Prof. Logik :: Multi-Dimension :: Interview
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Been a big fan of his for awhile now. Listening to his latest ish on SoundCloud and a track from his album, DoOrWaYz, will be a testament to his skill, and get you in the know. If you want to get a little more insight on this “beatsrumental alchemist”, you should definitely peep my interview with him, after the jump.
Shah: When did you get started into production? What influenced you to think, “It’s time to produce hip-hop”?
Greg: I got started with hip-hop production around 1993. Back then, I had just got into DJing (heavily, thanks to all the local DJ’s in N.Y). I started creating loops on twin cassette tape recorders, and shortly after got the money saved up to get my first sample, the boss SP-303. My main influence that pushed me into the production side of things was the response I seen in people when they heard enjoyable music. That was the moment that I decided to make music. I feel that music connects people in so many ways.
S: Man’s a child prodigy. Shiiiiiii. Agreed music is a funny thing, honestly it’s the closest thing we have to magic. It’s interesting to see people’s different reactions.
G: Music is almost like alchemy. It can create altered states and all; shifts in mood, all that godly stuff.
S: The science behind it is pretty interesting for real. Who do you (if you do look up to anyone) look up to for your production (like, influential artists, or even producers)?
G: I look up to a lot of producers and artists; starting from Sun Ra. Just felt like he was a musician ahead of his time, and just being different from everyone makes him influential. Second would be David Axelrod. I have always been a fan of his arrangements; since I was young it had impacted my sound a lot through the years. Thirdly, a whole gang of upcoming producers music fans recognize, Dibia$e, Teebs, Mike Slott, DZA, Samiyam, Mndsgn, Devonwho & Com Truise; those guys are nuts when it comes to production. I can’t forget the SoundCloud producers; there are way too many to name, but they know who they are. And of course, J Dilla.
S: Sun Ra was definitely ahead of his time. Haven’t heard too much David Axelrod besides Holy Thursday and Wandering Star. This new beat era, I’m loving it man. The SoundCloud crew is nowhere as big as they could be, but I have a feeling it’s going to happen soon. I have a feeling this is “what’s going to be in”.
G: I totally agree with you. SoundCloud has helped me so much, with music related projects & collabs.
S: Yeah man, & people like Sal, they’re doing a good thing for this community, for artists, and this genre. Do you remember how you got signed with Cascade Records?
G: Yeah, it was about a year ago. Sal introduced himself to me online, and from there on out, we had a dope musical relationship, that still remains to this day.
S: Excellent; so am I right in saying Multi-Dimension is Cascade’s first 12″? And Multi-Dimension has been around a year in the making?
G: Believe it or not I made this entire release [just a couple of months ago.] The label was just trying to figure out how they were going to distribute it among the masses.
S: That’s truly a testament to your skill. And, congratulations. As an artist, I personally couldn’t begin to understand how that feeling must be. Well deserved, I have to say.
G: Thanks a lot Shah, I really appreciate that. It has been a goal of mine for a long time to have my music pressed to wax; it’s been a dream since I was a DJ in Queens [NY].
S: I’m looking forward to getting this ish signed by you personally before you become the next FlyLo. I think around last week, I heard that collab with Haz Solo, that was bangin’. Can you tell us about any more collaborations that are underway?
G: I got a whole EP with Haz Solo dropping real soon. There’s a collab with MC Kal-Rip Ken in the works. A collab beat album with label Head 9planets which will be released on Future Science Records; also in the works is another solo EP I’m going to release in the next month or so on the label, Dap-Station, as well as a beat collab album with my good friend Dranal; it’ll be a Brazilian inspired beat tape.
S: Busy, busy!
G: Yeah…busy is NOT the word!
S: One more question. Toilet Paper: Over or Under?
G: Over sir.
S: [Me too. Awesome.] That’s it from my side, want to give any shout outs, or last words?
G: Shout outs to the entire borough of Queens, NY for giving birth to me, listeners & fans, Future Science, Cascade, Grappa Frisbee, Outlier, and all of the SoundCloud community. All the blogs that shared and help spread the word about my music, shout outs to Man Of The Down & Ackryte for the work they put in with me this year, and special shout outs to GypsyEye’s, GirlRainbow and Citzamaca for being lovely ladies and their support. Big up’s to DJ VinylDigger, prop’s to LoveLorn Records.
S: Thanks for doing this fam. T’was pretty enlightening, and hopefully for our readers as well.
G: Dope that’s what’s up man. It was fun.