1. Introduce yourself to the readers who may not be familiar with the Bullyfinger Brand.
I'd say that i'm a record digger and collector turned audio hardware geek. Quit beats long ago and just started dealing samples to my friends, some of which became pretty awesome producers. From there I just started researching gear and slowly outfitting my home with things i'd like to record and make available to others. Huge fan of 80's video game systems, home keyboards and other toys that make sound.
2. Who are some of the biggest named producers who get drums from you?
I've been pretty lucky to have been able to reach out to my favorite producers, people I am actually a huge fan of and then supply them with sounds over the years. People like J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, !llmind, M-Phazes, Babu, Alchemist, RJD2, Oh No, Soul Assassins, Jake One and a bunch more.
Drum Broker: You're a hardware guy. You offer bit crushing and resampling services to producers and sound designers looking to color and crush their samples.
3. What do you love about hardware? What makes it special?
Personally I have a hard time using a mouse or control surface connected with my computer. I like to be hands on with hardware gear whether analog or digital. When I push a button or turn a knob, it responds as it should. A huge majority of my customers and clients are the direct opposite. They have grown up in an era where midi controllers and interfaces that connect to software are the norm. I respect that and appreciate the positives that a setup of that kind can offer, but I just enjoy using hardware synths and Lo-fi samplers. My favorite pieces are ones that I can dive into and make them sound nasty or hard hitting. The Akai s950, OTO Biscuit and DSI Tempest are probably my favorites out of the machines I own. The gritty hard hitting sound I can get from a vintage 8 or 12-bit sampler is just something that i've never seen replicated with software. Lately i've been back into cassette tape on my 4 track as well. I have fun just running sounds into Lo-fi machines and back out through high end analog rack gear. I am always searching for new little fx boxes and modules to add into my little home studio space.
4. As a vintage hardware guy, do you also dive into any of the new music tech that is coming out?
I don't currently own any of the new machines but I think it's amazing where music production has come in the past twenty to thirty years. I do read a handful of music magazines and sites to stay updated on what's new. Eventually I might break down and buy something.
Drum Broker: Music tech is cool. Software and controllers are cheap. I dig that everyone has access to making music now and the barriers to entry don't exist because you don't need much to make beats. However, I worry that we're slowly departing from a time when producing music and making beats contributes to culture. Things seem really diluted out there right now.
The iInternet has now allowed everyone to have a voice. You can post anything you like to contribute on social media now and there is a possibility that someone is listening to you. The same thing can be said for the music posted on the net. The process has now become; let me buy Maschine, few sample kits, a laptop and as soon I finish my first or second beat I'm gonna throw it up on SoundCloud and start selling beats. That's where I think a lot of newbie beat makers are at. More time and effort spent on learning everything you can about the creation of music can only help. Slow down a bit and see what you can bring to the table that's different. Even though the amount of people making music has probably increased overall due to technology I'd bet the percentage of quality producers has remained the same. There will always be the people that have music that rises above the rest and this creates the culture attached with the genre.
6. Any thoughts on the state of hip hop production?
It's interesting. Just a few years ago everything attached to making beats was so secretive. Now everyone is trying to sell their sounds and show the world what they use. Rap production has changed a bit and that's not really a bad thing. I am a little bit out of touch with modern rap production other than the artists I like a lot. But I will say that I'm a huge proponent for crafting a signature sound. I think every producer that has ever been called legendary or great has had one. Sometimes their sound will evolve and shift over their career but they have that thing people remember them for. That's always going to be something to strive for. Sounding like the perfect mix of all of your influences with a new spin on it that only you can provide.
Drum Broker: I think we share similar tastes and preferences when it comes to Hip Hop Music, but I'm not entirely certain.
6. Who are your top 5 favorite producers?
I can't really remember all of the different producers I listen to, but the producers that are consistently awesome are the ones I'd ever put on a list. Dj Premier, Jake One, Alchemist, & Dilla. Generally I like harder hitting boom bap sample based producers. That's just where my mind goes to when I think of the types of rap music I enjoy.
7. What do you do for fun outside of music? What does a day in the life of Jordan look like when you're not sound designing, tweaking knobs on samplers, and trolling people on Twitter ?
I am usually watching Sci-fi movies, digging for records, buying action figures and hitting thrift stores for oddities. Real grown man shit.
8. What Sample Packs are you working on right now? Got any gems you want to share with us before they drop?
We just wrapped up our 8-bit era stuff so now i'm just demo recording my next few ideas. A few things that are a little different than what others are doing. My percussion instrument collection is getting out of hand over here. Gonna have to wrap that one up and put it out. Oh and the next few volumes of CAKE.
9. What can we expect from Bullyfinger for the remainder of 2017 and the beginning of 2018?
More Lo-fi gear. I've got my eye on a few new pieces to run sounds through, then they will be on the site for my sample service.
10. Anything else you wanna share with readers?
Don't be afraid to use sounds in your production that others aren't touching. Having a wide array of samples to choose from and freak is highly beneficial.
11. Drop your socials, contact information, and services offered here:
Twitter: Jordythorn & Bullyfinger
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