Thursday, January 14, 2010

Give The Drummer Some

The man who made history by revolutionizing the art of "sampling" interviewing the man who played the most sampled drum beat in history.

It's truly fresh to hear Clyde Stubblefield break down a bit of the creative process associated with playing under James Brown. Marley gets on some tech shit with his questions, thus summoning a synopsis on the "ghost note" and Stubblefield's drumming technique.

More questions for Stubblefield about his iconic style of groove building. Marley chimes in too (all of my producer and beat heads...if you don't appreciate this, hand over your equipment and record collection to me...straight up).

Coincidentally, in the clip above, there's also mention of how James Brown (and band) was asked to alleviate the tension in Boston through performance, at the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s' assassination. The timing of this clip's discovery could not be any more on point as this is MLK weekend.

Oh yeah...and imagine the Funky Drummer performing whilst under the influence of LSD...also happened to be Stubblefield's first live drum solo...bonkers.

Dope stories. There are 4 clips on Youtube of Q&A with Stubblefield (and 1 Q&A with Marley).

Plus the conclusion with Marley and Stubblefield, in which Marley drops heavy historic gems on producing the first joints for Eric B. & Freddie Foxxx...uh...I mean, Rakim.

BONUS: Just what is sampling and how did Marley Marl become known as a pioneer of this production technique as something practically everyone would go on to utilize after him (no matter the genre)? Check this trailer for Beat Kings, a documentary on beat-making/production in Hip Hop (he's right after Prince Paul in the clip).

Enjoy and enjoy again.

1 comment:

  1. how come i can't paste a fucking link in this here comment, WTF?