I’m going to start a new section called: "The Story Behind". In this section I’m going to write down the nicer stories behind tracks. How a track was created and stuff like that. Enjoy…
The first file of this beat I was able to find on my HD is dated January 26th 2006. The working title was “Zoi” and a few versions later “Hai” inspired on the (Brazilian) vocal/percussion sample.
At that time I was very productive doing releases for La Melodia as well as solo productions for several record labels, like finishing some tracks for Dopeness Galore Records (Amsterdam based recordlabel) and Timeless Records (Dutch jazz label founded in 1975) for a jazz project called "The Timeless Interpretations". While working on that jazz project Dopeness Galore had the idea of making an album with Detroit’s Frank N Dank and he asked me for beats. So I burned 20+ plus beats on a CD and gave it to the label as well as some other record labels i was in contact with.
ANDREW MEZA BTS RADIO
Next thing was that this beat got played on Andrew Meza’s radio show BTS Radio (local radio show at the University of California State Fullerton). Since that beatCD was an audio CD it had no mp3 tags (read: no info no titles). The beat was named on the tracklist as beat8 (beat nr8 on the cd). Don’t know how it got to Andrew Meza but he kept on playing this beat on his populair radioshows/podcasts.
DEGO + 4HERO + SONAR KOLLEKTIV
Eventually Andrew and me got in contact threw myspace and somewhere in 2011 he was doing a european trip/tour and visited my studio in Amsterdam. He was talking about playing “beat8” in the clubs and people went crazy on it and start asking him who’s beat it was. After his trip he sended me an email about Dego from “4Hero”. Dego wanted that beat for his DJ sets and if I was okay with it passing the beatcd on to Dego. "You mean Dego from 4Hero?? That dude is a crazy musician!! Ofcourse pass it to him!!" So a couple of months later I got another email of Andrew introducing me to the man Dego himself. Dego told me he was asked by Sonar Kollektiv (Record label founded by Berlin’s DJ and producer team Jazzanova) to do a mixcd/cd compilation called “…Mixing” and he needed/wanted this beat in his mix. And if I was okay with it. "Wtf?? Dego? 4Hero? Jazzanova? Sonar Kollektiv?? WTF!!" Hell yeah i was okay with it no question!!! I told Dego they can license the beat but first I wanted to mix that beat a bit instead of using that sketch called “Beat8”. So I started mixing the beat and was sending him versions in the meantime I got in contact with sonar Kollektiv about the legal agreements. After a few versions he actually wanted to use the original version instead of the new mixed version. All good for me it was another release and if a musician like Dego liked that old version more instead of the new one I had peace with it. So that beat got released as “beat8” on "4Hero….Mixing" between tracks from Bootsy Collins and Dabrya.
Still this is not the end of the story….
BTS RECORDS + MUAMIN
A few years later somewhere in 2010 Andrew Meza contacted me about starting a recordlabel called "BTS Records" and he wanted to do a 12” single with me with again that same beat. He got this idea of putting some vocals to it plus a remix by Diabase and on the flip side the instrumentals and another beat also taken from that old beat cd. He knew some rappers from Ohio called MuAmin Collective and asked them to record a song on this beat. A few months later he mailed me with a rough of the song called “Paradiso”.
Paradiso is a famous rock music venue in Amsterdam. Originally a church but now a music venue where legends as The Rolling Stones, Prince, D’angelo, Amy Winehouse and the original Slum Village have performed. In The Netherlands they call it the pop temple of music. Performing in that venue is a honour as a musician. The song is all about the city of Amsterdam and it sounded like they already been to Amsterdam and performed in Paradiso (which I couldn’t recall since I was pretty updated about the hiphop events at Paradiso). I started to mix and arrange the beat onto the lyrics and sended some versions to BTS. This fine-tuning of the song took another year and a half because of the slow communication from both sides. It was also the time of economic recess where the traditional music industry was very unstable because of the music piracy and the negative music sales. The communication between me and BTS Records eventually died and the track got shelved. During the years I fine-tuned the track together with YannBoogie my right hand engineer. I also met this dude Chad from Cleveland who’s living in Amsterdam now. We got in touch and we found out that Muamin are his homies from Cleveland and he was in some way responsible for the lyrical content of that track. What a coincidence! He gave MuAmin some notes about life in Amsterdam etnic races and about typical situations of the city. So long story short hahaha… Once a year I go threw all my unreleased/unfinished songs I recorded and found this piece. Since this track is officially hella old (2006) I thought by myself let me release this song for the people to listen to. So I did some fine tuning at Redbull Studio Amsterdam with engineer Felix Postma.
I want to thank Andrew Meza, Aaron and Josia from MuAmin Collective, Dego, Steve Hartley, Punchdouble, Sonar Kollektiv, Chad, Bert at Redbull Studio Amsterdam, Yannboogie, Diabase, Felix Postma and Ivo at Waxflowers Mastering who all put their energy in the making of this track.