Friday, November 16

Sampling Without Stealing (VIDEO)

For all you producers out there, the question is, “How do you sample 70’s soul records without completely stealing the artist’s recording?” Well, here are a couple of lessons from Kev Brown to help start you off. Kev Brown has produced tracks for Goapele, Raheem DeVaughn, Busta Rhymes, Marley Marl, and Pete Rock, just to name a few. Here are some of what he suggest:

Step 1: Find a DOPE piece of a record (key term is “piece” )

Step 2: Chop the piece into small phrases or samples

Step 3: Time-stretch your sample

Step 4: Arrange a unique loop (this is where you can get really creative)

Step 5: Add drums to give your production a nice swing

(swing = feeling of the track)

Viola! You have now arranged the anatomy of a classic hip-hop soul record! Give yourself some props, not everyone is capable of creating a DOPE joint. Now check out the video below for more Kev Brown.

Post by Joel Grant

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