Giz of Audio Two talks about getting involved in the music business with the help of Daddy-O, learning to be an engineer, and the technical aspects of recording MC Lyte’s first two albums. Current projects are covered along with his favorite DAW’s and views on mixing in the box.
Here’s an older interview as engineer Roc Logic tells the story of meeting producer Laze E. Laze, and M.O.P. members Lil Fame & Billy Danzenie. He touches on the growth of technology, automation, the early stages of MIDI and Pro Tools, plus the significance of the Akai MPC 60. Also addressed are questions for beginner … Read more
Impose Magazine offers up a solid resume rundown and interview with Ivan "Doc" Rodriguez, the producer/engineer responsible for many of the singles and albums (Eric B & Rakim, BDP, EPMD, LL Cool J, Biz Markie, MC Lyte, Redman) that have come to define the golden age of Hip-Hop. Amazingly, for a person who pioneered so … Read more
Producer/Engineer Wonder Arillo talks about the original sample for T.I.’s "What You Know" and working with DJ Toomp. Most importantly Wonder also touches on helping Toomp setup Pro Tools to get his foot in the door, having a real feel for the music vs. programming, and what young producers should be doing to get ahead.
I could read about Bob Power for days… this time Brooklyn Bodega hits us with the usual amazing interview with this prolific engineer, producer, and teacher. I’ve notice recently through various interviews and videos that Power tends to place very heavy emphasis on the topic growth, both musical and personal. Pay attention as he delves … Read more
Award winning producer Brian Michael Cox (Usher, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Jagged Edge) talks about musical influences, the reality behind reality TV, and the dedication necessary to become a successful producer. He also touches upon the most important aspects of a track and the virtues of simplicity. As a bonus, his engineer Sam Thomas … Read more
The rule for learning about Hip-Hop production is pretty much this: When Pete Rock speaks, you better listen. In this interview with Remix Magazine, Pete Rock talks about the importance of harmonics, the overuse of compression, and reveals a few tricks such as pre-eq’ing audio before sampling. Read The Interview I’d also like to mention … Read more
9th Wonder starts it off by chopping up a "Pretty Brown Eyes" by Mint Condition, then takes us on a digging excursion to Cue Records located in Philadelphia. Store owner DJ Botany 500 offers up some unknown joints while 9th wonder talks about receiving a Grammy shout out from Mary J. Blige and sampling records. … Read more
Young Guru talks about getting involved in the recording business, the role of formalized education, and the undocumented aspects of recording Hip-Hop.