multiple samplers = cross training. different processes en route the same end goal helps you learn yer sh*t.

Sampling makes you a better listener, and better listeners make better music.

Great sounds in isolation don’t always work in the mix or in a track. Picking things apart deconstructs and demystifies the puzzle.

Would you be more efficient and faster if you create or pick sounds with the mix in mind?

Sampling helps with this. It’s not just your ears either. Typically you can see the waveform when using or editing samples, so you learn what a great sound looks like. Really helpful.

What’s a transient? Look at a bunch, and you’ll figure it out. Move and place them on the grid. You’ll hear and associate what’s what almost immediately.

Do you need to make all your sounds? No.

Do you need to make any? Probably.

Don’t be a purist. You don’t have to do everything. Dave Van Ronk says purists become dentists! **Read his book–amazing!**

You’re probably your own band. Great purchased samples are cooperative collaborators. Make it easy. Easy isn’t lazy. It’s efficient. (Try F9 Audio. Great sample pack here.)

What if this all sped up the writing process? Would your tracks be better quicker because these sounds work in finished tracks?

Better tracks = better music. Learn sampling.


Perfect Brunch Setting

Played a super-cool brunch set yesterday @ Culinary Dropout here in Austin. Vibes was right, and I played what I planned to play, which is always ire. Here’s the playlist! -jd

E=MC2Gaudi Meets The Rebel Dread
EasySky Ferreira
A Few Hours After ThisThe Cure
Sixteen Tons of DubO.B.F
Pass The DutchieMusical Youth
Push The LimitsL’Entourloop ft Biga-Ranx
Natty Dread (LP Version)Bob Marley
SunflowerPost Malone & Swae Lee
T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)Fun Boy Three
Fonk Monk (feat. Soom T & N’Zeng)L’Entourloop
Buggin’ OutA Tribe Called Quest
ExcursionsA Tribe Called Quest
Shout (US Remix)Tears For Fears
I Follow YouMelody’s Echo Chamber
I WIshSkee-Lo
Take Me OutFranz Ferdinand
Could You Be Loved (12” Mix)Bob Marley & The Wailers
Set Adrift on Memory BlissPM Dawn
Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix)Tame Impala & Lil Yachty
Where Angels Fear to TreadDisclosure
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)Kate Bush
Musique Non Stop (2009 – Remaster)Kraftwerk
Work for LoveMinistry
Too ShyKajagoogoo
SecretsThe Weeknd
Cruel SummerBananarama
Ogou (Pran Ka Mwen) (Edit)Joseph Ray & Lakou Mizik
Instant CrushDaft Punk Feat. Julian Casablancas
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)Daryl Hall & John Oates & NIKOLAAS
Me Myself And IDe La Soul
Almost (Vince Clarke Remix)Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
CONSTANT Pt.1 Pt.2 (feat. Slick Rick)Black Eyed Peas
A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays”De La Soul Featuring Q-Tip & Vinia Mojica
Right On TrackBreakfast Club
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)Elton John & Dua Lipa
Electric AvenueEddy Grant
Bizarre Love TriangleNew Order
Wrapped Around Your FingerPost Malone
The Girl Is Mine (feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy)99 Souls (feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy)
Chameleon (feat. Kira Divine)PNAU
Dreams (Gigamesh Remix)Fleetwood Mac
Save It for LaterThe English Beat
Love My WayThe Psychedelic Furs
Love Plus OneHaircut 100
*sorry about the table format