Behind the Beats: STBB#397 – Sicboy

Here we are again with our weekly report of the Stones Throw Beat Battles! Battle winner Sicboy has a chat with us and tells us a little more about his winning track.

The STBB is a weekly beat battle, where anywhere from 50 to 100+ participants from all over the world, are provided a sample to flip/chop/edit/screw, and make a beat out of it within just a few days. All the participants then cast out a vote, and the winner picks the samples for the next round. We provide a weekly report and an interview with the battle winner.

Original Samplepack: (provided by sicboy)


1. windy city – if by chance
2. george semper – ET where R U
3. lava – sunday morning
4. ???? cant find any info on this one.. was ripped a couple years ago from a turkish psych folk compilation video that doesnt exist anymore
5. 彼女の向こう側 (大沢誉志幸) (confusion?)
6. some drum loop
7. SM58 recording of a japanese girl playing piano from back in the day.. dunno what the song is
8. heatwave edmundo ros d heath (cheers for id on that one runrun, is the only sample that i got off vinyl here)

Special Rules:
  • Use at least one (or as many of the samples)
  • Outside everything is allowed.
  • Time limit: 2:00
  • SPECIAL (ISH) RULE: INCLUDE SOME SORT OF ORIGINAL RECORDING IN THERE (VOCALS, INSTRUMENTS, BEATBOX, FIELD RECORDINGS, STUPID ASS VOICEMAIL MESSAGES… WHATEVER) I realise a whole lot of people probably already throw in acapellas/ quotes and that but yeah, come up with something of your own. Kinda came up with this in part hearing a couple of favourites from last round (dopplereffect on the horns, joa gymshoe with the rhymes..) thought it itd be cool to add in a live element and see what people can come up with outside of the DAW..

 

The Winnner

 

Interview with the battle winner, Sicboy:

Hi Sicboy, welcome and much congratulations the win! 🙂

Can you shortly introduce yourself?

Sicboy:Yo I’m Sicboy, a producer and DJ from UK.

What Equipment or software (DAW, VST’s etc) did you use on this track?

Sicboy: I use Cubase 5 as my main DAW, a Roland SP-555 as an audio & MIDI interface as well as for effects, and some crappy old radio/cassette player. I used Kontakt 5 for the bass and a few VST effects as well; TDR feedback compressor II, Fabfilter Pro-Q, Fabfilter Pro-L, D16 Decimort. Also, Izotope Ozone for the final master.

What was your approach to get started?

Sicboy: My favourite of the samples in the pack that week was the break so I decided I’d start by chopping that and making the beat first and then fit a sample over it.

How did you make use of the sample?

Sicboy: I basically just used a loop from the piano sample and chopped a little bit so it would fit better over the beat. Then I processed it a bit with some of the SP-555 effects (compressor, vinyl sim) and then sidechained it to the kick.

The special rule that week was to include an original recording so I recorded me tuning through the radio for the intro of the track.

How did you go about the drumwork?

Sicboy: I chopped the drum loop into individual hits and found the best sounding hihat, kick and snare. I made the attack on the kick and snare shorter to make them more punchy, then layered the kick drum. After I made the loop I added the drum tracks to a drum bus so I could add effects to the whole beat such as compression and eq.

Are there any insteresting aspects of the track that you would like to share?

Sicboy: Before the master I recorded it to cassette and then played it back into Cubase to give it an older and warmer feel.

 

Check out Sicboy on Soundcloud

 

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JoaGymshoe

Hi folks... Gymshoe J. Present. Here at Beatmakology doing the Stones Throw Beat Battle winners interviews... an avid contender myself... click on my name above to find out... Peazy J.