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Don’t Sweat the Technique – Round 8

This month I though id switch it up a little and give the producers a drum break to level things out and see if you can still pick the programming over the sound. I might continue this for future rounds.

Only rules were that both producers had to use the drum break and of course the sample. I’ve picked up a couple of Al Di Meola’s albums over this years, a real mash of Jazz and latin flamenco type shit. Plenty of tempo and signature changes and some experimental stuff throughout, no real reason behind the dig this month other than it being in close reach. I hit up Realizm from Adelaide and local legend, Servo to do their thing. Thanks fellas, you both kilt that shit!

Have a guess below who mad which beat..I’ll reveal the producers at the end of next week.

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Don’t Sweat the Technique – Round 7 Results

Looks like everyone was bang on in picking this round. Great mix of styles and chops, I could barely pic Rob’s flip! sheesh!
Thanks again for everyone involved..Most likely we’ll be skipping a round this month but we’ll be back in June for the round 8.
Should give us a little more time to come up with something to test the producers a little more and work outside their comfort zones.

Don’t Sweat the Technique – Round 7

This month we tried to get a bit of a Christ theme happening over April with Easter and all. AkidcalledChubz didn’t hit us with the obscure uptown gospel joints but he did come through with a deadly OST. The soundtrack to the film, The Cross and the Switchblade which was based off a book from the 60’s about a minister who turns around the lives of NY gang members life through Christ…That was the Easter link and we ran with it. Decent soundtrack, Chubz had a couple of tracks to choose from but I though this one would be the most interesting to flip.

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Was great to see how these three utilized and approached the sample differently, giving some pretty varying results. All heaters in their own right. Shouldn’t be too tough to pick this round. Cheers to all involved. I’ll reveal next week sometime. Enjoy.

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Don’t Sweat the Technique – Round 5 Results

Here’s the results from Round 5.  Solid round, I thought people might have had a tough time picking the Must Volkoff and Indiseus but alas, seems like you all got it right apart from the split votes between the Brookes Cullings and Servo beats.

Lets see what we can come up with out them dust bins for Round 6!

Drop a comment and let us know how well you picked it and what made you pick em.

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.

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Don’t Sweat the Technique – Round 4

This round I thought Id ask Sean B if he wanted to get involved with things, he had the idea of blindfolding us and have us pick something out for the producers to flip. Cheers Sean.

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Cheers to everyone getting involved with this round, took me a little longer to get it all together with the holidays just gone. Make sure you have a crack at picking who made what over the coming week and I’ll send the results live this time next week.

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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.

Don’t Sweat The Technique – Round 2 Results

Dope round this month. Everyone put in work on this sample. A standout for me was Servos using the vocal and his trademark chops, props to everyone involved.

Looks like the public picked the Dontez and Insideus but were pretty split between the Servo and Dkues.

Don’t Sweat The Technique – Round 2

For our second round, AkidcalledChubz hosted and dug ‘David Porter – I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over’ taken from his third album ‘Victim of the joke? An Opera’.

You’ll know this classic sample as it’s been flipped by many producers around the world. The beauty of this one is there is so many different parts you can chop and blend, originality is the key!

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We invited Servo, Dkues, Dontez and Insideus to flip the script with it. Have a good listen and cast your vote before next Tuesday.

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