So close infact that I have a little info-teaser to show for it. The drop date is around the corner people and I hope everyone is as amped as me and kos are!. (replace amped for worried!). Nah fo real, it has been a long time coming and its time to deliver. Anyways, on MARCH 23RD 2009, you can own the Behind Closed Doors DVD with an exclusive beat CD featuring beats from everyone on the DVD. We will be shipping worldwide and prices will follow shortly. If you have been following Louis Den, AB0181, or the length of Jaisu's hair then this is the DVD for you. LETS DO THIS!.
p.s to keep an eye on the timer clock...visit...www.louisden.com/bcd. A.
Ok theres plenty more to come but I thought id get the ball rolling with the first installment!! the intro took me the longest time to put together hahaha but I was mad inspired of Andys ILL work on DVD 02 so I felt i needed to up it a gear.
New homework up at the Myspace blog, this week we're gonna get you to work even harder using music from Boy Bands as the source material!..no going the easy route and samplin Jackson 5 now (although thats valid haha).
Thanks so much to everyone who made it out!!! the rep grows bigger..Phonics killed it, Raul killed it, Percy killed it and Winchester killed it too!
Worked real well this time round seeing as everyone had a proper distinctive vibe! Kyza did the damn thing as it Pentalk and Jyager, the Open beats were sick; shouts to everyone who made noise!! crowd were real receptive!....for those of you who missed it...SLIPPPPPPPPPIN' we had the scot crew come from one end the hastings lot from the other lol wots your excuse????.
big apologies to Wiz who didnt get drawn for the beat battle, luck of the draw partner I really wanted to put you on but at the same time I had to keep it fair with the random draw..how the game goes :(
but massive props to Shears to killin the beat battle!! and the other entrants Mr Brown, Sivey and Jeekay for gettin the crowd moving with their beats! we had Sivey and Shears drawn first and then Mr Brown and Jeekay second very nice stuf indeed.
Ohhhhhh and the Dilla flips were too much!! respects paid!, great beats!.
So yeah! thank you so much to EVERYONE that made it down; the Beat Cypher feels real good and positive right now and everyone whos ever shown love; performing, open beats, or just turning up!! have all played a part..PROPS!.
vids to follow!!...and beat cypher 02 featuring Darren Paul | Jaisu | S-Type and Reog Du Casq are for sale right now!!!! hit the shop up!.
finally props to Andy (AB0181) who got last weeks Dillamation featured on the Stonesthrow front page!! (just remember where he dropped it first heheh).
To quote Redman...TONIGHTS THE NIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!, we're all set for the beat cypher! im phoning/textin heads left right and centre sorting out beats/set times and running orders but its ill!! feels like Christmas hahaha!.
Anyway last but by no means least is Birminghams own Raul Supreme on the producer line up!; be sure to check his in depth answers and his dope beat tape download!.
Rauls an ill cat! and met him a long long time ago shortly after Louis Den first started up!; introduced through Kela he hit the odd lab session but a few months into the den became a permanent fixture!! geekin out with us over beats week in and week out and firmly in the fold!. Fun fact! I still remember back before I met Kelz stalkin his myspace out and seeing Raul on his top 8 thinkin to my self "dang, how many ill cats does this dude know" haha funny how things come together over time eh??...aite lets do this.
Louis Den BeatCypher 03 Spotlight "Raul Supreme"
Hey!!, please introduce yourself to everybody; let us know who you are what you do and how long you've been doing it!. Hey I go by the name of Raul Supreme representing me myself and I at the minute nuff props however to Kosyne for bringing hip hop producers together in the form of Louis den and all the cats who enter challenges each week n make this thing happen. I've been doing beats for like 4-5 years now been taking it seriously for the last say 2-3. I'm a sample fanatic I still to this day love getting a new record and chopping that up to perfection whilst getting creative with synths, plugins, drums the works.
Was there a defining moment (event / hearing a record etc) that led you into making beats / becoming a producer?. When I was 16 my mum got me this brand new Dell Dimensions desktop computer I wasn't a 'hip hop head' per say at the time but I just started kind of experimenting with a variety of different music programmes such as Steinberg Cubase SX 1 I think it was. (Shout outs to Cubase by the way) I didn't really know what I was making but erm it was something. I had been listening to a lot of DJ Premier at the time some of his older works such as 'BOOM' and 'FULL CLIP' and I definitely tried to recreate what I was hearing. Although I never actually knew anything about arranging drums, where to even get drums, snares or whatever I looked for help I eventually got back in contact with 1 of my cousins (shout outs to Twisted Revren) who laid down what you would call the basics of hip hop production he in turn became a major inspiration in my starting years. If I didn't get that new computer though I probably wouldn't be here today as a producer real talk.
What was your first piece of equipment and what were those beats like?, any interesting stories about things were doing to begin with / finding your feet? My first piece of equipment was as mentioned above Steinberg Cubase SX1 man I made like five beats inside Cusbase well with the inclusion of the ones no one ever knew about ten. I liked Cubase but the user interface for me was too much for my head at the time, don't wanna tread on any toes here but the first things I saw were time signatures, erm channels that meant nothing to me the whole layout wasn't 'simple' enough for me to use it effectively so I eventually made the transition to Fl Studio 3 formally known as Fruity Loops (Shououts to Kosyne lol) I'll have to post up some Cubase joints man they were green reflector jacket + black bin bag liners and sausages GARBAGE.
Whats the one bit of advice youd give to anyone starting out today? Some advice i'd give is just make music for the love I've come across many heads that do it for the wrong reasons whether that's fame or whatever do it because you can't go without making a beat because in the long run you will prevail ya dig.
What can heads expect from you at LOUIS DEN BEAT CYPHER? Heads can expect some variation I plan on showing versatility however hope to stay true to my sound should be a good show I want to make everyone who turns up snap their necks nah mean lol but erm yeah i hope to get the crowd stirred up and get the involved
Finally any plugs or shout outs.. Shout outs out firstly to the Louis Den heads once again who make this happen, erm Twisted Revren and the Ill City movement, shout outs to ma man Kelakovski killin' the beats, Kosyne, TLG, Jigsaw Soul, Eyebs the whole Louis den persuasion. Look out for more beat tapes coming soon featuring all head knocking instrumentals with the inclusion of brand new tracks with sick emcees from across the nation.
MANNNN! we got a day before the beat cypher!!...ooooweeee this is gonna be ILL, theres still 1 (or 2) places left on the beat battle so REGISTER if you wanna show us what you've got..details are at www.louisden.com/beatcypher. We've got 2 more producer spotlights to drop and this is number 3!.
I got hip on to Winchester back in the day through the ughh forums; he posted his group's (pentalk) music and the odd blap or 2 and was hype to hear dope UK emcees over his sick blaps (we talkin '01/'02 here) tut tut I should have been more up on my Brum hiphop knowledge! but since then I've been following his work and have had the pleasure of meeting him a couple times he's been in the city...after hollering at him though the net I found out he was well up for the Beat Cypher so here were are!!..heres his Q&A.
Louis Den BeatCypher 03 Spotlight "Winchester"
Hey!!, please introduce yourself to everybody; let us know who you are what you do and how long you've been doing it!. I am Jamie Winchester ,born in the funky year of 1973 in hastings ,married for 8 years,2 kids im a family man lol.i have been dj,ing since i was 15 and workingg on beats sice i was about 16/17 .I have been in the group pentalk since day 1 and still get the same buzz now from our stuff as i did way back in early 90,s.I gave up my retail managment career 18months ago,to concentrate on setting up the pentalk lab(recording studio).
Was there a defining moment (event / hearing a record etc) that led you into making beats / becoming a producer?. after skinving of school and catching a train to bristol (tonys records)i brought critical beat down,when i heard those beats ,i decided this was the syle i wanted to do ..lol oh and when i seen chad jackson 1987 dmc world champ winner...that was it ,i was gonna be dmc champ....never happend tho sadly .
What was your first piece of equipment and what were those beats like?, any interesting stories about things were doing to begin with / finding your feet? My first bit of gear was a yamahah drum pad machine,it had 4 pads on it and u used sticks; damn it was shit so traded it in for a roland tr 707 I think drum machine
I thought my beats were banging,but they probably were shit. Interesting stories, I used to ring D&D studios for tips back in the days I'd speak to dave,he was the guy who told me how to trigger my akai s950 from my sp1200 and how to set the programmes out. Thanks Dave lol he prob thinking that s that british git taking up all my time.
Whats the one bit of advice youd give to anyone starting out today? Always finish your beats; or at least burn what you have done to cd or stereo wav.that way you will feel you are being more productive even if it's shit!.
What can heads expect from you at LOUIS DEN BEAT CYPHER? Free beer and money if they cheer and make noise when im playing lol. They can expect some dirty sounding stuff some jazz type,funk eiry and deffo some noise!.
Finally any plugs or shout outs.. Plugs and shout outs def must start with Mr Kosyne,who is also killing it on the mic and beats...
My whole Pentalk crew,Shortchange,perge,casey,soweto,di natch,baja,rex dogg,Kashrex,msi and md7.Also my welsh family,Nic cadman,the whole riverfront arts centre crew,lozz dennis,levi,versatile,uc people,Nomadic poet.oh my wife and family
Can i plug the pentalk lab at the riverfront newport lol..........newport city radio.
Monday is here!, not long now; the Beat Cypher is just round the corner...so continuing the Spotlight series I'll hit you all off another round; this time we're with Birmingham producer Percy Filth.
Louis Den BeatCypher 03 Spotlight "Percy Filth"
Hey!!, please introduce yourself to everybody; let us know who you are what you do and how long you've been doing it!. My name is lord percy filth i am 34 i have been into hip hop since 82 and making beats since 96.
Was there a defining moment (event / hearing a record etc) that led you into making beats / becoming a producer?. Above the law "murder rap" was the tune that first inspired me to make beats but kit wasn't as readily available back then so it took me a while to actually start out.
What was your first piece of equipment and what were those beats like?, any interesting stories about things were doing to begin with / finding your feet? My first bit of kit was an old mac and a copy of cubase in 1995, it took me 18 months to start using it because I had to teach myself from scratch with no help. My beats consisted of looped samples and click and move drums. Good ideas but needed expansion.
Whats the one bit of advice youd give to anyone starting out today? For heads starting out today I would suggest you start buying wax straight away, keep copping them slices and you will have a solid arsenal to rely upon once you get your technique locked down.
What can heads expect from you at LOUIS DEN BEAT CYPHER? At the cypher heads can expect spaced out electronics and bounce, twixed with horned out boom bappery.
Finally any plugs or shout outs.. I wanna plug my new e.p out soon on Aerosolik/Eatgood entitled "elbow grease", available on all formats and featuring the talents of maylay sparks, foreign beggars,j-sands, stig of the dump, juice aleem plus many many more.
shout outs go to all Louis Den crew from near and far, Jez at Aerosolik, Eatgood and all my friends and fam.
Dilla a.k.a Jay Dee - My Tribute 2009 from Andy Brown on Vimeo. Today after listening to several batches of Dilla's beats I got amped and got out my video camera, tripod, some records and coloured card and got to work. This took, all in all, 5 hours to make (filming and editing). But you know what, it was worth it. REST IN BEATS DILLA DAWG! THIS ONE'S FOR YOU. peace. ab.
In the run up to the beat cypher I figure it'd be cool to get you guys hip to the producers we are going to showcase; you may not be plugged into the production world so this will serve as an attempt to get you better aquainted with the line up and let you hear some treats from the guys we've got on the bill.
So over the next few days I'll be droppin a Producer Spotlight blog with some short interview questions and a free download to hold you down till Thursday 12th!, kicking it off we've got West Londons finest, JON PHONICS.
Louis Den BeatCypher 03 Spotlight "Jon Phonics"
Hey!!, please introduce yourself to everybody; let us know who you are what you do and how long you've been doing it!. Hello, I'm Jon Phonics aka Ill Smith, fresh sniff of the girls wear or you get shift so beware. I make beats with samples, drums, synths, and the occasional traditional instrument. Ive been doing it about four years, and im just starting to get good thanks to louis den school for gifted beat geeks.
Was there a defining moment (event / hearing a record etc) that led you into making beats / becoming a producer?. I began seriously getting into production when i saw a track from my first beat cd materialize into the track 'Rep Dat' by Mr Drastick & Doc Brown, Sarah Love was playing it and they made a video which was on the telly (dap c) so i thought 'you know what, let me try this thing properly...'and bought an MPC2000xl.
What was your first piece of equipment and what were those beats like?, any interesting stories about things were doing to begin with / finding your feet? Before the 2000XL i used Reason, my reason beats sounded like a mix between mobb deep and nightmares on wax (in the worst possible way). When i got the 2000xl, everything started to make a bit more sense, but the beats still jus sounded like a poor man's havoc. I just used to 16 level everything.
Whats the one bit of advice youd give to anyone starting out today? Man I don't know im still starting out myself...haha.
What can heads expect from you at LOUIS DEN BEAT CYPHER? Some ol grimey london shit, brown frequency bass, lol. Just some good ol Johnblaze that I hope people can get jiggy with!
Finally any plugs or shout outs.. Urm, look out for the exciting new installment of my free download ish, coming next month feat. Kosyne, Triple Darkness, Jehst, Jyager, Kyza, Verb T, Kashmere, Stylah, Skandal, Grimlok and more. Also look out for the new Verb T album later this year, and also a new YNR productions compilation featuring an exclusive track from myself and Jyager plus a ton more of other exclusive new shit on there, which is all very exciting. You know louisdensquad, takeover in this and alls that. biggidybloaw. we killin elephants in the backyard.
FREE DOWNLOAD Jon Phonics - Half Past Calm 
1. State Of Hip Hop - M9 & Prophet 2. Remember - T-Bear, Sir Smurf Lil' & Raggo Zulu Rebel 3. Nothing Wrong - Mr Drastick & Luc Skyz 4. The Lions Den - Cyrus Malachi 5. Black Tragedy (Half Past Calm Mix) - Phoenix Da Icefire,Iverse & Prophet 6. More Forward (Ill Rhythmikz Remix) - T-Bear 7. Alternate Take - Verb T & Fliptrix 8. Lost Planet - M9 9. In The Ends - Sir Smurf LIl' 10. Forbidden Chamber - Nine Planets 11. Jealousy's A Bitch - Mr Drastick & Verb T 12. Celebrate - T-Bear 13. More Forward - T-Bear