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Vic Grimes takes no hostages

Antonio Sol 17/07/2014

Il canadese Vic Grimes è un produttore che si è fatto recentemente notare con produzioni su cui hanno rappato artisti come The UN, Spit Gemz, Starvin B, Goretex, Dro Pesci, Hus Kingpin, Smoovth, Vado, Phyba Optikz, Rock (Heltah Skeltah) e Nems, fra gli altri.
Alfiere di uno stile appropriatamente “grimey” e grande appassionato di memorabilia horror (in particolare maschere), Grimes, insieme al compare Giallo Point, è il mastermind dell’etichetta indipendente Crate Divizion che fa uscire regolarmente compile di strumentali sia in versione digitale che in versione fisica, come il recente Themes for Crime. Di Vic Grimes, inoltre, abbiamo già parlato qui, casomai vi fosse sfuggito.

First commercial beat sold/placed: That would have to be a track called Live or Die by Rock of Heltah Skeltah ft. Top Dogg of Originoo Gunn Clappaz & True Sun Ali back in ’11.

How long did it take you to produce something that you were proud of: I’d say the first 4-5 years was all learning. Digging. Researching. Forming technique. Learning tricks. Put together gems here and there definitely but I’ll chock it up to 4-5 years.

Favourite production set-up: Records, turntable, Reason, Korg Microkontrol controller.

Best digging advice from someone ever: I don’t think anyone has ever given me digging advice. I guess mine would be “prepare to put a lot of time into it.” There’s lots of ground to cover.

Producer, in the last 3 months, that made you say: “Oh, shit, i have to go back to the lab!”: Last 3 months? Probably The Alchemist. Giallo Point too.

Your worst production mistake ever made: Letting bozos mix your beats all wrong. It’s a shame sending a beat out then hearing the final product and the beat doesn’t sound right.

One essential mixing tip: If the beat isn’t sounding right, it’s probably cause it needs more cowbell.