Category Archives: Art & Industry

Album Review | Oddisee – The Iceberg

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“I remember when I discovered purpose.”

Apollo Brown, L’ Orange, Mr. Lif, and Kool Keith; These are some of the artists that belong to Mello Music Group, a label that “sounds beautiful like the truth”. Stacked alongside their cast of artists stands the rapper/producer known as Oddisee, whose brand of wordplay paints a canvas of topics that are controversial in today’s heated social and political realms. Oddisee crafts intelligent hip-hop without getting lost behind modern-day production techniques. His music is simple but also progressive in multiple ways. Over the past 12 months, Oddisee has been paving a trail of album releases infused with luscious instrumentation.  Continue reading Album Review | Oddisee – The Iceberg

3 Lessons Music Producers Can Learn from J Dilla


As producers and engineers, sometimes we might not think about our equipment like musical instruments.

Leave the music and artistry to the person in the recording booth, right?

Wrong. 100%.

We can learn a lot from J Dilla, the MPC mastermind who is arguably the greatest hip-hop producer from the early millennia. Throughout the entire evolution of hip-hop culture, J Dilla holds one of the most influential roles in the game. He was a self-starter who built the foundation that several artists continue to grow from. It’s a foundation that inspires an outside-the-box approach and brushes off the need for perfection in the studio.

Believe or not, we can thrive on imperfection. Continue reading 3 Lessons Music Producers Can Learn from J Dilla

“Jon Doe Music” | Why Aspiring Musicians Drown from Generic Branding

How many times have you been invited to the Facebook page called, “[insert first and last name] music”?

Really think about how many you get, especially if you live in an overwhelming proximity of self-managed singer/songwriters.

Don’t you find it odd and counter-productive that a sizable portion of them all use the word “music” after their names?

Jon Doe invited you to the page Jon Doe Music.

The music industry is flooded with too much of the same thing, and they’re trying to fit through the narrow, twisted bottleneck alongside artists riding on the same train. Even worse, they’re all trying to spin too many plates on their own. This sort of multitasking and tunnel-minded journey towards the mirage makes it harder to break into a professional music career successfully. Above all, the grind to juggle a DIY 360 deal and manage oneself is incredibly difficult and interferes with the focus of being an original artist.

Avoiding generic branding and promotion strategies will set artists above the rest.

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Lana Del Rey’s Legal Battle with Radiohead Finally Ends

The smoke has finally cleared after a brief legal battle between Radiohead and Lana Del Rey. Nnews continued to float around regarding Radiohead’s apparent lawsuit claiming that “Get Free” by Lana Del Rey shamelessly infringes on the composition of the famous alternative rock anthem “Creep” by Radiohead, released in 1993 from their debut album Pablo Honey.  Continue reading Lana Del Rey’s Legal Battle with Radiohead Finally Ends

Memorecks | Toronto’s Favorite Pad-Pushing Producer

Music is an art without boundaries, and beat-making is no exception. Live beat production has created several doors that lead to infinite possibilities, and Memorecks breaks them down with a sledgehammer. Meet the producer from Toronto who is shaking skulls with his Maschine MkII and an arsenal of one-shot samples. Continue reading Memorecks | Toronto’s Favorite Pad-Pushing Producer

The Pocket-Sized Recording Studio

The music industry is becoming a narrow window, and a lot of it has to do with the massive home recording craze. We are beginning to see the rise of what I call “The Pocket-Sized Studio”. Recording studios are being rented out in closets, and everyone is building recording rigs in every crevice of their homes. Everybody wants to be a producer. It’s not a bad thing, but history has shown that trends kill. What was once nearly untouchable has gradually become affordable and it’s changing the music industry. Continue reading The Pocket-Sized Recording Studio

Exploring the Legendary Akai MPC Pads

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Beats. Rhymes. Life.

The kick and snare are the dual hearts of hip-hop music. A good beat can bring life to dead wordplay. Instrumental hip-hop is a beautiful form of grime in it’s own light. Many purists, like myself, enjoy just spinning a good 16-bar phrase. Sometimes that’s all you really need to catch an ear and spark the synapses. 9/10 your favorite beat from the 90s was produced on an Akai MPC.

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