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Dont Sweat the Technique – Round 5

This month I reached out to our DSTT main stay regular Servo for a sample to flip. He hit us off with one of his recent op-shop digs Dudley Moore (British actor/ Jazz Musician) – The World of Dudley Moore. I would have picked this up for that hair alone. That mop perm stay one hunid son!

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Servo dropped a gem on us, choosing, ‘A sad one for George’. Slinky Jazz bass, aired out keys and dusted grooves on this joint.

Thanks to all producers and servo for supplying the dig. From the feedback I’ve had I think we all enjoyed making something out of this sample, there was so many options.

Take a listen to the OG and peep the parts used for the beats and take a guess at who you think made what. I’ll follow up this post with the results next week.

Original Sample

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Gaz Hazard – The Blueprint

Karsniogenics is proud to welcome the latest addition to the K roster – Gaz Hazard. Gaz, renowned within the underground Australian Hip-Hop traps for his honest brutal rhyming and live stage performances. He is sure to add a higher calibre of rawness to the Karsniogenics label.

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Hailing from Brisbane’s south side Gaz Hazard was a founding member of underground rap group CRS (Cool, Rad, Skills or Cunt Rap Syndicate). CRS garnered cult-like support in the mid to late 2000’s following the release of the crew’s debut album, Gully Down Crooks. Known for their rowdiness and a “back to basics” approach the Cunt Rap Syndicate finally reopened their doors in 2013 with the first full-length release from one of their most promising MC’s with Gaz Hazard’s Hazardous To Ya Health album.

Hazardous To Ya Health saw Gaz trawling through a lifetime of memories from the opposite side of the law, a vantage point from which very few local MC’s can truly speak. The album featured the remarkable talents of fellow CRS members Pors 1 and Servo who provide five verses and nine stellar beats respectively. The album also relished collaborations with close mates the 750 Rebels and Hired Goons; Ken Oath, Billy Bunks, Bigfoot, Jake Biz and Tornts bringing a powerhouse of Australian hip-hop to it’s forefront.

Since the release of Hazardous To Ya Health, Gaz has been honing his skills and perfecting his craft both on stage and in the lab. With a number of admirable shows under his belt including three Stand Up supports in 2014 (Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide) and a few local headliners between. The time has come for Gaz to once again embark on his solo journey with his sophomore album well in the works and expected to release late 2015.

In celebration of the label announcement Gaz has composed a new track and video titled ‘The Blueprint’ shot, cut and stabbed by long time friend Heathen Steelberg. The track is produced by a Gemini Method collaboration of label compadre Akidcalledchubz and Dontez of Kings Konketed (Unkut Recordings) and features killah cuts from the Karsniogenics head honcho Dj Dcide. Please help us welcome Gaz to the brotherhood that be Karsniogenics records and wish him a long productive career of independently released Hip-Hop music.

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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.

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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.