torsdag den 29. januar 2009

Hip Hop universal


Kevin Nottingham introduced me to this site, connecting us in a new forum - The facebook/Myspace for hip hop fans/artists...
Link It doesn't mean, that Im leaving this, but I do post a whole lot of my projects there in these days.. Im working on J Dilla reconstrucing album and the develpment can be followed closely the next few days...


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søndag den 25. januar 2009

Game Music


This album is the soundtrack to your gameplaying, Isbjerg have been doing these joints for years - Whenever gettin stuck in a video game or needed a break, he turned to producing some music to let off some steam and clearing the cloudy mind.. The beats have always had a touch of video game theme music so they were gathered and now released together in this album....


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lørdag den 24. januar 2009

Behind the Beats: Isbjerg


Yes, we do celebrate one of our own here,but he deserves a little credit once in a while. And in Isbjerg’s case, we do have one of old cats in the game. Isbjerg grew up in Denmark and were introduced to “The Message” Since then he grabbed the mic, got in the spotlight and rocked it with the best danish acts at that time. And since the danish scene weren’t that big, it meant that everybody knew everybody and Isbjerg’s been working with former DMC world champions and danish old school legends. Further more, Isbjerg’s been on a bunch of features and albums throughout the last 15 years..
He didn’t dropped the mic, but layed it on the shelf for time being, focusing on producing. He then found a bunch of acapellas to practice on and found KevinNottingham.com and grew with projects..
He’s done plenty of interviews, but never on his own and never as a producer. With that much coming from his Rap1Masse blog, we had to ask him a whole lot of questions.Briffe : So what up. You first took notice joining in on the 90’s contest, and you had your first remix album with the American Gangster. But back to that in a while – First, what made you change from being an MC to dive into the producing ?
Isbjerg : Producing has always been my thing, I wanted to get an inpact on my music, so I brought records I liked and did bring some important stuff to my own joints and when I got a computer in the beginning of the 90’s I had to try to produce something and despite the 8bit and lousy sounds, I did two albums and 3 mixtapes with beats on it.. Garagesounds vol 1 and 2 were the bomb in a time of independent artists coming out, doing their own thing. Shortly after that, my computer broke down and I was stock trying to produce on Music 2000 on my playstation 1… How low can you go ? But I got an MPC and got beats back in my everyday.. And now after KevinNottingham.com, I found the hunger and lust to do more and do better… His site and the Nottinghammers raised my production rate from 10 beats a year to 10 beats a week..Not that I have to, but I really want to make beats..

Briffe : I like your dedication. So, what equipment do you have now ?
Isbjerg : I still got my MPC, but prefer my old Acid Pro 4, really pressing it to follow my commands. I’ve got stacks of CDs and some LPs and stuffed it on my extended harddisc, bought for music arrangement, samples and sounds… I’ve got movies and live concerts for inspiration and since I thought of making ‘ Before I sleep’, I got myself a lot of old school equipment and try to balance simple samples and live feel..

Briffe: So you’ve released remix albums and mixtapes for more than a year now How is that different from being the one laying the vocals and what does it take for you to begin a remix album ?
Isbjerg : Imma have to say, that no matter how good a MC I consider myself, I can never compete with the acapellas in my remix. I’m not retired as a MC but the producing makes me wanna do more and work harder to make it happen. It’s great to have a whole album of acapella and brainstorm what do with it. I really had fun doing the El-P and Sick Jacken album, and Jay had me going the distance. I had to go 20 years back in producing with El and Sick made me listen to a lot of westerns albums. I’ve been a fan of Bill Withers for years and combing Jay with Bill were a dream as well of making the Wright album.. I’ve just finished J-Live remix album, full of orchestral music and raw drums and are working on Nas/Olu Dara project as a father/son thing..I saw the Notion contest on Kevin, but couldn’t find a perfect theme for it, until the IllMatic beat contest came up - So if the theme idea works for the vocals, I’m in..

Briffe : Tell me about the process of finishing the albums. How long did it take to find a way to spread the word and what were your approach to releasing it ? Do you have a favorite album or do you have a special release experience ?
Isbjerg : I’ve realized that having a company makes me take on a lot more tasks than I did as a MC. I gotta do the mastering, the graphics, the album ID and making the release plans – I’m not alone on it, but I like to be certain that things are getting done.. And like everybody else, I have my facebook/myspace profile, I’m on various sites spreading the releases and I’ve started a release mailchain, including Kevins site and have included more blogs throughout 2008. The album are much like children, and that makes it hard to find a favorite, but ‘Before I sleep’ really made me work harder and I do consider the album deserves a better hit score, that it got – I consider re-releasing it through Kevin to make it standout and make it heard by those, who I imagine would like it..
Briffe : I must admit, I haven’t got the entire album, only the joint on your Remix1Massee albums – Now, do you got a MC, you would like to produce ? Either a acapella pack or a real MC ?
Isbjerg : I would love to do more Biggie – I had a remix album planned, but decided to wait because of the hype surrounding the movie and the mixtapes coming out because of the hype..
I’ve had a talk with Australian MC Notion and wouldn’t mind doing more for him, as for Trav William from Florida and to find a skilled MC on a level as those, I wouldn’t turn down doing as much as possible..

Briffe : Who did you listen to growing up? What producers or artists had an impact on you? And what about today… who do you listen to in the game these days ?
Isbjerg : I grew up on Run DMC, Beastie Boys and LL Cool J. I heard a lot of Gangstarr after hearing ‘step in the arena’ and wanted to be DJ Premier, and the same thing happended when I first heard Company Flow. El – P and Primo have a lot af styles and sounds that you can try to copy, but can never outdo… Those two are trendsetters and today I do tend to listen to more new artists, but I can’t keep up with the many albums coming out, so I listen a lot to my own projects, the selfish bastard I am..
If I told you, that my favorite albums are : Paul’s boutique, 3 feet high and rising and It Takes a nation of millions to hold us back, you can imagine the style and sound, I like..

Briffe : What can we expect to hear from you in 2009? Any more remix albumss? Another albums or productions maybe?
Isbjerg s: I’ve promised myself to make more instrumental albums, but I’ve got room for more acapellas to be dombined with some good stuff.. I gotta do something in 2009, that I didn’t do I 2008, or else I would only repeat my work

Briffe : Thank you for taking the time to talk. Is there anything else that you would like to end this off with ?
Isbjerg : Yeah, get the free remix album on my site – Don’t hold back…



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onsdag den 21. januar 2009

Best to Do It Remix

2DopeBoys got a contest going, and I ain't missing out on a contest like this...
My Joint


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mandag den 19. januar 2009

Notion : Daily DomiNotion

Hvis man tager sample sættet fra Daily Operation med Gangstarr og sætter Notion ind i spillet, så får man 'Daily DomiNotion'... Australsk hip hop med klassiske samplinger, sammensat af Isbjerg himself...
Det bli'r et hit....
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If you take the sample set from Gangstarr's Daily Operation and put the australian MC Notion into the mix, you've got 'Daily DomiNotion'... Australian Hip hop med classic samples, produced together by Isbjerg himself...
It's a hit...
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søndag den 18. januar 2009

No news ?

Yes, you'll get it.... As you properbly guessed, I haven't been writing any blogs for some time, mainly because of sickness and a long story short, Im home in Denmark and I'm working on my projects again, this time I'm on some different ish and here's the projects who's been thought off the last two weeks..

Reinvented Beats Vol. 1 - 4
I take the original track/tracks and hold the samples up against classic artist using and reuse it in a new way...
Ex: I take Rick James' Superfreak and make you regonize it, let MC Hammer get a sec or two to be remembered and then... Flip it my way and try to put a new vibe and flow on it... To keep them legendary, I'll keep the name, that made the sampled track famous - 'Can't touch this'

Game Music - Music to play video games by
Ive been playing for years, and I believe that this genre needs some beats for game playing...

and so much more to come...






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mandag den 12. januar 2009

søndag den 11. januar 2009

Press




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fredag den 9. januar 2009

Skopje

Der er ikke nogen plader i Makadonien - Hvis der er, så gemmer de dem godt - Efter lang tid troede jeg faktisk, at hvis man ønskede at høre musik derhjemme, så inviterede man bare et band hjem til sig for at spille... Men jeg fandt nogen lydfiler på nettet, som også er meget sparsom med makadonsk musik...

There doesn't seems to be any records in Macadonia - And if there is, they hid them well - After a while, I convinced myself that whenever one wanted to hear some music at home, one should get a band from the streets to come and play... I found some files on the net, but that was a cheap experience....

Isbjerg - The Millenium Cross




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torsdag den 8. januar 2009

Turin

Så har vi fundet melodien i NordItalien, og i en af de 10 distrikter fandt jeg El Pont d'Arcalis e Ariondassa, som var så dyster at se på, men så munter at sample...

Next up is Northern Italy i one of the 10 districts I find El Pont d'Arcalis e Ariondassa , which were so dark and moody and turns out to be happy to sample...
Isbjerg - Merry Men
El Pont d'Arcalis e Ariondassa -Carlin passa de là




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onsdag den 7. januar 2009

J-Live : Whoever

Paris var ikke mig - Brugte en stor del af tiden på at rode med J-Live, og her slog det mig... Som at få Sverige serveret som en flad af den anden verden...
Han er bare en af de bedste rappere,jeg har hørt længe... Så mon ikke om jeg bare må remixe ham.. Jeg er i skrivende stund nået til track 4, som jeg leaker, for det sparker så hård røv, at Remee tager notater...
Whoever

Paris didn't do it for me.. Used a lot of time messing with J-Live's vocals instead and it hit me like sweden served as a cheek warmer... He's one of the best mc's I've hears in a long time... So I had to make my own remix and leak a track from it.. Whoever


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Paris

Og dette er så kærlighedens by... Min kone to be vil så gerne hertil, men jeg ser på byen med andre øjne idag, da jeg skal koncentrere mig om det rette musikvalg... Jeg vil godt hvad jeg leder efter, og jeg kan undre mig over det manglende udvalg i harmonika musik.. Jeg kan fornemme musikken i byen..


And this is the so called city of love, as my wife to be would call it, but I look after something else today.. I do ponder on the low harmonica standard and lack of vinyle here.. But I feel the music in the city..

Isbjerg - French or not



Michael Giacchino - I’m A Rat


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tirsdag den 6. januar 2009

Birmingham

Er der en mere perfekt dag for en tur i det engelske end på hellige tre kongers aften ? Ikke når det kommer til øl og en anledning til at drikke igen... Nårh men min opgave er jo klar, og Birmingham er efter sigende et elendigt sted at finde gode plader, men da jeg søger en anden salgs plader på en anden måde, så finder jeg først en Peter Gabriel plade, der var for sær til at lade være, og fandt ud af at jeg nok skal sigte mere efter en victoria/den sorte snog stil... Jeg tænker fløjter og små horn...

I couldn't find a more perfect day to be in the english enviroment than Epiphany ? Not with ale involved and an occasion to drink it.. Well my mission was clear, and Birmingham has a rumour for being a bad cratedigger place, but not with my way of digging and not with the type of records i'm looking for... I did find a Peter Gabriel record to weird to ignore, but I'm steering towards a more victorian/black adder period - I'm thinking small flutes and horns...

Isbjerg - 15 Takes

Peter Gabriel - Outtake Passion



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mandag den 5. januar 2009

Glasgow

Jeg får ikke den bedste start, idet at jeg ikke kan finde noget decideret skotte musik, ud over sækkepiber.. Og det blir jo ikke nemmere, når nogen forsøger at bilde mig ind, at Wales er næsten det samme som Skotland, og at jeg bare kan finde noget spændende folkemusik derfra.. Nu er jeg ikke det største geografiske geni, men jeg ved sgu hvor Wales ligger, og jeg ved en hel del om skotter og deres øl.. På billedet ser I deres stolthed, armadilloen som minder en smule om vores operahus... Jeg ender med at tage til takke med James Horner og Braveheart soundtracket ( Han er amerikaner, men har en forkærlighed til celtisk folkemusik og det smager lidt af sækkepibe ) og resultatet er :

I'm not off to the best start, since I can't find any other scottish music besides bagpipes. It doesn't get easier by someone trying to tell me that Wales is the same as Scotland - I'm not the greatest geographical genius, but I know the difference between Scotland and Wales. In the background, Glasgow's Armadillo and looks like the danish operahouse.. I end up with James Horner and Braveheart soundtrack - He's a american with a flair for celtic music and that's almost scottish :
Isbjerg - The Scottish ArmadilloJames Horner - Braveheart soundtrack




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Still AmeriKKKas Most

Jeg fandt endelig flere sessioner med Ice Cube, og har nu fundet frem til projektet 'Still AmeriKKKa's Most' som en hyldest til en af de mest holdbare og banebrydende rappere i min tid... Fra Straight outta Compton til Raw Footage, så er Ice Cube en hjørnesten i Hip Hop.. Og derfor vil jeg lave et remix album med ham som tema..

I finally found more footage of the legendary Ice Cube and are ready to try min craft with this old Gangster, as a salute to a solid stone in my hip hop history.. I wanted the cover to represent his solo beginning to now... And he's still... Download link


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søndag den 4. januar 2009

I am packed...




and despite that the trailer says the 9th, it's on from tomorrow...


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