10 Seconds Sample Time With Servo
This month we throw the 10 seconds out to another one of south sides finest. Dues paid, Servos been catching wreck for 15 plus years. A backbone to the soundscapes of Gaz Hazard and CRS, Servo’s is one of most original and slept on producers here in Australia in my opinion. I had the pleasure of a quick tour of the where the bedroom bangers get dusted.
1. Do you still make beats on Jeskola Buzz? Tell us a little more about it..When did you start using it and who taught you?
Yeah, I still use good ol Buzz tracker. It’s a free sequencer that runs on microsoft.net. I started using it At Bezrocks house (he was the only one with a computer) after Julian installed it and showed us how to use it. I guess I started using it around 2001 – 2002ish? I used it a lot more than Bez. He had a keyboard, he liked recording live sequenced mixes onto a DAT machine. Unfortunately we never did record them shits.
2. Can you remember what the first record you sampled was?
Would have been something like Sergio Mendes? Bez got all his grandmothers records when she passed away, she also donated the first record player that I had that worked properly.
3. Has the way you approach beat making changed since you’ve acquired your most recent piece of equipment/software?
Yeah, I finally got monitor speakers this year. I’m trying to get my stuff up to a better standard than the past however many years. I’m still going to keep the grime in as much as possible, unless it sounds wak and distorted like I tend to make shit! ha
4. Your sound has real lo-fi, crushed feel to it, sometimes it reminds me of some old 36 chambers shit. Is this something intentional, paying homage to the sound, so to speak?
I’ve always liked the grimey sound in music. I had a dodgy first set up running through my phono connection and really never had anything you could call a studio, so I got used to shit sounding dusted. I’ve always liked the sound of vinyl static and degraded samples on tracks, it gives it something else I think.
5. Production influences past and current.
Ummm.. All the usual. Pete Rock, Krush, Onra, Preemo, RZA. I’ve been listening to a bit of Suff Daddy lately.
6. Incredible production but the MC let it down. Name a track or album like this.
Anything U-God raps on. Someone had to say it! Ha, nah there’s a bit of stuff around, especially these days…
7. What do you think gives a producer a signature sound, how much do you think equipment/software and sample selection has to do with it over their processes used?
I think there’s a lot of things.. Beat patterns (drum sequence and samples, swing, effects etc..) sample choice, equipment they use. I tend to pick the drums of producers I like though.
8. How do you feel about this statement in the essence of beatmaking. “I found the same sample via you tube”
I’ve used youtube for sound effects and things. Its a great place to find the og samples of beats you like and shit.. My feeling about sampling songs from youtube…. I don’t think I would. It seems too easy or sumn?
9. You got 5k at your disposal, what are you going to buy for the stoods or would you take the nose blown and hookers route?
Ha.. Id prolly buy a turntable and mixer, with the left overs I’d spend on ‘other pursuits’.
10. What production have you go in the works and who would you like to work with in the future?
I’ve always wanted to work with Len 1. I’ve been working on Gaz Hazards new LP and some CRS stuff. I’m trying to make a tribute mix to BEZROCK as well.. RIP.