Forever Youngeby Anna Kopito | 05.10.14
It’s here! Teder and Puma are happy to present Puma <3 Vinyl – a celebration dedicated to the love of wax, which includes with a new book, a compilation EP and a record fair (All of which you can read about here, here and here).
There is no better way to celebrate vinyl with the man who took the his love of wax to brand new level, and is currently making his definitive mark on modern music – Producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge.
Younge’s music sounds like something you would find on an old dusty vinyl deep in a crate somewhere. Deeply influenced by vintage soul, grimey 70’s funk and psych and cinematic soundtracks, Younge’s sound evokes that feeling you get when you find an amazing old record that has been long forgotten. Using strictly vintage analog equipment (not a single computer screen can be found in this man’s studio) Younge recreates the raw sound that many record diggers are looking for, and twists it in a whole new way. No wonder he is currently being hailed as one of the rising stars in the hip hop community – Ghostface Killah & Souls of Mischief chose him to produce their latest LP’s, Jay Z sampled him for his hit “Picasso Baby”, and the legendary DJ premier is about to release a project where he solely samples Adrian’s work.
Right before he comes to spin at Teder record fair main event, we sent our man Cohen to chop it up with him about Vinyl culture, what makes a good break and his current favourites.
Cohen: When did you seriously start collecting and obsessing with Vinyl?
Younge: I started making beats seriously in 96′. I was looking for music to sample and came across some really dope records. Gradually, I found that the records I was sampling inspired me more than the hip hop that guided me to them. The source material of hip hop – late 60’s early 70’s breaks and funk and psyche and soundtrack stuff – hit me harder than hip hop itself.
I would go through records and find dope breaks but I wanted the chords to open up more, I heard more music in my head then I would find on these records. I just started buying more instruments, with the initial intent to create my own samples. I was able to create this path for myself musically that i could come up with samples in my head and write music from a hip hop producing perspective.
Creating a good break is different from writing a good whole song. How do you balance that?
You got to break down the science of why people like the old breaks. It’s not necessarily that the writing or composition is great. It’s just that the recording is so good that you just love how it sounds. It’s funky, gritty, dirty, different, novel and unique. When you lock into that, and you realize you can actually make that today with the right equipment, but also infuse good songwriting into it… It’s like, damn – that’s a whole new palette that no one has touched yet.
As a musician who creates intentional sample music, you must have been excited to hear DJ Premier is gonna sample your catalog.
Premier is one of my favorite DJs of all time. I love him to death. Of course it’s incredibly flattering. I expected him to do something good. But he exceeded my expectations, I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.
Did he sample some thing you didn’t expect?
When I make music I usually leave certain spots to be a break for someone to sample. He’s the type that won’t even touch that, he’ll touch stuff that I didn’t think anyone would wanna touch.
How would you define a dope break?
A dope break is just something that you can hear over and over and not be sick of it.
Are you familiar with any Middle eastern records?
No! That’s one of the main reasons why I want to come to Tel Aviv. Man, I’m sure there’s so much dope shit. That’s what’s dope about vinyl culture. Theres still so much I don’t know about.
5 Albums Adrian Younge is listening to at the moment:
P.S – Closing time is around the corner, so it’s time to pull out the big guns – this weekend we’re throwing Teder X Bloom – 2 nights of live shows in a fresh new location. check the details here. Not longer after that we’re gonna make some mess in Haifa.
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