In this first episode of Beat Bang Theory, Dubspot Instructor Shareef Islam welcomes special guest Lord Finesse, influential hip-hop artist, producer, and founder of Diggin’ in the Crates (D.I.T.C.). Join them as they dig deep into the crate of vinyl sampling and hip-hop music production.
In this first episode of Beat Bang Theory, Dubspot Instructor Shareef Islam welcomes Lord Finesse, influential hip-hop artist, producer, DJ, and founder of the legendary Diggin’ in the Crates (D.I.T.C.) crew.
Enter Dubspot’s dojo and join Shareef and Lord as they talk about the art of sampling and sound design from vinyl records. Watch as Finesse takes us through his workflow from listening to records and finding sounds to creating his signature sound. Soak in some wisdom from the master sampling craftsmen as Finesse shares his approach to tailor-making music from vinyl records using Ableton Live and Akai’s flagship MPC Renaissance. Also, take a ride through hip-hop history as Finesse talks about some favorite records he produced and a few pioneers of early hip-hop production that has influenced him. Gain a new respect for early age techniques of sampling and some insight into music production as a Crate Digger. The SP1200 Project: A Re-Awakening by Lord Finesse is available now on iTunes.
About Lord Finesse
Lord Finesse is a Hip hop artist and producer, hailing from The Bronx, New York, best known as the leader of the D.I.T.C. rap crew. Finesse began rapping at the early age of 14 in the early 80’s. He was introduced to the rap industry in the summer of 1989 as a New Music Seminar contestant in the famed New Music Seminar Rap Battle for Supremacy. After gaining a following in his native New York, Finesse cut Funky Technician, an excellent debut for Wild Pitch Records. He then signed a management deal with Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate Management and recorded his 1991 major-label debut, Return of the Funky Man, for Giant. Finesse continues to produce and has become a competent studio player, producing albums by Notorious B.I.G. and Noreaga. As a respected producer, Finesse has earned the title “The Ace of Trades” and has become a competent studio player. His production credits include such artist as Notorious BIG, Big L, Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, Capone-N-Noreaga, Vinny Paz, and many more.
Connect with Lord Finesse!
For this installment of Dubspot Radio Podcast, we are thrilled to have Lord Finesse, influential hip hop artist, MC, DJ, producer, and founder of the legendary D.I.T.C. (Diggin’ in the Crates) crew.
This exclusive mix is a glimpse into Finesse’s world as a DJ and listener who has an omnivorous, ever-growing appetite for new sounds and musical possibilities. It flows at a mesmerizing pace with many unexpected and exciting turns. The mix combines recognizable benchmark sounds with obscure gems that speaks to his deep diggin’ sensibilities.
Check out our extended interview with Lord Finesse HERE.
Lord Finesse speaks on a broad range of topics including his creative evolution from respected lyricist to influential DJ and producer, his production process and studio workflow, and incorporating Ableton Live into his setup. He even offers some tips and tricks for chopping and looping samples, extracting grooves and programming drums. We also discuss the process of composing his latest release, The SP1200 Project: A Re-Awakening, out March 10th, 2015 on Slice of Spice Records.
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