Monday, August 20, 2007
Black Sand To the Beach?
Months ago I leaked a track on my my-space page called "Aswad". (means black in Arabic) It's from an up and coming release I've been working on with two close friends Nicolas Laget and Richard Patterson a.k.a Kolai and Unknown. The real title of the track is "Sand to the Beach". I changed the title because I didn't want people to google the project, I just wanted to see if listeners of my work would dig it first. (now lets go back in time a bit) Unknown and I sometimes get bored with making hip-hop and every once in a while we try something different when sampling. A few years ago he and I both took a turn in direction simultaneously. fusing chopped drums, beat breaks, looped melodies and chopped ones, we began to create an up tempo, broken beat, hip-hop sound. Not to say we invented it, sure their have been records along these lines but for us it was a new world. Are home studio away from our home studio is at our dear friend Nico's house. (a.k.a Kolai) When we started to compile material we took it down to his studio(Sweet Spot Studio's) Nico to have a listen. We wanted his help in assembling live musicians to play over our sample produced works. Nico plays sax, flute and keys himself so he's very connected to the live music scene in DC. After hearing our tracks he saw a bigger picture and became the third member in our trio. Unknown, and myself producing the majority of the tracks and Kolai mixing, engineering, and assembling the proper musicians to play on each track was a success and "ave.to" was born. We called our selves "avenue to" because the three of us all came from different avenues in music to one common road. August 25th is a big day for us, its the first time we perform as a group live. Tom Pipkin(percussion player) and Lucan Asaur (violinist) will play with us on our first gig. We simply can't afford a full band for this gig so we're making do with what we have and who's available. Unknown on effex and samples, Kolai on sax, keys, and flute, Tom on congo's, Lucan on violin and yours truly on track triggering. (yes my job is to press th button on my mac and start the songs.... its harder than it seems trust me! you have to have an index finger of fury!) The name of the group is "ave.to" the name of the album is "three way intersection" and our first performance is august 25th (at a farm) Peep the video of us practicing "sand to the beach" known on my myspace page as "aswad".
and of course here's "sand to the beach" for download, enjoy.