Feb 02

DJ Day – Learn To Flip The ‘Impeach The President’ Classic Break

by in Music, New Lesson Tuesdays

This week we have new cue point lessons from one of Palm Springs finest musical products DJ Day. With a career that has spanned over two decades DJ Day has done it all. From cutting his production teeth in the LA underground with the likes of Exile and People Under The Stairs, to becoming a highly acclaimed DJ behind the turntables.

The Lessons

DJ Day brings us five lessons that are cue point flips of the “Impeach The President” classic break.

This classic break has been used in numerous hip hop classics throughout the years including Unbelievable by The Notorious B.I.G. , Wet Dreamz by J Cole , The Message by Nas and Top Billin by Audio Two

In fact one of the lessons will walk you through exactly how to perform the flip and recreate the beat for ‘Top Billin’

The other flips that DJ Day has cooked up include Dancehall, Shuffle and Swing grooves. These patterns can be further applied to other tracks in your library to help add something extra to your DJ sets and production sessions.

We have more coming from DJ Day this week with an interview and a video of him performing some of these lessons. So stay tuned and enjoy the lessons.

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Dec 15

Classic Breaks – Sing Sing, Think & Doggone

by in Melodics, New Lesson Tuesdays

This weeks New Lesson Tuesday covers the Classic Breaks affectionately known as ‘Doggone’ , ‘Sing Sing’ and ‘Think’. These three drum breaks have been used in 100’s of tracks throughout the decades in a variety of genres. We will run through each, break by break to give you a snapshot of the history behind there influence.

Love – Doggone – ‘Doggone Break’

Love was an influential psych rock band active in the late 60s / early 70s.   The band had a small degree of commerical success but were later praised by critics with there 1967 album Forever Changes being listed #40 on Rolling Stones 500 Best Albums Of All Time List in 2003.

Clocking in at whooping 12 minutes long, Doggone features a 9 minute drum solo by George Suranovich that provides lots of sample opportunities. However the loop that can be heard in the video above has been most widely used. This break went widely unnoticed by producers and collectors until Kanye West used it in his productions in the early 2000s. Below are a few more recent examples of tracks that have sampled ‘Doggone’.

Talib Kweli – Get By

John Legend – Used To Love You

Kendrick Lamar – Hol Up

Gaz – Sing Sing – ‘Sing Sing Break’

While Gaz’s 1978 disco track ‘Sing Sing’ may not be considered an all time classic by most its iconic drum break has been heard the world over. The drum break has been used in hip hop circles by the Wu Tang Clan, took Kylie Minogue to court and is essentially the backbone of Baltimore club music.

“It’s like that lady in the Southern Baptist church with the tambourine – until the lady starts hitting the tambourine, the church don’t start jumping.

DJ Technics (On The Sing Sing Break)

Below are a few examples of the many songs that sample the ‘Sing Sing’ Break.

Wu Tang Clan – Its Yourz

Kylie Minogue – Speakerphone

Rod Lee – Dance My Pain Away

 

Lyn Collins – Think (About It) – Think Break

Perhaps the most unique and iconic break out of the set for its ‘Yeah, Woo’ vocals. Derived from a 1972 Funk record from Lyn Collins the track was produced by the legendary James Brown. Appearing in a variety of genres this song has also been featured heavily ever since and is among James Brown’s most sampled productions.

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rocks track ‘It Takes Two’ is the most well known and blatant use of this drum break. While Dizzee Rascal also used the break for his hit grime track Old Skool.

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two.

Dizzee Rascal – Old Skool

So there you have it. A brief look at what makes this weeks Classic Breaks so ‘Classic’. You can play all of these lessons now on Melodics. Master them and even include them in your own productions like so many great producers in the past have. As always send through any videos of yourself playing Melodics via Instagram using the hashtag #Melodics.

See You Next Tuesday.