I picked up an armful of records today for $5. I think I got some good shit but I can never really tell until I’m listing to the vinyl.
Even when I was making decent money selling beats I wouldn’t spend much on records. TRUST it’s not because I’m cheap — cheap people piss me off. But why do you buy the cheap shit then QB? Because I’ll sample almost anything you asshole! There’s no guarantee that you’ll get anything out of a $5-$25 record so why bother?
Chuck Mangione and QB (Chuck-Beats). I’m pretty sure I have checked this record before — there wasn’t shit on it.
What kind of records do I look for when I’m digging?
I’ll sample anything EXCEPT FOR:
Spanish records can be great. Classical and christian records tend to have nice instruments that you can sample too. If I see a brother on an a record cover — that’s usually a green light for me LMAO. I even picked up an accordion album today. It might be a total waste of time but I’ve found accordion samples in the past!
One of my digging secrets… I’ve done well sampling artists like James Last. The dude has a shit-tone of albums. His records are usually collections of hit songs that blend from one song to the next. There are often dope samples in the bridges between songs.
- country records
- polka records
- those shitty Polydor hits of 1981/1982/etc compilation records (so lame)
- and most records recorded before the 1950s
What kind of sounds do I look for?
Breaks, drum loops, chords, single notes, you name it. I’m looking for unique instruments and sounds that I can’t produce or replicate on my own. I never know what might inspire me. Sometimes it might be something as simple as a few smacks on a conga drum. Other times it might be your typical grimy break. I keep an ear open for subtle sounds that I can add to my sample library. Things like funky guitar strings, one shot horn blasts, snares, kicks, and high hats, violin riffs, the list goes on.
That’s all I got for today. Please leave a comment below or hit me up on facebook or twitter if you find this info useful.