Monday, November 21, 2011

Photos from last weekend

We had Tres family reunite event last Friday.  We went to a bar in Hollywood, called The Surly Goat to hang out.  







On Saturday, People Under The Stairs performed at El Rey.  It was a great show.






Monday, November 14, 2011

DJ Lowkey's Dam Funk Mix "DAMstr8"


 DAMstr8 by DJ Lowkey


tracklisting:

1 scat'in
2 brookside park
3 higher
4 i gots 2 be done wit you
5 stayin super fly
6 (my funk goes) on & on
7 sidewayz
8 inside of u
9 toeachizown
10 rollin
11 10 west
12 one less day feat g-shaft
13 (i be) goin hard
14 HowUGonFuckAroundAndChooseABusta
15 mirrors
16 sweet dreams
17 the sky is ours
18 good feeling inst
19 burn rubber
20 killdat a.k.a killdatmuthafu*ka
21 hood pass intact
22 i dont love u
23 raindrops

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TRES MIX by Fonetik Simbol


Fonetik Simbol put together a mix of TRES titles.

60 Minutes Of Tres Vol.1 (Mixtape) by Fonetik Simbol

Fonetik Simbol is a DJ / Producer from Iceland. 4 tracks on Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke" was produced by him.  Fonetik's free download beat tape will be out soon!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Instrumental EP by ReallyNathan (of Late Bloomers)


ReallyNathan (of Late Bloomers) released his instrumental EP, "out of tune /// out of space" through his Bandcamp page.



This is a video Nathan made that features tracks from the Late Bloomers' mostly instrumental EP, "Songs For Suns."


ReallyNathan has been working with Co$$ for Co$$'s new free download album, "Instrument of Emtion."  He produced 7 tracks out of 10.  It will be out soon...


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Artform Studio x Ubiquity x TRES



Our good friend, Adrian Younge (Wax Poetics Records) opened a record store in downtown LA a few month ago.  The store is called The Artform Studio.  
Mike James Kirkland (Ubiquity Records)'s album release party will take place at the Artform Studio on Saturday, 10/15.  Here is the schedule for the evening. 

1) Cocktails/food/Djs: 6-8:30pm

2) Movie screening: 8:30-9:15pm

3) Mike Kirkland discussion/signing: 9:30pm – 10:15
- Signing and Q&A

4) Dilla/houseshoes: 10:15– 10:45pm
- Discussion, exhibition, etc.

5) Late Bloomers: 10:45- 11:15
- Performance

6) DJs: 11:15 - 12pm
- ping pong/dominoes, kick it time.

Late Bloomers will be performing from 10:45pm.
It's going to be an interesting event. 
  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ahh:Zel (of Late Bloomers) "Wintersummersprung" beat tape



Ahh:Zel of Late Bloomers put together a beat tape called "Wintersummersprung".  It is available for free download from his bandcamp page.






Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ESQ & Chikaramanga "A Night In The Life" Video


2nd video from ESQ & Chikaramanga's debut album, "The Succession."
"The Succession" (CD/Vinyl/Digital) was released worldwide in September 2010.  

E.S.Q. aka DJ Wax1Da, originally from Chicago has been making his mark within the hip hop community especially with artists such as Percee P and Large Professor.  In our digital age, with DJ's being a click away from downloading the latest jam, and MC's tediously typing lyrics on their phones, E.S.Q. still keeps it to the truest with his stacks of wax and his shelf full of rhyme books.  In due time, those words that he jotted down, found a home thanks to the beats of Giant Panda's own, Chikaramanga.  Chikara, is another individual who has not been sucked in by the digital realm.  Using classic hardware equipment such as the SP-12, MPC 60, and S3000, he is still able to cook up some flavor that most attempt to recreate on software programs. All his drums are still sampled from vinyl, no drum folders on his desktop to sample from, and all his beats (which he names after various foods) are saved onto ZIP disks, which really make his music a labor of love.


 

Friday, September 16, 2011

LA♥JPN♥LA VOL. 2


LA♥JPN♥LA VOL.1 came out on July 27th.  Chikaramanga "Mi Hermano" was featured on Vol 1.  Vol.2 of this compilation series was released on September 6th.  A track from Late Bloomers is on Vol.2.  Here is the iTunes link for Vol. 2.  http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id461182414

(Taken from press release)

A collection of tracks from Los Angeles and Japanese artists to support the earthquake victims of Japan. Features artists from the forefront of the L.A. beat scene such as Jonwayne, ELOS, Free The Robots, Late Bloomers, and Brainfeeder's Tokimonsta. Numerous Japanese beatmakers such as grooveman Spot, KK, Conflict, Monkey_sequence rep the beat scene from the far east. Introspective live songs from artists such as The Life Force Trio and Helado Negro are also featured.

All proceeds of the compilation series will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross and Civic Force to help those affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.




compiled and produced by: Hashim Bharoocha


LAJPNLA VOL. 2 Tracklist

01. Promise                           Grooveman Spot

02. Gol Azeez                       Omid Walizadeh

03. op.311                             KK

04. Eenie Meanie                Late Bloomers

05. Aliboo                              TENGOKUPLANWORLD × BUN

06. Collect All and Save     Labwaste

07. Spacesuit                        Conflict

08. 40 Winks                         Jonwayne

09. Problem With Dub         Keita Sano

10. The Wired                       ELOS

11. before computa              MONKEY_sequence.19

12. Alpha Numeric                  Free The Robots

13. zoolaa                                ZOOL.GEL

14. stop error               EmV

15. Love Dub                          mabanua

16. Bizarre Bazaar                  The Life Force Trio

17. Bruce Lee Poster  repeat pattern

18. hope                                  Sacred

19. here comes the lord          mfp

20. Chord                                Languis

21. plug_and_play                   kazzzzz

22. dukk                                  RLP

23. wait a moment                  The Astronotes

24. Brugge                              TOKiMONSTA

25. re-generation                     SubsequentsAZZURRO x DULO

26. Con Suerte (Mezcla Adentro)     Helado Negro

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Interview with Co$$ "Before I Awoke" Producers (Part 4) : Fonetik Simbol


-Introduce yourself, where are you from? 

My Name is Fonetik Simbol and I’m from Reykjavík Iceland.

-What’s the hip-hop scene like where you’re from?

The hip-hop scene in Iceland is kinda small but we got some good hiphop artists like: Original Melody, Vald Wegan & Forgotten Lores.  

-What equipment do you use? 

I use mpc 2000xl, boss sp 303, Micro Korg, Acid Pro 2.0 & Pro Tools


-What kind of things inspire you the most to make a beat?

Icelandic Nature, Jazz & Good Food  

-How did you get your name?

I don’t remember…haha  

-How long does it take you to make a well polished beat that you’re proud of?

It takes me 10minutes – 1 Hour..

-What is your personal favorite song (or beat alone) you’ve produced for an emcee? 

uhh.. I have to pick two songs. Co$$’s “khakis and taylors” and “Cosa Say” by Original Melody.  

-How did you first link up with Co$$, and how long have you been collaborating?

On Myspace.. we have been collaborating since 2007.  

-What do you think of Co$$ as an emcee? How would you describe his sound? 

To me Coss’s style is very unique and that’s the reason why i wanted him to be a part of my solo album, because I liked his stuff. There were a lot of rappers sending me emails and myspace messages at that time about beats but I just picked out those I really liked and did stuff with them..  

-Tell us about how you crafted the beat for 'Born Again' ft. Blu & Sene on Co$$'s debut, 'Before I Awoke'

damn I don’t remember…haha but I remember one thing.. the “hi hat” in the song = my car keys..  

-What’s next for Fonetik Simbol? Any projects you’re working on or any other emcees you’re working with? 

yea, im always working on some new projects. I have a new Beat Tape coming out and me & Coss are working on a project called “Crown Chevy”. Me and my homie Immo Schram from Iceland are also working on his solo album.

-If you had to pick one, who would your favorite current producer be? 

Madlib

-If you could pick one emcee to do an album with, who would it be?

MED  

-How can people contact you or listen to your tracks? Any last words/shout outs? fonetiksimbol@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/fonetiksimbol
http://soundcloud.com/fonetiksimbol
 
Fonetik Simbol Mixing Co$$'s "Before I Awoke" from HolyPeter on Vimeo.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Late Bloomers @ DTLA on Thursday, 9/8



Late Bloomer will be performing at 2nd Street Jazz on Thursday, 9/8.
It's free to get in!

Beatcanvas
@ 2nd Street Jazz
366 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, September 8th

Special Performance by Late Bloomers (TRES)

Late Bloomers "Three Shades Brown - EP"(Vinyl/Digital) IN STORES NOW!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Interview with Co$$ "Before I Awoke" Producers (Part 3) : DJ Playa Haze


1. -Introduce yourself, where are you from?

Im Deven Welch aka dj Playa Haze im from Riverside Ca. Im in the Dino (San Bernadino) right now though.

2. -What’s the hip-hop scene like where you’re from?

The IE hiphop scene is underground to say the least. People love that grimey neck-snapping ish. Were far enough away from LA to have are own discrepancies

3. -What equipment do you use?

I use an assortment of software and gemini(tables).

4. -What kind of things inspire you the most to make a beat?

I get inspired by whatever energy i can feel. Girls, nature, cival rights, good/bad news. I just can't make anything i dont believe in. Truth=Beauty in African philosophy.

5. -How did you get your name?

Dj playa haze.. i got my tunrtables when i was 16 (thats the dj part) and they call me playa haze because I dance in the fog with the answers to it all.

6. -How long does it take you to make a well polished beat that you’re proud of?

I can usually make a tracks basic skeleton in 2-15 minutes than I'd take a hour or two to polish before i'd let an emcee hear it.

7. -What is your personal favorite song (or beat alone) you’ve produced for an emcee?

hmmm... I would have to say Falling from Grace right now. that ish is money.



8. -Describe your method when producing tracks..

I wont start making a track unless im inspired.. depending on what im trying to do i usually do the melody first.. i end up doing the intro last a lot of the time because I already know how i want the track to come across.

9. -How did you first link up with Co$$, and how long have you been collaborating?

A few years ago i just hit him up and he liked what he heard. Right place right time sort of deal.

10. -What do you think of Co$$ as an emcee? How would you describe his sound?

To me Co$$ is like a an angry poet who tells people what they know in their heart of hearts know is true. He is damn near uncategorizable because he is definitely LA and definitely conscious but he's got mad bounce.

11. Tell us about how you crafted the beat for 'Falling from Grace' on Co$$'s debut, 'Before I Awoke'

I was in a melancholy mood and wanted to manipulate some voices that day. I found a ill dusty record that was the same color as the one i saw in my head. Then i added the drums.... it took me days to find that clap...

12. -What’s next for Dj Playa Haze? Any projects you’re working on or any other emcees
you’re working with?


Planet Asia, Young Maylay, C.B. News, Tabi Bonney, Kasino Gang, an instrumental ep, and the rest is lowkey secret...(hopefully Boldy James too)

13. -Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

Hopefully scoring video games and making iller tracks for the grimey individuals.

14. -If you had to pick one, who would your favorite current producer be?
Outta the newer guys... Exile (beatnick dee’s a fool for that “Thru the Flames” jonts too may I add)

15. -If you could pick one emcee to do an album with, who would it be?

Mos Def

16. -How can people contact you or listen to your tracks? Any last words/shout outs?

playahaze.bandcamp.com or @devenwelch on the twitter. keep music deep, the mic is more powerful than bombs. whats good Kasino Gang. Co$$ is a genius

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Paten Locke, Edan, Cut Chemist, and Mr. Lif West Coast Tour


Paten Locke's west coast tour with Cut Chemist, Edan, and Mr. Lif will start tonight!

8/16 ~ ANAHEIM, CA House Of Blues
8/17 ~ WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA House Of Blues
8/18 ~ SAN FRANCISCO, CA Mezzanine
8/19 ~ SEATTLE, WA Showbox
8/20 ~ SAN DIEGO, CA House Of Blues (SD)


Paten Locke "Ventilation" from tresrecords on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Interview with Co$$ "Before I Awoke" Producers (Part 2) : Tranzformer




1. Introduce yourself, where are you from?

Airic Estala aka Tranzformer from El Centro cali im 25 years old been doing this since 2009 first started recording punk rock then started making beats after high school been a fan of this underground shit for a while tho

2. What’s the hip-hop scene like where you’re from?

As for the scene in El Centro it sucks i live in a very small town where there's nothing to do but drink beers and make music cant even find a job down here the unemployment rate is 24.6 percent. There's a few dope producers from my town but never any showcases or anything i gotta go to San Diego for that or la.. but starting June 7th ill be living in the city of San Diego so hopefully more doors open for me

3. What equipment do you use?

When i first started making beats i was using fruity loops with no midi but now im rocking with reason 4 a midi axiom 25 and cool edit pro 2.1 hopefully get an mpc in the future no rush tho reason is the shit!

4. What kind of things inspire you the most to make a beat?

Smoking alot of weed listing to dope producers and mc's like Kankick ,beat maker beat, samiyam, pete rock, black milk and so on inspires me to make music. this town isn't to motivating when all you have to look at is dirt and palm trees lol..

5. How did you get your name?

How i got my name? well i figure that i flip a lot of samples and i feel like i transform the sample or sounds i use into a beat .. pretty simple ha



6.How long does it take you to make a well polished beat that you’re proud of?

Sometimes it takes me about 1 or 2 hours to make a beat.. the mixing part is what makes me lag a bit ..sometimes it gets done faster the other days

7. What is your personal favorite song (or beat alone) you’ve produced for an emcee?
My favorite song i produced would have to be left shattered ft blame one planet asia and johaz of deep rooted..the beat bangs hard and the cuts make it sound dirty and raw i never thought id have pa on a track or even blame one so its a blessing!

8. Describe your method when producing tracks..

When making beats i start off with my mixing .. make sure all my compressors are on and the eq is set.. that way my beat sounds dope when im in the process of making it and it helps me master my tracks a lot faster in the end after that i work on my drums and if im using a sample or just using a synth ill put that in next then some bass and background sounds .. i love background sounds

9. How did you first link up with Co$$, and how long have you been collaborating?

The fist joint i collaborated with co$$ was "so simple" in 2010 then after that was a joint called "we say" which was on DJ booth and now we got another joint "the one" that is gonna be on my self titled album dropping 5/31 for free! hes also gonna be rocking a hook for the koncept x Tranzformer (more than meets the eye) lp dropping soon!

10. What do you think of Co$$ as an emcee? How would you describe his sound?

Coss is a very talented mc, he spits very smooth.... sometimes a gangsta vibe but still in that hip hop feel .. and he raps over a lot of sick beats that normal mc's probably couldn't rip up. The beats on his new album really range from soulful joints to really abstract synth beats and he serves justice well on each track!

11. Tell us about how you crafted the beat for 'So Simple' on Co$$'s debut, 'Before I Awoke'

The beat so simple was crafted actually pretty quick. smoked a couple bowls ..recorded some drums.. wanted to use a raw sounding distorted clap and a kick that bumps! the synths on that beat came out really clean and spacey so i thought id go with a dirty raw synth bass to complete the beat and it worked out pretty damn good! its on some g funk style

12. What’s next for Tranzformer? Any projects you’re working on or any other emcees you’re working with

- Tranzformer (self titled album) 2011 just dropped on the 31st last month you can download it for free on okay player

http://www.okayplayer.com/news/tranzformer-tranzformer-free-album.html

- Koncept x tranzformer ep ( more than meets the eye ) you can download it on dj booth for free ..our lp drops in the summer also fts coss on one of our joints

http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/kon-tranz-more-than-meets-the-eye

- Tranzformer x jefferson price - free ep The Scrutiny Queue -

http://diggajeffersonprice.bandcamp.com/album/the-scrutiny-queue

- tenacity and shi dog project im producing the whole album should be dropping this year

- smash bros lp wich is me and my cuzin j-science .. thats coming this year aswell

13. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years id like to see my self living in la or nyc rocking shows and hopefully doing some tours with all my homies who do music most of the people i do music with all live in other citys so i havent met any of them ..everything has been by internet. crazy shit lol

14. If you had to pick one, who would your favorite current producer be?

Thats a hard one.. id have to say kankick is one of my favs

15. If you could pick one emcee to do an album with, who would it be?

I would love to rock an lp with Blu for sure! hes super sick!

16. How can people contact you or listen to your tracks? Any last words/shout outs?

Thanx for the interview ! you can check out my music at www.soundcloud.com/thetranzformer
or twitter me tranzformer760 shout out to the big homie co$$ for blessing me with ill tracks and the homie j57 from brown bag allstars for helping me get my music out there! peace!

Co$$ "Before I Awoke" (CD/Vinyl/Digital) In Stores Now

Friday, July 29, 2011

Late Bloomers T Shirts


Photo by Seo

Late Bloomers opened up a web site for their merchandise.

http://shop.losbloomers.com/

Late Bloomers "Three Shades Brown" T shirts are available on their site!

Just in case you don't know, we released their debut EP called "Three Shades Brown" (vinyl/digital) in January this year. They are now working on their debut album, which will be released on TRES in 2012.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LA♥JPN♥LA Vol. 1



LA♥JPN♥LA Vol. 1 on iTunes

(Taken From Press Release)

On March 11, 2011, the world witnessed a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the Tohoku region of Japan, resulting in a massive tsunami that swallowed whole towns , killed thousands, and destroyed nuclear reactors leading to widespread radiation leakage. The death toll has surpassed 10,000, over 17,000 are missing, and nearly 300,000 people are in temporary shelters. This news was quickly forgotten around the world, but it is said that it will take decades to restore the region.

The "LA♥JPN♥LA" compilation is a collection of exclusive tracks from artists in Los Angeles and Japan showing their solidarity in supporting the earthquake victims of Japan.

Curated by journalist and DJ Hashim B., Vol. 1 of the series features rising stars from the Low End Theory and L.A. beat scene such as Sweatson Klank(formerly Take), Mike Gao, Co.fee, Ras G, and Samiyam, as well as the new generation of Japanese beatmakers influenced by the L.A. scene such as Emufucka, fitz ambro$e, Bun, MONO X MONKEY, ichiro_, and a.z.

Mellower tracks contributed by Mitsu the Beats of Tokyo's Jazzy Sport, 80's electro-funk revivalist and Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk, and Japanese producers such as Inner Science, Chikaramanga(TRES Records), Rebel Musical, Shingo Suzuki, and Coffee & Cigarettes Band, show the diversity of the beat movement. Indie rockers Free Moral Agents contributed a fierce and emotional rendition of "IOLITE" recorded at Low End Theory. Kutmah features MC Dakim on the avant-rap track "It Started In The Heart", and Low End Theory resident MC Nocando created "West Side Rentals" produced by DJ Nobody in dedication to the people of Japan.
Acoustic and ambient tones from artists such as Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & Carlos Nino, Golden HIts, Gaby Hernandez, and Turn On The Sunlight provide a sonic healing aspect to the collection.

Though the compilation's focus is to offer longterm support to earthquake victims in Japan, it is also a means of introducing new talent from L.A. and Japan, and shedding light on the cross-cultural exchange that is happening between the two regions.

Vol. 2 which is set to be released in late August, will feature heavier beats and experimental rap from up and coming artists in L.A. and Japan, while Vol. 3 which will be released in September will focus on leftfield artists from the respective scenes.

All proceeds of the compilation series will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross and Civic Force to help those affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.

http://lalovesjapan.bandcamp.com/
http://lalovesjapan.tumblr.com/

Japanese Red Cross Society

Civic Force

compiled and produced by: Hashim Bharoocha

-------------------------

LA♥JPN♥LA Vol. 1 Tracklist:

1. Into Eternity Carlos Nino + Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

2. Wait So Long DJ Mitsu the Beats

3. IT STARTED IN THE HEART Kutmah feat. Dakim

4. Ghost of a Rose Emufucka

5. Morning After Pills (Instrumental) Sweatson Klank

6. nitta B fitz ambro$e

7. Japan Groove Dam-Funk

8. Vilal Loop MONO X MONKEY

9. Liv Inn Co.fee

10. Rakuda (駱駝) Ramza

11. Fullspeed Mike Gao

12. Just Like That Bun / Fumitake Tamura

13. Change Ras G

14. beat71 a.z

15. The Ripple Gaby Hernandez & The Life Force Trio

16. lighting Inner Science

17. Pillowillow Golden Hits

18. Rebirth Shingo Suzuki

19. Mi Hermano Chikaramanga

20. From C&C With Love Coffee & Cigarettes Band

21. helping hand Samiyam

22. No…No… u..

23. IOLITE (live at the low end theory) FREE MORAL AGENTS

24. The Silver (銀の腕輪) REBEL MUSICAL feat. FULL VIOLET

25. West SIde Rentals Nocando

26. near from here ichiro_

27. I Love You (ambient) Turn On The Sunlight

Monday, July 18, 2011

Co$$ Leimert Park interview pt.2

It has been one month since Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke" came out. We have been receiving great feedback for the album.

We released Co$$'s video interview in June.
This is the part 2 of the interview, in which Co$$ talked about his favorite artists, producers on his album, his next release, etc.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Paten Locke West Coast Tour with Edan and Cut Chemist



8/16 ~ ANAHEIM, CA House Of Blues
8/17 ~ WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA House Of Blues
8/18 ~ SAN FRANCISCO, CA Mezzanine
8/19 ~ SEATTLE, WA Showbox
8/20 ~ SAN DIEGO, CA House Of Blues (SD)

(There might be another show or two tacked on with just Edan and myself... Will keep ya posted...)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Paten Locke's beat tape, "Knock 'Em Out The Box"



Paten Locke put together a beat tape, "Knock 'Em Out The Box." It is available on his bandcamp page and iTunes.
This album has been on rotation at Tres office for weeks. It's so good!
Paten has been busy touring with Edan in Europe and States. He's now working on his second album. Check out his debut solo album, "Super Ramen Rcketship."

Follow Paten Locke on Twitter and facebook.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

TRES WEDNESDAY JULY 6TH


TRES
(Hip Hop/Soul/Funk//Disco)

Special performance by Co$$
Co$$’s debut album, “Before I Awoke” In Stores June 21st
Special selector set by Blu

Wednesday, July 6th
9:00pm – 2:00am
NO COVER
21+

@ Broadway Bar (Downtown LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

DJ’s

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES)
- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers/ TRES)
- Kiwamu Omae
- Emcake

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

www.tresrecords.com

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Co$$ "Pot Ash (Prod. by Exile)" Video



A track off of Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke"
Written by Co$$
Produced by Exile
"Before I Awoke"(CD/Vinyl/Digital) In Stores Now

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blu & Co$$ @ TRES NIGHT on Wed 7/6



Blu confirmed he would spin at next Tres night on Wednesday, 7/6.
This time for sure!



Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke" came out this week.
It is now featured on the front page of Hip Hop/Rap section of iTunes.
You can also listen to the whole album on AOL listening party site.
Co$$ will do a short set at the show.



TRES
(Hip Hop/Soul/Funk//Disco)

Special performance by Co$$
Co$$’s debut album, “Before I Awoke” In Stores June 21st
Special selector set by Blu

Wednesday, July 6th
9:00pm – 2:00am
NO COVER
21+

@ Broadway Bar (Downtown LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

DJ’s

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES)
- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers/ TRES)
- Kiwamu Omae
- Yotah

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

www.tresrecords.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CO$$ @ TRES NIGHT, On JULY 6TH


Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke" came out today!
It is now featured on the front page of Hip Hop/Rap section of iTunes.
You can also listen to the whole album on AOL listening party site.

Co$$ has confirmed he would be performing at next TRES Night on Wednesday, July 6th.



TRES
(Hip Hop/Soul/Funk//Disco)

Special performance by Co$$
Co$$’s debut album, “Before I Awoke” In Stores June 21st

Wednesday, July 6th
9:00pm – 2:00am
NO COVER
21+

@ Broadway Bar (Downtown LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

DJ’s

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES)
- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers/ TRES)
- Kiwamu Omae
- Yotah

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

www.tresrecords.com

Friday, June 17, 2011

Interview with Co$$ "Before I Awoke" Producers (Part 1) : Beatnick Dee



Beats on Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke" (In Stores June 21st) were produced by 12 different producers from all over the world. We interviewed those producers to introduce here. Part one is with Beatnick Dee who produced the title track, "Before I Awoke."

-Introduce yourself, where are you from?

My name is BEATNICK DEE, I'm from a small south west town called Wells, the smallest city in the Uk. I was born in San Francisco and spent some of my younger years around the bay area. I've been producing Hip-Hop for about 5 years.

-What’s the hip-hop scene like where you’re from?

Uk Hip-Hop in general was really great between 2001-2006. Things have changed a lot over the last few years. There's rappers making number one hits now. A few underground dudes went for a more mainstream sound and now they're reaping the benefits and thats good for them. Jehst, Task Force, Skinnyman and Yungun are some people that haven't been as prolific as they used to be, but they're all incredible. Classic material has come from those guys. In the small countryside area I'm from, there's my boys Leaf Dog and BVA mc who are from Glastonbury doing their thing.

-What equipment do you use?

I use an Akai MPC 1000 with Logic 8 on a Mac Book Pro. I have an E-mu midi controller, Numark turntables and the M-Audio micro track II which I use to record various percussion instruments, sounds, noises etc. -What kind of things inspire you the most to make a beat? Sometimes I get inspired from watching a thriller movie and I get really hyped up and just feel in the zone for making new music afterwards. Sometimes books, hearing some amazing music. Hearing a dope sample of course. I listen to everything from Thai psych rock, to Soul, to European prog rock and everything in between. Sometimes I’ll set my alarm really early and just try and be as productive as possible throughout the day. Just waking up and saying to myself ”Ok, I have to work hard at this if I want to make this a career” can be enough to get me out of bed! Not every time though..ha



-How did you get your name?

I used to just be called Beatnick but there's a few people with a variation of the name so I decided to add something. My real name's Nick, last name Doherty and a few friends call my Dee so it made sense. My boys Leaf and Bva wanted to call me 'Gold Platypus', 'The Beat Molester', 'The Pig With Wings Beats' but none of those names stuck though.. haha.

-How long does it take you to make a well polished beat that you’re proud of?

It can take anywhere between 45 mins to 4 hours. A finished beat to me is arranged and sequenced just how I want, with drops/layers muted and at the right length, usually with verse and chorus sections. I spend a lot of time adding layers, tweaking synths and adding percussion and various sounds to the mix. That stuff can take a long time to get just right. I guess you could say I'm a perfectionist.

-What is your personal favorite song (or beat alone) you’ve produced for an emcee?

I'd honestly have to say the title track 'Before I Awoke' from Co$$' debut album. I'm really happy with the way it came together. The title track was originally going to be over another beat of mine, but I'm really glad he chose this one instead. If not that, then maybe another song I did for Co$$ called 'Through The Flames' which features Blu. That was so dope to have them both rocking over my production. Hope to do more work with both in future.

-Describe your method when producing tracks.

Most of the time it starts with a sample, then I'll work around it. I'll find the right drums, then tune, pitch and layer them, sometimes use a drum break, chopped or layered underneath my individual hits. Then if I can hear another instrument in my head going well with it, I try to create that sound. If there's not enough bottom end I'll play in a bass line myself too. I also like to re play the sample and layer my own instruments over the top and take the main loop out at certain points in the beat. I like progressive beats, or beats that change throughout. But as Just Blaze said ''Sometimes you just gotta let a loop rock''.


- Tell us about how you crafted the beat for the title track 'Before I Awoke' on Co$$'s debut album.


Well, at the time I was actually in a 'beat slump', the equivalent of writers block. Most of the time a sample has to move me in a certain way or make me feel like ''Wow I've got to mess with this loop right now''. However, at first, that sample wasn't doing too much for me but I thought I needed to have a go at something just to see what came out. It wasn't until I chopped up the saxophone and sequenced it over the main loop with the delay that I really felt it. There's some percussion layers added in and an extra organ I played in to thicken out the main loop. The bass line I played is a combination of a double bass and a thick filtered sub bass.

-How did you first link up with Co$$, and how long have you been collaborating?

I saw the Tres logo on his first mixtape so I checked it out, thought he was dope and sent him a message on myspace. Good old myspace, it was a great tool for awhile. I started sending him beats in 2007 I believe. Ever since then we've been building a strong musical chemistry. I feel I know what kinds of beats he likes, what suits him and he's really what I've been looking for in an emcee. So stay tuned for plenty more from Co$$ and I.

-What do you think of Co$$ as an emcee? How would you describe his sound?

His voice and flow are both very unique. His content is really varied which is a great thing as he can rock over anything from an epic banger to a mellow introspective or storytelling sounding beat. He's hungry too, he's got a huge passion for hip-hop and takes pride in his thought provoking lyrics.

-What’s next for BEATNICK DEE? Any projects you’re working on or any other emcees you’re working with?

As mentioned, I do a lot of work with Co$$, we’ll be putting a project together sometime in the near future called ‘Things Take Shape’. Half my beats and half Fonetik Simbol's. We have a lot of songs stashed. I’m doing a remix for ‘Now Til Infinity’ ft. Reks and Naledge which was on Co$$ and Numonics’ ‘Revelations’ mixtape. That’ll be part of a whole remix project for that album. I should have beats on Vinnie Paz’s next solo album, as well as Joe Scudda’s debut solo LP this year. Iron Braydz from London has an album coming this year called ‘The Slugger’. I’ll have a couple beats on there as well. There's Co$$, Blu, Shawn Jackson, Sene, Joe Scudda, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Iron Braydz, Saheed, J Nics, The Regiment, MadKem, Silent Knight, Klarity, Brotherman, Leaf & BVA of Three Amigos from back home. I’ve either done music, or have stuff forthcoming with all of these people.



-Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

Ideally selling beats to various artists, with a name and a reputation for quality production. Consistently contributing to the genre I have such a big passion for. Working with more artists I respect and just having a solid foundation of rappers I work with regularly. Also to have the support of a large, growing group fans would be amazing.

-If you had to pick one, who would your favorite current producer be?

Man, that's a tough question. I could say at least 5 just off the top of my head. Number one I'll say 14kt. His style is varied, with so much emotion in his music. If he flips well known samples it's always in a really fresh and unique way. He's a huge inspiration to me.

-If you could pick one emcee to do an album with, who would it be?

I'd say Evidence. He's one of the few emcee's I'll listen to regardless of if I like the beat he's on. Always interesting to hear what he has to say and how he flips words.

-How can people contact you or listen to your tracks? Any last words/shout outs?

You can contact me on twitter @BEATNICKDEE Facebook: BEATNICK DEE I've got some music on www.soundcloud.com/beatnickdee and also beatnickdee.bandcamp.com has some of my tracks I've produced for emcees. Shout out to anyone who has supported my music up until this point. It really means a lot! All the homies back in Glastonbury, Wells, London and Southampton all the way to LA, you know who you are! Peace!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Late Bloomers "Never Don't Grow" video


Late Bloomers present the video to their single Never Don't Grow.

About the video;

Directed By David A. Wong the video reflects Late Bloomers playful, nonchalant style. Never Don't Grow is about living life as you see fit and chasing your dreams regardless of the risks and what others around you say and do. They say never stress the small s***.... they just let the positive grow.


About the making of the track "Never Don't Grow" as told by ReallyNathan;

Our usual approach to making our tracks is that Ahh’zel and I would make beats on our own and send it to the group to see if we can work with it. For this track, it was different.

So for about 2 years or so, Ahhzel and I had been working on beats on our own, until the time we made this one. We didn’t really say much when making it, and we didn’t really know where to start after such a long hiatus of not working with each other. But when we were in the process of putting everything together we both kind of felt that this is what we were waiting for, it was a feeling that was as natural as can be.

While we were vibing out to the beat, i decided to try to find some acapellas to just mess around and scratch over while it was playing. I ended up picking out Erykah Badu's “Cleva.” I started messing with the part, “And it might not grow” and we both were diggin it, so we put that in as well.

This track was really the first time we all sang on the track as well, we don’t have access to a choir or crazy good singers, so we do it all ourselves. Up till this song, we haven’t really experimented with us singing on the track, unless it was us messing around for a skit or something. It’s always a fun and spontaneous process for us. If we think of something, we just record it. If it sounds good, we’ll keep it, if it doesn’t we’ll go back to the drawing board.


About Late Bloomers;

Late Bloomers formed in 2009 while Ahh:Zel was sitting in law class distracted by the filipina girl who sat next to him. Fed up with the lack of halfway decent emcees and open minded collaborators, he sent a text to Nonstop saying nothing but "Ahh:Zel & Nonstop are Late Bloomers". Nonstop (confused) was down, and now all they needed was a dj. Enter ReallyNathan, who was added once Lord Quas told him to quit rapping, and partnered with Ahh:Zel to craft the soundbed of the burgeoning bloomers. With a new found direction and reinvigorated spirit, the three would go from disgruntled amateurs to a self described polished supergroup.


Heres a link to purchase the Three Shades Brown EP on iTunes and Tres Records eBay site.

iTunes

Vinyl

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Co$$ "Spaceman" digital single



The lead single off of Co$$'s debut album is now available at iTunes and other digital download sites. The single is titled "Spaceman-EP."

iTunes



"Spaceman-EP" will be available on 12" vinyl on Tuesday, June 7th.

Also, Co$$'s new free download mixtape came out yesterday!

"Sleepwalking" FREE DOWNLOAD


TRES 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Wednesday, June 1st. TRES RECORDS 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY in Downtown LA with Late Bloomers, Ta'Raach, DJ Lowkey, Ohmega Watts, and more!!





TRES RECORDS 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Live Performance by Late Bloomers

Special Selector Sets by Ta'Raach (of C.R.A.C.), DJ Lowkey, and Ohmega Watts (of Lightheaded)

Wednesday, June 1st

9:00pm – 2:00am

NO COVER

21+

@ Broadway Bar (Downtown LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

www.tresrecords.com

Saturday, May 28, 2011

TRES 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY


TRES RECORDS 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Live Performances by Co$$ and Late Bloomers
Special Selector Sets by Ta'Raach and DJ Lowkey

Wednesday, June 1st
9:00pm – 2:00am
NO COVER
21+

@ Broadway Bar (Downtown LA)
830 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

$4 Stella Artois & Cocktails

We are going to have a donation jar for Japanese Tsunami/Earthqukae victims at the party. Popkiller is going to sell "Save Japan Now" T shirts. The proceed from the sales of the shirts will be donated to REd Cross Japan.


www.tresrecords.com