#ATFU #TheTinkerer #ListenHere
Hey guys. It’s still #MusicMonday, so I wanted to give you a preview of this album I’ve been talking about so much. I’m gonna break em down for ya a little bit too.
1) ‘The Tinkerer’
The second track I made when I started what ended up being an album called ‘The Tinkerer’. I’d had those drums laying around for a minute and had been dying to rap on them. I made the drum break to mix behind other records when I spin, but I knew it was too good to keep letting everyone else have all the fun with it. The title and concept just kinda came to me. I thought it would be cool to give it a science-fiction feel to match the vibe I was getting at home.
“I can’t believe I’m actually playing these keyboards #nshit on this damn laptop! Why didn’t I try this before? I got breaks ERRYWHURR…I think I’m gonna make an album here, man. Right here in the crib…just knock this stuff out. I BEEN wanting to make tracks and God bless Steve Jobs, cuz now I can.”
I knew I was gonna dedicate this album to my Mama (God rest her soul, keep watching me, Mama. I’m doing it), Muhbabay (She gave me the space to create this thing, never complaining once about all the noise I was making and my being stuck in the ‘Iron Man Monster Factory’ all day and night.) and Steve Jobs (cuz without this technology he gave me, I wasn’t gonna be able to do this AT ALL. The whole album is produced, recorded and mixed in Garageband.)
Total budget to record this album…$29.98, for a spindle of CD’s to burn the rhythm beds for transferring into the computer. I hadn’t taught myself to sample in Garageband yet, so I mixed all the beds live as ‘blends’. All the samples and drums you hear on every track except for ‘Dunwiddit’ and ‘Shake’ were laid live from the wheels of steel to the burner, then the baselines, keys, and ‘sprinkles’ (as Tyler would say) were added via Garageband.
#Also, I didn’t have a keyboard yet, so I played all the parts on the keyboard I am typing this blog on right now. I just think that’s cool as shit. #PUNKROCKTHISSHIT. It’s about how you use what you got, getting it done, and getting it to the world like “Yeah…YEAH…YEAH!“…
That’s kinda what this song is about #aswell. I’m playing a scientist, attempting to create something outta what is laying about. I look at these records and hear music and most of the time I think…
“What could I do with that…? How could I make that, if not better, at the very least, mine, and offer it to the world? How can I take this record and these thoughts and reshape them into an entirely new beast? I’m gonna FREAK that shit right THERE.”
“I think I’m Nikolai Tesla, yo…”
#maby Dr. Frankenstein, too…
and Rick Rubin mixed with Steve Albini, but with more #swag…
2) ‘The Funk’
The track originally was gonna be real simple. I was wanting to do something that was just reeeeeal simple and fonkay; the example that was in my head was EPMD’s ‘You’re A Customer’; just a two note baseline, some sick drums, and some vocal samples/scratches. The first version was exactly that…but I didn’t have the vocal samples. Just some fonk…
The rhyme is all about the soul artists that I LOVE. The artists referenced in this song are the foundation of soul music, and thus, the foundation of hip-hop. A brutha just had to pay homage to the elders early in the process to make sure the whole thang was blessed. Word.
3) ‘My Migraine’
This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, man. Another one of my ‘blend-beds’ that really didn’t need a lot. I had this one on deck for about two years. I added the organ, the bassline, and the little bells, then wrote a tune around it.
You ever been all about something…with everything you got…and start to wonder why you even bother? I mean, like anything. You give and give to it and realize it’s nothing but a headache and a drag and you’re not getting back what you put in, but you love it. So what do you do…?
You can’t cut your head off, so you lay down or you take a pill and try to concentrate on feeling good somehow. That’s what that is there, man. Everybody has felt like that about something. I have felt like that about a lotta things, sometimes I feel like that when I am writing and recording song at 1:30 in the morning immediately after a night of DJing…
…but I ain’t about to cut my head off.
“Another pill glues me shut where my head was split.”
4) ‘Add On’
There’s a couple of short pieces that keep the narrative of the album flowing. When you hear the full album, you’ll be able to hear something of a storyline. I always think of the projects as complete pieces, even when I’m using spare parts.
Before producing the music for this album, I always felt one of my strengths was in arranging vocals. I’ve been recording my own vocals for the longest, so I’ve got a process and have developed a sound with it. I #ALSO appreciate being able to do that myself at the crib now too…I wanna try things once I get the lead done and while I ain’t Lutha or Marvin or nothin, I can get my harmony on here and there.
In this case, I was kinda playing around, learning some new effects that I hadn’t used. It’s also at a point in the album where the ‘monster’ needed to get his thang off a bit. The ‘monster’ had to show that he’s down with the program and nothing to be scared of.
(In fact, The Tinkerer doesn’t see a ‘monster’, he sees a ‘man’. Why, if more people could see what is going on at the ‘Iron Man Monster Factory’, I bet they’d be amazed and astounded.
…they can’t see me though…yet.)
I continue my work…
5) ‘The Nocturnal Stomp’
Continuing the ‘WATFU’ theme from ‘Cashin In’, this is a jam produced and written towards the end of the process. ‘WATFU’ is OUR radio station, man. The internet and social-media are basically a radio station for your personality. That’s why you see and hear me on here so much, baby. Radio don’t stop.
Radio is there when you wake up and will be there when you fall asleep. ‘WATFU’ is ALWAYS on the air. We are ALWAYS in communication with our people and we are always tryna give them something new for their personal radio stations, which in most cases are called ‘iPods’ or ‘Smartphones’
I grew up on the radio, man. The radio was about the people and the personalities presenting the music. The voices carried the personalities of real people, not robots. I love that. I used to make tapes as a kid where I would record myself introducing the songs, like a radio show.
One of the biggest influences on ‘The Tinkerer’ is my beloved Mama and a note she gave me outta the blue one day. I hadn’t seen it in years and it was returned to me this year…on Father’s Day.
Amazing, just amazing.
She was telling me to never give up on myself…and how proud she was of me. I was really in the dumps that day, y’all. As a ‘new orphan’, those holidays and birthdays just ain’t the same to me. I go through some real blues on those days cuz they ain’t here. It will NEVER be the same. No matter how old I get, no matter what is going on in my life, those days will always bring about some blues. *shrugs* They just do…
Getting this note was really like a message from Heaven. I honestly believe that. I honestly believe there was divine intervention that went on that day. I won’t ever forget it…and this note will never leave my side again. Ever. Ever. EVER. And it shouldn’t have in the first place, but when you hafta move fast, some things get left behind.
“Mama said never quit, so I never quit/Mess around on the keys for a little bit./Space Funk, when I tinker/Deep thinker/You WILL respect it/Accept it/I get no sleep, in the deep hours of the night/Paranoid, tawgmbout…”Is my thyroid alright?”…”
You think of some wild stuff in the darkest hours, especially when you feel like you can’t sleep. You worry, you trip. Your mind never stops.
I just happen to make it rhyme and Mama said ‘GO!’, so I ‘GO!’.
Radio don’t stop. Mama said never stop. Perfect. #Science. #Faith.
That’s about it, y’all. I’ll be announcing a release date and some video promos soon, so just stay tuned cuz ‘The Tinkerer’ is coming and it’s an ALBUM, baby. I really hope y’all enjoy this sneak-peek and I leave you with this.
#ATFU #TheTinkerer #SneakPreview
POW. Five tracks from Rusty Redenbacher’s ‘The Tinkerer’.
We’ll bounce the release date through here very soon, but there’s a few more things to get together.
#ALSO, if you haven’t downloaded Mr. Kinetik’s ‘Clockwork’, please check it out at the link provided below…
and get up on E Dot Spencer’s ‘Born To Fly’. Dotta dropped a hot one and you can name your price.
Peace to all the brothers in the unit as we continue moving forward towards something greater. Peace to all of you and as always, thanks for all the support. We’re not stopping. We have plans. We make moves.
All Together For Us…and they’ll find US, all the fuckin underdogs; a total family unit.
Brothers and sisters of #ATFU,
I would like to present to you the long awaited album ‘Born To Fly’. Available by clicking the picture or here. It is a “Name Your Price” album for the moment. This album is an audio look inside of my life as a professional basketball player & artist. The album has an outside the box feel from a musical stand point. I hope you all enjoy listening to ‘Born To Fly’ as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you to everyone that was apart of the process of making ‘Born To Fly’ happen. Now go tell a friend and tell them to tell their friend. Ha!
Yours In Flight,
HERE IT IS!
E Dot Spencer drops his magnum opus, ‘Born To Fly’ just as he undertakes a new phase of his professional hoops life and heads overseas to China. Too awesome for words.
Now, you can hear the soundtrack to progress…
Click the link, name your price, and get your wings.
DOTTA, YOU GONNA MAKE IT! BOX OUT, SHOOT FREE THROWS, FLY!
#ATFU, WE FLY HIGH
#ATFU Welp, here you have it, I told you @TomRobots was working hard on the cover for #BornToFly. Sept. 3rd is when it will be released on The Tornado Alley’s Tumblr. Follow @ATFU_ on Twitter & get your wings ready!
#ATFU & U 2
#ATFU!!! @EAZYEDOT drops SEPTEMBER 3! THIS SATURDAY! HIT THOSE LINKS!
SATURDAY. DOTTA. HERE.
#ATFU #Live with The Native Sun. #Update
Mr. Kinetik and Rusty Redenbacher rocked with The Native Sun last night at The Jazz Kitchen. Quite a dope night, y’all. Tell ya what, that is an INCREDIBLE band and you need to check them out as soon as possible. Salute THE NATIVE SUN!
Wanted y’all to check this one out cuz the homey A-Sky was in the building and kicked the third verse for E Dot, who’s getting ready for the release of ‘Born To Fly’ and of course, gettin ready to head to CHINA, MAN! ‘Born To Fly’ drops online on September 3rd, yo.
Links below to a couple more clips from last night.
Of course, if you haven’t downloaded ‘The Professor And The Hustler’ yet #aswell as the latest by A-Sky, ‘Summertime Fling’ , we invite you to do so at the links below. Both are free albums and the sharing of the links is welcome, encouraged and appreciated.
Enjoy the footage and stay in touch with us on Twitter. Thanks for all the support as always.
We getting warmer, huh…?
#ATFU, THAT’S WHAT WE HOLL’IN BOUT…
#ATFU #BornToFly #TheTinkerer #Playlists #ReleaseDate
Here we are.
E Dot Spencer has been working really hard on ‘Born To Fly’ AND of course, the hoop game. He leaves for China on the 6th of September to continue furthering his career as a professional hooper.
Yes, “China”. Yes, “professional”. ‘Dotta The Globetrotta’, we told you.
Before he leaves though, we will release his epic album, ‘Born To Fly’ here on Sept. 3. Dotta said he wanted to be in the States to celebrate this release with everybody, so the 3rd it is. Yes, we know it’s a Saturday and often ‘release-day’ is Tuesday, but we make our own rules.
#Also, #AsWell, Rusty Redenbacher is prepping the release of his first self-produced album, ‘The Tinkerer’. Produced, written, recorded, and mixed by Rusty in a week between the 9th of August and the 16th, it’s definitely a ‘different’ sounding project from Redenbach. Claiming everything from Nikolai Tesla to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as influences, ‘The Tinkerer’ is an album that should give fans of forward-thinking hip-hop and dusted grooves something to talk about.
Now that you have an idea of what we’re sounding like, here’s the playlists for both these albums…
E DOT SPENCER - ‘BORN TO FLY’ (playlist) (pssst.. the link takes you to Eazy’s page which has everybody who produced and featured on the album listed, along with the link to meet them)
2) King Eazy
3) Caprice Classic
4) On One
6) Daredevils And Prototypes
7) The Blacktop
8) Be Legendary
9) Love & Basketball
10) I’m Good
11) Kicks, Snapbacks, & Chicas
14) I’m High
15) Something You’ll Never See
16) Born To Fly
18) Overseas Living
Yeah, that’s a BANGER…and here’s Rusty’s joint.
Rusty Redenbacher - ‘The Tinkerer’ (playlist)
1) Dead In The Disco
2) The Tinkerer
3) The Funk
5) The Tinkerer’s Dub (Mpozitivity)
6) Frah Ken Steen
7) Iron Man Monster Factory
8) High Chops (Rustevie’s Groove)
9) My Migraine
10) The Nocturnal Stomp
12) Robo Russian Blue
14) Add On
15) Trouble Walkin
16) The Tinkerer Exits
(and there may be a bonus track or two, cuz the music is just happening…)
As always, we thank you for your support. We’ll see you here on the 3rd of September for the release of ‘Born To Fly’.
#ATFU - We Hustle Legit.
(click the pic)
When I say I just finished this, I mean…I JUST finished it…I may add it to the album as a bonus track. This is kinda how this album fell together for me, man. It’s a trip.
When I tell you I had no idea I was gonna make an album at home last week, I really mean it. It literally fell outta the sky and created itself. I can’t wait for you to hear the whole thing. It’s my first effort at musical production and I’ve never had a set of songs basically write themselves as these did, I have no musical training or equipment, and it happened in seven days. 16 tracks in 7 days, produced, written, recorded, and mixed by yours truly.
God made me funky.
I can already tell you I am hella proud of ‘The Tinkerer’ for a lotta reasons…I wanted to give you a listen to what ‘The Tinkerer’ is about. Stay tuned…It was an amazing week, but I’m back to the world, now. Hi.
Check this track out, it’s an extended version of ‘High Chops’ which is on ‘The Tinkerer’…and yes, I’m rappin like a mug on that piece, but I wanted to give you a taste of some of my production style and influences.
Next from @ATFU_ - E Dot Spencer’s ‘Born To Fly’. I didn’t even know I was making an album until Thursday of last week. We’ll come up with a release date in time, but I’m crazy excited about what I did with this noggin and these hands.
but let’s stay on track, shall we…?
#ATFU - strange, awesome things happen all the time…
#ATFU #BornToFly #FreeDownload
Here is the 2nd single “I’m Good” by E Dot Spencer from Dotta’s forthcoming album ‘Born To Fly’. Click the pic for the download link. ‘Born To Fly’ soon, REAL SOON!
#ATFU #ImGood #FreeDownload #BORNTOFLY
@EazyEDot (E Dot Spencer) drops another preview from his album that is sure to make some noise, ‘Born To Fly’.
We’ll be announcing the release date and plans for ‘Born To Fly’ here and on our Twitter page very soon, but here’s another little piece of the whole that is gonna get you ready to get wings like Dotta The Globetrotta.
Click the pic to download ‘I’m Good’, the second preview from E Dot Spencer’s ‘Born To Fly’…
#ATFU gives you wiiiiiiiiings…
#ATFU Here is Caprice Classic by E Dot Spencer feat. Mr. Kinetik from E Dot’s forthcoming album Born To Fly. Click the pic for the download. Get more free music from The Tornado Alley crew at http://tornadoalleymusic.tumblr.com #ATFUture
YES! E Dot Spencer drops the first single from ‘Born To Fly’.
Click the pic to download ‘Caprice Classic’…
Also, just SIX days to you can download A-Sky’s ‘SummerTime Fling’ right here on this blog, for free.
We’re giving it to you now, because we got plenty of it and we still feel like we have a lot to prove…and we take it to the stage too…
Get hip now, man. We apprteciate you. Share our blog and music with anyone you think would like to hear some hip-hop with some thought that bangs.
#ATFU - ALL TOGETHER FOR US.
You are ‘us’ too, y’know.
Tomorrow, we’ll release the first single from E Dot Spencer’s ‘Born To Fly’. YUP. When you see this pic in tomorrow’s post, click it to download ‘Caprice Classic’. Right now, click it to see Dotta The Globetrotta rock it live…
Be ready to be here tomorrow and next Tuesday.