Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 6: Kanye West “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” w/ Devo Springsteen

In this episode of Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine, Dubspot instructor Shareef Islam invites Grammy Award winning producer Devo Springsteen to revisit his 2005 hit production of “Diamonds (from Sierra Leone)” by Kanye West.

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In the latest installment of Dubspot’s Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine series, Dubspot instructor Shareef Islam talks to Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter, and technology entrepreneur Devo Springsteen (a.k.a. Devon Harris) about his 2005 production of the track “Diamonds (from Sierra Leone),” from Kanye West’s 2005 sophomore album Late Registration.

Devo Springsteen, who is actually Kanye West’s cousin, discusses the creative process and production tools he used to create the instrumental track for “Diamonds”- from finding a vinyl record copy of the 1971 Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack (which features the theme song performed by singer Shirley Bassey), to the gear which included an Akai MPC, a Yahama Motif, and Cubase, to the awesome additional musical contributions from producer Jon Brion who played harpsichord and  film director Michel Gondry who played live drums. A magnificent story behind a classic track.

Shareef and Devo also explore the creative possibilities of using Maschine to recreate “Diamonds (from Sierra Leone)” and recompose the track. In the process, they highlight some key features in Maschine and share some remixing tips including resampling in Maschine, using external MIDI instruments, and recording mutes on the fly using MIDI gate designed in Reaktor!

YouTube Preview ImageKanye West, “Diamonds (from Sierra Leone)” from Late Registration (Def Jam, 2005)



Native Instruments’ Maschine redefines the intersection of hardware and software, performance and production. With Dubspot’s Maschine program for performers and producers, you will go from shaking hands with this cutting-edge music platform to making full tracks and performing your music live over the course of three levels. The future of performance and production is here, and there is no time for the future like today.

What’s Included:

  • Maschine Level 1: Programming and Beat Making Basics
  • Maschine Level 2: Sampling, Slicing and Composing
  • Maschine Level 3: Advanced Production and Performance Techniques

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NYC COURSES
Evening Classes: September 9, 2013; Mondays, 6:15pm-9pm
Afternoon Classes: October 9, 2013; Wednesdays, 3:15pm-6pm

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The week of October 20th, 2013
The week of January 19th, 2014

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