Category: Songwriters

Pretty Lights Talks About Legal Issues With Sampling

Today, electronic music is a very prominent genre of music, and with so many young producers on the scene, legal issues concerning sampling have become a very real issue. Be sure to watch this clip as Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, discusses the very real ramifications of using unlicensed music in non official tracks,…


A Beach Boy Vocal Session

It’s often overlooked just how spectacular The Beach Boys were as a vocal group. This clip should prove that these guys were second to none as you hear them pull off some complex harmonies with nary a hitch on the song “Let Me Wonder.” They’re soloed at 1:46 where you can really hear what they can…


Alex Da Kid Talks About Mentors And Influences

Producer Alex Da Kid discusses his mentors and musical influences. In this clip Alex talks about his approach to studying careers, learning from the greats by observation, and what it takes to be a class act. [RenManMB]


Stream: Mike Del Rio – “NY LA”

New York artist/producer/writer Mike Del Rio sound of alternative soul him a deal with Alex da Kid at KIDinaKORNER records. His newest song “NY LA” radiates future pop with a booming r&b tinged-beat and Mike’s distinct voice that saturates the song with some edge. And just wait for the chorus when the song gushes with such cinematic…


Skylar Grey – ‘White Suburban’

Three years in the making, Skylar Grey’s debut Don’t Look Down finally arrives in stores on Tuesday. Following the release of “C’mon Let Me Ride,” “Final Warning,” and “Wear Me Out,” the singer-songwriter gives us one last video for “White Suburban.” In the clip, a somber Skylar sits at the piano while reflecting on her…


Dubspot @ Harvard University – DJ / Producer Workshop w/ Shiftee + Dan Freeman

Dubspot instructors and Harvard alumni Sam Zornow (a.k.a. 2X DMC Champion DJ Shiftee) and bassist/singer Dan Freeman of C0 headed up to Cambridge, MA to present a workshop on DJing and production at their old alma mater in April of 2013. Head over to our blog for more info: http://bit.ly/129Jon7 In this recap video from…


Cy Fyre Presents Behind The Beat : Big Boi x Sleepy Brown – The Thickets dir. by Eight Hour Films

Cy Fyre of The Fyre Factory Music Group gives you a look Behind The Beat on Big Boi’s “The Thickets” off his 2nd solo Album “VICIOUS LIES AND DANGEROUS RUMORS” featuring Sleepy Brown, Produced by Cy Fyre Co-Produced by Big Boi & Chris Carmouche. Dir. By EIGHT HOUR FILMS [BeatMakingVideos]


Twelve Tones – An Introduction To Dodecaphonic Music

Twelve Tones is a brilliant introduction to dodecaphonic music theory that manages to avoid being mind-numbingly boring. How? By including music history, copyright commentary, cartoonery, existential pondering, Rorschach inkblots, fantastic musical examples and even laser bats. Check it out and let us know what you think of it! [Synthtopia]


RZA Honored De La Soul Sampled Wu-Tang Clan On “Get Away”

When RZA heard De La Soul’s “Get Away” single, which was released in April and sampled the Wu-Tang Clan, the rapper-producer was impressed. “I love De La,” RZA says during an interview with XXL. “Listen that goes back to…Prince Paul being one of those guys [who first supported me], and to see De La sampling one…


Young Guru: Piracy and invention

Revered as “The Sound of New York,” Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z’s albums and officially became Jay-Z’s tour D.J. in 2010. “When we study hip-hop we are actually studying the history of piracy. If we go back and study all piracy, we see that most things that were created in the world are…