Lessons From the Pros
Producers, musicians, fans and everyone in between gathered for an immersive experience at Sonos Studios on Feb. 26, for a workshop on sampling techniques curated by the venue and Dubspot. The evening, which featured Salva, Mike Parvizi (Team Supreme) and Mark de-Clive Lowe, included an in-depth look at how Parvizi and de-Clive Lowe build tracks from scratch with different systems, while Salva broke down a track off his upcoming album and shared his approach to the art of sampling.
“There is no right or wrong workflow to create a joint,” was the common refrain of the evening. While the presenters slipped in and out of the industry lingo – sampling classic Blue Note Records to 90s hip hop – it was clear each had their own style of sampling while holding a deep respect and appreciation for the original work.
Although hosted before the “Blurred Lines” court ruling was handed down, the relevant question regarding the ethics of sampling was asked by the audience. Each had their own take on the hot button question, ranging from “no one likes a biter or a thief” so give credit; to the blatantly honestL “if you sell less 50,000 tracks, no one is going to come after you anyways.” The consensus, however, was sampling can be both an homage to the original track – whether from a live or studio album – or a jumping off point to create something entirely new (and you can always remove the sample from underneath when you’re finished, Parvizi quipped).