When it comes to music production, you’ll find a common trait among all the greats: they’re music geeks. Old music, new music, it doesn’t make a difference to them. What really matters to a true crate-digger is rarity. For all you young-guns out there scratching your heads and thinking, “crate-digging?”– watch this video. It’s important to know your history and geek out a little bit once in a while.
RJD2 is one of the old gods of sampling production. How did he get where he is today? Well, for starters, he spent 11-12 hours a day digging for records and manipulating samples on the MPC for FIVE years before ever picking up an instrument. He sacrificed relationships for the sake of his art.
This video is fascinating. RJD2 explains his crate-digging ethos in depth. He’s all about finding the rare gems, the records no one has ever heard of. He then gives us a peek into his vast record collection, sharing the stories and memories that each record invoked.
We took the liberty of making a playlist of our favorite gems from his collection. All you producers out there, listen through to these. You’ll find a treasure trove of rare (and a couple not-so-rare) breaks, crazy synths and instrument and vocal samples to flip. Happy choppin!
Lyn Collins – Think (about it)
Weather Report – Black Market
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp
George McCrae – I Get Lifted
Giorgio Moroder - Midnight Express
Pigmeat Markham – Here Comes The Judge
Gwen McCrae – Rockin’ Chair
Tangerine Dream – Sorcerer
Ritch – Jealous Lover
Ultimate Beats and Breaks
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