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Giallo Point: MPCs, deep crates, knowledge

Meet the elusive British kid in love with dramatic sounds

Antonio Sol 03/04/2014

Giallo Point and his grimy delivery: enter the man.

This British kid named Giallo Point has made a name for himself over the past few years with some suitably grimy beats for Long Island rappers Smoovth and Hus Kingpin first.

Alongside his partner Vic Grimes he manages the Crate Divizion imprint, proponent of a sound inspired by the darker side of library music, and akin to the more hardcore of the New York scene.

Among his fluent output, we can for sure mention the Beats for Drama series, numerous collabos with the most revered underground emcees (you name it), and so on.

Unstoppable and ruthless, he’s here to discuss beat-making and production.

First commercial beat sold/placed:
That’s a good question, man! Well, I think it was like around a year or so ago, on the whole, SoundCloud thing, connecting with dudes. It was actually a connection I made with New York crew BPM 718 (Elijah Miguel, Doc Ahk & Jay Drilla).

I basically sent these cats a whole bunch of beats and we came thru and made the EP The Awakenin’.

We were working back and forth via e-mail, I took care of the whole mixing of beats and vocals etcetera, so yeah, that’s where it really started globally, I guess.

How long did it take you to produce something that you were proud of:
Well, I’ve been making beats since around ’99 when I first picked up the MPC, but what I’m most proud of right now is the Crime Beat series that I’ve been working on, it’s the Beats For Drama series on that library crime type feel.

There is actually volume 4 out now on Bandcamp & Limited edition CDs and the digital versions available.

I know the beats won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like hard drums, dusty samples and the whole spy crime style from the late ’60s, early ’70s, then these are definitely for you.

Favourite production set-up:
The favourite set-up would have to be MPC 2000XL & Logic. Not too much, as I believe you can have all the kit in the world but, at the end of the day, the dopeness will come from the individual.

Best digging advice from someone ever:
Man, well my good friend Deejay Random (Steel Devils) always told me to think outside the box, ya know…There’s breaks or samples in every style of music out there. Be open to check for stuff you may not feel immediately. Most of all, have fun with it…

Producer, in the last 3 months, that made you say: “Oh, shit, I have to go back to the lab!”:
That’s easy: Alchemist man, the Step Brothers…Those beats way out there, no one on Alchemist’s level right now.

Your worst production mistake ever made:
Lol, I was booked for studio time to throw some beats on a project and I didn’t back up my floppy discs when I got to the studio, the disc wouldn’t load and tracks were lost lol…That project never made it. Those MCs were pissed!

One essential mixing tip:
Just make sure the mixes are to your best quality they can be, I mean the drums gotta have punch! Always ask for opinions from other musicians or beatmakers, don’t be afraid to go over and over to get that best sound.