I have always wondered to myself, how in this day & age could there be possibly any riff, drum beat or synth sample that hasn’t been used in modern music?
I listen to a lot of music every day and being a DJ, the core element of my work consists of manipulating other people’s creativity. Whether it be sampling G.C. Coleman’s Amen Break (The Winstons) and layering it into some fresh 90’s acapella’s and uploading it as a remix to SoundCloud, the possibilities for me are endless. It is this concept of ‘endless possibilities’ that drew me to music production in the first place.
From day one of our lives we are programmed to copy. We learn how to walk, talk and think by copying those around us. If we learn an instrument, we are taught how to play other peoples songs before we can even consider creating our own sound. It is the idea of Social Evolution that highlights to us that we are born with the unconscious skills to copy others. It is how we learn, it is how live and it is how we evolve.
Creativity is the main aspect in life that gives us our individualism. Whether it is in the kitchen, behind a camera or on a stage, your creative nature is what makes you different, and we all the right to protect that. “In a world where media is global, social, ubiquitous and cheap”, the power to create has never been stronger. However, the laws governing Intellectual property rights have failed to evolve with the progression of the digital age.
Some of my favourite remixes!