The day has arrived, you can now stream my remix of Bochan Huy’s smash single “Hello Hi” and buy copies of it and the two official remixes on iTunes. Thanks to Bochan and Arlen Hart for pulling me in on this project, hope to collaborate with them in the future!
Lula Labs, the studio at the heart of all things Okay Tony has moved!
To kick off the exciting new digs (Located in East Garfield Park’s Kedzie Stop building), I’ll be hosting a series of Ableton Live workshops. The first one will be held Saturday, February 1st at 1:00 p.m.
Find out more info and sign up below, through Dabble!
Soooooo, I told myself I would start posting more short beat-performance videos. This is one I put together while working on an all new, layered drum rack. Working on the left-hand technique and testing out the stamina of my wrists, all in the name of good musics.
There’s an upcoming album being funded through Kickstarter right NOW with an official Okay Tony Beats remix lined up for the single! At the helm of this exciting project are singer/songwriter Bochan and producer Arlen Hart. From Bochan’s Facebook page:
Bochan has dedicated her life to spearheading and continuing to sow the seeds of the Neo-Cambodian musical breakout movement. By collaborating with adept pianist and producer, Arlen Hart, Bochan effortlessly bridges the East West gap with an inimitable, soulful yet sweet indie-pop vibe. She authentically draws on her dual country upbringing; combining influences from the ultra urban Oakland scene,coupled with her deep rooted Cambodian inspiration and fellowship, to create her infectious new sound.
Bochan grew up singing in her father’s Cambodian American bands. The evolution that Bochan witnessed (and took an active part in) is audible today in the ardent Cambodian music circuit, which has moved from Rock Roots to its current inception. Honoring, yet stepping bravely away from traditional style, she attempts to usher in a new musical age.
Make sure to check out the fascinating story behind the origins of the song and listen to a piece on Bochan featured on NPR’s Studio 360 through the Kickstarter page below:
I remixed Danny Brown’s “Grown Up” (Explicit Lyrics) for Stones Throw Beat Battle #327. I picked two loops, and instead of mangling them beyond recognition, spent most of the time mixing them. Sped it up, pitched it down, EQ’d up the low-end and spent a lot of time working on the transitions, especially in the drums. No pre-made kits here, lots of different drums and samples re-chopped, flipped, arranged, warped…. blah blah blah
Danny’s Acapella was a lot of fun to work with. At first I was worried about slowing down the tempo of it so much from the original, but by the time I really got into mixing it, I felt like it really fit. Tried to finish this one up quick so that 3/4 of my week isn’t dominated by beat-battles… and I’m finally becoming satisfied with my ability to chop and flip things, then really mix it down within about 8-9 hours of work. If I can start getting slightly better results off a mix in, like, 6 hours – watch out.
Working on some video ideas and techniques… practiced a bit this weekend with some of Mad Zach‘s super-fun sound packs, and have just started to make some of my own