I happened upon the acapella for this hard-hitting Dilla beat and took a different approach with it. Vibe out withe some keyboards and percussion y’all, hope you dig it!
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.
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 😉