Posts Tagged ‘Release’

Royal-T Beat Blog 3

June 2, 2010

Every month on Welcome To The Fold, Grime producer Royal-T airs rarities, sketches, samples, remixes and other work from his archive. This month, Royal T presents ‘CD is Dead (Royal T RMX)’

With this one I bought the acapella from iTunes, whacked it into Fruity and came up with a nice little 2-Step type beat to go around it. From there I played in the bass melody, built a punchy switch-up to contrast with the melodic intro, and seeing as the acapella was free and I was at liberty to do what I wanted to it, I decided to take a risk and make it a little more ‘techno’.

I’ve received a mixed response so far, which I’m happy about because at least my music is generating conversations and debates and not becoming stagnant. It fuels me to seek out new methods, techniques and styles. With this remix, the techno element came out of nowhere; a complete freestyle.

In a way, this remix was influenced by my first Sidewinder experience a while back. There, for the first time I heard my music in a live environment and it’s made me much more aware of ‘sonics’. I might revisit this techno idea in the future, but for the moment I’m focussing on making music with analogue instruments, branching out a bit from the hard Grime sound I’m known for, but still keeping it true to me.

As a big fan of Tempz and JME, I’d really like to work with them in the future. The original CD is Dead edit isn’t hype or downtempo, but is easy to rework into either style as Rude Kid and myself have shown. With my remix I wanted to show what my influence would be should I ever get to work with them.

The video is jokes, and I think its inclusion in the download highlights JME’s entreprenurial talent. By including the acapella, instrumental and video, he has created his own guerilla remix campaign, for nothing. Big up to him for that, that is the kind of savvy Grime needs.

Enjoy!

Royal T

P.S. As for a download you’re gonna have to wait a bit for that!

Teeza Interview – Riot E.P Release Monday 31st May

May 27, 2010

At Welcome To The Fold, we pride ourselves on supporting and promoting a new generation of Grime acts that we feel are not only making amazing music, but making in their own way and on their own terms. Teeza is one such artist.

Hailing from West London, the producer/MC has been catching our attention for a little while now, with his devastatingly hype (and melodic) instrumentals and punchy spitting. Having appeared on a recent episode of Logan Sama’s Chosen One’s, and with the release of Riot E.P. imminent, we thought there could be no better time to catch up with Teeza for an interview.

Riot E.P – Out Monday 31st May. Available at www.teezamusic.bandcamp.com
Riot Muzik EP Preview by Threefold_Media

Introduce yourself to our readers:

For those that don’t know, my name is Teeza and I’m a producer from the Grime scene and my new release the Riot E.P. is out on Monday 31st May.

Why call yourself Teeza?

It came about in school. It was given to me back in the day because of my DJing style – I used to play tracks and chop them up for a while before letting them drop.

So it’s got nothing to do with you being a bully or anything then?!

Haha! A little bit maybe haha!

You’re MC as well aren’t you?

Yeah I am. It’s not really my main focus, but I do write lyrics from time to time.



Do you find being able to spit compliments your productions, giving a better idea of what MC’s will want in terms of drops or structure?

It does in a way. When I write a beat I sometimes imagine what kind of lyrics, styles or flows will suit it. Sometimes though I just want to make standalone instrumentals for DJ’s and the raves.

You seem to have a wide musical range in your tunes. Both Riot and Secret Level are reminiscent of Dexplicit, however your Air Bubble remix is completely different – all skippy snares and bass. Is it liberating not being tied down to one particular sound?

Yes I think it’s better that way. Since I started producing I always wanted my style to be more rounded. I never wanted to be boxed in or known for one thing as, naturally, that would limit me. I listen to loads of different music, so I guess all those influences come out through me and into what I make.

It is a reflection of me. Music production for me is driven by mood. Most people don’t know I make Hip Hop and R’n’B as well as Grime – you can catch me making styles of music you would never expect.

I remember talking to you on Twitter about UKHH rapper Jehst, an artist I really wouldn’t expect Grime guys to appreciate…

Yeah his rapping is really technical. I’ve always been into that kind of stuff though, the thing is, I’m from West London and so when I started making music it was inspired by the Garage sounds from my area. As the sound changed and got ‘Grimier’ I changed with it. More time I’m listening to Hip Hop though and other music.

Do you play an instrument and if so do you find it helps your production?

I play a few different instruments – I’m not particularly good at any of them if I’m truthful – but it sets me apart from other producers in that I’m making music that isn’t necessarily ‘Grime.’ My music has no blueprint I just make what I like – it might be 140 bpm and have those Grime elements but it will have other elements as well.

I might put different types of melodies on there or mix up some different sounds.

You, Royal T, J Beatz, Nu Klea, Spooky are considered part of a new generation in Grime music, one that is bringing the dance floor element of Grime back to the fore. How do you feel about that?

I guess so. I think Royal-T and I make similar types of music sometimes, we made ‘1up’ and ‘Secret Level’ around the same time in 2008, even though I only released it this year. Yeah I’d say we are the new generation of producers. I’ve noticed that over the past two or so years, the sound has slowed down and gone towards Hip Hop. We are trying to bring the Grime essence back.

What we make now is much more similar to what was being made back in 2005-6.

You recently appeared as an MC on Logan’s Chosen Ones alongside Scrufizzer, Voltage, Dream McLean and Oh No. How did you find it?

Yeah I’ve always liked it! I started writing in 2003 so I’ve always enjoyed set appearances and what not. Logan’s was fun – I hadn’t been on a set for ages and hadn’t been back to Kiss since 2006. It was good to link with Scruface too.

Are they MC’s you collaborate with?

Well I’ve known Scruface for a good 5-6 years and we’ve done lots of collabs here and there. I’ve just done a track with Voltage with another one in the works and I’ve just finished a tune with Dream called ‘Stop Me’ which I think he might be releasing as a single.

We will be doing quite a bit of work over the next few months so watch.

What did you make of Scruface’s announcement he was going to quit?

Ahh he’s just going through a faze man, he’s not going to quit! We talk a lot – near enough every day – about music. People have those bad days is all. I know when he’s at home he’s non-stop recording and keeping active.

Back to the E.P. then, what can the people expect?

Raw Grime. It is quite hype and the tunes sound strong. I mixed them down so the snares and bass punch through with the mids and los.

Is the E.P. a fair reflection of you?

Yeah it gives you one side of what I can do. I kept it quite tightly packaged with the tunes similar in theme.
Will we hear any MC versions of the tracks?

Initially I wanted to do a mixtape featuring 10-20 MC versions of Riot, but everybody’s busy doing their thing so I thought It’d be best to come through with the instrumental. There are a couple versions out there.

‘Jheez’ has got a nice Calypso feel to it, with that steel drum type of sound in there. If you could get a Yardie MC to spit on it, who would it be?

You know what, I’d say Goodz. He smashes it when he spits in that Yardie style. In fact I think he’s probably one of the best Grime MC’s ever. Maybe even Shizzle…

So, the most important question of all. Riot is out next Monday (31st May), where can the people purchase the E.P.?

You can buy the Riot E.P. for £2.99 exclusively from www.teezamusic.bandcamp.com

Any shoutouts?

Safe, big up everybody supporting, Team Supreme, Once Upon a Grime and Mute for the artwork!

Follow @teezamusic
Teeza’s Myspace

Kristian

Threefold Media meets Royal-T

December 7, 2009

We met up with Southampton-based producer Royal-T, they guy behind this year’s Grime smash ‘1UP’ as well as set favourites ‘Gargoyle’ and ‘Mega’, to discuss Grime and his upcoming debut EP release on No Hats No Hoods.

So, fundamentals first, who are you and where are you from and what do you do?

I’m Mark A.K.A Royal-T, from Southampton and I’m a beat maker. I would say ‘producer’ but I won’t do that until I start getting paid an annual rate!

You were the man behind 1up, undoubtedly one of the biggest grime tunes released this year. With it you have been catapulted up the producer rankings. When you were making the tune did you have any idea how big it would become?

Not at all. I remember sending it to Elijah and he asked me who else I’d sent it to, and told me to get a vocal straight away. Luckily I had a group of DJ’s that pushed the beat – DJ Smallz, Butterz DJ’s, Logan, Score Five and Vectra.

What did you think when you first heard P-Money’s version?

I thought it was perfect. The only person I ever had in mind for the vocal was him. At the moment, in Grime, he’s the best in the scene. He’s bringing back those old-skool Grime elements along with something original. He isn’t all about content or blah, blah, blah. P-Money is a 2009 D Double E – he’s got skippiness as well as catchy flows…He is what Grime is about.

All the content stuff…leave that to hip-hop.

Your new EP ‘1Up or Shatap’ is out now on NHNH. What does it feel like to have your work published?

It hasn’t quite sunk in yet just because of my location – all the business stuff has been done over the internet or phone. I can’t go up to London as much as I’d like to [and so] I haven’t met any people, or heard my tunes played out at a rave. Once I get the vinyl in my hands it will all feel a bit more ‘real.’

How would you describe your sound and how does it differ from what else is out there?

I’m not sure. It might sound a bit cliché, but I don’t follow everyone else. I know what I want my Grime to sound like and I think that sounds a lot different to what’s out there now. Gargoyle and Mega are similar tracks in the way that they are structured – both have a string intro that leads into a big drop. For me, it’s fast paced and hard. I don’t really like Drum ‘n’ Bass, but I suppose I’ve taken a lot of elements from it – the skippiness, the pace.

I always work on my ‘drops’ and make tunes for clubs. Being based in Southampton I’ve never been able to base tunes around MC’s – which is perfect as most producers will go into studio to make beats for them, whereas I make beats for DJ’s to be played out.

It’s a big statement but I think that without MC’s I think Grime could survive on its own. It just needs a bit of originality and that’s why I make 2-Step rhythms because if I made halftime tunes, it would be Dubstep. If I went slower, it would be Hip Hop. I think Dubstep now is what Grime should be – there’s more bass, frequencies etc…

Do you think Hip Hop has become too big an influence in Grime now?

Yes. It’s not that MC’s have necessarily picked bits out of Hip Hop in terms of lyrics or anything like that, but to gain credibility they’ve taken elements in their flow and content. Grime was punchlines and flows. Now it’s concepts.

You say you make music for the club and for a live environment, do you think that because raves aren’t as regular as they used to be, the Hip Hop element has come into play because people are listening to it more at home and on iPods?

I think it’s down to what people listen to. In London it’s a community. Everyone is swapping tunes and everyone hears what is going on. It’s got so competitive that making ‘hip-hop’ has become the trend. I can’t make Hip Hop, I listen to more UK based stuff.

Back to the release, how has it been working with Magic?

Really good! He has really helped me with this release. Leading up to the release date there will be a lot more promotion – I think we have a Crib session with Westwood planned. I probably wouldn’t be where I am without his help.

How did he get in contact with you?

He reached out to me on Grime Forum. We spoke about work and gradually it happened. We didn’t sit down and plan an EP, it was more of a case of a few phone calls here and there. This all took place around the time Big H went on Logan’s show.

What can fans and MC’s find on the EP?

Grime. There are different remixes, but I’m proud of it. It’ s Grime tunes being remixed and not the other way around.

The B-Side, ‘Beatfighter’ has been on heavy rotation ever since I got it – how did that come about?

Well at the time I was listening to a lot of old skool stuff and thought that there aren’t any 8-bar switches anymore – tunes back in the day that used to get reloads. When I make tunes I make them so someone can get a reload out of them after the drop. The best example I can think of off the top of my head is FWD Riddim. 8 bar switches define Grime and I wanted to bring it back. It was easy to make as I had a Street Fighter sample pack.

It’s quite current with Grime MC’s and DJ’s battling each other on SF4 now…Was that something that inspired you to make it?

It was a bit. But I just thought it was a cool idea. Funny thing is I don’t even play SF4! Obviously I played it on SNES or whatever, I just like the sounds and the melodies.

Is sampling computer games to become one of your producing traits?

It wasn’t really intentional but people will relate me to it. A lot of other people are starting to do it and I’ll leave it to them…

SRC has sampled Mario and other computer effects. Is this a declaration of war do you think? To see who is the best SNES sampler?!

I don’t know! I will let my music speak for itself. I made ‘1UP’, maybe his tracks would be about if ‘1UP’ wasn’t made. But I’m gonna stop doing it now. I’ve got ‘Mega’ which is completely different to all that – with violins and stuff. Retro gaming is what I was into and that’s why I made them.

P-Money seems at home on your tunes – he smashes Gargoyle live and one of his most memorable reloads on Logan was over Mega during the epic ‘M.O.E.’ set. Do you plan to work together again?

Definitely. We’ve been speaking for the last two months actually, we’ve got a lot in the pipeline. Again it might sound cliché, as everybody says that, but we are bouncing ideas off each other. We are on the same wavelength and have similar ideas. If you imagine Tempa T and Silencer, Tinchy and Maniac, then there is P-Money and Royal T. I’ve shown him beats and we have about four or five tracks that we are going to do. These might not even be for mixtapes but it’s just good to make music.

Would you both consider doing something like the Tinchy vs Maniac CD?

Yeah man, I would love to but I don’t want to go down that ‘VS’ route where the producer is in the spotlight. I’d rather produce a P-Money project and be credited as such. That’s the thing with Grime – there is no proven direction to go in. I know that P has a few things coming up so I’m going to try and get involved where I can.

What about the rest of the OG’z? You have worked with Blacks, do you plan to work with him again?

Yeah, I did the booklet for Sick Individual and we do speak. He did my first vocal (I Know My Place feat. Jendor) and at the start he took me under his wing. He told me to keep working and gave me targets. He made me stay focussed and I’m grateful for that because he didn’t have to – we’ve never met. We are definitely going to be working.

Do you think an OG’z vocal of beatfighter could happen because I know people would want to hear that!?

There is one being done already, but I would love it to happen. I know Blacks really liked it and it would be good to hear him on it – but there would be no project after.

Have any other MC’s shown interest in collaborating with you? If so, who?

Griminal, Lil’ Nasty, M.I.K. and Lee Brasco…

Which artists have you been feeling this year?

Erm…P-Money, JME, Skepta, Frisco. In terms of tracks, Don’t Phone me was a big one. To be honest I haven’t been keeping up this year as I’m seeing the scene from a different perspective. Oh, I’ve been listening to a lot of Burial. It’s the darkest garage you can get and it’s not sequenced – it’s all free-flowing. That’s like an urban movie. I’d like to do something like that – evoke emotions and make songs with soul. Songs that have a start, middle and end.

What has been your highlight of the year so far?

Apart from the ‘1UP’ vocal, it has to be Dizzee spitting over my beat on Logan’s Newham Generals set. That was surreal – I jumped around the room when I heard it! Hearing things like that keep me optimistic.

What have you got planned for 2010?

A CD, another EP. I’ve made 6 EP-worthy tracks. I’m not really on making mixtape-fillers – I want to boost raves, just bring that influence back.

Can you give us a sneak peak of what you have in store?

Sure.

1UP E.P. is out today on NHNH records.