I started breakdancing
in 1984, but wasn't really good at it. So I moved on to graffiti and did that
until 1990. Of course I was also keeping up to date with the music aspect of
Hip Hop during that time until I came to realize that I wanted to get more involved
with the music. I eventually realized that music is "my thing"
and always will be.
did you start with?
I started with
Amiga 2000 w/ Sound Deluxe sample hardware, then moved on to the Roland W-30
and Atari ST Cubase.
How did your
first beats sound?
too fast and a little too hard.
How did you
Hard work and constantly
striving to improve my sound
do you use now?
PC, Logic incl.
EXS 24 Sampler, Akai 3000 XL, SP 1200 Beatsounds, various plug-ins for the PC,
When you sample,
what type of sample do you look for?
It doesn't matter
at all I sample whatever I like. What's important is the result, and when
it comes to that, I am very selective.
What's the first
thing you do when you make a beat? / How do you make sure you bring the most
out of a sample?
Sometimes I will
have prepared the sample in advance. If that's not the case, I just keep playing
the beat (kick, snare, hi hat) along with various records until I find something
I wanna use. Then I play the sample till it's groovin' and adjust the beat so
that it fits. I might also add a bassline and some strings etc.
How do you make
sure the drums fit the beat?
I keep changing
the beat sounds (snare, kick, hi hat) till it's knockin'.
How do you know
when a beat is finished?
The basic beat
is usually finished after about an hour. Afterwards I just play instruments
over the beat and keep arranging till the verses and hook are different from
with G-Rap and Saigon, what's that like?
My manager Jan
Kluth made that happen. He's been working with G Rap for a while. Jan sent the
beat to G Rap and G Rap got Saigon on it. Then Jan met up with G Rap at his
house and brought back the track. Even though I wasn't in the studio with G
Rap and Saigon, I am very proud of having done a hot track with a legend like
G Rap and such a good MC as Saigon.
What did you
think the first time you heard "Dirty Biz?"
Wow!!! G Rap on my beat Crazy!!!
What's it like
working with Ali Vegas?
Once again, my
manager Jan Kluth met up with Ali Vegas in his studio in Queens. We got a track
on his album "Who Needs A Pen", which was supposed to be released
on Tommy Mottola's Casablanca Records/Universal, but apparently the deal folded.
with Punjabi MC too, what's that like?
Me and Sleepwalker
produced Panjabi MC's single "Yogi", which entered the German charts
at position 12 and stayed in the Top 20 for a couple of weeks. That was the
single Panjabi MC released right after his track with Jay-Z.
What's he up
I have no idea,
he's been out the picture for a minute now
Who is the nicest
MC coming out in your opinion right now?
Saigon (of course),
Postaboy is nice, Bathgate, a couple of others As for the ones that have
been in the game for a minute, my favorites are Eminem, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes,
50 Cent, The Game, Method Man, Fat Joe, Kool G Rap of course
What do you
think about the production game now? / A lot of people say that beat-making
computer programs are messing up the game because now anyone can be a producer,
how do you feel about that?
On the one hand,
it's a good thing that people who can't afford to buy beats and who don't have
a lot of money for equipment can make their own beats on their computer. On
the other hand, there's a real danger that the quantity of amateur beats will
outweigh the quality beats that professional producers provide...
There's a lot
of stories out there about artists stealing beats, labels stealing beats how
do you make sure you don't get played?
All of my beats
are copyrighted, plus the first thing I do after having finished a beat is putting
it on a CD with the separate tracks and give it to my lawyer. Since you can't
copyright beats where the sample is too long, we just replay the sample and
change it accordingly.
do you respect in the game?
Dr. Dre, Scott
Storch, The Neptunes, Trackmasters, Just Blaze, Premo
What's in the
works for you?
My manager Jan
Kluth just got back from NYC, where he was in The Cutting Room (studio in Manhattan)
with Postaboy and also Mos Def. Postaboy recorded 2 songs over my beats so far.
Jan is also Bathgate's business partner, so I should be doing some more work
with Bathgate in the foreseeable future. I recently did more tracks with G Rap
and I might also be doing some tracks with the likes of Saigon, Grafh, Shells,
Paul Cain etc.
How can MC's
get beats off you?
Just send an e-mail
to Jan@EuroBeats.de or Jan.Kluth@gmail.com
Jan Kluth, DJ Ben
Kenobi (the hottest mixtape and club DJ in Germany), Milestyles, Sleepy, SMG,
Ben, J.Bully, G Rap, Saigon, my whole family and of course Brian Kayser and
the whole HipHopGame.com for doing this interview. Oh yeah, Jan wants to give
a special shout out to Phrequincy, the Next Big Thing on the production side
of things in the global urban music industry.