Monday, March 25, 2013
For a while I've been really inspired by these videos of Nick Tha 1da crushing it on a Roland SP-303.
In addition to being a huge fan of his beats, I'm interested in the SP-303 mode of production. I owned one of these briefly and upgraded for an SP-555. It was only after I made the upgrade that I learned about J Dilla and Madlib using the 303 to make some legendary music. I was also surprised to find out that artists like Beck and Panda Bear used the 303 as well.
The more I dig, the more 303 goodness I uncover. It seems there is a large community of people using this machine, that I once viewed as dated and limited, to make amazing music. I want to start an interview series about the 303 here at HITS. If you think this is a good idea or have artists you think I should reach out to, post a comment. In the meantime, check out this mr. dibia$e SP-303 beat.
Thanks to Nick Tha 1da for putting me on to this.