So as part of the book’s research work I’ve decided to start publishing extracts from the interviews I’m conducting. Both as a way to let people know about the book and stories, and also a way to force me to go through the stupid pile of transcription I’ve got to deal with, and make some money in the process.
The first one published was with Daddy Kev, co-founder of Low End Theory and head of Alpha Pup.
Published by RBMA Magazine, October 2012.
Without Endtroducing it’s arguable whether or not the beat scene would have ever come to fruition.
When I think of what we do DJ-wise at LET, I also see parallels going all the way back to the origins of hip hop and the mindset of DJs like Afrika Bambaataa and Kool Herc. Their idea that you could use a pair of turntables and a mixer to bridge all these different forms of music, to take out parts of it and re-contextualise it is definitely the spirit in which we operate at LET.
In the first year of the club, before the LA scene became what it is today, we were playing a healthy diet of Dabrye, Shadow, Dilla, and a lot of old Mo’ Wax and Ninja Tune. To me, the DJ Food records are some of the most essential part of this vocabulary. I agree with the idea that this instrumental movement has been evolving for the last three decades. It’s interesting how the term “instrumental hip hop” – I think that encapsulates it best – is the thread that ties it all together.