The makers of West Coast Theory went in-studio with Aftermath producer Focus. The producer offers a peek into his recording environment and explains his approach to creating music, thoughts on software, and experience working with Dr. Dre.
Throughout the interview Focus illustrates his process of crafting a beat from working with the original sample to layering drums, recording, and playing live bass.
Sometime I do sample, but I try my best to stay away from it cuz I just know it’s a pain.
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1,588 thoughts on “Focus Creates A Beat, Layers Drums, Plays Bass”
Pretty nice sample he is using there.
I like this video too. Sampling is a pain I feel him on that. I can’t get shit right I won’t go into detail. I think im going to take toomp’s advice and get a lil of both back in the crib. Reason recycle aint doin it .
koool he,s dope
First the Toomp video then this? Nice posts Semantik! Keep it up!
Semantik!! I EFFING LOVE YOU!!! I’m snowed in today and this vid, plus yesterdays vid of Toomp has givin me soooo much inspiration to just work on tracks all day!!! I LOVE CRATE KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Damn, I gotta learn to play bass guitar.
It just makes tracks come to life with an ill live bassline underneath.
That bassline is vicious!
bernard edwards was his father?!?!?!
well that explains everything!!!!!!!
Best Beat Making Video In A Minute…. Good Post
Isnt that the sample used for twista-get me off of kamikaze. Yep, I said it! I wont tell the sample though. Nice beat making video. Aftermath has a bunch of in-house talent over there. Come on with the DETOX!!
In my opinion,I believe he is better than Dr. Dre just from his instrumentation alone. Don`t get me wrong,Dre is a legend ,can`t take that from him,but listen to some of Focus`s production. He is just too deep for Dre. hopefully some of his work makes it on Detox now that he`s on his own. The “Your Truly” mixtape with Marsha Ambrosia tells it all. Google it. It is definitely worth a listen.
Its that EAST COAST Sampled Soul Flavor…….. Rather than them West coast original hi- synths and bass jams
DJ Khalil is my fav AfterMath staff producer! I also Tweeted my choice!
Focus is a mix between east coast with the hard smaples and west coast with the piano keys. he def my top 5
too bad hes not on aftermath anymore dude left last year
another one crate kings daily inspiration..
this bass line remind me of dre at his best.
miss those days..
Why’s Aftermath got all these producers when they only put like like 2 albums a year.
He makes it look so easy and effortless. I also agree that the bassline made the track really come alive.
Focus is dope . This video reminds me how some of us dont have that engineer at hand , so we gotta work extra hard and learn more .
AMP THATS WUS UP
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