Teklife’s DJ Earl, Fool’s Gold VIP Nick Hook and Canadian footwork emissaries Homesick and Barnaby Bennett share insights into their craft.
It’s an action-packed episode of Teklife this month, starting with Mel G turning the tables on regular host DJ Earl. The graphic designer, producer and founder of NYC’s Low Life club night asks the late DJ Rashad’s apprentice about living in Miami, his debut LP Open Your Eyes and the Chicago-born collective Teklife’s global takeover. Next up, Brooklyn beat magician Nick Hook swings through our NYC studio to recap touring with Run the Jewels and what it’s like stepping into the spotlight with his solo debut, Relationships, which features collaborations with Rashad, DJ Paypal and more. Last but not least, Mel G calls up Barnaby Bennett and RBMA alum HomeSick, two producers holding down the footwork scene in Calgary, who also shared the stage with him on a recent tour. Plus, keep it locked for label exclusives, remixes and demos.
You can find “L’s Up for Rashad,” plus a bunch of Teklife jammers new and old, on the Teklife 004 compilation On Life from earlier in 2017.
Cash DJ Earl ousside on the beach via his Instagram.
“Even if it’s an everyday sound like laughter, I’d want to distort it so it would be hard to figure out what exactly the sound is.” – Suzi Analogue on her approach to sampling
Listen to Nick’s debut LP (or El-P, if you’re into homonym puns about RTJ’s tour mate) Relationships here.
Want to get even more fired up with Zack De La Rocha? Watch this fan-shot footage of his protest concert with Run the Jewels on Inauguration Day eve.
Get a feel for Sun Araw’s dancehall label Duppy Gun Records with their eclectic 2014 mix for Dummy Mag.
Try your own fancy footwork moves to Footwork Jungle‘s exclusive mix series.