45s, 7" vinyl, Interviews

25ThC Interview with Marc Hype

25ThC caught up with German scratch DJ champ, 45’s lover and re-edit extraordinaire Marc Hype to discuss the turntabilism, his releases over the past 30 years and his input into the design of a new 45s record bag:

You were originally inspired to start your DJ career by the legendary Jam Master Jay RIP. What was it about him that first got you into the scene and what do you love about it?
With Jam Master Jay it was that I’ve checked, that you can be the backbone of a hip hop band. He held the breaks down for his MCs like no-one else at this time, he was one of the role models for hip hop DJing for me back in the days. May he rest in peace.

You won the German ITF championships back to back in 1998 and 1999. The turntablist scene is still going strong but how do you think it has changed since the advent of Serato/Traktor and digital vinyl systems? Also what are your views about the recent online discussions about the lack of prize money for competitions nowadays?
The whole art changed through digital tools. Good and bad situation, there’s always developing, but the crowd disappeared in the early 00’s, as it wasn’t understandable enough what happened on stage. That was the bad thing about going digital for turntablism. It fitted way later with different formats like the IDA or RB Thr3style. And the prize money nowadays? I mean, it differs, but there also weren’t always the biggest prizes at all. I’ve won a Vestax PMC06 for the national championships in 98, the real prizes were the international competitions and reputations where you could built on!

Over the years you have worked with many legends of the scene including Masta Ace, Souls of Mischief, DJ Z-Trio and many more. Which of these did you most enjoy working with and why?
I actually like all of them, we became friends, I’ve never worked with people that I wouldn’t like just for the name! Z-Trip had the dirty jokes & Masta Ace the deepness of an idol, got love for everyone.

You have numerous releases behind you in your 3 decade spanning career. It may be difficult to choose a favourite but which one of them stands out most for you and why?
Each decade has its faves. I still like my “1973 * Recon” album for all the memories behind, but also of course “The Antique Anthem“ & “The Mexican“ with Jim Dunloop, which became our signature tracks.

You now travel the world with a bag full of 45s as part of the Dusty Donuts crew. I am a big fan of the label, owning a t-shirt and almost of all of the releases. How did you first get involved with the label and what does it promote?
Actually Dusty Donuts was first a 45s-only event series in Berlin in 2012, inspired by NYC’s Mobile Mondays and Oakland’s The 45 Sessions. Under various circumstances we came (back) together. I talked to long time friend Naughty NMX from Hamburg about building a very own thing, a new home for us to do edits and parties etc, so we came up with the 45s Label idea. Runex, old school homeboy from Berlin, joined directly, so we just had to ask Jim Sharp from London to join and he trusted us. Now we’re going strong as a team internationally. We’re promoting classic Hip Hop & Funk/Soul Edits, reworking the OG sources with the inspired rap classics vibe.

You are also part of the 45 Live DJ crew. What is it about 45s that is so special and why as a DJ do you enjoy performing using them?
After six years of spinning straight with Serato, it was just boring to me. I needed the feel of a well curated selection again, crawling and digging through a crate, finding that one record, finding a likeminded community again. So went back to vinyl, and 45s are way more lightweight then 12″s. It’s a straight-up fun format with lots of exclusive releases and a strong international scene behind.

Your live sets involve a lot of scratching which is normally quite tricky using 7″ vinyl. What tips do you have for other DJ’s and in particular the use of any specific needles or slipmats?
I use Dr Suzuki “The Donuts” slipmats with Shortrugs beneath for stabilizing them, while still keep them slippy. Syd Def Jam 45 adapters on top and Shure M44-7 cartridges.

Your recent releases are re-edited versions of stone cold classic hip hop tracks often re-editing back in the original samples used. How do you go about deciding which tracks to re-edit, what software do you use and do you work with multi-stems or the full tracks?
Mainly we’re looking for tracks that both work on the floor alone. It’s a bit tricky to find such combinations, lots of research. We use Logic and mostly don’t have any stems. We have a lot of stems, but they don’t fit our formula mostly.

What advice would you give to any aspiring producers out there wanting to release their own edits or 45s?
Try to be fresh and unique. Before you start to edit something, research if it’s been done already or if you bring something new to the table. Be aware of good sounding and mastering. And please don’t fuck up the tune with wrong positioning of the accapella!

Do you have any more releases slated for 2017 and where can people catch one of your DJ sets?
There’s coming two new Dusty Donuts 45s this year, but more to come in the future, probably a new offspring label with more open sound too! You can always check all dates and infos from the Dusty fam under: www.keepitdusty.com

You have been involved in the design of a brand new 45s specific bag from Magma. How did you get involved with this and can you tell us about the features of the new bag?
Mike from Magma is a long time DJ friend of mine. He was asking me a while ago, but finally we started the developing process a year ago. The main focus was to keep the price low, while being very functional at the same time. The divider/separator in the middle stabilise the whole bag almost like box and you can put the records in different directions. There’s also a separate mesh pocket for 45 slipmats, two outer accessory pockets for headphones, needle cases, adapters etc and a trolley sling attached and the bag is perfect hand luggage for any airline.

You can find our more about Marc Hype and his releases at:

www.marc-hype.com
www.keepitdusty.com
www.facebook.com/djmarchype
www.instagram.com/marchype
www.soundcloud.com/marchype

(This interview was originally posted at http://www.somethingyousaid.com )

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45s, 7" vinyl, Mixes

45 Live Guest Mix No.1

We were very pleased and honoured to be asked to submit a 45’s mix for the brand new 45 Live Guest Mix series. The mix showcases some of the many genres and artists that we play regularly at our events and includes tracks and edits from The Allergies, Dusty Donuts, Protoje, Chronixx, Run DMC, Reuben Bell, Freddie Scott, John Lee Hooker, The Traffic, Zapp, General Levy, Jim Sharp, Boogaloo Assassins, Cadenza, Nick Bike and more.  Our kids got involved too with a couple of mid mix recordings.

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https://www.45live.net/magazine/article/45-live-guest-mix-no-1-original-forty-fivers

7" vinyl, Interviews

25ThC Interview with DJ A-L the flexi disc king 

I like most of my friends of my age remember flexi-discs from the music magazines of my youth. I recently discovered that DJ A-L was releasing classic hip hop and funk re-edits on brightly coloured Flexi-Discs in 2017 so I had to find out more:


Your productions are re-edits of classic soul, funk or hip hop tracks. What is it about these genres that attracts you to them and who first introduced you to these styles?

Hip Hop introduced me to almost every other genre that I have an appreciation for today. I grew up in a household where my dad played a lot of Rock; The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Aerosmith, etc. My mom didn’t have a specific music taste but my aunt was playing a lot of Funk, Soul and R&B; Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, etc. When I was growing up in the 90’s I was really tuned into all of the new Hip Hop and R&B music that was coming out but I also paid attention to a lot of the classic music my family was playing as well. Back then I was able to hear new songs and reverse engineer them and understand where the samples came from. Being such a young age and being able to understand how music was made was really empowering, at the time it was something that gave me self-esteem and now has helped me make a name for myself 25 years later.

Your most recent productions have been self released on brightly coloured flexi-disc. For many people these are a throwback to the 80’s when they came free on the front of a magazine. Why have you chosen to release on flexi-disc?
Putting my remix work on flexi-disc vinyl was an obvious choice for me because, like companies used the medium in the past as a promotional tool, I’m kind of doing the same thing. It’s not something I’m aiming to make a lot of money off of but instead I view each release as a fancy business card. For me I knew releasing a series of 7” square plastic flexi records as DJ tools was a unique idea and that it would most likely get people to want to talk about it.


What technical issues or limitations do you find with releasing on flexi-disc as opposed to standard vinyl?

The technical issues and limitations of flexi-disc vinyl is something I’m more than happy to welcome. Because a lot of the remixes I’m releasing are straight up classics I don’t want to make it any easier for DJ’s to play these songs out. I want DJ’s to be challenged by trying to use the flexi’s in the same way they would traditional vinyl, I also want them to be nervous before they put it on the platter because there’s a chance it might skip. However, for the most part the records track very well and can be scratched and juggled to the extent normal vinyl can be. There’s been plenty of skilled DJ’s in the world that have already proved that.

I saw a video from last year of DJ Numark spinning two of your Flexi’s at Scratch Bastid’s BBQ. Jazzy Jeff filming the video seemed very intrigued. How does it make you feel to see some of the best DJ’s in the world playing and commenting on your releases?

I’m flattered and grateful for all the exposure people like Nu-Mark, Z-Trip and countless other DJ’s in the world have given me. Truthfully, I put these releases out for me. I never set my expectation so high on this project that I told myself that the world was going to know my name or something silly like that. The lesson in all this for me is that if you do what’s in your heart everything else will work itself out in the end.

Like yourself I am a big fan of 45’s. What do you think it is about this format that makes it so special?

As a record collector, who’s running out of room, I love the lack of space a 7″ 45 takes up compared to a LP. As a DJ who can appreciate a challenge I think it’s more challenging to control a smaller record and mix specific genres that were popular on 45 but weren’t necessarily meant to be beat matched by DJ’s. A lot of those styles of music, like Funk and Soul, contain drum patterns that were played without the help of a metronome to keep everything in sync, to be able to mix those kind of records all night makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and that I’ve earned my money at the end of a gig.

Can you tell me your top 5 favourite 45’s?

My favorite records are always changing and usually it’s nothing rare. Lately the top 5 45’s I have in rotation are Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, Cher “Bang, Bang”, The Honey Cone “Want Ads”, The Fatback Back “Let The Drums Speak” and Jamiroquai “Canned Heat”.


What is the music scene like where you are based and does it encourage your music style to thrive?
The music scene in Denver, CO is great! I really have the support of a lot of good people who encourage me to keep it funky and come from the heart. The B-Boy and dance community has really had my back, you can hear that influence in a lot of my remixes.

How do you go about choosing which tracks to re-edit?
I geek out. A lot of my remixes start with me being a big fan of somebody else’s work. I’ll pick apart a song simply for the fun of it and then realize a few days later that maybe someone else besides me might appreciate what I did and then I’ll have to get serious about it.

What advice would you give to any producers out there wanting to make their own edits and about potentially self-releasing them?
If I had to give another Hip Hop artist specific advice I would say to release vinyl. It legitimizes your work and tells people how you feel about your music and that you’re serious. I’ve never seen anyone take a record and throw it away but I’ve seen plenty of CD-R’s thrown out of car windows in the 2000’s and fast forward to today, plenty of unsolicited email blasts and DM’s get ignored. If you want a legacy then press records. I guarantee out of a short run of 250 records at least one of those will still be around telling your story after your gone!

What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
I actually teach music production classes to High School students in Denver a couple of days a week so one of my goals now that school is back in effect is to make sure I’m dropping gems on the shorties. As a High School drop out myself I’ve come full circle in life and I want to make sure I’m not only teaching my students how to make dope beats but planting seeds in 2017.

Checkout DJ A-L on Instagram: @DJAL303

Check out the flexi-discs at: WWW.RETRO-RESPECT.BANDCAMP.COM

(This interview was originally posted at http://www.somethingyousaid.com )

Music video

Havana meets Kingston new single and video

We are huge fans of the Havana meets Kingston project and if you have been to any of our recent events you would have definately heard the superb Carnival 7″. They have today unleashed their new single and video ‘El Cuarto De Tula’ feat. Maikel Ante, El Medico & Turbulence in advance of the albums release on 03 November 2017. We simply cannot wait.

Live events, Uncategorized

OG45ers live at Printworks 19.08.17

We had an absolutely brilliant night at the Printworks. The place was buzzing all night and by the end the whole place was up and dancing on the tables. Something that has never happened at the venue before.

Thanks to our special guest Alex Novak for a couple of great sets and the 45s he gave us. Make sure to check out his record shop http://www.facebook.com/SpiralArchiveRecords