Producing with Buda the Future as the duo know as Buda Grandz, together they’ve produced for a lot of talent over the years with placements on some big industry records yet still working with closely and maintaining working relationships with a handful of underground artists. Thanks to Grandz Muzik for taking time out for 10 seconds of sample time. I fucked up and gave dude an older version with the tenth question omitted. Obviously he’s a busy man so I’ll run it like this and if he ever get back to me on who he’d pick between Buckwild and Dimond D, I’ll be sure to edit the post.
1. You get a creative urge at a time outside when you normally work. What’s do you do? Do both you and Buda build off solo ideas that may have been demo’s during these creative urges. How do you work?
Yes we do. Sometimes I’ll get an idea, and I’ll start it on the laptop, and when we meet we will finish the track. And sometimes he has some ideas on his laptop, and I’ll finish them off when we get together in the studio. We make sure we meet at least 3 times a week to get work done. It’s always different, other times we just create from scratch when we are in the lab.
2. Your tracks complete minus the drums. Your choices for layering are ‘The Honey Drippers – Impeach the President’ and ‘Skull Snaps – It’s a new day’. Which do you choose and why?
I’m a big fan of the impeach the president drum break, it’s probably one of the most used breaks of all time in hip hop. There’s a reason for that, I think it’s because it’s such a clean fat recording and the swing is crazy on it.
3. Name a producer or song that has changed your approach to sampling.
For me it’s probably DJ Premier, when I listen to the original sample he used on a lot of his tracks, I’m always amazed on how he flips it. He can take the smallest portion of the sample, and turn it into a masterpiece. Rza also has a great ear for samples.
4. Are there any underground MC’s that have caught your ear which you would like to or are currently working with?
As far as underground MC’s I gotta be honest, I’m usually out the loop. Buda has his ear to the street more than I do. I usually try and stay away from the radio, and Internet whenever possible. That’s why we work so well together, we compliment each other’s strengths.
5. Incredible production but the MC let it down. Name a track or album like this.
Not really into specifically calling anyone out. Can’t think of any project in particular. But there are plenty of albums/tracks I don’t like. Lol
6. 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 when a producer uses similar elements/sounds in a lot of his/her beats it gives them a signature sound. It can even be the way his tracks are mixed that can give him that sound. I am a firm believer that equipment and software have very little to do with your sound. I can make a track in Ableton, fruity loops, logic, or pro tools. And it still will sound the way I want. It comes from the mind and not the software.
7. Can you tell us a little bit more about the Vidstrumental project your working on?
We are working on a vidstrumental project right now. It’s gonna be a collection of beats we have made that have a certain feeling to them. They are beats that we can visualize a story from. We are just looking for the right director to put all our ideas together.
8. How do you feel about this statement. “I found the sample on you tube” Do you think sampling from an online sources takes away something from the art of beatmaking?
Not necessarily, again it’s all up to the individual and how creative they get with it. There are producers that dig all day everyday, and make wack beats. But on the flip side there are others that sample themselves or take a super popular sample and make a masterpiece.
9. If you had 5k cash at your disposal when you first started out what would have you bought sooner for your studio
Definitely a faster better iMac, lol. Having a dated or slow computer can really hinder your creative process.