Behind the Beats: STBB#435 Julian Convex

Hiya BeatBakers and Home cooked music diners. Back again with a timely interview and factfinding mission at the Stones Throw Beat Battles, with battle winner Julian Convex in line to answer some questions on 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.

Samplepack: (provided by cocabona)

Rules:
Zelda Week
1. no time limit
2. outside drums Allowed
3. bass, keys/synths other instruments Allowed
4. fx/vocal shots Allowed
5. cuts/scratches Allowed
6. No full Acapella, don’t worry Joa, rap is Allowed!
ALSO:
7. Use at least 1 sound from The Legend of Zelda Sounds – sound pack I uploaded.
Theres just a few (110…) of zelda sounds I picked for you to get started//

The Winnner

 

Interview with the battle winner, Julian Convex

Yoww Julian, Congrats on yet another win! …second or third?… I’m losing track!

Julian: It’s the third, thanks!

I’m curious, how did you come by the name Convex?…

Julian: (Barry) Convex is the name of a character in one of my favorite movies “Videodrome”. I combined it with my real first name and… BOOOOM!

You have some nice skills on the keys!.. did you take lessons?

Julian: No. I was growing up by my mother. She had a piano since I was a little child, so I had the possibility to play around every time I wanted. Years later I was reading some stuff about music theory. This was very helpful for my non-sample based beats in HipHop and other genres.

Sweet! What other types of music do you make* and how long have you been making music?

Julian: See Below* .. For about ten years

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

Julian: Ableton Live, the internal plugs and a few external. For example the Voxengo MarvelEQ. It’s a linear phase graphic EQ, great for parallel stuff. For recording midi notes I used my Blofeld Synth.

What was your idea for this track?

Julian: The idea was to catch the vibe of the old NES and Gameboy era and bring it into a funky context. So I used only the digital parts in the sample.

How did you make use of those samples?

Julian: The bass, chords and lead comes completely from the short part at 6:06 that I have looped. I pimped the bassline with an additional sinustone which comes from an internal synth. For the chords I used the “spread” function in Abletons “Simpler” (it’s like a chorus), hard panned microdelays and compression on the side signal to get that open/wide sound. On the lead, I played a lil bit with some lfo on the pitch to make it funky πŸ˜€
For the chorus/refrain I used the sequence at 3:16, edited it, and pitched it up 2 semitones so it fits together with the chords.
Then I routed it all into a subgroup. There we find EQs and some compressors for the glue + ducking effect when the kick or snare is hitting.

How did you go about the drumwork?

Julian: The kick consists two samples: One kick that has a boomy, dancy sound, 909 like, the other one that has more dirt in it. Next step is parallel compression, EQing and saturating. The snare comes from a classic drumbreak layered with two clap samples. The fx chain is similar to the chain for the kick. Then we have hihats and tambourines with a little reverb on it.
The groove is very simple. Snare hits a bit before the 2nd and 4th bar, kick hits straight on 1 & 3 and the percussion is playing laidback. Classic Dilla school πŸ™‚

Is there something you really want us to know?

Julian: Hmm, think there are no crazy behind the scene facts. Sorry.

Yeah, you pretty much laid it all out for us :).. How are you experiencing battling on STBB?

Julian: Love it. Not to big, not to small. It’s a really nice community, very friendly and respectful.

Anything else you wanna add?

Julian: Oh, thats the part to make promotion for myself, right? πŸ˜€

Not necessarily but don’t be bashfull

Julian: Hmmm. I have nothing at the moment, so let me make promo for my favorite crew Hiob & Morlockk Dilemma. Check out their latest longplayer “Kapitalismus Jetzt”. Best release in german rap history!

Cool!
Oh, you like pina colada? πŸ˜‰

Julian: Could be worse, but the Coconut King is mad about it. So I drink it only to celebrate a STBB win. The King commands me πŸ˜€

Hehehe, yes he’s one hell of a character!
Well, thanks thanks for talking with me Julian. And thank the Coconut King for me too when you see him πŸ˜‰

 

Check out Julian Convexs music 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.