This is Beatsfortheill a collective of posts, created by a girl with a love for beats. I enjoy sharing the love and appreciation for talented producers and musicians who bring the soul, beat and skill. Music, Interviews, and Love. Connecting the mind, body and soul through sound, puff puff relax.
Yesterday I enjoyed countless solo drives amongst nature, taking in the breeze, sunlight and various other soul soothing elements of this universe.
Solitary in nature is far from being alone, it’s freedom. To dance around daisy fields as families of kangaroos curiously gazed, to pee under a tree with the sun warming my butt cheeks and to bear witness to not only the beauty of the sun in set but also the moon lowing it’s glare across the early morning sky was truly healing and ultimately reassuring that we are all beautiful creations of this earth simply through living.
Mary Jane, LSD, music and peach iced tea intertwined with nature and a openly curious mind has lead me to some wonderfully fulfilling experiences that I will always cherish to the core, soul deep.
Much Love everyone, I encourage you all to give solo nature chills a go and take a vacation from within. Pack a jay or six, lay in the grass, get dirty, take a wizz in the bushes and must importantly connect and embrace the good <3
"I was making ambient/experimental stuff on and off for a couple years and learned how to sample in ‘09. I would say late ‘10 I started making hip hop and that’s when I took it more seriously. Making beats was always one of my life long ambitions ever since high school."-Weirddough
"Yeah it’s like, I make music from the heart, and I love to create music. I put in so much positive vibes and energy with every song, because yeah music is love and I want to spread love and positivity threw music. There are so many bad things on earth and I think with music you can change things through good energy. I am a spiritual man and I really live to spead the love’. It’s a lifestyle and a view"- Melodiesinfonie
Read the full interview with Melodiesinfonie here:
"While I love the gritty, jazzy feel of 90s boom bap, I’m from the South, and nobody can make the “bootay” shake like we can. I really try to clear my thoughts as much as possible, and just go off of whatever I’m feeling, especially when working with samples. I treat making beats like a blind date; no expectations, just an open mind."- Simon Smthng
"Guess one day I was listening to a bunch of electronic music, and thought of heaps of ways I could blend different songs together. After that I start fiddling around on youtube for ages, trying to mix between two different youtube videos with the volume knob and play/pause button. Eventually I got two cd players basically with a cross fader, and the rest kinda went on from there" -2FUDDHA
”The state I’m in when I usually make music is pure emotion, I can only make music on emotional highs and lows pretty much. My surroundings sometime differ but I find myself most successful sitting at my desk with minimal lighting.” -Illusive
"Hip hop music alone inspires me daily, It’s like a drug. If I had to narrow it down though, my biggest inspirations lately have to be all the crazy soundcloud producers. People like bahwee, ohbliv, cloudofsounds, tuamie, bugseed, ruff draft. All those guys are CRAZY”
"When I’m listening for vocal samples (or any music period), I’m attracted more to the melodies than the actual lyrics. I know it’s common for other producers to chop up certain words and then play with that, but I tend to use the voice as an instrument within the beat. So I’ll have a bunch of layered melodies from different parts of the original song all playing together to create something new - or how I was envisioning it at the time." -Dpat
"That album was really really fun to make, it was my first and only conceptual album to date. I love women, so this is my way of showing it. I got the idea once i realized i gravitate towards sampling slow jams and love songs. The cut from “brown skinned lady” with the two guys talking gave me the title" (In regards to his Album "Good Hair") -Arthiritis
"playing for people is an incredible experience. It’s so awesome when you can look out on to a dance floor and see that people are moving to what you are playing. To be able to feed people energy through music is an amazing thing" -Sashamarie
"it was due to Djing that I ended up wanting to compose music , since everytime I heard a track i heard it in layers not as a whole so I was re-composing the tracks in my head. Since I played the guitar already and had a music production software, i thought I’ll just start to give it a go and compose the music that I wanted to hear and share. A few years later here I am" -Amin Payne
"Taking inspiration from any music, despite sound or genre. I think I was lucky to have been influenced by so many styles of music from soul to death metal. Every sound provokes different emotions so it’s good to be able to pull from any of those influences" - Samuel Truth
"I usually make a drum track first then look for something to lay on top. Blending, scratching, and back spinning samples on a drum track is a big part of my process, then chopping or time stretching ‘til I like how it sounds. I don’t really have any secret as far as finding samples, I just like to dig and try to use something that no one has used before."
Q: Favorite place to be A: ”Any of my record dig spots. You’ve probably heard many beatsmiths say that, but that is really, really, our favorite thing to do. Beatmaking: Bringing you weird quasi antisocial quasi hermits since the 1980s”-Sev Seveer
Much love everyone, I hope all are pondering the joys of this wondrous universe and on the note of blissful ponder I have a soul comforting cover for you all to enjoy. Jordan Rakei an immensely talented singer/ songwriter out of Brisbane, Australia delivers this breath-taking take on NZ soul collective, Fat Freddys Drops track “Blackbird” from their third and highly anticipated album of the same name.
Soul escalates beyond all barriers here, it’s so evident in Rakei’s soul eyes, piano fingers and vocal talents penetrating through all soundscapes. Just bliss, enjoy and stay tuned as soon I’l be sharing an interview with this talented soul, peace until then!
Recording: Jake Walsh, Assisted: Ben Speight [Recording Oasis] Mastering: Dom McGlinn [DOMC Mastering] Filming: Salvador Cantellano, Tuan Nguyen
Thinking back on the first time I had the opportunity to take in one of Sasha Maries soul soothing mixes, I recall swaying (on the roof of my car), eyes closed for about 91 percent of the experience, not because I was asleep mind you, quiet the opposite. Energized from within, I felt the overwhelming beauties and effects music can have on not only the body, but more so (for me anyway) from within the essences of ones soul.
Uplifting & seamless blends courtesy of this talented DJ/Producer out of San Diego, Cali whose emotional connection to musical expression and overall care has left my ears content many a times over, so enjoy and much love.
Location: San Diego
Favourite Food: Steak & potatoes
Favourite Beverage: Scotch Whiskey
Last track you listened to: Heartbreak (Sinking) - Ta-ku
A childhood memory in regards to music: I used to sit in my pops garage and listen to his records (predominately oldies) while he worked on his 1950 Mercury. Good times.
First album you ever purchased: Damn, honestly… Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child is what came to mind. I also remember being obsessed with my moms Alanis Morissette!
Favorite Music Video: The first thing that popped into my head was Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes video
A track to chill to: loving that new Stwo - Virgo ft. Shay Lia
A track to break it down to: South Side - Trippy Turtle
So first things first, thank you for taking the time to share words. Your contribution to music so far has been displayed rather beautifully through your soul soothing selection of mixes creating energy and mood, much love. What inspired you to start creating your own mixes and how long have you been at it:
Thank you! And thank you so much for having me be apart of your blog. I made my first mix about a year ago. I’ve always wanted to do something with music. I tried playing a couple of instruments but I wasn’t very good at it. It wasn’t until I started to learn how to mix music that I found out what I really loved. One of the mixes that really inspired me when I first started was Kastle’s MTHRFNKR Mix. I listened to that mix over and over again. Not only did certain artists inspire me but playing for people is an incredible experience. It’s so awesome when you can look out on to a dance floor and see that people are moving to what you are playing. To be able to feed people energy through music is an amazing thing. I absolutely love playing shows and inspiring people to move and just have a good time.
You create such feel and atmosphere with your mixes, Mixxedsignals was my introduction to your sound and the soul and feel was evident from first listen. Typically describe the process you go through when selecting tracks and ultimately creating a mix:
Every mix I’ve made so far has been the result of a flood of emotions that I was feeling at the time. Every time I make a mix I just throw a bunch of songs that inspire me into a playlist and pick which ones fit my mood at that moment. Once I have that playlist I just completely release all of those emotions into a mix.
photo by: Flora P. edited by Andre Power
Your mixes have gathered a lot of love and attention furthermore over the past couple of months including the support of music label and voice, Soulection. How has the experience been for you so far and what would you like to explore further through music:
My experience with Soulection has truly inspired me to grow as an artist and as an individual. The Soulection team is incredible, they are all one big family that supports one another. Everyone on the team is constantly growing to the next level. I’ve been honored to be mentored by the co-founder Andre Power. Andre has really pushed me to gain my confidence and just go out there and truly express myself and play what I love.
Currently, I’ve been working on learning how to produce music which is my ultimate goal. I can’t wait to put out my first beat and get feedback on it. Also, I would love to eventually travel, play in other cities and meet/collab with other artists.
Who are your musical influences and why:
Hmmm that’s hard because I have so many. I’m all over the place when it comes to music. The music I was raised on will forever be influential to me. “Those Oldies but Goodies” has really been a big part of my life. Barbara Mason, Smokey Robinson, The Intruders, The Commodores, the list goes on and on when it comes to that type of music. Just hearing that type of music makes me feel so good. Whether I’m happy or sad it’s fitting for every mood.
Currently though, MORRI$ has been a huge influence on me ever since I heard his song ‘Rashida Jones’ a couple of years ago. I saw him play at the Kava Lounge in San Diego a while back and his set was amazing! His most recent work that he has released on his Soundcloud is on point as well. Breakfast At Richmans (Bronze Serenade) blew my mind. It’s perfect. I just really love his sound. I love Danny Elfman and the music he composes and scores for films. Especially Tim Burton’s movies. I’ve been listening to a lot of Danny Elfman lately because it’s near Halloween and his music is perfect for this time of year. Sango has been super influential to me as well. The first initial thing that made me really like Sango’s music was that he incorporated Baile Funk sounds into his music. I feel like every track he releases is a banger. I also really like the stuff he’s collaborating with Waldo on. Flying Lotus is another huge influence for me. He’s incredibly talented and I feel like his music just has so much life to it. I’ve been listening to Flying Lotus for quite some time so I’ve definitely made a lot of memories to his music. It’s very dear to me. His J Dilla tribute ‘Fall in Love’ has always been a favorite. That and Satelllliiiiiteee… and Tea Leaf Dancers! Also, M.I.A. Kala will forever be a favorite album. Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Mf Doom, Bikini Kill… the list goes on and on.
Artwork by: Andre Power
Anything coming up that we should keep a look out for:
Well, I should be putting out another mix this month… and hopefully will be releasing a song or two (crossing my fingers).
The book Ten Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Rilke - If you get a chance read it! It changed my life.
Also, listen to Ta-Ku’s ‘Songs to Break Up To’. It’s one emotional masterpiece!
I’m glad to let all know that we have an interview with the talented Cali producer Jo_Def coming soon but until then enjoy Jo-Defs seamlessly on point set for Boiler Room that always leaves me in and out of breath in a booty breaking mess.
A track-list that will leave the bottoms of mankind toned and well-formed.
Jo_Def produces some what club music with a heart and soul, embrace and enjoy <3