Daniel Hulth, Founder & CEO of TableBeats contacted me recently about doing an interview and providing some beats for his app – a hiphop looper for iOS devices which is free on the App Store. Of course I said yes! Interview and details of the beats are below.
That Kid Named Cee provided the fantastic questions:
Q: Many say there are 2 distinct styles of skratching, technical and funky. How do you see this and where do you fit in?
A: My understanding of this is that most people interpret funky to mean “simple” and technical to mean “complex” or “fast”.
I think you can have both at the same time and that one doesn’t exclude the other.
However, I definitely hear people talking in terms of one or the other and I understand what you mean.
In those terms I think I would tend to veer more towards the “funky” side. Most of my cuts are relatively simple and not that complex or technical, at least not to me when I look at some of the scratching I see from others. I do like the technical side to inform my funk and vice versa. For example, if I get inspired by a more “technical” scratcher, I might see how I can use elements or reinterpret it. It usually involves me slowing things down and playing with it in that way.
The word funky definitely seems to come up when people comment on my scratches which is totally cool with me. What do you think?
Thatkidnamedee: I think your skratches are funky & to me, that’s what I like. I’m a fan of some technical of course, but a flow of funky kuts is my favorite style. I also would say funky does not necessarily mean simple or easy.
I never like to do techniques or technical stuff just for the sake of it. When I am scratching, I am never thinking about what techniques I am doing or how technical I can get. I just like to go with the flow of the music. I’m not trying to impress anyone. Just get a good groove and flow on.
Studio Scratches Beats now available in the TableBeats app
I’ve bundled up a selection of beats for you to start scratching with immediately. All completely free, my gift to you.
- Flyin’ Instrumental
- Get Goin!
- 85 BPM Hip Hop Instrumental Beats – 8501
- 90 BPM Hip Hop Instrumental Beats – 9034
- CloudFonk Promo EP – 02 Creep
- CloudFonk Promo EP – 03 Snap
- CloudFonk Promo EP – 04 Silver Lining
- Fruff Beats – 08 Missin’
- Funk Instrumental Beats – 05 Funk 5
- Funk Instrumental Beats – 13 Funk 13
- ScratchStep Promo EP – 02 ScratchStep2
- Short-E Beats Vol. 2 – 02 Baby
Here is how it looks when it is up and running:
About the TableBeats App
TableBeats is the ultimate practice tool for scratch dj’s, emcees, breakdancers or any instrument. Expand and master your techniques in various styles of beats, put down lyrical ideas for the next banger or just jam with your friends. Plug your iPhone or iPad into your sound system and start the session. All beats are played nonstop and therefore there will be no more interrupted sessions. You can practice for hours on the same beat, or use TableBeats shuffle function with 5, 10 or 15 minutes. Be ready for every beat that is thrown at you!
Big thanks to Daniel Hulth and That Kid Named Cee for featuring me.
See you in the app!
Happy Scratching! 😀
– Emma Short-e