It’s not just about learning afrobeat as a style. Tony Allen’s patterns and sound is the perfect way for me to understand 16th note syncopated beats. You get a ton of ideas just by looking at him lay effortlessly one idea over the next.
Here you have a man who’s considered a visionaire on what we call funk drumming. And he tells the story of how he met his legendary boss, Sly. Talk about taking risks in just about the right time.
- Not enough time
- Better things to do given the needed time is provided
- Not having anything new to share as a view
- CONSTANTLY doubt any newly found musical ground and take your time in trying to create a healthy approach towards it
- You just forget it exists
There’s a new music film series comin’ up. It’s called American Epic and judging by it’s personnel (Jack White and T-Bone Burnett as it’s executive producers) and the promo vids uploaded till now it’s gonna be epic for sure.
Live performances, one mic re, true vintage-correct gear. What more can you ask?
Gotta start writing again. Too much material to share. Many news too.
Instead of blabbering about everything I could just get down to the important stuff. Guess what: quarter notes. Actually not the notes themselves but more of what they hide into them.
Each kind of music has its own pulse and in most cases during the rise of western (and mostly pop) culture that pulse gets its groove by the syncopation that surrounds all those quarter notes.
Take disco for example. Oh forgot to mention something. For the past month I just listen to Disco-Funk playlists and records. Anything that went around 1977-1984 before the real heavy drum machinery made it’s way to most big studios is my cup of tea at the moment.
As with every musical phase I go through, I tend to continually stumble upon the right modern records that were influenced by that particular genre. And finally I get to my point. Take disco for example.
Some facts about this song. It’s a track from a record called ‘All Night Long’ by the B.B. & Q. Band. Discogs credits the drummer to be Yogi Horton and I can really believe that because the grooves on this album are IMMENSE. This particular song was sampled by NxWorries aka Anderson Paak & Knxwledge in the song ‘Scared Money’.
It’s a medium to slow (considering the age) disco song. And guess what, the groove is just quarter notes on the hihat. Ooor maybe it’s not just that. No, it’s a constant 16th note pulse that’s being used as a subdivision for little fills and kicks during the songs. These disco dudes could play a whole 6-minute arrangement using the hihat only and still hitting all the right spots in the mix.
Anyway, just listen to this damn record. Lyrics are awful but the production is beautifully smart and the grooves are tastier than pancakes.
Some people like to put stuff in order and label them. I like this kind of people.
That’s why I get excited with interesting infographics about artists. Like this site here I ‘ve stumbled upon.
It’s called Charting The Beatles. Not an easy task.
I was never into Christmas music specials. Until I found out about this. Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Tommy Tedesco and the rest of The Wrecking Crew under Phil Spector’s signature production play holiday tunes.
PS. Is it just me or does or does it have a hidden depression vibe in it?