Behind the Beats: STBB#395 – MNSTRMKK

This is our weekly report from the Stones Throw Beat Battles, and we welcome battle winner MNSTRMKK for the second time for a few words about his 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 JoaGymshoe)

+ the accapella to this track (only available for the duration of the beat battle):

Special Rules:
  • DIRT WEEK: make it as dirty as possible in any sense of the word… use your imagination
  • time limit – no
  • outside drums – allowed
  • keys/synths other instruments – allowed
  • vocal cuts from the provided aca or the whole thing preferable
  • cuts/scratches/outside samps -yo!


The Winnner


Interview with the battle winner, MNSTRMKK:

Hi man, much congratulations the win!

Can you shortly introduce yourself?

MNSTRMKK: MNSTRMKK, back again. From Turku, Finland. Beats & videogames

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

MNSTRMKK: Same as usual: Ableton Live 9, Roland SP-404 and the Korg Microkorg

What was your approach to get started?

MNSTRMKK: I just took the sample and cut it into pieces that sounded good. Then I messed around until I got something good. It’s almost always the same process to get started for me.

How did you make use of the sample?

MNSTRMKK: I just took four really small vocal chops of the sample and then created this chant-like texture by transposing them down a lot.

How did you go about the drumwork?

MNSTRMKK: No quantize, just played drums out until it sounded right 🙂

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

MNSTRMKK: Ummm, not anything special on this one really. I think it’s interesting how downtempo-ish it turned out. I don’t think it sounds that much like a typical hip-hop instrumental.


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Speekless is a beatmaker from Antwerp, Belgium. He's very passionate about music and sound, and has been making beats for as long as he can remember. He is also the creator of this website.