Crate digging and sampling culture is examined in the 45 minute BBC documentary entitled Beat Mining With The Vinyl Hoover. Notable interviewees include Steinski, 45 King, Tuff City’s Aaron Fuchs, Mr. Scruff, and more. The audio will only be available until April 4th, 2009, so go hear it while you can. Listen to the complete … Read more
The documentary Vinyl Wax Records examines and explores the views of a records store owner, battle DJ, and an ordinary older woman as they express their love for vinyl and what they feel makes the medium superior.
Habib Awan takes us on a quest to find out why, when music is so easily accessible digitally, are vinyl sales increasing and what is the allure of hunting down physical discs. The short documentary features interviews with DC area DJ’s, record store owners, collectors, and enthusiasts and more.
Here’s something to make you think twice about the music you’re creating. The documentary Before Music Dies examines the music industry’s mass marketing, radio consolidation, and factory style creation of pop stars and sheepish music. Attitudes of fans, artists, and industry insiders are explored as the film’s creators attempt to shed light on often unspoken … Read more
The documentary Digitize Me investigates how digital audio technology has changed all aspect of music from creation and recording to distribution and sales. It’s especially nice to see the focus on analog vinyl and digital vinyl manipulation. [via Tha S Ence]
The documentary Copyright Criminals: This Is A Sampling Sport delves deep into the history, artistic, and legal arguments surrounding sample based music creation. Copyright Criminals follows the birth and rise of sampling through interviews and commentary from such notables as Q-Bert, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Mix Master Mike, Clyde Stubblefield, George Clinton, DJ Spooky, … Read more
PBS presents Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, which highlights the rise of Stax Records, death of Otis Reading, and the seizure of the entire Stax catalog by Atlantic Records, the label’s eventual recovery, and Isaac Hayes’ rise to stardom. Respect Yourself includes personal interviews with William Bell, David Porter, Jesse Jackson, Mavis Staples, Duck … Read more
L.A.’s Big Tune Beat Battle producers talk about the L.A. Hip-Hop scene, the unique vibe of the city, and a surprise cameo appearance from DJ BattleCat.
A short documentary of Sha Money XL’s One Stop Shop Producers Conference that took place March 2008. DJ Premier, Chamillionaire, Shalik Berry (A&R Def Jam), Swizz Beatz, Denaun Porter, 9th Wonder, No ID, DJ Toomp, and more appear to give feedback on the event, advice to aspiring producers, and industry insight. By the way… according … Read more
Producer Daedelus talks about discovering cities through their records and the significance that vinyl can play in learning of a culture’s true nature.