Monday, January 2, 2017

NateOGDetroit! Interviews Detroit MC/Producer/Singer K-Phetic

1.WhatUpDoe fam, we have been building for awhile now and I know that your dope beyond dope at your chosen craft but for those who may be unfamiliar with you or your work, feel free to introduce yourself? Who are you? Where are you from? What Do you do?
  
I am Kahlil or K pHetic I am from Motown. Started as a writer, singer, producer, and emcee. Now I do everything that’s involved in putting out a project  graphic design, mix and mastering, producing, web design, marketing, duplication and consulting work for artists amongst other things. I also have a clothing label I’m working with.

2. K-Phetic thats a dope name, can you explain the science behind it and how it came about?

 I was named after Lebanese poet and artist Kahlil Gibran.  One of his most popular collections of writings and drawings is called “The Prophet” which was my name initially.  Over the years I realized too many people wanted to use the name so it became Prophetic and there was the same problem.  I then realized that if I wanted to be noticed and not lumped in with the plethora of false prophets so I shortened Prophetic to phetic and placed the K in from for King …King of the prophets (K Phetic)

3.What is your earliest recollection of music?

Very very difficult to decipher as music was always around.  My mother always sang to me as a child and my dad played various instruments so I suppose it is just in me. I don’t remember a time without music. I got my first piano at like 2 or 3…

4.What is your earliest recollection of hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?

Hip hop to me was realized as a culture.  I heard the music all the time but it wasn’t called “hip hop “ per sae it was what we listened to to dance and not listen to old soul and pop our parents played day in and day out … It was young peoples music.  We would hang out in the streets with boom boxes and listen to music dance (break boy).  It was a unity thing …it was something that was ours. 

5.Who are some of your influences and how have they influenced you?

My father was a major influence as him and his homies used to get together and have Jam sessions where they would all play and sing maybe some rapping was happening but more like a reggae ish vibe.. He always had instruments around the house and he always played guitar and flute too.  They used to record to tape. He used to take me to record stores when he would go dig for old and new shit.  My mother always sang around the house.. I was always around music.
Stevie Wonder, Cold crush Bros, Run DMC,  2live crew, Dj los, 12tec mob, Dilla

6.Not to show age but what year did you start rapping and producing?

First off I started with a Playschool turntable a boom box and a Purple Rain record…and a couple blank tapes…I ruined that record…I think I got it on my 8th birthday…Then I started making radio shows then came pause tapes because I realized I could extend a beat doing that…. A lot of beating on desks and, beat boxing.  I was always a creator of music but I really didn’t know about how music was professionally recorded.  Didn’t touch a piece of pro equipment until 1996  in a friends dorm room he had a beat machine …it was over.. I had tapes and tapes of beat ideas I had beat boxed and I went to work. Couple days later he asked me to do a track for his group..that was my first time in the studio.

7.How do you define your signature sound?

New Motown Sound…progressive hip hop, IDK man let the people label it. I don’t think I can be boxed in.


8.How do you feel about the analogue versus digital approach to production?

Well I come from the analogue world where the sounds have body and warmth and the bass is phat.  I actually started recording when the digital world was becoming relevant so I got the best of both worlds. Computer audio is often flat and lifeless but with a knowledge of frequency and sound you can add that back in the mix in most cases… I have a lot of issues with software. It made everyone a music artist.. When you had to buy $1000 pieces of hardware the whole music game was a lot more serious… now anyone can pirate software with no skills and produce sound.  I still use a mesh of both to me it’s the only way to go.

9.How do you feel about the ongoing ghostwriting debate going on in hip hop right now?

I couldnt care less..Sike …. I don’t care for un authentic artists… Some people are creators and some are orators.  Its always been that way especially in R&B..  I prefer truth in my music though, authenticity, real feeling, emotion. Im not opposed to writing or ghost producing for people though…. Shit even Sugar Hill had ghost writers…. Show me the money$$$

10.What is the local music scene like where you are from?

Bursting with talent everywhere you look. There is a street element and a “backpack” element here and the two never come together and constantly call the other side lame or unskilled. There are certain shows where you know you not going to hear boom bap hip hop and certain shows where you know you won’t hear trap or 808 heavy tracks.  Overall Detroit is its own worst enemy. If your wack you won’t make it!  You just take up space.

11.Does the local scene affect how and what you create?

I know this sounds nuts but not really.  Aside from doing something with a local artist my creation is a lot more personal than that. 

12.What is your creative proccess as a MC and Producer?

I come up with a song concept and a vocal melody, maybe I think of an old riff or record or even instrument I would like to use. Figure how I want a melody or sample to play (in my head). First for me is always a basic boom bap drum track…usually while I’m creating a track vocals start to appear and I might stop and write the song then finish the beat…. A lot of times I record the song before the beat is done or even after I lay the initial drum track and then build the beat around the vocals. I make a lot of original music.
As far as an emcee I have lots of concepts and song ideas in my head and when I audition beats those beats pull out those ideas and that’s how I choose tracks that I buy from people. For me it’s like its meant to fit together…Producers send me nice tracks all the time that I can’t fuck with because they just don’t touch me. Nowadays I usually write per song …Don’t just have mad notebooks of songs like I used to. I just memorize detailed song concepts and a couple bars and we rolling.

13.What does your lab set up consists of and how has it changed over the years?

Well my initial lab was all hardware Mpc2000, Ensoniq boards, Yamaha DAW, dr5 drum machine, statocaster guitar, dj mixer and technic turntable. I still have most of that and incorporated digital technology for production and several mic pres and outboard compressors for warmth and what to me is an overall better sound then going str8 into the computer with voice or instruments.  Also added a bass guitar mpc studio midi keys, shakers, flutes, variety off off brand ethnic instruments.   I also use software for production and my go to is Reason for that ….been using Reason since my first computer rig it’s the closest to hardware visually and work flow wise… You didn’t think I was gonna give it all away did you….lol

14. Which do you prefer being a producer or MC?

I cant choose …I will probably stop rappin before I stop producing…if that makes sense.. A producer produces records not just beats and that’s what I do. Build sound back vocals and build records….Overall I enjoy engineering and the manipulation of recorded sound  more so than both of them… 

15.What sets your music and brand apart from everyone else?

Live playing and instrumentation I use a lot of actual instrument sound samples instead of synthesized versions. Or sample my own. I have folders and folders ..gigs and gigs of developed and sampled sounds. A lot of people dig records for melodys or drums or lengthy samples. I dig sometimes just to get certain horn sound, that certain snare, or bell, or whistle, it could be anything. I will snatch a note and then begin to build off that weather designing a new sound comparable to it or eq ing some of the dirt out or wutever.. Overall im a sound quality fiend and spend a lot of time in sound design and mixing and mastering

16.What are some of your current projects and where can we find them?

I have two previously released albums that are both available for free “K pHetic Presents” and “ The Interim Project” both are available via my bandcamp website. Currently I a have 3 singles out “That Loud” which is produced by Rockwilder, “#WUTCHYUWUSTHNKN” produced by Pete Rock and “Hotel” produced by Cipher 7000 the singles are available via iTunes and the Parkside Media Group soundcloud

17.What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?

I have 3 solo projects on the way 2 are in mix master phase.  Waiting on a few engineers that I would like to have the chance to work with on it.  Im excited about the 2016s project that should have been out but as I stated cant let it come out until its my ears say so and it has not been time. It’s a dope project I got production from Detroit KillaB, Konphlict, Rockwilder and of course myself. 

18.How can we stay updated and connected to you and your work?

https://kphetic.bandcamp.com  http://kphetic.wixsite.com/kphetic  Gram twitter and google me @ KpHetic

19. Any jewels for aspiring artist and producers?

Continue to create content fuck politics, fuck haters when you have a catalog it speaks volumes. 
GET YOUR PAPERWORK IN ORDER if your lost on that …contact me.

20.When did you realize you had a talent in music and when did you decide to pursue it as a possible career?

When I was  a kid I knew I was good a emceeing and writing in general.  When I started hearing other people who rapped or were rappers even ones on radio or tape..and I though that I was better than that and maybe I could really do this but I never took it seriously till after that first session. We used to go everywhere battling “rappers” 7 mile to belle isle everywhere we went we rapped..in 99 I booked a session with a friend of a good friend @ the disc (Magnetic) .. Everyone who heard that tape wanted to work…it was scary and amazing. Also got the opportunity to work on JDillas mpc and at that point he was IT for me on production so to me I was inline with the universe and where I was supposed to be.

21.Any special thanks or shout outs feel free to do so here?

Thanks for the interview… 

22.Do you represent any companies or labels if so how long have you been affiliated?

Parkside Media Group and consulting  is the company we are building.
Musically im independent and I OWN MY SHIT all$in

23.Any final words for the readers and anything we didnt cover yet?
Nah

NateOGDetroit! Interviews Springfield Mass Beatologist DoomDaWiz

1. Whats good fam, now we have been building for a short time but i am a huge fan of your work. So for those who may not know your work feel feel free to introduce your self? Who are you? Where are you from? What is your craft?

What's good brother...my name is DoomDaWiz, I'm from Springfield, Massachusetts..and I'm a Boom Bap Producer 

2.Now Doom Da Wiz, thats a dope beyond dope production name, 
Whats the science behind it and how did the name come about?
Well I'm a jack of all trades,I can draw, i DJ , and I also have a degree in Film, Audio Engineering and multi media ... and I make beats...so when I mesh those all together people say I craft it together like a wizard...my brother HighLifeHalf said DoomDaWiz and it stuck.

3.What is your earliest recollection of music in general?

Probably like everyone else...growing up listening to ur moms play her records... my moms was versatile with her music...so I got a variety of different music... 

4. When Did you fall in love with hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?

now my Aunt she had the soul record collection and she played the first rap record I ever heard Christmas Rap by Kurtis Blow. After that I was Hop Hop all the way!

5.Who are some of your influences and how have they influenced you?

Too many but I would say, 
Strong Hold Posse, Preemo, Pete Rock, Dilla, Large Pro, Kenny Parker, Grand Daddy I.U....and the Beatminerz there music touched my soul. But I.U. Gave me some advice on my beats and that changed how I made beats forever.

6.Not to show age but what year did you start producing?

To be honest I always messed around with it.. but I didn't really start taking it seriously till 2001

7.When did you realize your talent in music and choose to pursue your talent?

didn't really Pursue it ...I made a beat for Mikey D ...I sent him a message on FB ..and said yo I got this beat I made just for u...I sent it to him 2 weeks later he sent me back a song ...after that I shot his video for his first single "All Alone" ...and when we wrapped that ...I wanted to shoot a video for the song he did for me but our schedules were off. So I decided to do something different I edited a old Fat Albert cartoon to the lyrics put it out and people love it...started to ask who produced the track and since then things took off for me

8.How do you feel about the e-digging vs Vinyl digging debate?

I don't care where u find ur sounds if u make something dope then it's dope!

9.What is your stance on the digital vs analog debate on production equipment?

I don't care what u make ur music with if it's dope it's dope!

10. What is the local music scene like where you live?

I really don't know ...I only mess with select local artists... and they do shows all over. So there not really local.

11. Does the local music scene affect how and what you create?

No not at all..I make music for me first.. music is my medication 

12.Im a producer as well, but what does your creative process consist of?

A big bag of bud. 

13.What does your lab set up consists of and how has it changed since you started?

I have a Korg Triton LE, MPD32, and a MPK61...it hasn't changed love my shit!! 

14. Now you just dropped The shogun beat tape which was a dope beyond dope beat tape. What was the concept behind it, how has it been received by fans and where can people find it?

I made that in one day...and dropped it the next...I didn't want it to be just a thing of beats I wanted to add that Hip Hop feel... I named it the shogun because I just happened to be watching the Last Dragon earlier that day lol. Smoke a L then went to work in it. The public lived it well I gave it away for free and moved units ..I should of charged lol

15.What are some of your current projects and where can we find them to show support?

Well I just finished up My producer team the Audio Skulls Hateful8 beat tape that's out right now. 8 different producers from across the US!! 8 different styles. I'll provide the links 
I'm currently working on a few things first my album The Ugly Truth... with features by: Mikey D, Grand Daddy I.U., Krumbsnatcha, AG Da Coroner, HighLifeHalf, and more due out in January.
I'm also working on HighLifeHalf album that will be out later this year 

16. What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?

Secrets all Secrets just expect a lot from DoomDawiz in 2017

17.Do you represent any companies or labels and if so how long have you been affiliated with them?

I own my own Production Company called BCM Studios..Which consists of Film, & Music

18.Do you have any jewels for people wanting to pursue music production as a career?

Just follow ur dream and don't let no one stop u!

19.Do You have any special thanks or shout outs if so feel free to place them here?

Shout out to my family, friends and all my supporters 

20.Do you have any final words for the readers or anything we didnt cover?

IT'S HERE YA'LL 
THE HATEFUL 8
GET UR COPY 
It's only $11.99
Click the link below and get that heat!!
#HATEFUL8
#AUDIOSKULLS
#DOOMDAWIZ
#BCMSTUDIOS
Hard Copies Click this link
$13.99 Digital Copies click this link
@Doomdawiz on IG
@DoomerH on Twitter 

Doomer Henry on FB

NateOGDetroit! Interviews Detroit Beat Craftsman MerchMusic

 1.Whatupdoe family, now we have been building for the past few years and you are also one of my mentors. Your one of the dopest cats i know at your given craft bit for those who may not know you,  feel free to introduce yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? 

This is Merch Music from Detroit and I produce Phat beats

 2.Now Merch Music thats a unique production name but whats the science behind it and how did it come about? --

The science behind it  comes from Ancient Africa and the caravans that Traveled with their merchandise. Thus the term traveling merchant.

 3.What is your earliest recollection of music?

My earilest To be honest i would say from Day one. 

 4.When did you fall in love with hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?

 My brown sugar moment with Hip Hop came when I heard The Breaks by Curtis Blow & The Message by Melle Mel and the Furious Five.

 5.Who are some of your influences and how has each influenced you?

 As far as production im heavily influenced by Pete Rock and Dj. Premier. Both have different production styles but they gave me my first understandings of how to chop and  blend samples to hardcore drum patterns.

 6.Not to show age but what year did you start producing?


 I started producing in 2001 and i started out with Reason than I moved To utilizing The MPC 2000

 7.When did you realize your talent with music and when did you decide to pursue it?

 I realized my talent honestly a few years ago. I began to get better at my production skills.

 8.What is your stance on the analogue vs digital debate as far as music production? 

No debate. I like them both. Just different.

 9.What is your stance on the crate digging vs e-digging debate? 

Crate digging is more interactive and the samples you get are gritty.

 11.How do you define the difference between beatmakers and producers? 

Well Im both. Just listen to one of my tracks. Every beat maker is not a producer. Vice versa

 12.Now we are both from Detroit but what is the local music scene like at this moment?

 Im not absolutely sure but Detroit has always had a up and down kinda vibe. But it can be better. More unity.

 13.Does the local scene affect how and what you create?

 No cause i come a different sound of music. My music  influence from my childhood dictates how I create

 14.What does your lab set up consists of and how has it changed over the years? 

 My set up is Maschine Mikro, MAC computer and keyboards. Thats all i have now but it works. But i come from the era of the pause cassettes tape type of making beats.

 15.What is your creating process like as a producer? 

Well  my creative process really is about paying attention to what I'm actually shopping 4 when i sample. If there is a sample that catches my ear immediately then  that track will be done within the next 10-15 minutes if it's something else or sample that I really really really like and I haven't came up with a method  yet I'll probably sit on that sample until the creative process in my head and my soul connects with what I'm hearing.

 16.What are some things that you feel that todays artists are missing compared to the golden era of hip hop?  

Talent and artist development.


 17.What is one thing you hate to see producers do that annoys you? 

Nothing really. I keep my eyes on my own paper like they used to say in school.

 18.Congrats on the new project that you have in the works called Chop Suey Vol. 1 What is the concept behind it and how did it come about? 

A good friend of mine by the name of Big Dame gave me the idea chop suey because of the way that I chop samples. Chop Suey is about given yourself soul something good to eat off of.

 19.Do you represent any companies or labels if so how long have you been affiliated with them? 

No company No Labels no affiliate

 20.What are some jewels you would give aspiring producers? 

Keep practicing don't get stuck in one box expand your horizons always be willing to learn something new

 21.What are some of your other current projects and where can we find them? 

Well currently I'm trying to finish up Chop Suey volume one afterwards I'm working on a full house music albums there will be no leaks on any one of my projects just Snippets

 22.What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most? 

One of my future projects is to do a full house music album but I do look forward to this chop suey project

 23.Do you have any special thanks or shout outs feel free to do so here? 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity for this interview period I like to shout out first born and Uncle p and l would like to see all of my new fans and those who really take a listen to Merchmusic

 24.Any final thoughts for the readers or things we didnt cover? 

Just get money and stay Sucker Free

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NateOGDetroit! @NateOGDetroit Interviews Ace Duce aka Ann Arbor Michigan Beatologist JB Swift

1. Whatupdoe Fam, thanks for blessing me with this interview. Now i know that you are dope beyond dope at what you do but for those who may not be familiar feel free to intrduce yourself, Who are you? What do you do? And where are you from?

No doubt bro. I appreciate that, and thanks for reaching out. Man, where can I start? I'm JB Swift. Dj/Producer born in Ann Arbor, MI raised in Inkster and Ypsilanti, MI

2. Jb Swift, thats a dope name does it hold any specific meaning and how did you come up with it?

Not really too much to it. 

My government initials and my nickname from high school. Back in 90/91 in Ypsi, everybody had a nickname pretty much lol.

3. What is your earliest recollection of music?

That's hard to say say really. Probably around 2-3 or so. My mom was always playing some kind of music. I'm a 70's baby, so I know it was all good music.

4. When did you fall in love with hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?

Man, I'd have to say in 84-85 when I went to the Freshfest concert in Detroit with my big cousin. I was like 10. I just remember that being the best thing that I had ever seen or heard. Run- DMC in their prime with Jam Master Jay. I was hooked after that.

5. Who are some of your influences and how have they influenced you?

I try not to pattern myself after anyone, so I really don't have a lot of influences. It's just the music for me and how I'm feeling when I'm making it. 

6. What inspires you to create? 

It's just in me I guess. But I could say my family though. They definitely inspire me the most.

7. What is the local scene like where you live?

Not as live as it used to be in the 90's, that's for sure. From what I see though, Detroit still has a few lanes open.

8.Does the local scene where you live affect how and what you create?

Not at all. All I do is work, spend time with the fam, make beats and sleep. I'm in the house a lot.

9.What are your thoughts on the analogue vs digital debate? 

I understand both sides of the issue. Digital will always have it's place. But there is a certain pureness to the analog sound. It's hard to explain. All I've ever had was analog equipment.

10.What are you thoughts on crate digging vs e-digging?

love them both. Sometimes, you don't have the time or resources to go out digging. It's only a couple of spots that I go to. But if I find song/sample a online that I'm looking for, I'm never mad.

11. Not to show age but when did you start producing? 

I started producing seriously when I was 19. But I was  making pause tape mixes in high school  too, so maybe 14.

12.When  was the moment you realized you had a talent with music that you wanted to pursue?

 When I bought my first MPC in 98. It was a lot of money for me back then, so for me to spend it, I had to be serious about it.

13.How do define your signature sound? 

That's a hard question. I just do what feel good to me and I hope that whoever hears it, feels how I meant it.

14.What sets ypur brand of music from everyone else? 

Basically, I just try not to sound like anyone else.

Everyone has their own style. I'm just trying to do me.

15.Im a producer as well but what does your lab set up consist of and how has it changed over the years? 

Not much really. Macbook Pro w Pro Tools,Mpc 2500 and 2000xl. 2 1200 Technics and a Roland VS-1680 mixer. I started with a Boss SP-202.

16. What is your creative process consist of? 

I usually start slow when I make a beat. I try to listen to the entire song that I'm sampling before I start chopping. It depends on if I already have a drum pattern or not. 

17.How do decide what tracks to send to which artist when submitfing tracks?

You have to look at tempo. If your beats fit an artist's usual flow tempo and style, send it.

18. If You could pick five artist or producers to collab with who would the be and why would you pick them?

Dilla(RIP) of course, Pete Rock, Kev Brown, Roc Marciano and Sean Price(RIP). Simply because I love all of their music.

19.What are some of your current projects and where can we find them?

I have three projects out.  Reinvented is available to stream on Dat Piff. Reinvented 2 and my joint album" From MI to PA" with my man Rye-Bread, out of Pennsylvania are both on iTunes and Apple Music.

20.What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?

In December, we're dropping The Preservation with Rye-Bread and K7, Reinvented 3 in April, then From MI to PA 2.

21. Do you have any jewelz for people aspiring to pursue music as a career? 

If you're gonna pursue music as a career, stay true to it. Practice your craft daily. Even when you don't feel like it. You'll be better as an artist.

22. Do you have any shout outs or special thanks?

Thanks to God, first and foremost.My wife and kids and family. I also gotta give a big shout of respect to the artists that I've worked with. My man Bub Bizzle, Rye-Bread and K7. My day ones, K. Forbes, K. Holmes and G. Hall. Diz and Smurf(Gualla Game), Mocab, Alphounce Wolfe, Kamoni Khem Cook, Nick Neech, Rill Ill aka Sonny Dulphi, C-Will, just to name a few. I'm sure I'm missing some folks. Shout out to you as well Nate OG.

23.Do you represent any companies or labels if so how long have you been afilliated with them?

Foley Ave/JB Swift Productions.

24.Anything that we didnt cover feel free to do so here? 

Ummm, I think we covered all bases, bro.

25. Any final thoughts for the readers? 

Always be true to yourself. One.


Friday, November 4, 2016

NateOGDetroit! Interviews Canadian Futuristic Beat Wizard And Sound Designer Alpha Centori

1.Whatupdoe my brother, now we have been building for a short time and i am a huge fan of your work. for those who may not be familiar with your work feel fre to introduce yourself. Who are you? what do you do? and where are you from?

 My name is Alpha Centori, i’m a producer and sound designer and i’m from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2.Now Alpha Centori, that is a dope name what is the science behind it and how did it come about?

In terms of cosmology, Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to the Solar System. And it has 3 suns. In my music i always like to put that extra space, exotic, strange touch to my beats. I like melodies with weird chord progressions. I also come from Montreal, Canada which in terms of hip hop is a bit of an outsider. We never really made it internationally and montreal is not really known to the public. So all that made me think like i’m an outsider, i’m super underground. So in my mind, i see myself as coming from another star system. Another place with absolutely obscure samples that no one can imagine.

3.What inspired you to become a Producer/Sound Designer?

 As a young kid i always was fascinated by the clicks and pops of vinyl sound. And when i heard those clicks and pops in hip hop beats, i immediately was intrigued at how the beats where made. I knew it had something to do with vinyl but didn’t know how it worked. So from there it sparked my curiosity and i made my research and when i found out they made those beats with samplers and turntables, that’s the moment i knew i wanted to make beats.

4.How long have you been a producer/sound designer?

I had my first sampler at age 13 in 1987. It was a Casio SK1 that my grand mother gave me as a gift. But i would say i started getting serious in 1998. Sound designer i began in 2007 with my partner at the time we opened a sound library drum company called Drumlabz which made 3 releases. You can cop them at boombaplabs.com

5.What is you earliest recollection of music in general?

When i was very young, almost a baby i remember slightly just flashes of my father playing so sad the song by Gladys Knight and Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore almost each night so i could fall asleep. They were my lullabies. That’s the farthest i can go back.

6.When did you fall in love with hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?

My pops one day, came back home with a Aiwa Radio and 1 cassette. The tape was a EP from Run DMC called Papa Crazy. And the song that spark it all was Run’s House. But on that EP they only had the instrumental version. So i kept listening to Run’s House with the funky drummer sample.....that was it ! I was born !

7. What is your stance on vinyl crate digging vs e-digging?

 As long as the sample is dope, to me it don’t matter where it came from. I know producers that sample movies soundtracks from old VHS tapes and TV dialogues, best example is Wu-Tang. A few years ago i was only about vinyl. But i forced myself to open my mind and i did a good thing.

8.What is your stance on analog equipment vs digital software for music production?

I will always be a fan of the analog warm textures, harmonic distortion and all that. In my book it’s the best. But time made me realize i couldn’t wait to buy all the analog gear i want because i would be 80 years old making my first album. The cost of the equipment is too high. So i opted for digital. And technology evolved to a point were digital can replicate analog very well. I also learned to take advantage of analog tape the cheapest way by just record my drums on a standard cassette and sample them back to have that tape compression and texture. But at the end of the day, i think the most important is that you have the tools to express yourself.

9.Who are some of you influences from when you first started producing until now and how have they influenced you?

I was influenced by a lot but i would say Marley Marl, DJ Premier, Public Enemy, Diamond D, RZA influenced me the most. The way the Shocklee brothers accorded much importance to details to me that was a major influence. The « wall of noise » concept also was very decisive. And then came the crate diggin' aspect pushed by Diamond D. And then RZA came with all that and added movie samples.....wow !!! That was it !

10.I am a producer as well but what does your lab set up consists of without giving out any sector 7 secrets?

I use to believe that a big arsenal would make me better. But with time i realized that the contrary was much better for me. I use only Maschine Studio with the Roland SP-404 SX, some samples and plug-ins and that’s it.

11. What is your creative process as a producer and sound designer?

I first listen to a lot of music. Open my maschine and i try to stop thinking and just operate. Just do ! Anything even if wack for the moment but do, do , do..... and after maybe a few minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes a day or two, when i feel music touched my emotion that’s when i become good. I express those emotions. I Translate them into beats. It’s like drawing. First you warm up by doing simple circles and lines. Then all of a sudden a vision comes and there goes the creative flow.

12.What inspires you to create music and to sound design?

I let my emotions guide me a lot. I’m very inspired by new technologies and the way internet let’s you express yourself. I also watch lots of YouTube videos for inspiration. Movies, life events and lots of music listening. For sound design i basically inspire myself from other producers and how their music sounds.

13.If you could be in the studio with any artist or producer to create an album who would be your top 5 choices and why?

 GZA, J Dilla, Madlib, Guru, Busta Rhymes

14.How do you define your signature sound as a producer and sound designer?

 Melodic, underground, fly, bouncy.

15. What makes your brand stand out from everyone elses?

The sample choice i use. I try to chose strange obscure melodies. Stuff that makes you go deep inside your mind. And the drum patterns bouciness.

16. Do You represent any companies or labels if so who are they and how long have you been affiliated with them?

No, i’m totally independent.

17. What is the local music scene like where you live?

I live in the french canadian part of Canada. The province of Quebec. So french dominates but there is a lot of american influence and lots of english people also. If your a rapper it’s not easy to find your identity. Radio plays 90% french music. Hip hop in Montreal is mostly french but there’s also an english more underground scene. I dropped the mic long ago and opted for music only. The universal language.

18. Does the local scene affect how and what you create?

Oh yes indeed. Artist here have a choice to make....english or french or both. Then you create. And i think it’s a bit sad that you have to make that choice. For
example me i use to rap in english. But then i changed to french to get more popular. But then in french your only popular locally.....so i switched back to english. But french is my native language so i didn’t master english well enough to compete with the united states or the rest of the world. So i became confused in my identity. That confusion led me to make a drastic choice. And that choice was being a producer instead of a mc. That was the best choice i ever made for myself.

19. Do you have any jewels for aspiring producers and sound designers?

Never give up and study music in your own way.

20. What are some of your current projects and how can we find them?

I’m currently working on promoting my sound library website Boom Bap Labs where you can reach at www.boombaplabs.com and i’m working on my third album titled : The New Diagonal. Of course always digging in the crates. It’s a daily opeartion.

21. What are some of your future projects and which ones do you look forward most?

I would really like my sound library company to grow, and i have lots of music that i want to make. So expect lots of more albums by Alpha Centori. My goal is to make as much quality albums possible in the lifetime i have. Sampling has such infinite possibilities. I want to do this for the rest of my life.

22. How can we stay connected with you?

You can find me on Facebook as Alpha Centori. This is were you’ll get the most recent news about me and my projects. I’m also on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and i’m working on opening a YouTube channel.

23,Do you have any special shout outs or special thank?

Special shout outs to my bro Pascal, my best friend Andréanne, Nate OG Detroit Oglesby, my main man Cashius Rockett, Remy Cosmo, Miki Funk, David Poe, Merc’em, Chad Nissen, Steve, Carl and Raycord, LMN8, Browny Beats and To Tozz.

24,Any final thoughts for the readers?

Do what you like and be passionate about it. Never give up ! Be willing to make some sacrifices. Believe in yourself !

25.Anything we didnt cover that you would like to mention?

Thanks to Nate OG for this amazing opportunity and for listening to my
music. Thanks to everybody supporting me. God bless !

Website links :
Boom Bap Labs
www.boombaplabs.com
Bandcamp
https://alphacentori.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/alphacentori
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Alpha-Centori-452364528244359/