iya by TenDJiz
(Q-Tip Meets Soviet soul/jazz)
is a mash-up album by TenDJiz (Miami-based producer/sound-engineer) created by blending the acapellas of Q-Tip and instrumentals composed from Soviet Soul and Jazz samples.
The title of the album is a portmanteau of the name Q-Tip and the Greek word “Kratia” (“Power”).
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Q&A with TenDjiz
*Privet, So TenDjiz, what`s going on man!?
How`s Miami hip-hop music scene right now?
Privet man! It’s cool. We got a lot of talents here who represent “The New Miami” movement, such as Vurn, Dynas, Shanetane, Stide Prince, and many more. They have more soulful sound compared to hip-pop of Pitbul or trap bangers of Rick Ross. Also we got SpaceGhostPurrp, who proffers dark, hypnotize, “metal-folk” hip-hop. He grabbed mad internet buzz last year and got signed to 4AD.
*Do you think is all about old school these days?
Like rescuing the old to generate the new?
Personally, I love to dig in the crates and create sample-based production. However, nowadays you have to clear samples. The price of sample clearance fees is so high, it makes more sense to avoid sampling entirely and create sample free music.
The good news are you’re able to re-create your favorite grooves using Elastic Audio in Pro Tools or Flex Audio in Logic or Recycle software etc.
*Can you tell us any good advice someone has given you, while producing music?
Read manuals lol. I have a studio on Miami Beach. Once, I got a recording session with a guy who had a university degree in music engineering technology. He had concerned he spent a lot of time for exporting his own projects out of ProTools. Matter of fact, he made solo each track of a session and did realtime bouncing, it took around 2 hours for a 4 min/20 tracks song. He didn’t even realize that Pro Tools has the “consolidate selection” command. You just need to push 3 buttons and get your tracks ready in 3 sec.
So, read manuals, it can save a lot of time and nervous energy.
*What would you say, is the best place or moment to play “Soulviet” music?
I agree with DJ Prestige (of Flea Market Funk) who said about De La Soulviet: “I could pump this on a road trip, bike ride, or on a Sunday afternoon while cooking some marvelous stuff up in the kitchen”.
Now, I’ve been working on a visual side of my projects. You can peep the Q-Tipokratiya video sampler below to get the idea of what I mean.
I put old soviet TV commercials over the songs from the album. In the future I plan to do live audiovisual performances using some cool soviet footages.
*Can you please tell us what “Soulviet” is?
It’s a trilogy that consists of 3 albums created by blending hip-hop accapelas with instrumentals based on Soviet soul and jazz samples.
The first albums were De La Soulviet and Q-Tipokratiya. Recently, I released my third project: CommoNasm (Common and Nas meet soviet soul/jazz).
*In your own words, what`s good/great sound for you as a producer?
Fat drums + live bass + soulful harmonies.
My favorite hip-hop joint right now is “The Roots” – I Remember.
*Have you been approached to Latin sounds?
Do you think the Latin culture in Miami is a cliche or do you feel things are more global right now?
I think the Miami music scene is a mash-up of hip-hop, EDM and Latin music.
We have the largest urban festival in the world called the Urban Beach Week, that is held on the Memorial day weekend with over 300,000 visitors. Also there is Miami Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival, the second largest electronic music event in North America. And we got The Calle Ocho Music Festival, one of the largest in the world, with over one million visitors. So as you can see all types of music are welcomed in Miami.
*What`s a good party mix for you?
Soviet disco funk mashed up with Miami Bass acapellas.