RJD2 @ Dubspot: Workshop Video Recap – Interview, Sample Techniques, Production Tips

Esteemed music producer, songwriter, and DJ Ramble John Krohn, better known as RJD2 stopped by Dubspot NYC for a free music production workshop with an emphasis on sample-based beat composition. RJ talks about his early days as a music fan and record collector, getting into the world of DJing and music production in the mid 1990s, primarily using vinyl as sample sources and looping, slicing and recording on MPC samplers. He talked about his creative workflow and how he chooses and manipulates samples, offering invaluable music production tips and tricks. Furthermore, RJD2 talked about producing his latest album Abandoned Lullaby, a collaboration with Philadelphia-based musician Aaron Livingston under the name Icebird came out the same day as the workshop on his very own RJ’s Electrical Connections label. He talked about making DJ-oriented live shows interesting for himself (as a performer) for the audience; from building special electronics to incorporating MIDI and using four turntables and two mixers side by side.  We’ve also include footage from the album release party and show at Brooklyn Bowl.

RJD2 talks to Dubspot students.

If you follow the movements in underground hip hop there’s a good chance you know of RJD2 and his work. Ramble John (RJ) Krohn has produced numerous singles and albums for the Def Jux label including two solo albums of critical acclaim: 2002′s Deadringer and 2004′s Since We Last Spoke. More recently RJD2 has released solo albums with XL Recordings in the UK and more recently on his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. Krohn gained much critical acclaim in 2007 when AMC licensed his track, “A Beautiful Mine,” to be the theme song during the opening credits of Mad Men.  RJD2 has evolved past the days of being called “the new DJ Shadow” and has emerged as one of North America’s premiere creators of instrumental hip hop and sample based music.

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[...] f you follow the movements in underground hip hop there’s a good chance you know of RJD2 and his work. Ramble John (RJ) Krohn has produced numerous singles and albums for the Def Jux label including two solo albums of critical acclaim: 2002’s Deadringer and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke. More recently RJD2 has released solo albums with XL Recordings in the UK and more recently on his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. Krohn gained much critical acclaim in 2007 when AMC licensed his track, “A Beautiful Mine,” to be the theme song during the opening credits of Mad Men. RJD2 has evolved past the days of being called “the new DJ Shadow” and has emerged as one of North America’s premiere creators of instrumental hip hop and sample based music. – thanks Dubspot.com! [...]