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Undercooked Beats – The Marc Handler Interview

mainProfile_smRarely do you find a musician so humble and skilled as Cape Town based emcee and producer, Marc Handler. Having grown up in two opposite ends of the planet he brings a unique flow and sense of style to SA with some LA underground flair. New to the scene he is progressing rapidly and doesn’t seem to be holding back, even if he is using a ‘vintage’ laptop, his trusty Akai MPK49 does a lot more than simply compensate. We sat down with Marc at his hometown lair in SeaPoint, to understand a little more behind the scenes and drink beer over a beat or two.

Denton: To kick this off tell us how you got into making beats and how long have you been producing?

Marc: I have been producing for probably about a yeah and half now. And I think I’ve always had music in me, like I’ve always had melodies playing in my head all day. I think it was always needed that I make beats, that I do something with it. I played guitar, and bass a bit and drums and this and that and I was in a band when I was younger, and I was really into a lot of punk music and you know growing up in LA there’s so much musical influence.

D: So what kind of influences outside of HipHop would you say fuel your passion for music at the moment?

M: I think just melody in general, and I can’t classify that to any kind of music. I really like the way HipHop borrows from every kind of genre and its constantly evolving which is exciting. HipHop has the potential to take from every genre and not just be a certain tempo, and its just going to grow and evolve and really its exciting like that. But I think all genres inspired me in some way or another like old Rock, Punk Rock, Jazz, some R&B; any great artist. Its not about the genre its about the individual.

D: You seem to have a very signature styled approach to your process, often making a solid beat in one sitting and swiftly moving onto the next, is there any reasoning behind this?

M: I’m very much inspiration based. I’ll sit down and get in a bit of a zone and put one melody down and try put another melody on top of it that’ll sound really good and some drums, and I’m always excited for the newness. I love 90s HipHop but I always want to hear whats new and whats current, and whats pushing the boundaries, or like what sounds really good and its coming from 17 / 18 / 19 year olds. So for me with music I kinda have a short attention span, which is a good and a bad thing. We all have the shortest attention span these days, its all about the little 30 second sound-bites and I think thats applied to music. I listen to something for 10 / 20 seconds and I’ll kinda know whether I like it or not. And sometimes I’ll be wrong. Sometimes if I give it another listen I will learn to like it and appreciate it for what it is. So I think the same applies for my music, I’m either feeling it or I’m not. And I might feel it for 4 or 5 hours and feel that its somewhat finished and then not really want to touch it again. And even though at another listening, I’ll be like ‘I could do this or I could do that’, the next time I sit down and do something I’d rather just start fresh and create something new.

D: The local scene seems very isolated and distant from whats happening out in Europe and the States – whats your take on this, and do you see it changing anytime soon?

M: This is a difficult question. I think because I lived half my life in LA and half my life here, but I grew up in LA I come from a different perceiving point. I think SA’s got so much potential talent and a lot of it doesn’t come to the surface because of economic problems, people don’t have the money to advance their talent and then certain people do have the money, and maybe their talent is not as good or whatever the case is, but I think there is huge potential and its only going to grow in SA and I think its going to get bigger and bigger.

D: Are there any local artists you would be down to collaborate with?

M: The one track I made with Petit Noir who is already doing his own thing, and is already pretty recognised overseas and plays huge concerts and festivals in the States. And he’s really got his own style, and when I have worked with him its been really awesome. Theres a guy Sol Pros who lives in my neighbourhood who really got me on the beat making tip, like I always wanted to do it, but he kinda gave me a half hour of his time to show me how to start if off. He’s been doing stuff for a while, he makes really cool shit.

D: Your beats have a very sombre and cool vibe too them, borderline melancholic – is there a particularly mood you want your listeners to feel or is it something deeper you expressing?

M: Its not necessarily about the emotion or particular mood, everybody is open to their own perception based on how they’re feeling at the time. For me its all about beauty, creating something beautiful and I think thats what all art is. Thats what artists are out here to do, to create beauty in this world. So for me its really about the melody. I don’t start a song and go for a particular theme or emotion, I maybe subconsciously do depending on my mood, but its really just about creating something thats really beautiful, just really good to the ear, and hooks you in. I like things that are catchy, but catchy maybe in a melancholic way or maybe in an emotional way, but I’m not trying to create any particular emotion, just trying to make something that will make you feel. And I think beautiful art makes people feel.

D: So are there any future projects in the pipelines?

M: Just to really keep making music. Should be doing more stuff with Petit Noir and I got couple friends in the States that Ive worked on stuff with. Definitely collaborations are on the table.

D: Peace

https://soundcloud.com/marc-handler


 

Al'Tarba - Let the Ghosts Sing

“Let the Ghosts Sing” – Brand New Album from Al’Tarba + “Good Morning Rain” – New Official Music Video – Out Now!!!

Hey people!

I hope you are all doing well; I’m very please to announce that today, the one and only Al’Tarba releases his brand new and once again completely epic album, “Let the Ghosts Sing” and it’s officially available for purchase in a variety of format’s right here:
Adobe Photoshop PDFhttp://cd1d.com/en/album/let-the-ghosts-sing

“I had the opportunity to listen to the album over the weekend and once again I am completely taken back by the utterly awe inspiring production throughout the project. While maintaining the classic Al’Tarba feel this album is something completely fresh from the French multi-intrumentalist. The sound & feel of this album is exactly as the name say’s with a complete otherworldly eeriness that sticks with you throughout as well as beautiful analogue arrangements, classic instruments and samples to die for making this an undeniable must have for anyone who appreciates hip-hop instrumental music at its finest”.

Be sure to check out the music video for one of the tracks from the album, “Good Morning Rain”, right here:

“Let the Ghosts Sing could be the soundtrack for a Tim Burton movie, as we feel joy surrounded by death. Siberian Vengeance or Still Insomniac take us to a trip inside our own mind when Gangster & Rude Girls or My Vicious Side work as a carthasis, as we headbang our troubles away. That’s the strength of Al’Tarba and this opus, they bring us to an imaginary place where we face the nostalgia and spookiness of our childhood, while enjoying it as an adult”.
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For more information and to stay in touch with A’Tarba, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/altarbabeats
http://cd1d.com/en/artist/al-tarba

Peace! ~dhh

 

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“Sami” – New Music Video from Nïats + “Antares” – New EP – Out Now!

Thought we could kick Monday off with something a little different…
Nïats just dropped this fresh new music video for his track “Sami”!!
Check it out here:
The track is lifted from his all new “Antares” EP available here:
Itunes > https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/antares-ep/id922070353
Spotify > http://open.spotify.com/album/4kktpPBNWsgfkIlR4pJnYU
Deezer > http://www.deezer.com/album/8755917

“Nïats is musician and sound engineer, his music is inspired mainly by the world of movies, Fantasia, Coppola, David Lynch, Corto Maltese just to name few. He likes the blend of audio and visual. “Antares” is his first EP, its a blend of beats, sampling and composition that brings us into his multi-faceted imaginary universe.

Sometimes through ethereal soundscapes, sometimes thru heavy grooves he navigates in a universe of audio imagery”.


“Antares”  is beautifully weaved and put together, it navigates through mutiple styles and blends them, most of the time, well together.


Although this EP is quite different from what I usually listen to, I found that the blend of sounds and instrumentation very pleasing and did enjoy the project as a whole. 


For more information and to stay in touch with Nïats, check out:
www.niats.fr

https://soundcloud.com/niats
https://www.facebook.com/niats.antares

Enjoy! ~dhh / Waa

 

Falside - End of an Error

“End of an Error” – New EP from Falside – Out Now!

Falside just dropped his awesome new Instrumental EP called “End of an Error” and it’s available for free download right here:

For more information and to stay in touch with Falside, you can follow him here:
Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/Falside

Enjoy! ~dhh

Sound sergions

“Sound Surgeons” New Album from Ill Clinton x Morbidly-O-Beats – Out Now!

Check out this brand new from Ill Clinton x Morbidly-O-Beats called “Sound Surgeons” Out now and available from Us Natives Records right here:

There are also a few physical cassette packages available if you hurry:
https://usnatives.bandcamp.com/album/sound-surgeons

For More information, check out:
http://usnativesrecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/THEILLESTOFCLINTONS
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Morbidly-O-Beats/200416816219

Enjoy! ~dhh

Drum Machine Mike - Drum Machine Music

“Drum Machine Music” Debut Album from Drummachinemike – Out Now!

Canadian producer Drummachinemike just dropped his epic  debut full length album called ‘Drum Machine Music’ !!! You can purchase your copy in various formats right here:

https://drummachinemike.bandcamp.com/album/drum-machine-music  

“Drum Machine Music” features the likes of Open Mike Eagle (Hellfyre Club/ Mello Music), Ceschi Ramos (Fake Four Inc.), 2mex (LA2thebay/ Team2mex/ Project Blowed), Thavius Beck (Plug Research/ dublab), Subtitle/Giovanni Marks (Crev Labs/ Hellfyre Club), Joe Dub (Asita/ LA2thebay), Megabusive (Isolated Wax/ M9), Gregory Pepper (Fake Four Inc.), Maleko (Knew West/ LA2thebay), Matre (English League), Noah23 (Plague Language), and EVS (Sick Balloons/ LA2thebay) and promises to be one release you do not want to miss out on.

For more infomation, this is where to look:
http://www.drummachinemusic.com/

Enjoy! ~dhh

Dj Kwestion - The 1200 ep

“The 1200 EP” – New EP from DJ Kwestion – Out Now!

DJ Kwestion of Jedi Mind Tricks and Army of the Pharaohs recently dropped his seriously slick new E.P. called “The 1200 EP” completely made with an EMU SP-1200 and a Technics 1200 MK2!! You can grab a copy here:

“Everything was sampled from vinyl in spectacular analog stereophonic sound and produced, arranged, compiled, chopped up and messed around with by DJ Kwestion himself”.

For more information and to stay in touch with DJ Kwestion, check out:
jmthiphop.com

Peace! ~dhh

 

Al'Tarba - Just Like Ants

Al’Tarba’s – “Just Like Ants” – Official Music Video Out Now!!

Al’Tarba just dropped this incredibly fresh new video for his track “Just Like Ants”!!! Check it out here:

This track is lifted from his upcoming album “Let the Ghost’s Sing” due to drop in October 2014, so best be on the lookout for that!!!

for more information and to stay in touch with Al’Tarba, check him out here:
https://www.facebook.com/altarbabeats

Peace! ~dhh

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“Outer Crust” – New Producer Compilation from Uncomfortable Beats – Out Now!

“Outer Crust” is the  all new and now sixth compilation album to be released under the ever diverse Uncomfortable Beats umbrella!! Check it out here:

This time the flood gates were opened up to world-wide submissions, which saw music pouring in from musical hubs such as the UK, US, Germany & France to name a few and with a total selection of twenty-one tracks from various beat-makers across the map, Outer Crust presents the perfect mixed bag of both classic and post Hip-Hop Instrumentals.

Uncomfortable Beats is a diverse Australian-based music label dedicated to showcasing the best in electronic music.

For more information and to keep in touch with Uncomforatable Beats, check out:
uncomfortablebeats.com
Twitter
Facebook

Peace! ~dhh

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“Smoke Filled Rooms” – New Instrumental Album Graves33 – Album Review & Announcement !!

Good Morning!

Check out the latest offering from Graves33 dropping his fresh new instrumental album called “Smoke Filled Rooms”, available for purchase right here!

Review: 
“Thoughtful and thoroughly hypnotic, heartfelt and passionate; the latest album by veteran Seattle producer and emcee Graves 33, ‘Smoke Filled Rooms’ is not to be missed. Here we have a DJ wet dream of 16 playfully polished, hip-hop, boom-bap, and downtempo grooves mixed skillfully with samples from numerous other genres. Best of all for a mere 10 bucks, the cost of this download from bandcamp, Graves 33 is offering perpetual play rights and the right to use his music in your own productions (read the liner for more details). So whether your ‘room’ is the more MF DOOMesque, “A Blunt and A Foot Massage,” or a more electronic, “Religion and Politics,” there is something for everybody and a chance to work on a song with Graves 33.” – DJ Wardove

It’s not just any instrumental album though; check out Graves33.com and/or the linear notes to find out why…

Be sure to stay in touch and follow Graves33 at theses spaces:
Facebook
Twitter

Peace! ~dhh