MR. OWL proves his turntable mastery in this BASS HEAVY performance from January 2012. The entire live-recorded audio mixtape can be streamed or downloaded free at: http://soundcloud.com/mr-owl-1/mr-owl-live-altar-bar-1-27-12
This was released as part of his application to the Iron City Sound Ambassador contest. The wise old OWL shot, edited and produced the video entirely himself, despite the obvious hurdles associated with working a keyboard and mouse with talons.
As paradoxical as it sounds, artists might be the ultimate consumers: sponges on a reconnaissance mission to absorb what they will later wring into the bucket of their chosen craft – the resulting alchemy thus becoming the artist’s own creation. On “Consumers Become Producers”, Pittsburgh’s Mr. Owl has soaked up and seamlessly blended some of today’s most cutting-edge independent music into which poet/MC Jack Wilson regurgitates his own slop of socially-conscious wit and sharp hip-hop influenced wordplay to produce a groundbreaking mix of everything Owl and Wilson represent as creative consumers. Digest accordingly.
Blogged by DIY netlabel Grappa Frisbee Records
Blogged by JERKSTORE via SICK CHIRPSE.com
Blogged by indie netlabel Collective Resonance
Blogged by indie hip-hop label Act Live Music
Blogged by emcee Avant-Garde via Endless Euphony
Blogged by Pierre Michel via PMD
DOWNLOAD LINK: Mr. Owl – ‘Consumers Become Producers’ Mixtape feat Jack Wilson
[MP3, 320kbps, 113MB]
DOWNLOAD LINK: Mr. Owl – ‘Consumers Become Producers’ Mixtape (Instrumental Version)
[MP3, 320kbps, 112MB]
‘Consumers Become Producers’ Lyric Scroll by Jack Wilson
[00:00] moffftech (japan) – insomnia
[02:36] prozak morris feat zeus (LA) – ILLegitimate
[03:48] sweet love beatz (rostov-on-don) – walk on by
[05:25] yahn looke picard (minneapolis) – the fawn
[06:48] insightful (SF/SD) – a strange soul
[08:43] malefique (moscow) – mind change
[10:08] beat maker beat (st petersburg) – fruit salad
[11:30] juj (LA/santa cruz) – interstellar rainbows
[12:23] prof.logik & ben jamin (SC/NZ) – freeze pop
[14:07] ben jamin & dailon (NZ/SF) – anythoughts
[14:33] ben jamin & yahn looke picard (NZ/mnpls) – seoul 85
[15:16] beat maker beat – shining
[17:01] beat maker beat – i’ll be rolling
[17:34] gungkst & dailon (denver/SF) – yerbal remedy
[18:42] ichiro_ (japan) – crawl
[20:24] insightful – 45 minutes
[21:57] prof.logik & professor panson (SC/san jose) – lost thoughts
[23:25] prof.logik & supfa (SC/minneapolis) – pass it round
[25:00] sir froderick (philly) – latenightthinkin’
[26:19] dailon – future paradise
[28:11] kingpin (pittsburgh/miami) – the future is now
[30:03] sweet love beatz – cat musiq
[31:17] samwise (brighton UK) – shhhhh-nippet (prof.logik remix)
[32:46] yahn looke picard – bluebirds
[33:20] beat maker beat feat versis – the need
[34:31] lightlike (london) – kilderkin
[35:27] malefique – ghosts
[37:03] handbook (york UK) – call anytime
[38:19] malefique – budda
[39:28] spaed & mr. owl (pittsburgh) – flava flav is always on time
[43:12] dam^beer (dom rep) – galaxy jeska
[44:07] malefique – time a come rewalk
[45:41] spaed (pittsburgh) – i nevva knew
[47:29] ta-ku (australia) – pagasa
PRAISE FOR “CONSUMERS BECOME PRODUCERS”:
“Now here is a real treat. A supreme mix from MR. OWL, he has gathered artists/producers from all over this planet to present us a truly amazing experience. Including beats by folks like MALEFIQUE, YAHN LOOKE PICKARD, PROF.LOGIK, HANDBOOK, and many many many more, this mix ups the ante by throwing the master of ceremonies, Jack Wilson, on some supreme spoken word trip that lasts nearly the greater length of this epic collection.”
-ChrisGFR @ Grappa Frisbee Records
“Although I often find myself frustrated and depressed by the barrage of bullshit that floods my Soundcloud inbox; however, sometimes, whilst wading through the anonymous links of producers longing for recognition, there is a moment of magic. And this Consumers Become Producers mixtape by Mr. Owl (of Dominant Force) and Jack Wilson is one of the more inventive concepts (and uses for Soundcloud), I’ve heard in a while. Essentially, Mr. Owl spent tireless hours canvassing Soundcloud for various beats, compiled a mixtape of his favorite finds… and enlisted MC/poet, Jack Wilson, to rhyme over them all with the overarching theme of the musical consumer creating something new out of these Soundcloud treasures. … This is a brilliant concept that is well executed. Tell your friends.”
-JERKSTORE @ Sick Chirpse
“I just got round to checking out Mr. Owl & Jack Wilson’s “Consumers Become Producers” mix which I am sharing with you here right now. This one features just over 47 minutes of music courtesy of a bunch of great up and coming producers including Prof.Logik, Ben Jamin, Malefique, Handbook and many more! On top of that, you have Jack Wilson blessing the beats with his vocals. … Be on the lookout for another project from Mr. Owl/Collective Resonance soon”
-minipimp @ Collective Resonance
“Hip-Hop in my opinion though I love it remains a genre that could benefit from experimentation and new ideas. Recently I had the pleasure of linking up with a Pittsburgh MC by the name of Jack Wilson. Due to a mutual respect for each others craft we he it off immediately. Soon after I was blessed with the opportunity to be featured on a track with him. The tracks production was not conventional to say the least. MR. Owl an abstract beat maker and Pittsburgh native laced it with a style that set it apart from anything I had ever conceived could be a hip hop track but nonetheless the blend was magical. Just recently both Jack and the Owl himself teamed up and created the project for which the cover is shown. Sparatic in nature this entire project maintains a mind-bending scheme that is somehow intoxicating. Edgy syllable placement and an other worldly sound seen to expand to spark a metaphor that could not be put into words. With that said I suggest you click the link and spark the auditory senses.”
-Avant-Garde @ Endless Euphony
“Mr. Owl always deliver hot mixes, this one is none other than genius. Give it a listen people!”
-Pierre Michel @ PMD
^ MR. OWL – LIVE @ ALTAR BAR 1-27-12 ^
With opening sets from:
CUTUPS & KEEB$ (LAZERCRUNK / STACKINPAPER.COM)
MR. OWL & SPAED (DOMINANT FORCE)
@ Altar Bar: 1620 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Baron and eKa of Mustard Pimp, inspired by metal, rock, and other notable music that they’ve tuned in to, are an unclassifiable French dynamic duo who have experimented with eclectic styles in their tracks. Baron can trace his roots to DJing acid and techno music, while eKa can recognize his beginnings as a guitarist in a French metal band. Both eventually joined forces to make diverse remixes, instantly receiving support from well-established musicians, which include the following: The Crookers, Steve Aoki, Eagles of Death Metal, Shinichi Osawa, Designer Drugs, Steed Lord, Partyshank, A1 Bassline, Larry Tee, Dada Life, Stereoheroes and Bryan Cox.
Mustard Pimp’s debut single “Oh La La Satan” was released under Crux Records in September 2008, immediately followed by MP released in their second EP Raging Blood under Idiot House Records the following month. Early in 2009, they released their third EP RER EP, available on the Internet. In July 2009, Mustard Pimp signed the singles, “Cherry” and “Kiwi” under super hot Dim Mak Records. The same year, they released a 12-hour mixtape called Hercules Mixtape, which represented all of their influences. To top it all off, they doubled the number and did it again in January 2010 with a 24-hour Mixtape that was a global hit on blogs.
Mustard Pimp have been featured on blogs from all corners of the world. In addition, they have released more than 25 mixtapes within the last two years. To date, their mixtapes and tunes have already been downloaded over 150,000 times.
The year is 2011. Corporate greed is hell bent on exterminating the pesky underground musicians who are cutting into the profits of the major labels. They don’t care about little birds, including Mr. Owl – and they don’t want you to care either – “ignore owls or lose job” as they put it. This mixtape tells the story of the struggle of true heads against the bigwigs who want to destroy all real shit. Bulldozing creativity from coast to coast, they intend to wipe out the natural beauty of our audible world and replace it with the musical equivalent of tourist hotels, strip malls, and pancake houses. “You gotta start thinking like an outlaw” if you want to fight back. Spectacular selections from 26 of the dopest artists worldwide constitute the resistance. Listen to this mixtape, because the very future of underground music is at stake. “Ladies and gentlemen, these kids are a little misguided, they have no proof of any owls. Do you folks see any owls? Because I don’t!” Yes, we do see owls. And we know that the powers-that-be are scared of what’s to come.
DOWNLOAD LINK: Mr. Owl – ‘They Don’t Care About Little Birds’ Mixtape
[MP3, 224kbps, 83.7MB]
[00:00] skytree (minneapolis) – grandfather twilight
[02:28] tekst (san fran) & ian sethi (lexington) – okay
[04:18] dailon (nashville/fort collins) – soulair flair
[07:05] dailon – ahsherah
[08:49] ichiro_ (japan) – nice middle
[10:11] al_pd (cleveland) – blounder
[11:15] ackryte (midwest) & ben jamin (auckland new zealand) – next tip
[12:23] dam!beer (santo domingo dominican rep) – nyc condom
[13:43] ben jamin – 17th st journey
[14:23] ben jamin – non fiction
[15:19] the contractor (portland) – zinc
[16:53] phedeee (california) – deep breaths
[17:55] prof logik (queens/spartanburg) – drift away
[20:20] sweet love beatz (rostov-on-don russia) – Утренний
[22:01] warren xclnce (london uk) – 172 313
[23:00] kinobe (london uk) – slip into something more comfortable
[24:54] sweet love beatz, dynamo & fatchus – Гриб
[27:15] insightful (sf/sd) – square1
[28:01] del tha funkee homosapien (oakland) – sunny meadowz
[29:58] the contractor – conditional terminal
[31:34] cor stidak (va) – pendulum slave
[33:53] malefique (moscow russia) – chloe
[35:34] ackryte – light
[36:58] ben jamin – knowledge wisdom understanding
[38:53] cloud 9 (brighton uk) – jazzy beat
[40:15] handbook (york uk) – peeping tom
[41:59] malefique – gimmie
[43:18] ta-ku (australia) – nicki
[44:38] broke/ (santa ana) – sugar honey iced tea molasses
[45:31] spaed (pittsburgh) – narrow escape
[46:54] abjo (san diego) – it’s all just a game
[48:25] jammineye (pescara italy) – what’s cookin’
[49:41] abjo – the broken synth orchestra
Absolutely Mr. Owl’s most thorough mixtape yet, “The Hard Stuff” is a tasty treat of downtempo electronica selections and experimental hip hop beats with a focus on brand new and/or exclusive tracks. Check it out, you will be head noddin’ til your neck is sore! Shout out to all of the producers on Soundcloud with ill jams that made it onto this mix (SPAED, Phedeee, Ackryte, Cloud 9, AL_PD, Broke, Warren XCLnce, Forss)… the assortment of amazing music being created right now is totally inspiring and nothing short of staggering!
DOWNLOAD LINK: Mr. Owl – ‘The Hard Stuff’ Mixtape
[MP3, 224kbps, 74.4MB]
[00:00] herbaliser – the hard stuff
[01:34] phedeee – batman theme flip
[03:37] phedeee – soulful soul
[04:48] al_pd – sling
[05:57] dj krush & smoov dev – 85 loop
[07:04] phedeee – headphone harold
[08:35] phedeee – lawd have mercy
[10:03] phedeee – lispss
[11:41] cloud 9 – merry christmas
[13:17] ronin – the hand that rocks
[14:58] herbaliser & jean grae – nahmean nahm sayin
[16:51] dj king flow – inner city blues
[18:30] phedeee & wu tang – c.r.e.a.m. remix
[20:06] prefuse 73 – one word extinguisher
[21:50] spaed – feeling around in the dark
[23:40] ackryte – light
[25:09] forss – soulhack
[26:09] phedeee – the fresh off the boat
[27:40] broke – sugar honey iced tea
[29:05] warren xclnce – i wanna be
[30:50] boards of canada – turquoise hexagon sun
[32:10] hive – sci-clone
[33:59] big gigantic – wish i knew
[35:35] cujo & mobb deep – cat people & drop a gem on em
[38:08] prefuse 73 – detchibe
[40:15] prefuse 73 & diabolical pear one – point to b
[41:57] warren xclnce – judgment day
[44:09] amon tobin & mc decimal r – verbal
[46:14] spaed & m.i.a. – xxxo motherload remix
In anticipation of his upcoming peformance with Keeb$ and Still Life at Z-Lounge’s Brainstorm party this week, Mr. Owl has released an inspiring mixtape called “Digital Mood Swings” packed full of the best downtempo, trip-hop, and experimental electronic vibes known to mankind. Butter blends, beastly beats, and superb surprises abound as Owl takes you on a journey with his timeless track selection! Stay tuned til the closing track for the brand new Noisia/deadmau5 remix in its full glory… this mixtape is required listening from start to end!
“In a few moments you will have an experience which will seem completely real… it will be the result of your subconscious fears transformed to your conscious awareness… you have five seconds to terminate this tape… five… four… three… two… one…”
DOWNLOAD LINK: Mr. Owl – ‘Digital Mood Swings’ Mixtape
[MP3, 128kbps, 65.7MB]
[00:00] amon tobin – easy muffin
[03:53] boards of canada – roygbiv
[04:53] dj king flow – stranger in heaven
[06:26] massive attack – black milk
[08:43] dj krush – 85 loop
[10:29] karsh kale – liberation
[13:09] stereo mc’s – first love
[15:12] dj shadow & mos def – six days remix
[17:51] kid loco – sister curare
[19:48] cujo – the brazilianaire
[21:24] dj krush – fucked up pendulum
[23:24] cloud 9 & fatlip – here comes the lip remix
[25:32] amon tobin – daytrip
[27:07] emiliana torrini – unemployed in summertime
[29:36] big gigantic – thinking out loud
[32:43] dj vadim – milwaukee
[34:26] portishead – sour sour times
[37:08] beem – mouth everest
[39:20] dj shadow – hindsight
[41:38] djmedjyou – disco raj
[44:20] herbaliser & mf doom – it ain’t nuttin
[46:23] karsh kale – analog mood swings
[48:16] unkle – unreal
[50:38] lamb – gorecki
[53:13] massive attack – angel
[57:13] dj king flow – who’s that
[58:59] amon tobin – nightlife
[61:07] kid koala – third world lover
[63:56] karsh kale – deepest blue kk’s deepest brooklyn mix
[66:33] noisia & deadmau5 – raise your weapon remix
Recently, DJ SPAED was invited to record a podcast (and interview) for renowned France-based experimental hip hop label Cascade Records. He submitted an hour of absolute bangers including originals by himself and Mr. Owl… Dominant Force is represented to the fullest!
Released just this week, it is the realest new shit out right now, and it’s free so click the link to read the interview and stream the podcast from Cascade’s website, or download it from Soundcloud!
01 – BEN JAMIN & MATT MILLER – GUTTER FONK
02 – SPAED AND JACK WILSON – WHATEVER COMES UP COMES OUT
03 – SPAED – 4AM
04 – HANDBOOK – SMALLORANGES
05 – SPAED – CANT FORGET GO AHEAD
06 – RBE – !GNORW ER’UOY ,NALA
07 – APECT ONE – TAINTED LOVE
08 – MONSTER PLAYGROUND – OBER
09 – SPAED – BEYOND THE STARS
10 – SOOSH – MISSED YOU TONIGHT (ODDLOGIC REMIX)
11 – SPAED – INTO THE NIGHT
12 – SPAED – THAT OLD FEELING
13 – SIR FRODERICK – ASLOWGRIND
14 – CLOUD 9 – BREATH
15 – DRANAL – CRICKET FLOW
16 – WARREN XCLENCE – FLAWLESS FAKERS
17 – SPAED – INORDINATE
18 – VXLAM – DMT SOUP
19 – MF DOOM – HIGH JOHN
20 – LONE CATALYSTS – THE NORTH SIDE
21 – WEIRD DOUGH – MINT SUGAR
22 – ATCC – REVITAL TRIBE (PHORSUS REMIX)
23 – MR. OWL – ALUCARD
24 – ORMO – SPORTS CHARCKL
25 – SPAED – CHATEAU D’ SPIZNACKLE
26 – GABRIEL HAYS – OOPS1
27 – MISUCCC – EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT TOMORROW
28 – OTEEST – INTERGALACTIC UBIQUITY
29 – KALIGRAPH E – HEADRUSH
30 – L DA HEADTOUCHA – TOO COMPLEX(INSTRUMENTAL)
31 – AYEPEE – LILBITS
CASCADE RECORDS is very proud to present CR podcast 38 mixed by DJ SPAED from Pittsburgh, United States.
Welcome to steel city Pittsburgh, the city of our guest, DJ SPAED! A place where life is good for a lover of great HIPHOP. I also invite you to pick up the latest LP from J RAWLS “The Hip-Hop Affect” if you haven’t already done so! This mix is a pure deejaying and scratching lesson with only nothing but news and exclusive beats from Spaed himself – it is exactly what we needed today!! Let yourself be rocked by this moment of pure Scratch&Beat Action! What’up DJ SPAED !?
CR – Where are you from?
DJ SPAED – I hail from the city of champions, the steel city, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA. Important in my taste and style developments, it’s a six hour drive to either NYC or Toronto, and even closer to other bangin east coast cities, which has made my underground music lifestyle very rich and rewarding. I really enjoy living here and feel lucky, rated america’s most “livable” city multiple times in recent years. It’s always been home, and home to some pioneers and legends in music and art scenes respectively, which I’ve been surrounded with my entire life.
CR – When did you begin to make music?
DJ SPAED – At a very very young age.. My father had a good friend who stored a huge 20-some piece kit in our garage who toured the world doing drum seminars, and I got on the sticks after school most days as a pre-teen while my parents worked. It didn’t hurt that my parents vinyl collection was ridiculous, and they had a deep love and appreciation of music of all kinds. Soon after, I was making electronic music on an Atari 800 “pc” with a program called “music composer”, sequencing and the whole nine, we’re talking I was 12 years old type shit. I often feel born into what I now spend the majority of my free time creating with, sequenced music made with computer software and computer based hardware systems. As an adult I learned the ASR-10 and then bought an MPC2000xl when that came out, used it for years until I lived with a guy that had the latest greatest production software at all times, I was transformed, and I keep a lot of similar arrangement ideas from my ASR and MPC roots today, there’s still an MPC up in here!
CR – Who or what has influenced you thus far?
DJ SPAED – Wait for the book to come out dog, that answers a novel, straight up. But on some compressed answer shit, watching what Kool Herc did and everyone that followed his lead, very important, and seeing certain dj’s and groups playing live at huge events at an early age. Life and experience remain as important as all of my musical influences as well.
CR – What represents HipHop in your life?
DJ SPAED – I won’t go too crazy with a philosophical long drawn out answer for this one, because I could could easily speak on this topic for hours, but simply put hip hop is not just a fad or musical style, it is an absolute living breathing entity, a lifestyle of consciousness and positivity. Watching what the pioneers did and flipping it is how I’m representing “with” hip hop in my life. Mastery of digging for and producing music, djing and writing graffiti morphed and molded me into this kind of person that can’t live without being knee deep in this shit, and it is a part of defining who I am and who I can identify with. However, I hate to be labeled as another “joe hip hop” cat, yeah that’s that hip hop guy, which couldn’t be further from the truth, because there are people that have expected that from me playing at hip hop clubs for years and I have so many musical taste changes and the variation of what I listen to at any given time it’s insane, which I find true music lovers that have beats for years have in common with me a lot of times. Why not go ahead and no holds barred throw on just about anything and appreciate it for what it is. New and interesting progressions in music production excite me in general, and always have, and a lot of these styles take from and are deeply influenced by hip hop’s musical contributions. Inexorably, hip hop is who I am, and a whole lot of other shit is who I am, is basically what I’m conveying here.
CR – Your 3 all-time greatests in music?
DJ SPAED – Rakim, Stereolab, Lee Scratch Perry.. I wish I was asked for 300 all time greats, but yeah those 3 are unanimous with me, myself, and I.
CR – Can you describe your mix for CR?
Really forward thinking and groundbreaking new music laced by a real dj, that’s all. Kept it within a certain BPM range twisting and tangling styles that are not always similar , the music re-describes itself as it changes. I included a lot of recent music I have made, and most of the selections tend to have attributes that tie in well together, yet may be atypical for a lot of other dj’s to try and mesh with. It’s dope, and yall can’t mesh with it, sike nah lol..
CR – What are your new musical projects?
DJ SPAED – We have a label we’ve created called Dominant Force right now, Mr. Owl and myself scouting new talent and have been working with a lot of talented individuals already for years. In addition we have been throwing parties which showcase a specific genre, examples being a reggae night, a funk and soul night, an underground and golden age hip hop night, a various progressive genres of cutting edge electronica night, etc. etc. Staying on the dj circuit doing underground shit that matters and has integrity, and making LOTS of beats. Have another release in the works with Jack Wilson, working on songs on an individual basis with a few other mc’s and looking for new talent to collab with at all times! I have an amazing space and a good deal of free time, and it is a great opportunity to put a lot of work into my art right now, and it’s really been gangbusters in 2011 so far. I see myself taking progressive and new styles even further with my own instrumental production work, at the end of the rainbow there’s another rainbow, nahlmsayin?! Check us out at dominantforce.wordpress.com/
CR – Special Shouts?
DJ SPAED – I wanna give a stupid doo doo slurp out to every one that provides me with the inspiration to keep me in a world of my own by making great music for the world to enjoy, so this goes out to all of the artists I enjoy and respect around the world! Also sending this jahn out to the clubs we affiliate with, the bartenders that keep me right, everyone that gets me that high quality Dr. Dre, Nahmiln! Annum out!!