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Following in The Footsteps of Kirk Degiorgio

Yet more and more revelations for me listening through the Red Bull Academy podcasts.
Wajeed talking about Detroit and how much passion he has for music, even above business, and going with what you feel.
Talking about the atmosphere of Detroit and what it means to make hip hop there, is something I understand.

Kirk Degiorgio did some of the same things I did. He went to Gratiot Avenue and knocked on the metal door of Metroplex.
I went to the same door and knocked on it as Transmat, I was just unlucky enough not to meet anyone there, but yes I have a photo from the wall like a picture from cyclists out of Tour De France.
Also after people here moaning about me using a laptop, Kirk Degiorgio uses it in EXACTLY the same way I do.
Processing the tunes in Pro Tools, importing them and warping each tune by hand in Ableton, then chopping up sections of the tune to allow them to mix and get creative. Cutting out bass and mid to make an acapella, adding percussion loops etc. Exactly the same.
Ectomorph does the same, and many Dj’s now use Midi controllers for the performance aspect, which I need to get hold of.
So more and more, lecture after lecture, confirming again and again what I’m doing and how I’m thinking IS right.
Just at a time when I am giving up on China, this has to be the strangest time for this to happen, but it’s happening….

More next time… Stay strong, no retreat , no surrender.

9th Dec 2005 Zinc Bar, Guangzhou, China, 1st Anniversary Party

09th Dec 2005 Zinc Bar, Guangzhou, China, 1st Anniversary Party
The first time playing Soul/Motown/Hip Hop/R&B here. I even played all my old school reggae as chillout at the end. A full house and everyone happy, Martin & his partner (owners of Zinc), Tiger Beer sponsor.
So a good night, feedback from all is good, so another party soon I hope in January.
There is a link to the hip hop/r&b section here, 80 mins long.
I'm quite happy with it although think I could have done a lot better.
The laptop takes the pain out of mixing hip hop, but should have been more creative as a result.
Next time I will pull out the stops a little more, if the laptop can take it!