The long awaited “Heavy Hitters Vol.2” is now out for FREE download. Hear tracks from underground artists like Beaturn, Ginjah Beard, sTrap Back, Chilling Spree, Dalton Harper, Bailout, Cosmic Dreams, Azoic Realm, APLSOZ, and Will Funk. Big ups to will for putting in the time and effort to master these tracks. Give him a shout! Give these guys a like on Facebook. Very hard working producers from around the area 🙂 Free Download Link
TMZ has reported that rapper Chief Keef owes his landlord $10,000 in back rent. The Landlord claims Chief Keef has not paid his $4,700 a month rent since June, and is now filing for an eviction. Along with Keef, his Uncle who handles his affairs is also being sued. Valued at over $1 million, the house is 5,100 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
For some odd reason, artists don’t like to be called “sellout”. And one party goer found that out quickly. At the nightclub LIV in Miami, Calvin Harris was approached with this kind word. Not taking it very lightly, he retorted with
“Why do you come to a fucking Calvin Harris show where Calvin Harris is DJing and don’t want to hear a fucking Calvin Harris record you dumb fucking bitch”.
I mean, can you really blame the guy? What’s your thoughts?
Last Saturday TheBeatMill released a very special mix brought to you by CHOOKY.
It was so banging that today TheBeatMill has another exclusive for you from Chooky.
The Washington D.C. area native, drops some serious bangers with the release of his newest “I Got No Strings” EP. The four track EP samples what we would call some of our favorite childhood Disney movies using samples blended with dubstep, electro, and hip-hop.
” Starting his musical career as a drummer at the age of 6 and quickly moving into the studio as a producer and engineer, Chooky has proven himself fit to explore most any musical landscape.
As an accomplished musical engineer with 5+ years of producing for local artists, Chooky began mixing and producing tracks for shows that he was headlining himself. His tracks are dance-inspiring, drawing influence from his experience in hip-hop and his love for old classic rock legends. It was the raw d&b sounds of Pendulum that first captured his attention, sparking his widening appreciation for EDM. It is artists such as Knife Party, Bassnectar, Feed Me, Rusko, and Flux Pavillion that continue to fuel inspiration for his compositions.
In early 2012, Chooky released his first EP, ‘What Will The Children Think’ which caught the attention of Brooklyn-based music label, Subdrive. His two tracks, “The Score” and “Sour Nectar” were re-released on Subdrive in late March and received support from Dubstep.net.
Making a name for himself in his native Washington DC, Chooky has headlined at various venues. The 23 year old recently played at the Get Loud Music Festival, where he spun alongside Mord Fustang and Figure. Gaining massive attention, Chooky was asked to remix Mr. Vega of Sazon Booya’s track, “Ape Shit.” Chooky also composed a remix for Jupiter Ace’s “Glowing in the Dark” which is set to be released from the iconic Strictly Rhythm this summer.
2012 has so far been a promising year for this up-and-comer. With upcoming Subdrive releases set to come forth this summer and an explosive, high-energy live set, Chooky maintains a distinctive style all his own while incorporating sounds across the board.” -Facebook Bio
Download CHOOKY ‘I Got No Strings’ FULL EP for FREE below
By: Tom Nesbihal [NEZ]
I had the honor to sit down with Freddy Todd after his set at Bass Capades Vol. 3 Mardi Gras Masquerade.
NEZ: First, I’d like to know what inspired you to start making music?
Freddy Todd: I’ve always had a drum set in my basement since my dad was a drummer (and multi-instrumentalist). I have always been surrounded by music in my life, always been messing around with different instruments, drums, guitars, or whatever. It wasn’t until 2004, transitioning into high school, listening to Aphex Twin and Squarepusher and all these psychedelic glitchy drum and bass guys from the UK – which was my first inspiration to start making ELECTRONIC music. (Me and Grant (GRiZ) were both in band class and marching band together, playing percussion and sax, respectively). No one else in our grade was really listening to electronic music like that. We were listening and our minds were blown, then a friend showed me FL Studio and from then on I just kept creating.
NEZ: Having such a wide background with many different instruments how has your approach to creating music changed now that you have switched to an electronic platform?
Freddy: I used to play in live bands, playing drums. I have a side project called Tone Poets, which is a live jam band, playing jazz, funk, rock, and jam music. I’m playing keys routed through a computer for effects […] (and we have a drummer, bass player, and guitar player). Making music with a band you all kind of contribute, and it’s definitely more difficult to keep track of song creation. You don’t have a digital audio workstation in front of you with a screen with all of the parts. So, my approach to writing music electronically is more precise, tailored exactly to how I want it to be. There is a lot more control than working with a band, yet it’s a completely different process.
NEZ: Leading up to this point can you tell us about a few of your favorite moments in your musical career and elaborate on one of your favorite shows?
Freddy: Oh man there have been a few, the best moments are when you are halfway across the country on top of a mountain with friends that don’t live in your home town but you know through the whole music web, scene, and internet… friends you’ve met five years ago and keep meeting up with at random festivals, just seeing your homie producers who play the same shows as you, that is the best […] I have played a lot of crazy shows, I played a waterpark rave in Omaha, Nebraska this past summer on tour. It was insane because it was in a fucking water park going nuts until 2 am. There are good shows and there are off shows that are all usually in a club, theater, or venue but this was a thousand or so kids in a fucking water park. [Laughs] It’s the one that really stands out.
NEZ: What sparked SplaTTerboX and how long have you been making music with Grant (GRiZ)?
Freddy: We both started at the same time making music in 2004 in high school, we used to listen to Squarepusher and whatnot together. Both started producing on FL Studio and were getting high off of each other’s productions when we were 14 […] We have 10 or so original tracks which are pretty dope, we play live together whenever we can. There may or may not be a release in the future, but we’ll see. Grant is a homie.
NEZ: Tonight you opened up with a new track that you wrote three days ago. How do you approach your sets before you go on stage, and how does this change as the show goes on?
Freddy: I take into consideration where I’m going, what the crowd is like, and if I have played there before […] I feel out the mood of the whole show beforehand (and during). I have about 100 or so original tracks on my Ableton set list, a lot of it is on the fly mixing (there are NEVER pre-recorded sets). I love the performance aspect, you know; I grew up as a performer in a band. I’ll start off trying to figure out the mood and general vibe of the show. Play out some newer beginner tracks of what I want to play first and try to figure out the tempo progression I want to play […] From the minute I start playing I’ll start to adjust whatever I need to according to the crowd.
NEZ: What kind of equipment are you using?
Freddy: MacBook Pro with Ableton Live 8, I produce on FL Studio 9. I’m using a Presonus audio card and the Livid Ohm-64 midi controller.
NEZ: What is your opinion on the future of electronic music?
Freddy: [ooh boy] A lot of people hate on how much Dubstep has made it into pop culture, and to a point yea, some of its corny, but for the most part it’s awesome this is happening because it is opening the doors for future genres of whatever me, my fellow producer peers, and future producers are doing. We will see… I’m not a sorcerer (?)
Freddy Todd has a string of dates all the way through June so be sure to check him out and check back for more interviews.
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