Shroom interview: Making beats for Wu Tang, Mobb Deep & J Cole

Shroom interview: Making beats for Wu Tang, Mobb Deep & J Cole

Meet Shroom: producer, engineer, sound designer. He’s fast becoming a hip hop luminary; his work has been praised by the likes of DJ Khalil, S1, Illmind and Havoc. We talked to him about what he finds inspiring, his gear and how he got started in the business. 

[MPS]
You are involved with many different areas of music creation, what kind of work do you get the most satisfaction out of?

[Shroom]
I love all aspects and it kinda depends on what mood I'm in. All aspects go hand in hand with each other, for example you start with making a sample and mix that sample as you go, then u make a beat with that sample and mix the beat while making the beat. Then you make a record with the beat etc etc.

But I think the whole process of "creating" just gives me the most satisfaction.

[MPS]
You have many high-profile fans; how did you catch the attention of big names such as DJ Khalil and S1?

[Shroom]
I built relationships with both of them throughout the years. With S1, I attended some of his online beat competitions and made it to the Top 10, then I met him at iStandard events and started booking online Skype sessions with him etc. We always stayed in touch and there has always been a level of mutual respect, so we became friends and started working on stuff together.

[MPS]
What kind of projects are you working on at the moment?

[Shroom]
A few things I can't speak about, a Killah Priest album, a project with Havoc from Mobb Deep, new samples, new beats etc.

[MPS]
There is such a variety of loops out there, where do you find the inspiration to create new and original loop content?

[Shroom]
By listening to the greats and the classics

[MPS]
Who do you count among your musical influences?

[Shroom]
Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch, Wu Tang, Outkast, Rick Rubin, Al Green, Mars Volta, System of A Down, Abyssinians, Burning Spear, Jay-Z, Kanye, Gladiators, Dr. Dre and many more

[MPS]
If you could go back to any musical era what would it be?

[Shroom]
The 70's

[MPS]
Tell us about your El Cap and Flint, and Volante what made you choose them?

[Shroom]
I love tape echo's and anything that sounds like tape and has a vintage feel. And I’m big on combining old sounds with new stuff - and all 3 pieces are perfect for that.

[MPS]
Can you tell us a little bit about your studio?

[Shroom]
I produce everything in Pro Tools but I run a lot through analog pieces like my SSL channelstrip and Revox tape machine. I love my Juno and my Strat.

[MPS]
Is there anything you have parted with that you really miss?

[Shroom]
I had my bass player’s Moog in my studio for a while, but he needed it back

[MPS]
Can you think of anything that really changed things for you?

[Shroom]
My Revox and my SSL. Can’t get that sound in the box. My Strymon pedals, which I use on everything, from guitar to synths to vocals.

[MPS]
Is there any advice you can offer to people starting out on their musical journeys?

[Shroom]
Think out of the box. There's only one rule in music: there are no rules! They taught me that when I studied audio engineering at SAE

 

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