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!!