Posts Tagged ‘zion’

Working with Desta on this project was a pretty dope experience.  I’ve worked behind the scenes on a bunch of mixtapes, EP’s and mix cd’s with various mc’s and deejays but this one was a bit different because I was able to bring a street element – the mixtape – to a vocalist.

As a producer, I always aim to balance an artist’s personal style with something slightly different but not too far off the wall.  Desta comes from an old school reggae & soul background so I wanted to capture that essence while creating street anthems that work well on underground dance floors.

Highlight: “Separate/Fast or Slow” – not exactly reggae or dancehall, but a combination of the two topped off with a wobble bass at 140bpm.  The idea of putting a dubplate on the back of  a standard song brings the whole track back to a raw/rave feel where there are no rules.

The end result is a one drop, hip hop, dubstep & dancehall amalgam designed to rock out your iPod or your Serato.

Desta Tsion- “One Step Forward” DOWNLOAD


It’s always a good vibe when you’re able to sit and work with an artist, throw together a few ideas and produce something great in the end.  The lyrics to Underneath the Moonlight have been circulating for a minute but the song never really had a beat to call its own.  With a Dancehall style foundation and R&B lyric structure, it was just needing one extra element.  With soft synths and a gentle breakdown in the middle, Underneath the Moonlight morphed into a Dancehall/RnB/Trance record all in one unified vibe.

Make you mine

Posted: 06/02/2011 in Collabs
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What originally started off as a grungy hip hop instrumental quickly morphed into a melodic and dynamic RnB collaboration . Zion called me randomly from the train to explain that he was halfway to my place with his guitar and suitcase in tow; two things he’s hardly without. As we set down and talked about our musical past, different interests in music and where we want to take our respective styles, we somehow concocted Make You Mine from a few lyrics he had already started. The kid’s vocals are always soft yet extremely dynamic and unmistakable which match perfect with my gritty productions.