Production Specs: Vanderslice

production specs - Vanderslice

Questo momento doveva arrivare da un pò, e finalmente è qui. Abbiamo lavorato sottotraccia, e stiamo continuando a farlo, per rilasciare in questo etere, intasato dalla qualunque e dal suo contrario, un qualcosa che si discosti dal solito. Un qualcosa che possa servire ad aprire finestrelle su nuovi spazi, e magari sia uno stimolo, utile per diffondere spunti e punti di vista autentici e ponderati, senza dover necessariamente occuparsi di mogli e botti, buoi, rave e fave. Sono felice di introdurvi a Production Specs, la rubrica che ci porta il Sol Brother #1, aka Antonio Solinas. Da questa settimana, ogni giovedì, avremo beatmakers e produttori provenienti da mezzo mondo, e parleremo con loro di abitudini, tricks e storie di vita: si tratta di produzione hip hop e dintorni, nello specifico. Curiosità, consigli, esperienze a confronto. Uno sguardo il più vasto e vario possibile dietro il production board, nelle parole e con gli occhi di chi spinge i bottoni. Non mi resta che augurarvi buona lettura, e al Sol Brother un buon lavoro.

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Eric Vanderslice, meglio noto come Vanderslice, è un produttore americano proveniente da Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Dopo essersi fatto notare nel 2005 sull’album Shades of Reality di Access Immortal, ha successivamente prodotto per diversi artisti underground del giro East Coast, fra cui Termanology, Army of The Pharaohs, Outerspace, Apathy e Blaq Poet. Insieme a Stu Bangas, nel 2012 ha fatto uscire la compilation Diggaz with Attitude, che riassume perfettamente il suo suono “post-QB”.

First commercial beat sold/placed: The first commercial release I was ever on was Awar’s Glory Days. I did the intro, and some of my beats were used as interludes as well.
How long did it take you to produce something that you were proud of: YEARS. I started making beats in 1999, I didn’t present my music anywhere until ‘02? ‘03? and even then I didn’t feel I was NICE until about ‘06? ‘07 maybe. It takes years.
Favourite production set-up: My set up is basic I use the MPC Renaissance, my computer, and my turntable that has a flash drive and a CD burner in it. I make beats at my house and music at the studio.
Best digging advice from someone ever: I never got any advice from anyone on digging ever. I came up in the era where you kept your trade secrets to yourself, it’s a lost code of ethics with the internet and sense of entitlement people have now.
Producer, in the last 3 months, that made you say: “Oh, shit, i have to go back to the lab!”: The Alchemist is a constant inspiration. The Step Brothers album is one of the best I’ve heard in a couple years.
Your worst production mistake ever made: I can’t even pinpoint one worst mistake, I think dedicating time and efforts to artists that I believed in that didn’t have much of an impact or giving beats to an artist and having the songs come out terrible.
One essential mixing tip: PAY SOMEONE TO MIX YOUR MUSIC. I can’t stress this enough. Focus your efforts where you’re strong and outsource everything else. Find an engineer who doesn’t specialize in one kind of music and at ALL costs… avoid ANYONE who went to Full Sail university.

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