been somewhat busy these months, getting back on interviews and
for the first time
considering collabs with other blogs.
HeadNods is Beats and Producers, no rappers.
you can find a lot of rappers in other blogs.
there’s the 2% content of emcess that i feature because
1. they make beats themselves
2. they have worked with 2 or more producers from here
My main focus is to discover talented producers so they can be known by others and make collabs ect.. get those contacts going!
*producers* I may not be up to date on “your” work sometimes, so feel free to let me know the release dates, ect.
also, any other producers that are reading this and i haven’t checked out your work, let me know, send links, ect..
i have links on the main tumblr page for twitter, soundcloud, youtube ect.
keep in touch ya’ll.
The Stuyvesants - Girl, He Ain’t Me (by HeadNodsEargasm)
HeadNods first ever duo interview
“The Stuyvesants” is a collaborative effort between music producer Allan Cole (Algorythm), and record collector Darien Victor Birks (Flwrpt). Both reside in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. The two wanted to work together on a project where they could incorporate several of their talents, related to music and design. They wanted to do this under a moniker that would pay homage to the ’70s. The collaboration allowed them to do four major things, design, beat dig, produce amazing music, and simply have fun.
So how did you guys meet and how did you get the name “The Stuyvesants”?
Darien: We met in middle school, down in PG County Maryland where we grew up. Both Allan and myself were in the fine arts program…we were two of the best artists during our time at the school. Initially, that’s how we became cool.
The name “The Stuyvesants” spawned from one simple fact, we both live in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which is a well-known (for good or for bad lol) neighborhood in Brooklyn New York. I moved here after college and have been a resident for about 7 years, Allan first moved up here to attend college and lived in Harlem for a while, then he moved to Brooklyn 6 years ago. Most of our creative inspiration for design and music had really come to life while living in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, so we decided to pay homage to the source of our inspiration by going with the name “The Stuyvesants”. It also sounds nostalgic, which is the direction we wanted to go with the music project overall.
How long have you been working on music?
Allan: I started messing around with music in 2000, so about 11-12 years. I’ve done all kinds of stuff with it from producing songs for singers/rappers, to scoring, but I’ve always come back to making instrumental music.
Darien: In this capacity, The Stuyvesants is my first official music project. But I’ve been working on music in other capacities for years…creating mixes/mixtapes for the most part.
What are some of your favorite or most influential records that you have sampled?
Darien: I’d say we had a blast sampling from Mass Production, Spanky WIlson, and Eugene Record…most of the material that we sampled from those artists turned out to be some of my favorite beats from the 2 albums that we’ve made to date. We try to pull from unconventional sources, maybe not the unconventional genre, because we lean on soul…but that’s us, and we’ve found a way to get to lost records from unpopular artists and make something from it. So far it’s worked.
Allan: I have to throw in some of the Al Jarreau stuff we sampled. Sometimes we work virtually and just send music back and forth. Other times were sitting in the same room going through various sounds. The latter was the case with that Al Jarreau record. I remember the exact moment when we listened to it and as soon as the part we sampled came on, it just clicked. We both knew something dope was going to come from it. There’s just certain moments when we hear parts of a record and immediately it just works. The funny thing is that a lot of times those moments happen when the records aren’t particularly good or memorable. Sometimes it’s just a 10sec change up at the end of an otherwise bland song from an artists that nobody is really checking for like that. Those are the best.
Have you done any collaborations?
Darien: We’ve done some collaborations with a good friend of ours named Naturel. A track called “Stoops, Parks & Rooftops” which we released on the first day of summer, and it turned out to be a big hit. We also did a beat on Naturel’s debut album Momentous…the track was titled “Good Sh!t”, again…a song that went over well with listeners.
Other than that, we just enjoy making music to share with the world. Collaborating isn’t something that the project really lends itself to. It’s more of a soundscape for enjoyment, less of a “hire us” beat tape lol!
Are you guys working on something in the moment?
Allan: We’re always working on something, but it isn’t always clear what that thing will be until its done. I think the thing that keeps this project so interesting for us is that it kind of makes itself. There’s no record label to turn in our record to by a certain deadline. There’s no marketing team figuring out an image for us or a demographic to sell to. New ideas come in and go out all of the time and having the flexibility to entertain those ideas on the fly is something I don’t think we could do without. We’re both artists at the root of it all, so the typical constraints of the “music industry” would suck the life out of the project for us. Unfortunately, that means everything were working on is probably too vague in its current state to talk about — a month from now it could and probably will be completely different, lol.
Quick Interview with Sinitus Tempo
Sinitus Tempo, where are you from and how did you choose to go by that name?
I am from Mount Rainier Maryland USA, I chose this name because i used to read alot greek mythology at the time i was really interested in it Sinitus is short for Rhampsinitus which is what the greeks called king Ramessess III. So Sinitus = King Tempo = music.
What made you choose the type of music you make? Inspirations?
Its honestly just a sound i like i like music that puts me at peace and others at peace there is way to many violent thoughts and actions in the world these days, if my music can even change that a little then i will continue to create this sound. I have many inspirations, but a few are Koop, Nujabes, Bonobo, Quantic, and Anime Sound tracks.
What equipment have you used and what do you plan to use later if any?
Mainly Use my MPC 1000 and Pro tools i have other equipment like guitars and a keyboard but i dont really use them all that often. I dont really plan on using anything else in the future the only thing i would really try is the MPC fly thats coming out.
Any collaborations you look forward to?
Uhm yeah a few i dont want to spoil at the moment haha. I just recently released the first track from my upcoming album with Substantial, Obii Say, and Kitty Wong, that was a really great collabo i had done.
Are you currently working on something?
Currently I am working on my third Album “Majestic” i Have released 2 tracks from it so far “Dear Friends” ft. Kitty Wong and “Keepin’ On” ft. Substantial, Obii Say, and Kitty Wong. I am also working on finishing up this EP with Canadian MC E.D.G.E and the OneofUs Album (my Duo with Kitty Wong).
What do you like to do on your spare time?
In the Little Spare time i have i will try and hang out with friends, Watch Loads of Anime, Play some Video Games here and there, and really just try to Build and Network to the best of my ability.
started headnods half a year ago.
bringing beats into blogs
first interview via text. yep xD
did a few more of friends & producers I admire
relaunched 2 months later
at the end of the year
released a collaboration mix on bandcamp (free, you can donate too)
the “ad on the bottom” is for the support of the music,
the youtube channel hit 100+ subs of all the music, no ads, just on a few interviews, again, to support the music.
my main goal is to find artists, producers, get the people to know about them, get them to work together, make something good, and support.
i make no financial profit from this.
i will be having merchandise soon, going to shows and letting people know i’m here to let them be known, to the audience that wants to know. more importantly appreciate all the work that goes into this.
the passion, dedication, work.
i hope i can contribute more to this & i thank you all for following.
Dear Producers with your “forever alone” ect.. posts.
Not many people are supportive of musicians unless they have all the cash, fame, ect
What I’m trying to say is, that’s ok.
Because whoever values your talent.. will stand out.
& be attracted to you.
Don’t try to get the opposite gender by “whatever you were doing that didn’t work to get the “girl”
Instead just keep doing what you are doing with your music,
for example. me, this town is like any other town. too hyped up. ect ect.
but then. there’s the one person.. & now.
all that time doesn’t matter anymore.
because i have that person.
what you can do is.. check out shows, places where like-minded individuals will go to ect.
and get to know personalities first.
you know how many people are afraid.. of being rejected..so they lie.. so..
quit lying.. or pretending to be someone you are not. i mean.. because once you get in a relationship, you wonder where that person went. i guess.
go out.. communicate. be honest.
and don’t get frustrated.
if you do.
use that to make more beats.
Watch the video -> http://vimeo.com/29950891
LAKIM Opposites Attract Release Interview (11/22/11)
So, your 11/22/11 release is almost here, can you tell us a little bit about it?
I’ll be releasing an album with Ohio rapper Jéan P entitled “Opposites Attract”. Dope beats and rhymes are aplenty. The project has been done since January but we’ve just been waiting for the right time to release it. I think this is gonna be one of those albums that sticks with people for a long time. Those I’ve let hear it have been throwing out the names of legends like Pete Rock and CL or Gang Starr in comparison to what we’ve created.
How did you decide to work together?
We linked up through our mutual homie Amor Jones who is also a dope emcee. He sent Jéan some joints we had did for his project, “The Wake Up Show”, and suggested that we do some work together. Soon after, I sent Jéan some beats and about a week later, he sent me back what he had did to them. Originally, the tracks were gonna be used on his project,” Will Rap 4 Food”, but we ended up liking the songs so much that we decided hold off on them and do a full release together.
How does the name opposites attract influence the album?
The concept of the album is about us being from different area codes on opposite sides of the hip-hop spectrum, (Jéan rapping, myself producing), coming together to create some dope music that will attract the listeners. I think we’ve managed to do a good job of that based upon the feedback we’ve gotten so far from people who’ve gotten a chance to hear it.
You mentioned on twitter that random rappers grab your beats without your permission, (i wouldn’t blame them, the beats are dope), so what made you decide Jean P was a good rapper to collaborate with?
Before we officially linked up, I had heard some of Jéan’s material before through my man Trumaine who produced some jams for him in the past. I thought they were pretty good at the time but I never had the chance to sit down and listen to more of his music until Jones brought his name up again. After that, I started going through his Bandcamp and was amazed by what he was doing. He was saying something that was meaningful and I could relate to it.
What inspired you to make the Opposites Attract Beats?
Well, the majority of the beats on the album are old. I’d say some even two or three years. Most of the beats were ones that I shopped to rappers and they either weren’t feeling it or just didn’t know how to approach them the right way. And from the way that Jéan attacked them, I’m pretty sure that some of said rappers will regret passing on these jams.
You have the Opposites Attract Video already up, are you planning on doing more?
We have two more videos in the works for the project as of right now. One for “Intergalactic” from Xack Gibson over at Bag Fry Productions (who also did the album artwork) and another for “Gotta Do” by CreMedia. We could end up doing more than that. We’d just have to brainstorm for some ideas.
What’s your favorite track, or the most challenging beat to make from that album?
It’s hard to pick favorites, but I think that the song “The Days” is the one right now. That song has so much depth to it and you can hear Jéan giving it his all. The most challenging beat to make was “Intergalactic”. I don’t usually mess around with breakbeats but I had to do something with that Billy Squier classic, “The Big Beat”. I took that and meshed it together with four more sampled records to give it an older kind of feel.
So, last time you said something about “Most of the people I hang out with aren’t really into music like I am” have you come in contact with like mind individuals yet?
Still no. I’m sure there are like-minded people that live out here but I’ve yet to run into any of them. Until then, I’ll remain a quasi-hermit of sorts.
very common, alright you read it, now wait for it.
check out Lakim’s first HeadNods interview here and the additional links
Source: SoundCloud / LAKIM
Jansport J HeadNods Interview BlackBalls Release (by HeadNodsEargasm)
or you can listen to it/download it
more links to check out
http://shop.covoriginalmusic.com/ *support buy merchandise*
http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/blackballs/id478243958 *pre order, out on thursday*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZheSDe8L3LI&feature=related *you ain’t saying nada video*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K97e7j9n18o *respect video*
http://hawdwerkjansportj.bandcamp.com/ *check out the released*
http://headnods.tumblr.com/post/10045954369/this-is-the-third-head-nods-interview-and-we-have check out his first interview here on HeadNods
Marcus D Head Nods Interview
Big Thanks To Him For Being The First Phone Interview And Also Very Patient.
Marcus D how did you get started with music, beats?
It all started with an 80 year old piano and a SNES cartridge of Final Fantasy II.
But, I got started on Hip hop during my sophomore year of high school. A friend of mine had shown me Substantial and Nujabes’ album, “To This Union…” and I knew I wanted to make that kind of music.
When was the first time you recorded?
I was either a Freshman or Sophomore…I was 15. It wasn’t anything big, just a computer, a $50 mic, and an early version of Cool Edit Pro. I wanted to get a feel for hardware, but didn’t know how to go about it. There weren’t as many producer forums and Youtube tutorials as there are now. I’d get home from school everyday, open Fruity Loops and mess around with it until I went to sleep.
When was the first time you got to work on a beat for someone to emcee over it?
I approached Substantial in 2008 through Myspace while I was working on Revival of the Fittest. I didn’t expect him to reply, but figured I’d give it a shot anyway, and a couple weeks later we’d finished our first song called “Enjoy Yourself”.
How did you Start with Bop alloy?
After the release of “Enjoy Yourself” I started to send Sub more beats and he noticed certain similarities between myself and Nujabes (rip). I kept sending him beats and he’d send me songs back, so we decided to put a name on our collaborations, and it evolved from there.
Your latest work is Melancholy Prequel, What about Melancholy Hopeful?
I’m actually one song away from completing it. After that, I’ll start mixing it and working on securing distribution in Japan and maybe in the US. Hoping for an early Spring release, but the first single from it should be out in December.
I’ve uploaded some of your beats on my Youtube channel, which has a few other producers, but people comment on your videos comparing you to Nujabes, How does it make you feel to be compared to Nujabes?
The magnitude of being compared to him is really humbling. From an early age, I looked up to him and I still do, but I appreciate people noticing the differences as well. Everybody starts out emulating their influences, but the key is to progress from that point and build your own style.
Do you like to play Video Games?
I play a lot of old school RPGs and Super Nintendo games. I’m constantly replaying the Final Fantasy series (1-10). I’m still convinced that older RPGs have the best stories and character development to date. I started when I was young, so it’s interesting to revisit them as I get older and see how my interpretations of the stories change.
So you started on myspace, now that it’s less popular, how do you think people find your type of music say if they didn’t know soundcloud or bandcamp?
Great question, I still think the most powerful form of promotion is word of mouth, but the connotation of that phrase has changed a lot in the past 5 years. It’s almost equivalent to sharing things on Facebook, reblogging posts on Tumblr, or uploading music on Youtube.
Who would you like to work with?
Nobuo Uematsu is first on my list. Without him, the piano in my house would probably still just be an expensive piece of furniture. I’d also love to work with people like Uyama Hiroto, Mos Def, DJ Deckstream, Saigon, Just Blaze etc.
Peace to Headnods, my followers on Tumblr, and everyone that actively supports my music and genuinely tries to buy it when they have the dough. When you buy a CD, it allows me to put a budget back into the music. Also, to people like Substantial and Shing02 for being dope MCs, but more importantly, good people.
It’s great to make music to express yourself, but without people to share it with there’s really no rhyme or reason.
Also Marcus D
female producers, where you at??
Plue Starfox Head Nods Interview
Plue Starfox, how did you decide to go by that name?
Plue Starfox is a symonym for ” Real Nigga That Makes Ill Beats And For Some Odd Reason Is Fly As Fuck” Nahh Plue Starfox was a spur of the moment thing. Plue Coming From My Favorite Rappers Name Lupe and i really like the anime rave master. and there’s a character on there his name is plue. starfox coming from starfox64 a video game i still play till this day.
Where are you from, or what city/state do you rep?
I’m From New Orleans , LA i don’t consider myself a southern artist but
still hold it down for my city anytime i can. where all not lil wayne and curren$y lol sometimes you have different things that come out of new orleans like jay elect and myself.
How did you get started making beats?
I started making beats because everyone was rapping and i have a hipster mind state and i know it’s stupid but once something that once was cool and underground gets popular i start to distance myself from it. so i started off rapping. (didnt work out even though i am pretty decent now) i heard nujabes on samurai champolo and that set it off for my producing career. i was gonna quit making beats but i actually had fans. so i couldn’t stop. had to keep going. getting doper every step of the way.
You have your own unique style of beats (guilty pleasure), how do you get inspired or what influences you to make those type of beats?
Once again I refer to my hipster side. Everybody wants to sample old soul songs and old music in general. (al green, roy ayers, ahmad jamal, ect.) but I didnt go that route I sample things from my childhood. Old cartoons and video game soundtracks. So everytime I make a beat it has a piece of my childhood locked in it.
What equipment do you use?
I Use My Keyboard. My Pc. And The ALMIGHTY FRUITY LOOPS!
Who would you like to collaborate with and who do you enjoy working with the most?
I want to do a track with Kendrick Lamar right now. i really want to do a track with him. i enjoy making tracks with jowin because everytime i make a track with him it’s like magic. it’s like catching a moltres with a regular pokeball. GREATNESS
Are you working on anything at the moment?
I’m working on all kinds of stuff. primarily Luff Jowin 2, Samurai Cinema, And That Shitty Tape With EU :D!
What other interests do you have?
I LIKE TO DRAW. alot. and i am a street fighter pro lol
PSN: Anime4breakfastp if you wanna get it in
Thanks to Head Nods for having me it’s been a pleasure. I wanna s/o to YOUNG PUTT, KillBoy. Mows , AC3, DarrenSodope! CrashPrez and the KoolKluxKlan Tia Nomore with her bumass. Joe (Johnny Cupcakes, Mal lol) Beezle, SA, Nino, Gary Samurai, Levi, Tapout The Whole XXGRAND. All Of The Midnight Kids (you know who you are so dont be like awww man you didnt shout me out you bitch.-_-) oh and i can’t forget Jay (the realest nigga i know), BREEZY ;) lmao MAL! NEE! BRI AND FRED
Plue Starfox Signing Out.
Be Cool. Be Fly. Make Beats And Fuck Bruno Mars :D
check him out on:
Source: SoundCloud / headnods