Like any of us who grew up in the early 2000’s, genres such as post-grunge, alternative rock, alternative metal, hard rock, nu metal, and previously funk metal and ska punk were all the craze. These were transitional years for the music business as recordings were becoming increasingly digital and DAW-based. Arguments over analog and digital aside, one things thats for sure is this gave engineers insane degrees of control over some aspects of the recording. Audio was becoming much more compressed and the overall signal was much louder.
There is a distinct change between the albums of say Pearl Jam and the one of discussion today Hoobastank that had a clear move toward digital in not just compression and dynamic range but editing and overall “tightness”
In this “in the studio” exclusive with Hoobastank, you’ll hear them discuss the difference between life as a musician in during these years, and life of an audio engineer.
From a quick search, it turns out these guys are still at it, pumping out music of the same kin as back in the early to mid 2000s. What do you think about the formative digital years? Were they good or bad for audio? And why?
One of our favourite artists of our time, Thundercats. He’s a multi-genre bass guitarist, producer, and singer from LA with an impressive resume, having worked with some of the worlds top artists. At the age of 32, Thundercat, or as he’s originally named, Stephen Bruner, has appeared on a diverse list of albums from artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Taylor McFerrin, Erykah Badu, Suicidal Tendencies, Ty Dolla Sign, and plenty more.
Thundercats started playing bass at an early age. At the age of 15 he joined his brother as a member of LA punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Thundercat’s music is well composed performed entirely with live instruments though appealing to a generally hip hop audience. It’s a great mix of soul, funk, with contemporary urban flair.
Thundercats most resent album is titled “Drunk” and features 23 tracks that are humorous, sometimes dark and cathartic, and features a wide range of featured guests like Kendrick Lamar, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Flying Lotus and more..
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In this interview with Power 106 Los Angeles, The Hip Hop Duo Run The Jewels answer personal questions about their long road to success and the music business at large.
a) Their favourite artists not getting enough attention
b) Whether or not higher education is necessary for being in music
c) Their biggest struggles on their musical journeys
d) Whether or not terrestrial radio is important
e) Their “Must Haves” in the studio
f) Past experience who shaped who they are today
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