Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 7: 50 Cent “Amusement Park” w/ Dangerous LLC


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Shareef Islam talks to Brooklyn-based hip hop producers Chris Styles, Silence, J Swirv, and Urkel about their early beginnings, the formation of Dangerous LLC production collective, and developing a workflow which allows individuals members of the team to cultivate their skills and grow. They also discuss about their extensive work with multi-platinum rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent, whose work ethic and diligence inspired them.

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


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In the latest installment of Dubspot’s Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine series, Dubspot 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 copy of 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. Continue reading

Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 5: G. Dep “Let’s Get It” w/ Yogi (Bad Boy / Hitmen)


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Acclaimed hip hop producer Yogi (a member of The Hitmen production collective formed by Bad Boy Records) stops by Dubspot for a lesson on Native Instruments Maschine with instructor Shareef Islam. Yogi and Shareef discuss the production tools and ingredients that went into the creation of G. Dep’s 2001 hit single “Let’s Get It” — the track widely credited for popularizing the “Harlem Shake” dance which originated in Harlem in the early 1980s.

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Tha Bizness: Making Kendrick Lamar’s “Sherane” with Maschine


Watch step by step as Tha Bizness recreate the beat behind “Sherane” from Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city”.

Dow Jones and Henny rely on MASCHINE as their primary creative tool, using its advanced effects to give tracks such as Sherane their cutting-edge sound texture. The guys also love recording into the MASCHINE sampler, using it a professional sound design tool and tweaking the results to perfection.

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