INDIANA’S HIP HOP REPRESENTATIVE. EST. 2009.

Fat Beats Presents: Dibia$e – “Baker’s Dozen: Dibia$e” (Release)

Fat Beats has launched a new vinyl series with Baker’s Dozen, and their first artist is Dibia$e. Baker’s Dozen features a producer, presses up 500 pieces of the 12-track project, but 250 of the pressings include an additional track to complete the idea. Read more about their first release below, and head over to Fat Beats to cop the exclusiveness.

Fat Beats Records is proud to present Baker’s Dozen, an exclusive vinyl series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hiphop, ambient, and electronic music. Each installment gives one artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound.

Every volume’s 500-unit, strictly limited vinyl pressing features one artist and twelve tracks, but only 250 units will contain the thirteenth track — the eponymous “baker’s dozen bonus” — on a flexi disc. The LPs also come equipped with a 5×7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process. Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement.

Volume One highlights Los Angeles born / Sacramento based beat maker Dibiase, whose style is best described in his own words:

“It’s crazy to think that my equipment collection and beat making process started back in high school with just an 8 second Gemini sampler and a Sony Walkman. It was a super basic set up. Back then I used whatever I could get my hands on. Finding different samples, looping them up, running the layers back through the Walkman. Adding more layers and repeating that process until I had a beat. It worked.

My process is a lot different now but in some ways it’s the same. I still do a lot of layering. I use a combination of hardware and software. Sometimes I start with a sample. Sometime I start with drums. It depends on my mood and the genre. Sometime I use a kit. Other times I will sample and layer drums, run them through another piece of equipment like the SP-12 or 404 to dirty them up, then dump them back into Ableton.

I really don’t have a set way of doing things musically. I like to experiment with different technics and styles. I like my music to have a certain sound. Most of the time I let the process happen naturally.”

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