Native Instruments caught up with producer Wesley Pentz, otherwise known as Diplo at Mad Decent HQ (record company, studio, and collective he founded in the early 2000s.) Diplo offers a brief description of his production setup, workflow, and talked specifically about Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE 7’s MASSIVE. Like most of us, he was initially intimated by the software effect’s intricacies, but appreciated its versatility and usability after learning how to use it, and eventually creating and designing his own original instruments and sounds, and building tons of patches with his crew. He also talked about BATTERY, his/Major Lazer’s live shows, and generally the “direct control” a user gets when using Native Instruments software/programs.
Bass music innovator Diplo (Major Lazer, M.I.A. etc) features in a fascinating new video, throwing light on the method behind some of the most distinctive beats and sounds of recent years. Check out Diplo’s studio workflow and find out why KOMPLETE 7, and particularly MASSIVE, play a central role in the production of his hybrid, bass-heavy dance music.
They also interviewed west coast producer and rapper EA-Ski. The Oakland-based producer has worked with everyone from Spice 1 and Luniz to Ice Cube and TLC. He talked about moving from the Roland 606 and E-mu SP-1200 to Native Instruments’ small, compact MASCHINE.
An ever-increasing number of professional hip-hop producers are making the switch to MASCHINE. In our newest artist feature, California-based producer and beatmaker EA-Ski – with credits ranging from Luniz to Ice Cube, and from Spice 1 to Ice T – talks about how his other gear is collecting dust, now that MASCHINE has become his single weapon of choice. Also new: a virtuoso performance video from Jeremy Ellis using MASCHINE, from the rooftops of LA!