Haiti Pt. 1 is the first project I did that I think counts as a album. I'd spent a few occasions in Haiti and was always taken aback by the sounds I'd here amidst the everyday hustle and bus of life there. During one trip, I brought a stereo TASCAM field-recorder with me and collected samples and ambiences where ever I went. I filled a memory card with the clatter of sewing machines, the gospel singers of the church, a couple drum kits I came across, ambience from the schools we worked at, and as many random objects I could hit with sticks. Upon my return to Northern California, I chopped up the recordings into various sample kits and started cooking. When I start a new record, I'll typically go through each Western music key and make a few loops. I like to have 12 tracks that cycle through in fifths. So if the first song is in C then the next will be in F, then Bb, then Eb, and so on back to C. It makes the project have a real nice flow to it if you're able to pull it off right, which is pretty difficult because sometimes a song is trash but I want it to stay in its place to fit the overarching key rotation. If you don't know music theory, probably none of that will make a lick of sense, but if you do, its a fun method to try. Back to the record... I did about 35 beats and then sent them out to as many good artists as I knew and landed some quality verses and hooks. Then the project stalled out completely for about 6 months as I got consumed in another endeavor. But that's really an excuse... I was getting my ass kicked in the War of Art (a book I think anyone who creates things should read). But after some time, I made my way down to Tempe, Arizona and had the luxury of using my friend PJ's studio to finish the mixing and mastering. The sound is pretty lofi but I think it fits well with the overall vibe. Hope you DIG!
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