July/August. I am actually finalizing it all now and only have one song to finish. I am excited about this record. 3 of the 4 songs that were included on my two 7" singles will appear on the album. 2 songs will be slightly different. Its 14 songs that range in length from 1 minute to 19 minutes. Features a bunch of my favorite rappers: Bleubird, Tweetch !zown, Filkoe176, jdwalker, Ghettosocks, Yskee, Dave Pal, Apt, k-the-I???, and Sole. My favorite song is the last one and is 19 minutes in length (sorta feels like a mini-movie), a long soundscape with no real drumming involved... it was very fun to craft the music in this piece... I ask three MC's to spit spoken word poems... Tweetch !zown, Bleubird and k-the-I??? and after I received the vocals I made the music around the words. It was my most ambitious effort to date so next time I have to figure out how to push myself further... But I have been talking with an MC about releasing a group project that will be based on a written story (from the rapper) and produced by myself in full. The release will be accompanied by an illustrated book and hopefully a short film.
How did you get your start in producing?
I would say Stigg of the Dump helped me mostly. I originally bought turntables and began to DJ and scratch. Then moved onto other gear....I nagged my friend Stigg about what gear to buy and he helped me out a lot. We talked a lot about sampling and what it meant to us and why we chose to be sample musicians instead on conventional music makers. I use to go to his house while he made beats and asked him questions and questions (and probably annoyed him). It sorta went from there... and everything I made had to match up to him... I didn't look beyond to let's say, Shadow, Krush, Sixtoo or what anyone else was making... If Stigg wasn't gonna feel this or something within it, it just wasn't good enough. He hasn't heard any of this album so I'm bit nervous to hear what he thinks. But he's more calm these days so I might
pass. It's like having a master Sensei (although he doesn't know it) - haha. Yeah, I guess to back to the question. Well, that's it's... And of course, Bleubird, who was the first to rap on a beat of mine and to make it to record! My homies are my heroes.
What do you use to make your beats?
I use mainly a Yamaha EX5 - which is a workstation - keyboard with sampler and sequencer all in one. It was the competitor of the Triton.. But everyone bought the Triton and made bangers. I bought the Yamaha and made dirt. No I have also expanded to using a Lexicon MPX100 effects processor and a Yamaha REV5 unit. And do all of my recording in Digital Performer - which had really allowed me to make music how I wanted to. Perfect for digitally-ing my music out!
Who do you think is really bringing it in the production world?
You know... So many styles. And if I'm to look at the genre of hip hop (and close relatives) and at present time, I would say I am enjoyed Lab Waste, P-Love, Meaty Ogre, Amon Tobin, Sixtoo, and Dalek. I think Skyrider really brought something completely fresh to sampling/hip hop/music (the reason Endemik released it). There is this guy named Nuccini from Italy who I truly think is brilliant (pushing hip hop somewhere new) - it's been talked about but maybe ill be the first to say in it an interview - post hip hop! ha.... He is also in a post rock band named Giardini di Miro... so its only fitting he's incorporated this in hip hop.
You have worked with a lot of great artists like Sole and K-the-I???. Who would you like to work with in the future?
In the future I am hoping to continue to work with Bleubird,