Friday, July 24, 2009
Spent the evening yesterday giggling with Kyle Hall, I mean doing an interview... things got silly. We giggled about Dam Funk and his song titles, we like them, we like his music more. The interview started out with me being a half hour late...we discovered two kittens that were born in our basement. They needed a bit of care. So I headed to Kyle's, he welcomed me into his studio in his basement. We started off very serious, but eventually came to the conclusion that he didn't really get too excited about the formal *ask a question* *answer a question* system, and that's not what I like to do at all either. Once we got to conversing, we had a great time! He talked about the mentoring he has had here with Whodat, Alvin Hill, Mike Huckaby, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman, and Omar S. He played lots of music for me: some nice sounding tracks that he has been working on, including the next Wild Oats release!! We almost went down to Stormy Records in Dearborn, but, oh yeah, they were already closed. Tried to get me to go for some White Castle, but I said, naw, they're stinky. Then he just played some records for me. We listened to a Damon Lamar/Specter white label, TM-something, I can't remember, but must be something new coming out on Tetrode Music (I just looked it up on Discogs). All four tracks were very nice old sounding chicago house. We chatted about how Kyle could distinguish the type of equipment the producer was using, meaning hardware vs. software. I could kind of hear it when Kyle played some super digital sounding tracks, but I don't think I could detect digital vs. analog, or software vs. hardware consistently. Anyway, the Damon Lamar/Specter tracks had a very full, complex, and analog sound to them. Definitely something I'm going to look out for in the future. Kyle also played a track by Floating Points, check him here too. Then we listened to some Omar S and Mike Huckaby, Kyle played air chords and silent keys (you know because he really liked the music!). It was dam fun.