Posts Tagged ‘ Production ’

IllaDaProducer Explains The Origins Of The “Killshot”.


As I was buying a whole new bunch of Christmas presents for my team, I finally came to the “music gear”, and in the process of doing research, I stumbled across an extremely interesting video.  Eminem’s record-breaking diss track, “KILLSHOT,” was the final salvo in his late-summer feud with Machine Gun Kelly. The scorching song was a direct response to MGK’s own diss track, “Rap Devil,” which was in turn prompted by the shots Eminem took at the Cleveland rapper on “Not Alike.” Production on “KILLSHOT” is handled by IllaDaProducer, who also placed several tracks on Eminem’s most recent album, ‘Kamikaze.’ The Florida-based beatmaker spoke with Genius about creating the track on the latest episode of ‘Deconstructed.’  Check the method.

Just Blaze – “Rhythm Roulette” From The Sprite Corner


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Fans of music production know Just Blaze for his numerous accolades and contributions to various genres. However, we bet they didn’t know Just can create album-worthy joints on the fly. After listening through three randomly selected records and deciding only one of them was good enough to use, Just began to create a soulful and hard-hitting beat with sped-up choir vocals weaving in and out of the track. In the end, he thought the beat sounded so good he wanted to dip from The Sprite Corner to finish it up at his studio.

The DJ’s From Mars Are Back At It Again.


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Classically known as ones who call out the cheesy commercialism aspects of commercial EDM in a clever way, the DJs From Mars have returned to expand upon their previous skewering of popular sounds in the mainstream in their video “Phat Ass Drop pt 2.” Released this Thursday, two years after the first installment of the video which “instructed” young producers how to make a typical Top 10 Beatport track, Part 2 covers several types of “trends” that have recently taken the scene by storm.

The video begins by instructing aspiring producers to head to Beatport.com and look up the most popular new sound, which they point out as deep house. After quickly throwing in some generic deep house samples into the foundation of the track, the DJs cite articles from blogs (Dancing Astronaut makes an appearance) saying that deep house is dead, so they turn the track into future house to keep up with what’s cool. Not too long after skewering future house, they then target unoriginal tropical house samples and call it “boring.”

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However, the DJs From Mars still haven’t forgotten about big room house as the most copied type of EDM. First, a quick homage is done to Melbourne bounce as the subgenre with light big room overtones that led to popular, yet simple tracks like “Selfie.” But upon instructing producers to view tracklists of the worlds “biggest” DJs like Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Tiesto, and “Chuck Norris,” DJs From Mars eventually conclude that the most surefire way to create a hit is by making a big room track.

 

And incase you missed it, check out the original.

Want To Create The Perfect Beat?


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DJ Mustard has provided the soundtrack for everything over the past year. Like, all of the things. Dude has had double digit radio hits since 2013, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Watch his Rap PSA above on how to make the perfect beat.

‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’.


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‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’ is a cinéma vérité immersion inside the unique Los Angeles “beat scene” music community, centered around the world famous Low End Theory club night. Filmed over the Summer of 2013, we are given the opportunity to elegantly lift the veil on the personal creative processes of the internationally-acclaimed pillars of the scene. Indie music luminaries such as Thundercat, the Gaslamp Killer, TOKiMONSTA, Jonwayne, Baths, Daedelus, Ras G, Teebs, D-Styles, edIT of the Glitch Mob, Astronautica, Free the Robots, and Matthewdavid are all featured in vivid detail. The soundtrack for the film creates itself live on camera as the film elapses. This avant-garde visual angle on each subject in their respective creative spaces provides for an introspective glimpse into what would otherwise be unseen.

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Told as a 24-hour tour throughout the city, the fly-on-the-wall perspective of ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’ archives each artist’s studio at this moment in history, revealing something not only universally humanizing about the scene’s stars, but also telling of the diverse community in which this group of inter-related artists interact. Directed by seasoned music documentarian Matthew F. Smith, and produced by Low End Theory club founder Daddy Kev, ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’ provides a holistic view of L.A.’s key players in this generation’s electronic music landscape while instilling hope for the future of cross-cultural creative unions.

The Deconstruction Of Drake’s Music.


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Grammy Award winning pianist, Chilly Gonzales is a literal (and self proclaimed) musical genius, who has taken a favorable ear to modern trends in music and deconstructs them.  Chilly pulls out exactly what make a specific song unique, and gives analyzes the seemingly unquantifiable attributes that make our favorite songs our favorite songs.  Take a look at his break down of Drake’s “We’re Going Home”.

#Fluff.


26a6797cf8a4e04ed56058f343d8c37eHigh fashion can be interpreted in many different ways.  But one of our favorite examples is a beautiful collection from Yakovlev & Aleeva titled “Fluff” check the method below.

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Serato Icon Artist Series – Just Blaze.


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The latest addition to the Serato Icon Artist Series is Just Blaze. Just Blaze is an artist who evolves. He has seamlessly blended his career as one of Hip Hop’s most influential producers with his ongoing career as a DJ, which in 2014, is stronger than ever. His ability to adapt and his hunger to experience and take advantage of what’s new, have kept Just Blaze at the cutting edge of music.

BTS: In The Studio With Cazette.


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Watch Cazette at their Stockholm studio and go deep into their forthcoming track “One Cry” and discover how it was made using Image-Line’s FL Studio software. 

2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series


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According to some recent reports in the German press, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has seemingly come to the end of the line. The production of the big super-coupe and convertible – which was unveiled in 2009, and launched in the markets in 2010 – will reportedly end in January 2014. However, buyers looking for a brand-new SLS after the end of the vehicle’s production in January will still be able to go in for the top Black Series model, which will probably continue to stay in production till June. Despite the fact that the media reports about the impending discontinuation of the SLS have, thus far, not been confirmed Mercedes AMG, it is widely speculated that the automaker is seemingly preparing to commence the production of its next hero car — likely to be dubbed SLC. The new SLC model – which is internally known at Mercedes AMG as the C190 – will probably be a smaller and lighter vehicle than the SLS. The reason behind the move is the fact that Mercedes AMG is possibly looking to offer a more nimble model which can challenge the Porsche 911. Other than being smaller and lighter as compared to the SLS, the new SLC model will also reportedly be offered with notably different powertrain options; so that a more affordable base model of the car can be provided to the customers.

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Audio Push – Shine


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Audio Push has a forthcoming project on the way, which is entitled ‘Come as You Are’. If all of its tracks come as correct as Shine, then listeners are in for a treat. The HS87 duo, made up of Pricetag and Oktane, displays a style that is more fluid than shiny, but works all the same. Hazebanga and Eric Choicehandle production duties, accenting their glossy, melodic arrangement with a few stretched Janet Jackson vocal samples. Atop the beat, Audio Push showcase laid-back, yet quirky flows with just a touch of twang. Be sure to keep Shine on your playlist as a reminder that ‘Come As You Are’ is due out this fall.

 

Dark Ice Cream.


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In today’s music industry, production is crucial to having a career that pays the bills.  When I was growing up, production equipment was expensive or under-developed, and East Coast beats were relatively simple.  I always considered it a disadvantage that I never learned to produce when I was younger, and with a co-DJ (Jeff Phantom) who hadn’t make a deep trek into the production realm, I didn’t think we’d be able to pull off our own music without years of practice.  Luckily veteran producers Joe Major, Rich Lyfestyle, and Clayton William put themselves at our disposal to help DJ Jeff Phantom and myself come up with a project that let us flex our production wings.

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The 5 track EP features original remixes of songs from Zedd, Lil Wayne, Katya, Outkast, and even a take on classical music.  Trap as a genre is something that’s growing, weather it’s a fad or not remains to be seen, but what Jeff Phantom and I wanted to do was put a trap twist on some classic, new classic, and classical tracks.  Both Phantom and I teamed up with different producers to get the sounds we wanted in the tracks that we chose, and to take a listen, click or scan the photo below to download.

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CST-01 | The World’s Thinnest Watch


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Central Standard Timing of Chicago Illinois is seeking funds to advance its working prototype of the CST-01, dubbed “The World’s Thinnest Watch” to production. As thin as a credit card (0.8mm), the CST-01 has an e-ink display which charges in 10 minutes and runs for a month. In order to make the watch as thin and minimal as possible, there are no buttons or knobs on the watch itself. Charging and setting the time is done on the base station.The CST-01 is assembled by laminating thin, flexible components into a 0.5mm pocket etched into a single piece of flexible stainless steel.It is powered by a THINERGY Micro-Energy Cell (MEC), a revolutionary, solid-state, rechargeable, thin-film micro-energy source from Infinite Power Solutions, Inc.

2 Seamless Kitchens by Karim


The Kook Kitchen’s [in the pictures above]  exclusive concept is distinguished by sinuous silhouettes and an entirely innovative ergonomic design, which was made possible due to the unique properties of HI-MACS which proved essential to facilitate the shape and functional requirements of the fab kitchen. The worktop used in the Kook model, which is more than 90 cm deep, allows an improved layout of the hob and sink zones, as well as making it more user-friendly. The starring role of the ambitious project by Karim Rashid, aside from the latest-generation acrylic stone, is light, with LEDs arranged underneath the worktop, which highlight the magenta coloured aluminium groove. There are also LEDs inside the wall unit which illuminate the edge of the glass, giving the kitchen a dramatic appearance.

Karan Kitchen [in the pictures above] concept on the other hand, is based on an island, with a tapered silhouette, which encourages conviviality. When not in use, the mixer tap and LED light withdraw into the worktop. The simple addition of a multi-purpose chopping board which fits over the sink creates a handy dining area. Soft curves continue on the kitchen’s wall-mounted unit. An opening with rounded edges provides a space for cooking and food preparation within the unit. Owing to the excellent thermoformability properties of HI-MACS, which make it possible to form the material into an infinite range of shapes, and realise any designer’s dream. Aran Cucine was able to produce, thanks to Karim Rashid’s visionary idea, two exclusive concepts featuring a soft and fluid design, of extraordinary beauty, whilst still adhering to hygiene and production issues.

Drake Explains His Collaboration With Aaliyah.


Drake has made it clear that he doesn’t spend much time on social media outlets thanks to the inevitable criticism, but this week the YMCMB rapper really caught heat for his new collaboration with Aaliyah. Amid rumors that her family isn’t supporting the mysterious posthumous album that he’s helming, Drake finally confirmed that the project is official — with the blessing of her family.

Tyrone aka T-RexXx of ‘MuchMusic’ scores an exclusive interview with Drake backstage at OVO Fest and chats about the festival and his upcoming collaboration with the late Aaliyah.

VJAY – The iPad Music Video Mixing App.


 

Here’s a new app for all of you iPad VJ’s out there. Introducing Vjay made available at a special introductory price of ten bucks. Mix and scratch your favorite music videos from iTunes or combine songs from your music library with personal video footage into an interactive audio visual experience. Or use your iPad’s built-in camera to create your very own music video live. Vjay lets you get creative with your content, display directly to a TV, stream wirelessly via Apple TV, or record your performances live to share on your favorite social channels.

Araab Muzik Doing Work With Bizzy Crook.


Take a little behind the scenes peek at the track titled ‘Monster’ by Bizzy Crook, being produced by Araab Muzik.

Araab Muzik In The Studio With ASAP Rocky.


It’s no secret that as a studio engineer, I’m enthralled by the creative process that goes down in the music studio.  It shouldn’t be a secret that ASAP Rocky and Araab Muzik are 2 of Hip Hop’s growing generation of young and talented artists, so getting to see a little bit of the magic that goes down between them at Quad Studio’s in NY is for sure something I wanted to share.  Check the method below.

The New Audi Quattro Concept.


This year marks the 30th birthday of Audi’s now famous quattro all-wheel drive system. One of the seminal Audi cars was a limited edition, short-wheelbase plastic-bodied extreme machine called the Sport Quattro — the vehicle that helped launch Audi’s successful run of world championship-winning rally cars. That car serves as the source of inspiration for the Audi Quatto concept, which is bowing at the 2010 Paris show.

Loosely based on the Audi RS5, the Audi Quattro concept sits on a wheelbase that has been shorted by almost 6 inches. The rear overhang was shortened by 7.9 inches, and the roofline was lowered by 1.6 inches. Together, these reductions add up to a much tighter package and more muscular proportions. To help bring the weight down to 2,900 pounds — roughly the same weight as the 1984 Sport Quattro — Audi replaced the steel body of the production RS5 with a custom aluminum spaceframe architecture clad with carbon fiber panels. The RS5’s V-8 and dual-clutch transmission was also swapped out for a turbocharged five-cylinder and a manual six-speed gearbox (another nod to the original car), further reducing weight.

Unlike the Sport Quattro, which was a token 2+2, the Quattro concept only has room for two adults and rolls on a 102.4-inch wheelbase. Behind the seats, there’s space for helmets, a roll cage, or a couple of fire extinguishers. The actual cargo deck extends further, with Audi opting for a classic trunk lid in place of a hatch. The undersides of the Quattro concept’s carbon body panels were left unpainted in another weight-saving measure.

With the exception of wheels, tailpipes, and a signature set of Audi LED light banks, the exterior is pretty straightforward. As a world first, the LED headlights boast dynamic components that vary from horizontal to vertical, and from slit-eyed to wide open. Instead of conventional turn signals, the new light units integrate amber streaks out front and moving yellow brackets at the rear.