Monday, 25 April 2016

'Prince In The 1980's'; 'The First Time I Heard Prince' (Okayplayer)

Prince Rogers Nelson aka 'Prince' (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016): The Music World Mourns the Passing of a True Genius

Prince In The 1980's



No amount of words from myself will do Prince's legacy and contributions to music and popular culture anywhere near the justice it deserves.

Therefore, I will not even try to.

I do, however, recommend the wonderful documentary above - featuring members of Prince's legendary The Revolution and esteemed writers including Paul Gambaccini - which looks back at Prince's - parden the pun - most purple patch.

?uestlove, D'Angelo Bilal + More Talk About Prince

 Equally essential viewing below thanks to Okayplayer.

 

As is to be expected at such a terrible time as this, many in the beatmaking community are creating musical tributes to one of the most - if not the most - influential musical artists of our time.

A special 'Soundcloud Sessions' featuring the best of these tributes shall be forthcoming.

Prince Rogers Nelson, thank you.

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016).

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Announcement: BeatTips Sales Drive and the BeatTips Music Series

Please help in any way you can: a great read and a great cause.

I've made no secret of the influence that Amir 'Sa'id' Said has had on thenewbeatmaker.com (see here and here).  So it's with understandable excitement and commitment that I share the following press release:

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Announcement: BeatTips Sales Drive and the BeatTips Music Series

New BeatTips backed music series poised to help beatmakers advance their careers in music; to be funded by sales of The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling.
By AMIR SAID (SA'ID)


Dear BeatTips Community,
Today kicks off a week-long sales drive of The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling. For more than 10 years, The BeatTips Manual has been a beacon of music, business, and cultural knowledge, and it has helped countless people in their pursuit of more skillful beatmaking and a career in music. This has earned The BeatTips Manual a reputation for being the most trusted name in beatmaking. And none of this could not have been achieved without you, the BeatTips community.

As an independent publisher, I’m entirely self-funded and I rely solely on the good name that BeatTips has earned in the market place (as well as pivotal relationships that I've developed) for all promotion. ‘The BeatTips Manual’ sells well consistently each year, and I have always sought to re-invest the bulk of sales revenue back into BeatTips. Specifically, I have looked for ways to help members of the BeatTips Community advance their music careers. In the past, this has meant direct gear and recording grants. Now, I’ve created the BeatTips Music Series, a series of music projects that will be produced exclusively by members of the BeatTips Community. Over the next 12 months, I will assemble at least two BeatTips Music Series projects; and I will leverage the BeatTips brand, my good-faith name, and key relationships that I've developed with music insiders and popular online music publications to promote these projects. To be eligible for inclusion in any upcoming BeatTips Music Series project, you must have purchased either The BeatTips Manual or The Art of Sampling prior to your beat submission.

At this moment, I'm also in negotiations over my new book deal. In my current deal, their are clauses that grant me marketing resources and bonuses if I hit specific sales bench marks directly from BeatTips.com. As it stands now, I need to sell 500 more copies of The BeatTips Manual or The Art of Sampling (any format) this week to reach my goal. Therefore, I'm asking for your help. If you're a regular BeatTips reader and you have not yet bought The BeatTips Manual or The Art of Sampling please do so now. If you've bought The BeatTips Manual before, please consider buying The Art of Sampling; and if you've bought The Art of Sampling before, please consider buying The BeatTips Manual. If you've bought both books before, please consider one or both again as a gift for someone else.

To achieve my goal of establishing the BeatTips Music Series as a viable pathway to a career in music for beatmakers/producers everywhere, and to expand my book deal to allow me to better facilitate this goal, please help me out with your support today.
Best Regards,
Sa'id

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The BeatTips Manual by Amir Said (Sa'id).
"The most trusted name in beatmaking."

Friday, 25 March 2016

Nomadikh MPC 1000 & MPC 2000xl Tutorials; EVO Album

Educational Videos and Great Music, Care of New Jersey Beatmaker

New Jersey's Nomadikh clearly believes in giving back, as he's blessed youtube with a series of easy to follow videos entitled 'MPC School'.


'MPC School' shows how to use iconic MPC hardware: the MPC 1000 and the MPC 2000xl.

Another series on the MPC Renaissance should be coming soon.

If that's not enough, his 'EVO' project has serious replay value.  Check out snippets on Soundcloud and enjoy in full on Bandcamp via the links below:

'Through a dense patchwork of clipped soundbites, diverse atmospheres, and headknock beats, EVO
showcases a new dimension of Nomadikh's repertoire Enjoy!'

Enjoy indeed.

'MPC School': youtube.com/user/Nomadikh
'EVO' Mix: soundcloud.com/nomadikh/evo-beatmix
'EVO' Full: nomadikh.bandcamp.com/album/evo

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Friday, 4 March 2016

Elliot Gann, Psy.D. (Today's Future Sound) Interview: Using Hip Hop and Beatmaking to Empower Youth

Elliot Gann, Psy.D. (Today's Future Sound) talks favourite hardware, software and artists; and using hip hop and beatmaking to empower young people worldwide.

Regular readers will likely know that I am very partial to the work of Today's Future Sound.

Today's Future Sound is a charity that introduces young children to beatmaking and hip hop culture, in effort to inspire positive change in their lives and communities.


Today’s Future Sound is a Nonprofit based in the Bay Area, yet its work has spread across the globe, as far afield as New Zealand and Senegal.

At the end of last year Elliot Gann, Psy.D. Executive Director, Psychologist and Music Producer/DJ at Today's Future Sound, took time out of his very busy schedule to discuss his favourite hardware, software, artists and highlights of the year.

Many, many thanks to Elliot Gann and keep up the fantastic work to all involved!

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Soundcloud Sessions 13 (Belated) Best of 2015 Part Two: walkingshoe, Sev Seveer, Radius, Evil Alex, Illingsworth, EMRSN and more

A mammoth belated part two, rounding up more of The New Beatmaker's favourites of last year.

From hip hop to future soul, to rock and jazz, dig in:

  
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Best of 2015: J. Rizzle talks PC Hardware, Software Favourites, Scarface and More

Welcoming Back The New Beatmaker Favourite, Blogger, DJ and More, J. Rizzle, to Talk 2015

Around this time last year The New Beatmaker called J. Rizzle 'one of the most hardworking men in the game, J. Rizzle is a writer, DJ and music, sneaker and cap connoisseur to boot!  He is clearly a man who has learned the secret of how to not need sleep.'

Well...he still has told me his secret! 

His output CONTINUES to include the instrumental / beats focused blog Gimmie That Beat, the DJ-Centred Check Deez, and 'KIX & LIDZ', dedicated to his love of sneakers and caps.  I don't know how he does it all.

J. Rizzle: DJ, Writer, Music, sneaker and cap connoisseur.
















Welcome back to J. Rizzle, here's what he had to say about last year:

Favourite hardware: 'MSI's Z170A SLI Plus.'

Favourite software: 'Trend Micro Titanium.' 

Favourite freeware:  'ClipConverter.cc.'

Favourite song: 'Big Sean "IDFWU."'

Favourite music video: 'Puff Daddy & The Family ft. Pharrell "Finna Get Loose."'



Favourite album: 'Scarface  "Deeply Rooted."'

Favourite musician, producer or beatmaker: 'Apollo Brown.'

Favourite app, blog or website: 'OkayPlayer.

Highlight: When the mix I did "Forty04" reached over 3000+ plays on Audiomack.

Low point: 'Burnt a perfectly good Supreme thin Crust pizza, when it was the last thing left in the freezer, lol.'

Music based New Year resolution: 'I will expand my musical taste by making mixes in other genres of music.' 
 
Good stuff J! 

Many thanks for checking in and all the best for the year.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Best of 2015: Evil Alex Talks Gear and Ambitions

The New Beatmaker Alumni Talks Hardware, Software, Music and Ambitions for this Year

It was only right to include The New Beatmaker family Evil Alex in our roundup of 2015, given that he released two of our favourite projects of last year ('Sounds in a Vacuum' and 'MaLAise', both of which can be enjoyed at evilalex49.bandcamp.com/)

Check out what the LA by-way-of Chicago musician and videographer had to say below.


Favorite hardware: 'Got a new allen and heath zed 18 that has been an amazing analog console.'

Favorite software: 'Been getting back into using Reason.'

Favorite song: ''Put a Flower in Your Pocket' by The Arcs'




Favorite music video: ''Multi-Love' by Unknown Mortal Orchestra'

Favorite album: ''Currents' by Tame Impala'

Favorite producer: 'Jamie xx'

Favorite blog: 'Stereogum'

High point: 'The release of 'Sounds in a Vacuum' and 'MaLAise''.

Low point: 'It was a good year for me musically.'

New year's resolutions: 'Collaborate more. Got a new EP in the works with Chicago emcee Shavac Prakash and maybe another solo record that features other artists.'

Good stuff, The New Beatmaker cannot wait to hear more!

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Best of 2015: Superior, German Producer talks Hardware, Software and more

German producer chops it up with The New Beatmaker on hardware, software and more.

 
A pensive Superior

Hot on the heels of a successful year including superb collabos with REKS, Planet Asia, and Declaime, the German beatmaker chops it up with The New Beatmaker on hardware, software and more.

Favourite hardware: 'Maschine Studio; Nice controller, nice pads, nice features, 2 colour displays – nice to work with.'

Favourite software and / or sample pack: 'Maschine Software, because it perfectly matches with the Maschine Studio controller.'
It really doesn’t matter with which tools you produce your music. At the end, it’s all about the result.
Favourite freeware: 'If you ask me, the best freeware is Audacity. It’s a perfect tool to edit the waves.'


Still going strong: Audacity is a Superior go-to. 

Favourite song: 'Of course, I have to choose my single „Superiority“ with Reks :-D'

Favourite music video: 'I really can’t choose one – there have been way too many. If I have to choose, it would be the live video of Oddisee & Good Company with Juju Rogers, Un vrai chantier à l’affranchi in Marseille. This had been the best concert for me this year.'

Oddisee & Good Company with Juju Rogers „Un vrai chantier 6“ à l’affranchi in Marseille. 

Favourite album: 'Petestrumentals 2“. Do I really have to say anything more about that?'

Favourite musician, producer or beatmaker: 'Oddisee and Pete Rock - Two geniuses'

Music based New Year resolution: 'The only conclusion I can make is: It really doesn’t matter with which tools you produce your music. At the end, it’s all about the result. So I will keep focusing on that.'

Amen to that.  Many thanks Superior, here's to a great 2016 for you.

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Best of 2015: EMRSN Talks Kaytranada, Kendrick Lamar and D'Angelo

The rising soul star looks back at 2015; and how the music of last year takes him further into the past - and into the future at the same time

Future-Soul man, EMRSN.
With 'About Love' being one of The New Beatmaker's favourites of 2014, and 'Cold World' being one of 2015's stand-outs, it was only right to invite rising soul star EMRSN to share his favourites from 2015 with us.

EMRSN hopped on Kaytranada's heater 'Holy Hole Inna Donut' for The New Beatmaker favourite 'About Love'.

In doing so, this gave the rising soul star the chance to take a trip down musical memory lane, touching on how Kendrick Lamar channeled Death Row-era Snoop Dogg and, even all these years, Devante Swing still gets the props.

Favourite song: ''Girl' by The Internet (Produced by Kaytranada) - Kaytra on the beat with Syd tha Kyd’s voice, incredible!!

What I love about this sort of music (but more specifically this track) is that it combines elements that I have loved throughout my whole life of being a music fan.

Kaytra especially, really fuses the whole ‘future beats’ with a real nod to that lazy ‘Dilla’ Hip-Hop vibe, with some mad sounding synths - it’s the synths especially.

Kaytranada on the beat again: with Syd tha Kyd and crew's 'Girl'.  A great track and a great video, too.

Kaytra definitely has his own sound (a trained ear can pick a Kaytra track, just like a Premo or Timbaland beat) but it’s those weird synths that he uses that makes his music stand out most for me.

The chords are just SWEET!  Oh, and Syd tha Kyd is an amazing singer, I love the way she writes her melodies.'

Favourite music video:  ''King Kunta' - Kendrick Lamar.  This video just totally brings me back to when I was a young teen falling in love with West Coast gangsta rap.

All hail the King! 2015 was Kendrick Lamar's year.

I knew about Rap but wasn’t that exposed to it, I remember only really being into MJ and RnB, and maybe Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff at the time.  I remember watching Rage (Australian music video TV show) one morning and the ‘What’s my name’ video by Snoop came on.  To be honest, I was more intrigued than anything, it was just so interesting, and I don’t know why, but I was just totally drawn to it.

I loved all those West coast style videos through the 90’s, they just had that certain style and so seeing Kendrick on the roof of the Compton Fashion Center was just like seeing Snoop on top of VIP Records in Long Beach.'

Kendrick on the roof of the Compton Fashion Center was just like seeing Snoop on top of VIP Records in Long Beach.
Favourite album: 'Can I still say Black Messiah - D'Angelo (because I’m going to anyway)!

D’Angelo is a total cliché of a flawed genius - some people are just too good.  I was ready for what he was going to deliver, both on the record and at his SoulFest performance last year.  I had watched the Red Bull interview with him and he explained it what direction the record was going in musically.

I don’t really know what genre you could call this album.  It’s not your ‘stock standard’ Neo Soul, I mean, it’s definitely Soul but with a abundance of influences.  Throughout the record you can also hear way more of a nod to one of his favourite influences – Prince, plus I absolutely love the fact that the entire album was recorded organically and all live.  D’Angelo is the king!'

A very powerful, very poignant performance by D'Angelo and The Vanguard.

Favourite Musician: 'D'Angelo, hands down.  When I was growing up I would always listen to Hip-Hop and wonder why there wasn’t more vocalists singing over some of the really dope, jazzy, soulful Hip-Hop beats, then along comes D’Angelo doing pretty much exactly that.

The way I interpreted his music was simple, it was a mix of Gospel/Jazz and 90’s East coast Boom Bap.  The fact that he had that jazzy swag made him SO much cooler than the rest of the same RnB artists.  His three albums have all been totally different to each other, and I am utterly amazed at how much soul oozes from this dude!

Back in the day my favourite producer was Devante Swing from Jodeci.

Jodeci was and will always be my favourite RnB group.  K-Ci and JoJo were amazing singers, but the reason I loved them so much were the beats, Devante’s beats!  His production was heavily Gospel influenced, but he gave it this rough swag with the beats and synth bass lines he used.  I loved the repetitive sweet lines over the chords, the harp runs, but I think I loved those mega dramatic synth riffs the most - usually used at the intro’s of the tracks, they were inspiring.'


The musical prodigy, Devante Swing, wowing the crowd.

Favourite app, blog or website: 'I still use Youtube to find so much stuff I have no idea about, I'll sit there and just 'surf' for hours, making lists of all this dope stuff I find.

I’ve found a lot of my favourite stuff from Youtube channels like Majestic Casual, Just Good Music, Underground Charisma, Infinite Bass and SYZYGY.  These channels, along with Soulection on Souncloud is where I really started to be exposed to the new movement of Future Beats, and where I still go to find more.'

Highlight: 'Overall, just hearing more and more dope Future Beats being created around the world.
It's the evolution, underground never dies!

I’m waiting for the Future Beat movement to explode, but then at the same time I hope it doesn’t, because we all know what happens to things once the ‘industry’ takes over.  Anyway, it’s just so exciting and stimulating to be part of something that is fresh and dope.'

Low point: 'Being exposed to the ‘lyrical skills’ of some of these "MC's" that seem to be flooding all the mainstream music charts.'

Beatboxer extraordinaire Tom Thum and EMRSN revisit a Ray Charles classic. 

Music based New Year resolution: 'MAKE MORE FUCKING MUSIC!!!!!! That’s my one and only plan, and I’m sticking to it 100%.'

Favourite Microphone: 'The one in front of me.  (Sorry, I don’t know shit about equipment…)'

No need to say sorry EMRSN, just keep doing what you do behind the mic!  Happy 2016 to you and yours.

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Press Release: BeatTips Founder, Sa'id, Drops New Single "Make It Mean Something;" Announces Album

I've made no secret of the influence that Amir 'Sa'id' Said has had on thenewbeatmaker.com (see here and here).  So it's with understandable excitement that I share the following press release:

BeatTips Founder, Sa'id, Drops New Single "Make It Mean Something;" Announces Album

Sa'id, Author of the Books The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling, Puts Out New Single and is Set to Release Album that Aims to Be "Meaningful" and "Demonstrates What's in his Books"
By G. Ferguson



BROOKLYN, NY — December 9, 2015 — Sa'id (Amir Said), founder of BeatTips, the popular beatmaking and music education website, the independent publishing house Superchamp Books, and author of the books The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling, today announced his new album The Best of TimesThe Best of Times, features beats and rhymes entirely by Sa'id, and in addition to being entertaining and thought provoking, it is meant to serve as an example of the ideas, methods, and practices found in his books.


"This album represents one of the best ways for me to further discuss the kind of information and insight that you'll find in both The BeatTips Manualand The Art of Sampling," says Sa'id. "Everything that I do with BeatTips is about continuing the discussion — finding new ways to help expand the beatmaking community at large. But of course, I'm also an artist: I rhyme and I make beats. So also it means a lot to me that have this opportunity to put out music on my own terms and watch it compete on the open market. Plus, I'm an advocate for beatmakers (producers) putting out their own projects. Whether it be as beatmaker-rappers or as part of duo or group, I believe that the most sustainable path for beatmakers (producers) is the path that includes creating and putting their own projects, rather than chasing or waiting for a beat placement. So I'm following my own advice."


Although The Best of Times has no features in the traditional sense, it does have an important co-star. "What makes this album really special to me is that I've done it with the help of my son, Amir Ali Said. Amir, who is the co-executive producer along with me, has been extremely instrumental — literally speaking — to this album. My son is living in Paris at the moment; I just recently returned to New York City from there. And we wanted a way to stay connected until I made my way back to Paris. So as a challenge, and a way for us to really stay connected, I asked him to dig in the crates — e-dig — and pick music for me to sample. No one knows my ear better than Amir. That's my son; he's on the cover of The BeatTips Manual. He's been hearing me make and talk about music his entire life. So I completely trust his judgment; I knew that he would send me stuff that I could catch wreck on. That's why Amir is the co-star of this album: He sent me handpicked music to flip, and I flipped it."

Coinciding with his album announcement, Sa'id dropped a new song called "Make It Mean Something." "I had to drop a new joint. I couldn't mention my new album and not drop a joint. So Here is 'Make It Mean Something,' the first song from my new album. Please share! And thank you for your continued support."

BeatTips has provided the most trusted information on the craft, culture, and business of beatmaking/hip hop production since 2002. The 1st edition of ‘The BeatTips Manual’ was published by Superchamp Books in 2002, the same year BeatTips.com was founded. Used by beatmakers and in schools around the world, in 2007, ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ now widely held as the standard for hip hop production education, was featured in New York University’s first course on beatmaking and hip hop production. Since then, ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ now in its 6th Edition, has been used in countless schools and institutions of higher learning, including The Berklee College of Music and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and it continues to be recognized as the definitive beatmaking/hip hop production book around the globe, confirming its status as one of the most important music studies of our time.

Press Contact: G. Ferguson, beattips2@gmail.com
http://www.BeatTips.com | @BeatTipsManual @AmirSaid
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