Much love and endless gratitude,
The shifting of seasons is one of my favorite experiences. Springtime is when everything becomes green and new life is all around, the world around us is shaking off the feelings of hibernation and stretching up to the endless sky. It's when all of the elements blend into synchronicity, infusing us with wild new energy and purpose. All the seeds planted long ago begin to sprout, even the ones you may have forgotten about.
At the end of March, I traveled up to Chicago for a 2-day family affair, the Bassnectar Spring Gathering. Traveling always brings me new perspective and rich experiences. But, there was a message during the show that resonated with me very deeply. It was an excerpt from the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast. Check it out below - it's worth every second.
This speech nails it. It's such a brilliant perspective, and the metaphor of spring perfectly reflected my soul and countless other bass heads. I get chills every time I relive that moment. But the part that left me dead in my tracks was the line that goes "you'll meet someone new, and realize that it's possible to fall in love again." It was as if everything I've been experiencing at the end of my winter was coming full circle. I recently fell for someone who's soul mirrors my own, and we traveled to work the show in Chicago together. We've both been in such disbelief at how real everything feels, and how undeniable our feelings are - even if we were both scared to explore them. But that 'glimmer of hope' was staring at us, and we knew. This is real. The birth of something incredible. And, the cherry on top of this speech was the backtracking of Bassnectar's remix of a Glitch Mob track called "Beauty of the Unhidden Heart." It was no coincidence that Brandon and I's relationship blossomed the morning their new album was announced, when we discovered we were both mega Glitch Mob fans. That level of serendipity is becoming more and more frequent ever since our souls met. I recapped more about Chicago in the Instagram below:
Back to the sprouting of seeds, I fully believe that in order for new cycles to emerge there must be some sort of maintenance beforehand. We need to declutter and let go of past habits. Resurface your neglected interests, give your hobbies a rebirth. For instance; yesterday I noticed a trail of ants in my room. At first I was annoyed and looked at it as a nuisance. And while I pretty much had to tear apart my room to get to the source, they led right to my arts and crafts box under my bed. Once I cleaned up the stickiness they had found, I realized I hadn't opened my craft box in a veryyyyy long time. So, I spent the next hour cleaning it out, inventorying my supplies, and becoming inspired by all of the things I had the tools to create. All of the seeds I needed to create new and beautiful things had been planted under my nose for months - yet the timing hadn't worked out for me to make anything of them. Well, that little seed I forgot I had planted has now sprouted out of the ground, invigorating me with the drive to create, and I'm now grateful for those ants leading me to a passion I once enjoyed but had forgotten.
I noticed this pattern about myself and I wonder if any of you also find yourself in this situation. I tend to gather, gather, gather... research more information, collect more supplies and resources, keeping notes of random thoughts and ideas for reference, storing things for later use like a squirrel collecting food for the winter. I got a laugh out of it actually, realizing my odd behavior (it also reminded me of this great blog about Underpants Gnomes).
But to get back to the point, now is the time to uncover your acorns. Now is when you decide which ones are worth acting on and which ones just became clutter. It's okay to let go of past ideas + projects, don't see it as a failure. Instead look at it as maximizing your energy. If you're anything like me, you have to prioritize your wild ideas and hone in on the ones that will be the most beneficial. What have you been pondering? What have you put off or felt uninspired about? Have there been signs leading you somewhere - such as the ants leading me to my passion for crafting? Remind yourself of the breadcrumbs you left in the past, of the thoughts and ideas you wanted to revisit, of the hobbies you put on the back burner. Take advantage of the longer days, and the sun's extended energy. Just MAKE something or DO something or PUBLISH something - ironically the situation also motivated me to create a blog post for the first time in 3 months. Oh how I have so many unpublished thoughts. I plan to comb through them and do a little spring cleaning of my own mind. After all, I need to make room for the new and exciting things I have ahead of me. Including a book that I have already begun writing - to be published later this year! That's the goal at least. The more people I tell, the more accountable I'll be to make it happen.
I'll leave you with this; don't hesitate. Let all of your hesitations, procrastination reflexes, and paralyzing anxiety or thoughts wash out of you. That was winter talking; spring is the time to emerge and make moves. And, if you need a soundtrack for your season, check out my RENEWAL playlist on Spotify!
Much love and endless gratitude,
HOW COULD THIS BE WRONG - THE GLITCH MOB
The long awaited return of the Glitch Mob has come to reality. This was the first single released off their upcoming album See Without Eyes (out May 4th!). The first drop is everything you could ever want from a GM song, deep penetrating bass with the overlayers of ethereal synthy magic. This track takes you on a journey. This song found me at a turning point in my life, a time that I allowed myself to surrender to a new love that I was scared to fall into. But hearing this song for the first time, the morning after we shared our first kiss, all of the hesitation went out the window as we asked ourselves "How could this be wrong?"
FALLS - ODESZA
The lyrics in this song are so empowering. "Gotta hold on, gonna make it through this time." It's got to be one of the best songs for anyone going through a difficult time. It inspires so much hope and it's just one of those songs that makes you believe that better days are ahead, that it's okay to admit you're a bit broken. But you have to keep moving in order to get to a better place in the future. Aside from that, it has all of the classic Odesza-esque loops and synths which makes it such a beautiful track.
DESERT DIAMOND - MINNESOTA
I am absolutely digging everything about Minnesota's new EP Curio. This song is one of the thicker tracks on this mix but it offers a nice contrast from all the bubbly tracks. It just layers on so heavy, and keeps building throughout. Not to mention the funky blips and beeps make you feel like you're exploring the catacombs of the pyramid level in Mario Bros 3. I'm super stoked to catch Minnesota throwing down next week at Digital Gardens! His shows always throw down, and I'm dying to hear this new new live.
OPEN UP - BASSNECTAR
I've known this song since it came out in 2014, but I never truly listened to it until this year. It was dropped at the Spring Gathering, making for one of the heaviest beauty banger moments of the weekend. The lyrics (sung by Simon Morel) are highly uplifting, and the message I take from it is not to be afraid to open up to the people around you. I've spent the better part of my young adulthood insistent on handling things on my own. But by being open to help others and be helped by them in return, you allow space for collaboration and new inspiration to spark; ammunition to be loaded so to speak. And, while I haven't been one for love songs until recently, I now find a whole new meaning to the lyric "you're my ammunition" - because finding someone that feeds your passion and supports you is rare and I for one feel unstoppable because of it.
There are almost 50 tracks on this playlist, and I could talk about all of them but instead I'll let you explore the mix for yourself. I hope it brings you breaths of fresh musical air and inspires you to keep moving no matter what. Enjoy!
There is something more to what we are. On the surface, we just look like people carrying out our busy lives. But, there are deeper layers to everything - messages floating all around us. And I want to show you how to listen to them. Your next opportunity is here today during the Super Moon, but I will explain that shortly.
Let me give you some background on me; I am eternally curious, I believe in magic, and I have a serious fascination with astrology, numerology, esoteric philosophies, and ancient cultures. I think this combination has opened my perspective to receive messages more fluidly than someone who doesn’t notice the wind in the air, or the phase of the moon.
Why is this important? Well. That’s up for you to decide. If you think it’s at least important enough to keep reading then you must continue. What intertwines us as humans is our pursuit of purpose as it pertains to ourself and the outside world. At some point we will all be faced with the opportunity to believe in more than ourselves. The question is wether you will let it pass you, or let it fill you with inspiration and wonder.
Last night my dad and I watched one of the most magnificent skies I’ve seen in a while. The sky is my ultimate source of inspiration; it always changes yet remains constant. Stars, clouds, planets… I could stare into it forever. And the more often I do the more often these other worldly messages find their way to me. I cherish the moments I spend with my dad looking into infinity, and we talked a lot about how it makes so many other problems in life seem insignificant. We both trust in the universe, and no matter how challenging it can be to live in modern society, he reminds me that our roots are intertwined with the divine and ancient ancestors; that our spirits are more special than we are taught to believe.
MESSAGES + MESSENGERS
There have been multiple instances where I was deeply reflecting, working through life in my mind, when a message will come. Such as a feather found on the ground, or a seemingly random (but noticeably stronger) gust of wind, or I’ll hear a far-off chiming sound. To me, these are signs of good luck. Your signs may be different to you, but if you are primarily an Air sign like myself (Gemini, Aquarius or Libra), then you should take more notice in the timing of air elements entering your life.
One thing to note is that there is always two parts; the messenger (or vehicle) and the message (or meaning). The most recent sign I have received is the fact that tonight is the Gemini Super Moon, meaning the full moon will coincide with the gemini constellation. In addition, Mercury (Gemini’s ruling planet, and the planet of communication) will go into retrograde. Despite the stigmas you may have heard about planetary retrograde, it really isn’t some hoax to roll your eyes at (nor is it an omen for which to place blame). Think of retrograde as a shift in the universal energy - to some it affects like a magnifying glass, to others like radio static. In this scenario, the messenger is the celestial beings themselves, and the message is subjective, but each person will have their own interpretations (and that's what's so great - don't just take my word for what it means to me, infer your own meaning and purpose).
No matter what way you look at it, the convergence of these intertwined celestial beings should grab your attention. It’s a curious pattern, and the intellectual energy that Gemini are so prone to can be truly magnified during this time (another note on astrology - just because you weren't born during Gemini season does not mean it isn't present somewhere in your birth chart!). The energies I'm sensitive to right now are making me feel overly compelled to publish this blog post (even though I hardly feel well-studied enough to write about pseudoscientific topics). It’s my purpose in life to connect to people; I am a social scientist through and through, and I'm curious to see the effect this post will have on some people. I don’t always fully understand how, but I can’t ignore the fact that I’ve given people advice and led them to interests that created a massively impactful chain of events. Sometimes when I give advice it’s as if I lose my sense of ‘self’ and become a messenger for the universe. If you’ve ever had a revelation during a conversation with me, you know I am a natural communicator - almost too natural at times.
LANGUAGE OF NUMBERS
Let’s switch gears to numerology. This is the belief and study of mystical relationships between numbers and ideas. And, the deeper you study it the more you can understand that numbers have their own language (and actually are the foundation for every language, every structure we know). Do you regularly notice the clock at 11:11? Or maybe triple digits like 333 follow you places. For me, I notice various combinations of 612 very often. The more I noticed, the more I wanted to understand what this could mean. Truly you should dive deep into numerologist.com and let it lead you to the information you need. In short, each number holds certain characteristics, and each letter decodes to a number using the Pythagorean alphabet. So, this brings me back to the number 11, which is known as a ‘master number’.
How this pertains to today's Super Moon is quite astounding. On this day (12/3 - another number pattern to pick up on), five celestial beings sat at 11° this morning; the gemini constellation, the moon, Jupiter, Neptune and the Sun. According to numerologist.com this created an 11:11:11:11:11 portal - a allusion to 2018 which is an 11 universal year. Below is today’s natal chart, a map of the position of each celestial being in our solar system (at a given time). Studying how these positions relate to each other will help you further understand what I can ‘universal energy’ or ‘universal flow’. You will notice the 11’s I mentioned before, and if this looks entirely foreign don’t let it overwhelm you. Cafe Astrology is a great place to start learning how to read natal charts.
The point is, it is all connected. Every word, every combination of date, location and time, can all be decoded into something purposeful. Today, in particular, is important because it is a great opportunity to think about closure for 2017 and your purpose for 2018. What do you want to achieve? What areas do you want to grow? What gives your life true meaning? To me, life is all about connecting the dots. That’s why I work in the field of communication. It’s why I’ve learned to notice signs of luck, and take them as affirmations that I’m on the right path. It’s not always good, I don’t want to give the illusion that my life is perfect whatsoever. But, I am happy every single day because I choose to be. And I choose to see the good signs and piggyback off of them into even better signs. This is something you can do too, every person is capable of tapping into that universal flow.
MAKE SOMETHING OF IT
Turn this newfound information from something mental into something physical. There is no better time than now! Here are a list of ideas you should focus on around the Gemini Full Moon that I adapted from numerologist.com :
Use the resources out there, let yourself be curious about the convergence of events that makes you special. Look up and learn to read your birth chart, read about your life path number, read about the traits that were engrained with you since your soul met your body. I promise it will offer insight, it will help you understand your faults and weaknesses, and it will help you heal and learn to love who you are and feel confident about where you are going. 2018 is about to be a very powerful year, and now is the perfect time to set some future intentions. Connect more dots within yourself. Communicate with yourself more often, and you will in turn communicate with the universe.
Let me paint a scenario for you. You're sitting on a tightrope. It's a familiar rope, you know it well. But you're sitting in a place on it that you don't like being. It feels unstable no matter what position you try, and you haven't stood up on it in a while. You find moments of comfort where you are, but the tightrope is tense yet unsteady, and theres an underlying layer of uneasiness you can't seem to do anything about. The tightrope feels thinner than usual, and definitely tighter. You have lost the equilibrium you once had on this tightrope and are now sitting on it, unsure what to do.
At one point you were moving swiftly on it, agile and ready to juggle any need that came your way. Until, rather suddenly, a few juggling pins bombarded you out of nowhere. Just one missed catch threw everything off and created a spiral that caused you to drop all of your juggling pins. Whatever it was, it probably wasn't in your control, or maybe even your choice. Yet, here you are, sitting on a tightrope fidgeting your empty hands while the reality of your slump really sets in. It feels like ages since you knew what you were doing.
You can see other people on tightropes, too. And you can see you aren't alone, everyone is trying to balance themselves. Everyone's rope is different in length, width, height, making the conditions for each journey appear easier or more difficult. Some people have nothing to juggle, some are clearly juggling too much. But, you can't really tell what their tightrope is like without walking on it. You're the only one that knows the intricacies of your particular tightrope because you're the only one who's occupying it, and it's been that way for quite some time. Probably your whole life.
For some people, it looks very easy for them to walk back and forth on it every day, fulfilling their own needs, growing as people. A slip here and there doesn't phase them much. For others, their tightropes are almost always bouncing with different kinds of energy, like excitement, chaos or drama. Others just can't seem to get a grip, no matter how determined they are. Sometimes you have the opportunity to help others when they've lost their balance. You don't mind when your tightrope absorbs some of their unsteadiness and begins to sway. Besides, your tightrope hasn't been stable in a while anyway, so a few more shakes is hardly noticeable. You'd rather see their strength grow as they tiptoe and eventually get back to walking their tightrope with ease again.
Meanwhile, you're just sitting smack dab in the middle of yours, dangling your legs, maybe swaying it back and forth like a swing in an effort to feel playful. But all you really feel is stuck. Stuck inside your own mind and body. Frustrated that they won't cooperate. You know how to walk this tightrope, you've even done cartwheels on it before. You have confidence in a lot of scenarios, but somehow you can't figure out how to just get up and start moving again. Your tightrope has been put higher, a sign of your growth, but it will also to test you. You can feel it getting tenser every day that you don't have the courage to walk on it again. Instead you overthink every step.
Do you go to the left? The right? Either way, you get further away from one of the two sides. Which needs your attention and focus the most? You think back to every pin you were juggling before your crisis. It's very hard to juggle on a tightrope. How can you possibly start over? This is how you've found yourself paralyzed, making no progress at all. The tension in your tightrope is so high now that you imagine it snapping out from beneath you without warning. The higher it gets, the further you are afraid to fall should you take a wrong step. It's easier to find distractions in other tightropes instead of learning how to walk your own, but you know you can't do that forever. That tightrope represents your ability to be independent and navigate your life as your own person vs. the fear of being responsible for every step you take.
The tightrope wouldn't be as high as it is if you hadn't already succeeded at something. It's been laid before you like this for a reason. Not for you to sit and ponder how to approach it. The tension in the tightrope becomes even higher, at this point you've been in pain for longer than you realize. You have to do something. Anything.
You have two options; fall off the rope or stand up on it. You know this rope is not your enemy, so you don't want to leave it. You want to balance on it, so you do. You stand up very slowly on your tightrope, and maybe curl your toes around it for some security. As you trust your weight on the tightrope, the tension begins to release and offer slack. As you stand up completely, you notice that you see the path more clearly from that vantage point. You begin to turn yourself towards the direction of your priorities. You know if you look back that you could lose your balance again, so instead you take a deep breath and let go of the things that have drained your attention in the past. As you exhale, more tension is released from the rope and it becomes more bearable. You feel less fragile, and you stretch your arms freely. They aren't tied up in anything any longer. The freedom inspires you as you wear a genuine smile for the first time in ages.
There is an urge to rediscover yourself along this tightrope. You have the opportunity to shed the weight of personality traits or habits that hinder your ability to walk your tightrope. There are new patterns to experiment with, and new heights to reach. You are proud of the courage it took to stand up on your tightrope again. You lost sight of who you were when you were sitting still on that rope, and that's the root of your paralyzing fear. Who am I? You don't have a definite answer, but the further you navigate the tightrope, the greater your sense of purpose becomes. The stronger your balance becomes. The clearer your mind becomes. The deeper your appreciation for yourself becomes. You and that rope, you've been together this whole time. You learn to trust that it doesn't want you to fall. That tightrope, the one right beneath your own feet, has been trying to show you the way all along.
Ricky Raw Talks 808 Fest, Early ATL Bass Music + The 808 Track
Atlanta is about to get a whole lot of bass in its face this week, and if you’re an Atlanta music nerd like I am, you should already know why. The annual celebration of bass, 808 Fest, is returning this year in full force. The festival kicks off at Aisle 5 tomorrow and will take place over four days with headliners including Conrank, Treasure Fingers, and MONO/POLY, as well as performances by local favorites like Mighty High Coup and Scales.
Speaking of Mighty High Coup, they’re the voices behind The 808 Track - a song which countless Bassnectar fans will be jamming out to properly tomorrow. August 8th is a national holiday according to Bass Heads, and if it weren’t for that track I may not have grown the same appreciation for the 808 that I have today.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate bass music than by gathering with a bunch of ATLiens to do what we do best - and 808 Fest has the 404 covered. Ricky Rothstein, aka Ricky Raw, is not only the mind behind Mighty High Coup, but he's also the founder and producer of 808 Fest. I sat down with him to learn how he jumped into electronic music, the inspiration behind The 808 Track, and what he’s excited about for this year’s 808 Fest.
RJ: Have you always lived around Atlanta?
RR: Mhm, I was born in Clayton County hospital, Riverdale - Southside. I live in Zone 6 right now and have for almost 10 years. Once I was old enough to choose where to live, I’ve pretty much been in East Atlanta.
RJ: You said you fell in love with bass at a young age?
RR: Yup, I was a bass player at age 12 when I got my first bass guitar for Christmas. Then I started a band with Nick Weiller aka Bro Safari, at the time he was the guitar player, and then the third member Kerry Henderson. We played our very first gig at Samba Reptile at 14 years old. We weren’t really even old enough to be in the venue, but we played around 2AM and the only people there was the band after us. We planned to start a mosh pit at the end of our last song, so I threw down my bass and jumped into the crowd which was like three people. So I got a black eye by some dudes head smashing me in the face, and that was my first live club performance.
RJ: How did that lead into you getting involved with electronic?
RR: So, when I first started play the bass guitar I was into heavy metal, and that slowly went into punk rock. I went to Independence High School and I got a job across the street at this pizza place with all these Roswell kids who introduced me to drum and bass. And I loved it because before that everything was techno, any type of dance music. And this was in the late 90s so I mean, it really was. It was much more limited than it is today, like 10 years before dubstep existed. So by the time I was 17 I was able to buy turntables, two Technics, 1210s - I think. Then a friend sold me his mixer and gave me a bunch of Joker (not the DJ, the label - which was an old jump up DnB label) and Aphrodite records. So I got into mixing DnB, and then Bro Safari, who was going to college in Alabama, came back to Atlanta to come to some big rave or whatever it was and we chatted again, hadn’t seen each other in a while. He was like ‘I’m spinning drum and bass now,’ and I was like ‘I’m spinning drum and bass!’ When Nick came over, he was just kinda getting into it, and I was transitioning into the darker drum and bass. I spun jump up cause that’s what I had, but I was trying to buy records of the darker stuff. Me and some friends would go every Tuesday and buy all the new stuff at Rewind Records and Satellite Records. And then Nick was more into the jump up stuff so I started showing him more of what I was getting into, and pretty soon after that he started Evol Intent* and then he was a million miles past, production-wise, he just took off. He had Gigantor, and then soon brought on The Enemy, AJ, and made the trio Evol Intent. They put out some great stuff, and we kinda traded gigs. And yeah, that was the beginning of DJing. I started rapping over drum and bass, got into production soon after that, which led to more rapping just naturally as a next move.
*Evol Intent was a hardstep trio that formed in 2000 which included Mike Diasio (Gigantor) and Ashely Jones (The Enemy) - slated to headline 808 Fest on Wednesday under his alias Treasure Fingers.
RJ: So then at what point was Mighty High Coup found?
RR: Mighty High Coup started, in my opinion… So we would all go to this rap battle called Mic Club at Apache Cafe, hosted by DRES Tha BEATnik, and I met a lot of rappers there - a lot of really talented people - but, specifically, Mr. SOS and A-Bomb. They had two completely opposite styles. A-Bomb was the most ‘get drunk, get money’ kinda rapper ever, and then SOS was the most hiphop, had a backpack on every time he was on stage and still rocked a Kangol hat. So, to me, I just thought it’d be really cool to have a group where everyone is different. Cause most groups would have very similar styles, and I thought Atlanta was one of the only places that you would have people who are polar opposities work together on a song. I was making lots of beats, and playing around with verses but I wasn’t writing full songs - I was a battle rapper. But then these guys came in and wrote their verse, so you have three battle rapper verses and it starts to feel like a song. So, that’s how that got started and here we are three albums later. And we have half of a new album recorded with those guys too.
RJ: Oooh, will we get to hear any new stuff debut at 808 Fest?
RR: We’ll see, we’ll see. Mighty High Coup is playing 8.09. We’ll kick off 8.08, it’ll be all DJs, and the next night we’ll have some live performances.
RJ: So, now that we’re on to 808 Fest, looking at where it started and where it is now, does it follow the vision you saw for it or is it taking its own path?
RR: Both. When I started the first year in 2011, it was on a Wednesday and we had a really big year. I got Kilo Ali, it was his first show since he was out of jail, and it was a big deal. We had about 550 people show up to Connect Lounge on a Wednesday. It looked amazing, it was a great time. At that point I thought the sky was the limit. The next year, I did a 2-day thing at the Quad, and it was well-attended, but I learned that people just don’t like to go to the same club two nights in a row. The third year we did multiple venues for one night in East Atlanta Village. The fourth year we did multiple venues on Edgewood and that was on a Saturday. Last year 8.08 was on a Monday so we did Friday-Monday and made 8.08 the closing day and last year was definitely our highest attended yet. And now this year we’re going to kick off on Tuesday, 8.08, and move into the weekend.
RJ: So 808 Fest started in 2011, and The 808 Track came out in 2010?
RR: That sounds right, well the Bassnectar version. Mighty High Coup’s version came out in 2009. That was a cool story, some of my friends were playing it backstage at Bonnaroo all weekend and I guess he was playing that year and then heard the track a few times and started asking them ‘who is this?’ We had just put the video out, and I guess people were watching it around Bassnectar and he heard it and he called me probably a week after Bonnaroo and said he wanted to sample it. It’s not exactly a remix, it’s his song that he made and then sampled Mighty High Coup. His song was definitely its own thing, I wouldn’t consider it a remix at all.
RJ: I’d be curious to hear the original.
RR: Yeah, it’s online, Mighty High Coup - 808s.
RJ: So, would you say that 808s are your most often used drum samples?
RR: Yeah, I use 808s in almost every single song. And there are so many things that kinda qualify as an 808, you know theres sine waves that people would consider an 808. Even though, technically, nothing is an 808 unless it came out of the Roland TR-808. And then, to take that sound and use it in todays music, it takes a little bit of processing. That sound, even though it’s the most raw and true to the 808 sound, you still gotta throw some EQs and properly process and compress. You can use it as it is, but it’s such an old machine. In today's scene, you need a certain level of quality to even be relevant.
RJ: Which 808 sample is your favorite?
RR: The one that’s most famous is the 808 kick drum, specifically the one that has a sustain, a long tone. I mean, there’s a million versions even of that, but that’s what I use. That’s what people think of as the 808. You know, there’s the 808 cowbell, the 808 clap, there’s the 808 this the 808 that. *laughs* And, to get back to that song, I wrote that song as a joke. It was making fun of mainstream rap music, saying all you needed to make rap music these days was an 808 kick drum, an 808 hat, 808 snare drum, 808 clap, 808 this, 808 that, 808 boom and an 808 bap. Boom. That’s it, you know? And when we wrote the song, to me, at first it was so silly - that song wasn’t even going to make it on to our record because it was just so goofy. I like to say that I make pop songs that are making fun of pop songs. I have a song Heady Music with McBeezy, it’s like a heady song but it’s also making fun of that at the same time. Cause, you know, it’s entertainment. I don’t take it too too seriously. But as I played the album to all sorts of people, the 808 song was the one that stood out - it was different. There’s nothing in that song besides original 808 samples and a Sir-Mix-A-Lot sampler, and then some effects on them. But that’s literally the whole track, there’s nothing that wasn’t out of an 808 sampler.
RJ: I just love the way so many different music cultures have become so affected by that sound. I think that’s all I’ve got for you, is there anything else you want to add?
RR: Support your local bass head! Support your locals as much as you support the big guys. Support the people you see have the drive and the talent in the here and now, the culture you live in because that’s where the next big thing is going to come from. Make sure you give them the same, if not more support, as the people who are already there. Some people have the full potential but they’ll never make it anywhere if they don’t get the little bit of reassurance that they need. So, yeah, support your local bass head.
I’ll be doing exactly that this week, and you’ll know where to find me! Come celebrate all things bass at 808 Fest! Also, you should read this very insightful article about the 808.
UPCOMING ATLANTA EVENTS
August 9: Locals SuperJam [Aisle 5]
August 14: Beer & Comedy Night [SweetWater Brewery]
August 17: MCBEEZY w/ Briggs Eyeland [Aisle 5]
August 18-20: Atlanta Underground Film Festival [Synchronicity Theatre]
August 25: Underwear Comedy Party [Village Theatre]
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