starting her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in 1975, she moved to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position with David Rubinson and Fred Catero at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Carlos Santana and Narada Michael Walden, and started her film score mixing career with “Apocalypse Now”.

    From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios located in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature films and television shows.

    In February of 1997 she returned to Northern California to accept a position as Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound, where she continues her engineering career recording and mixing music for records, films, video games, television, and commercials. And she now adds Record Producer to her list of credits.

    In 2003, Leslie was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Classical, and received a Grammy Award for The Kronos Quartet’s recording of Berg: Lyric Suite, which won Best Chamber Music Album. In 2005 she received another Grammy Award for her work as engineer on Diane Reeves’ “Good Night and Good Luck” CD and in 2011 she won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works by Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams. In 2014 she was also nominated for Best Engineered Recording-Non-Classical for her work with Madeleine Peyroux as well as for Best Surround Sound Album.

    Leslie is a past Chair of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees and is a current Governor of the San Francisco Chapter. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Institute for Musical Arts, and Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and is an artistic advisor to the new Technology and Applied Composition degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

    Read More »
  • ,,,

    Red Bull Music Academy “Diggin’ In The Carts: Episode 5″ (Video) | @RBMA


    Press play on the fifth episode from Red Bull Music Academy‘s Diggin’ In The Carts series below, which focuses on the role of roleplay. Yeah, that means it touches on the infamous Final Fantasy series, which although I never got into, my friends growing up were heavy into. Lots of other greatness, including an interview with Nobuo Uematsu. Check below.

    Read More »
  • ,,

    Oreo Jones joins Chick McGee on “Off The Air” Podcast | @OreoJones @chickmcgee1


    Naptown’s Oreo Jones was recently a guest on Off The Air with Chick McGee (from Bob & Tom fame) and Jess. When you get some time, press play on this podcast as they discuss Oreo’s past and a ton of other interesting factoids. I’m only part of the way through it so far, but I hear there is also a snippet of a new song from his upcoming album.

    Read More »
  • ,,

    Childish Gambino “The Breakfast Club Interview” Video | @childishgambino


    Childish Gambino sat down with Charlamange tha God and crew for The Breakfast Club to discuss…well, a little bit of everything. They discuss race, Gambino’s sexuality, his choice words on Twitter and the more interesting fact that Gambino has been working hard and has a lot coming up. Including a new music project featuring Jaden Smith and a new show in the works over at FX.

    Read More »
  • ,,,,

    Drums Bang Interview w/ ILL Brown (Video) | @ILLBrown @ProducerBeatBox

    We orchestrated, along side Drums Bang, an interview with Chicago bred producer ILL Brown a few weeks ago. This interview was in light of him launching a Producer Beat Box with Drums Bang, and you can check out more about all of that by hitting this link. You will be able to download his drum kit by itself on 9/1/14 at Drums Bang’s website.

    Read More »

Back to Top