Dubspot Radio Podcast: TekMaschine (Shareef Islam a.k.a. Azteknique) – Live Performance w/ Maschine

For this week’s Dubspot Radio Podcast, we have an original concept mixtape performance by TekMaschine (better known as Dubspot instructor Shareef Islam a.k.a. Azteknique). Inspired by Quincy Jones’ excellent score for the 1978 film The Wiz, Shareef extracts samples for the film, composed and live performed an entire mixtape using Native Instruments Maschine!

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Dubspot Radio Podcast: TekMaschine – The Whiz Recomposed with Maschine

Shareef Islam has donned many hats within the music industry. Many know him as a respected music producer and educator. In a conversation with Dubspot Radio’s Pozibelle (a.k.a. Kristen Glennon), Shareef talks about his early days. He takes us back to when he was a dancer, his entry into the world of music production and DJing, self-education, and teaching. He also talks about the inspiration and motivation behind this performance mix, which utilizes audio samples from the 1978 film “The Wiz.” Originally produced by Quincy Jones “The Wiz” features an array of music luminaries including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Ashford & Simpson, etc. The result is a superb hip-hop reinterpretation and homage to a beloved film.

Shareef (Azteknique aka TekMaschine) Islamm, born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He started out as a dancer/choreographer during the late 80’s early 90’s when hip hop and dance music was at its best. He went on to perform and work with artists such as Paula Abdul, Jody Watley, Heavy D, Sybil, Color Me Badd, and Kid N Play to name a few. After an injury he suffered on a video set, Shareef began working on his skills as a producer/engineer. Further developing his skills, he started out with local talent, which prepared him for the more professional artists he encountered later on in his career. He has worked with established artists such as AZ, Big Daddy Kane, SuperStar of the ICONZ, the Bush Babees, Busta Rhymes, Rampage, Q-Tip, and De La Soul. In addition, he has worked with boxing champion Zab “Super” Judah, Lin Que (ISIS of X-Clan), Mos Def, Onyx, and Jay – Z. Shareef has remixed songs for D’Angelo, TLC, Brandy, Lil Sammy, Missy Elliot, Onyx, and Raphael Saadiq. He was also one of the assistant engineers on the Flip Mode Squad and Busta Rhymes albums. Shareef has also composed and played music for numerous reality tv shows. A few shows to mention include Clean House, Kimora Lee Simmons, VH1 Best Week, Mickey Rourke Story on A&E, The VH1 Bobby Brown Story, Sony/Fox’s Brothers, and various documentaries. He was also the composer for Super Bowl Champion and co-star of ABC’s “Live with Kelly & Michael,” Michael Strahan. He has also worked with C C H Pounder, Carl ( Apollo Creed ) Weathers, and Darryl “Chill” Mitchell. Currently, Shareef is composing for film and television for networks such as VH1, Sony, Mavericks, Universal, as well as working with Ms. Lauryn Hill. Along with drum programming and audio engineering (Mixing, Recording, Editing) Shareef plays the keyboard and bass guitar. Shareef is also an Instructor and music educator at Dubspot’s Electronic Music Production and DJ School in NYC. In addition, he is the host and co-creator of hit internet web series “Reclaiming The Mix with Maschine.”

Shareef plans on bringing a new sound and vibe to the entertainment game with his production company, Azteknique Productions LLC. and his label, HipSoul Entertainment Inc. HipSoul is the sound!! The sound is being introduced to the world by artist signed to the label, as well as some newer projects coming out on Film/TV, video games, and collaboration’s with other artist

Keep up with Shareef Islam a.k.a. Azteknique on SoundCoud and Facebook for updates on his HipSoul Entertainment imprint.


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