Inspiration

Behind the Loops: Lex Luger
#Inspiration / 30 August 2021

Behind the Loops: Lex Luger

Lex Luger’s musical beginnings started at church. He would go from a church drummer to becoming a founding member of the hip hop production team 808 Mafia. Lex Luger would go on to produce for headline acts such as Wacka Flocka Flame, Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Meek Mill and many… Read more

Behind the Loops: Thomas Gold BandLab Sounds
#Inspiration / 19 May 2021

Behind the Loops: Thomas Gold

Thomas Gold is a Berlin-based, German DJ and producer with a career spanning hundreds of dance-floor-destroying anthems, and he’s released on some of the world’s biggest dance labels. His remix work has seen him work with pop superstars like Adele, Lady Gaga, Madonna and gain track support from the biggest… Read more

UK DJ Asian Hawk BandLab
#Inspiration / 30 April 2021

Behind the Loops: Asian Hawk

A silky smooth voice combined with competition-grade turntable skills makes Oliver Love, AKA Asian Hawk a truly unique live performer. Combining the live raw energy of DJing with finger drumming, scratch cuts and vocals, his music performances always deliver. So, we were super excited when Asian Hawk agreed to get… Read more

The origins of freestyle rap
#Inspiration / 18 March 2021

The origins and evolution of freestyle rap

In his 2003 book, There's A God On The Mic, Kool Moe Dee wrote: ‘There are two types of freestyle. There's an old-school freestyle that basically rhymes that you've written that may not have anything to do with any subject or that goes all over the place. Then there's freestyle… Read more

Behind the Loops: Malcolm Joseph
#Inspiration / 12 February 2021

Behind the Loops: Malcolm Joseph

A live bass player, studio owner, band member, teacher and session player, Malcolm Joseph has seen all the shifts in the music industry throughout his 40-year career. From UK pop-stardom with his band 7th-Heaven in the 80s to mastering the skills of the studio and becoming the first choice bassist… Read more

#Inspiration / 11 February 2021

How To Make Money From Music

As a modern musician, working out how to make money from music will always be on your mind. This post isn’t intended as a roadmap to major-label deals, gleaming limousines and rivers of champagne (although there’s nothing wrong with aiming high). It’s about finding ways for working musicians to stay… Read more

Behind the Loops: Youngr
#Inspiration / 23 December 2020

Behind the Loops: Youngr

A literal one-man show and music making machine, Youngr became a YouTube sensation with his incredible one-take, technology-fuelled live show. Based in London, the multi-instrumentalist producer has gone on to perform at huge global festivals and racked up millions of streams on his tracks. Today, Youngr has his very own… Read more

Behind the Loops: Arabian Prince
#Inspiration / 23 November 2020

Behind the Loops: Arabian Prince

Arabian Prince is one of the founding member of the legendary group, N.W.A, alongside Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube. DJ Yella and MC Ren. He then went solo producing his own music as both Arabian Prince and Professor X, as well as working as a producer for other artists and… Read more

Behind the Loops - McCoy Mrubata
#Inspiration / 28 October 2020

Behind the Loops: McCoy Mrubata

Growing up surrounded by the soulful hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers, McCoy Mrubata's musical roots developed early on in Cape Town, South Africa. Starting out on the flute before graduating to the saxophone, learning the good 'ol fashioned way from local musical greats,… Read more

Jon Sterckx Bollywood Looper pack
#Inspiration / 7 October 2020

Behind the Loops: Jon Sterckx

There's no denying the influence of Indian music in the western hemisphere. From the Beatles in the 60s to Tool in the 00s to Selena Gomez today, Indian instruments have and will continue to inspire the likes of artists everywhere. That's why when we had the opportunity to collaborate with… Read more

Meet your mentors - Deante' Hitchcock
#Inspiration / 2 October 2020

Meet your mentors: Deante’ Hitchcock

You know what they say about experience. That's why you learn from the best. And the best have all been there before you. Deante' Hitchcock is the perfect example of someone you can never stop learning from. He's built his career from the ground up, from car-seat mixtapes to a… Read more

Meet your mentors - Renegade El Rey
#Inspiration / 30 September 2020

Meet your Tracklanta 2020 mentors: RENEGADE EL REY

With Tracklanta 2020: Virtual Remix running at full steam, you may already have heard of RENEGADE EL REY. You can find the Atlanta-based artists sounds in his exclusive Loop Pack on BandLab. Last year, he worked with our Tracklanta 2019 winners as the studio engineer at Stankonia, together with producer… Read more