What began as something everyone could be a part of- became something you had to “prove yourself” in to be apart of. Was the scene becoming “respectable?” Was it becoming a self-supporting movement- or big business?
When hip hop was nearly beginning, it was very much compulsory to keep a compilation of samples and drum breaks. But as time passes by, the use of the same songs repeatedly became less indispensable because of the modern sampling technology and the overture of live instrumentation.
I am happiest with the response and how many people have been inspired by it. Hearing “I don’t listen to breaks and never really liked it before I heard your CD” is really what it is all about for me. I think that if you can open up someone to your genre, then you have done your job perfectly and possibly made a new fan.
Think About It Lyn Collins Rob Base DJ E-Z Rock’s popular hip hop club hit It Takes Two has used the funk classic beat Think breakbeat About It as its loop sample.
It didn’t take long before the scene developed it’s own “work uniform.” Designer sweat pants, visors, and T-Shirts hit the late scene in swarms. By 2005, Ravers were creating their own clothing lines-many going on to gain national markets. You still wore your “work uniform” to the parties, but now it was your “SCENE uniform.” Gone were the days of getting off work at the convenience store and coming straight in to the club. NOW, you went out of your way to look the part, covering yourself in Raver gear like Split, Alien Workshop, and even some national brands that had gotten involved (Puma, Adidas, etc).Those who didn’t have the gear would become “shunned.” The scene that originated as welcoming all, where everyone could be themselves, had changed. And the people changed- to FIT the scene.
Live drums, guitars, keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs. Incredibly, it’s all done without a script – and without a net.
Starscape Festival 2008 was definitely a dream realized. Otakon Anime Festival in Baltimore is an interesting show and always one of my most memorable. Winning the Fans Pick the DJ’s contest back in 2005 and getting a Main Room slot at CUBIK was definitely another realization of a dream. I could go on and on, but my favorite current venue to play is the Black Hole in Maryland, a little place but I love it there!
I was approached by East West [Records]. That [Das EFX “Microphone Master”] was the first official remix and I was in Kansas. I had to get the job done so I brought Joc Max in and did it with him. Everything that we did, we labeled it Domecrackers. We eventually wanted to do a project called the Domecracker Project where me and him produce the whole record. But that still has yet to come to fruition. We talk about it all the time. He’s like a best friend, actually, like a brother. I speak to him all the time even outside of the music thing. So that’s what that Domecracker thing is, me and Joc.