Rubber Inc.: Malek

A quick glance inside Sweet Spot Studios and you see all the thing you’d expect to find: guitars, keyboards (lots of them!) mixers, computers and any other instrument a studio should have.  In this video, Malek runs down some of his current gear obsessions.  A preview of some new material him and Noel de Brackinghe (collectively known as Rubber Inc.) is also included, and was a product of a recent out-of-town excursion that saw them finish enough material for a new album.  Press play to listen in.


Improvisations: Sloj and Fred (Part 2)

More dusted beats coming your way from Sloj and Fred.  As you can see in the video, everyone in the room could hardly contain their excitement in witnessing the collaboration begin to truly take form.  Fred’s bluesy guitar solos meshed seamlessly with Sloj’s sliced up and addictive droning beats; it was great to see our performers enjoy the session as much as we enjoyed documenting it.  While there are some things worth bitching about and debating on (our antiquated NAIA Terminal 1 Airport, the way Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez yesterday), there’s no questioning the quality of sound this duo has produced for all of us to watch and listen to.  This wicked collaboration is also available for you to download in case you want to hear the full, 14-minute version as well as the video edit; either choice, we highly recommend it.



Improvisations: Sloj and Fred (Part 1)

One of the most exciting aspects of musical improvisation is knowing when the musicians find their groove.  First-time collaborations are a lot like learning to ride a bike: wobbly and a bit cautious at the beginning, but then they start picking up some serious steam once a sense of familiarity is established.  With Sloj on the MPC and Fred Sandoval on the guitar, they really began hitting their stride with this particular jam and left our jaws dropped.  In fact, we could no longer contain our approval during the jam, as you can probably hear when you watch the video.

We highly recommend you download the full, uncut version of this jam by clicking on the link below.


There Will Be Re-runs, Brother: An Alternate Take on Pop Music

“I am no musician but the pain has been instrumental…”Saul Williams

This is not an attack on Pop music.  No insults will thrown at current pop royalty.  As much as it is fun to shit on Katy Perry, LMFAO, Lady Gaga, or Drake, let them sit at their respective thrones. What I realized is that our music industry is built upon the same foundations of every major industry known to us, and in the case of music, it’s to make this form of media profitable for everyone.  We download stuff off of ITunes, and we’re happy because we have the song we’ve wanted in our computers and the ones in charge are happy because these songs that they banked on have become profitable; it seems like a win-win situation. Save for a few acts like the Beatles and Radiohead, however, and it is apparent that pop music and its artists eventually become disposable; they’re only as good as the next big thing.

Staying relevant in popular consciousness (especially with Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry all playing a part in making our worlds as small as possible) is about as easy as building a house with your bare hands (and no tools).  We shoot videos from our cellphones, read books on digital tablets, and download music onto our computers.  Everything is at our disposal; wait a few minutes, then press play.  The process of production is done at light speed, and has produced mixed results.

It wasn’t always like this, though.  Continue reading