πŸ“‘ DJ Shadow on the Music That Made Him

Bookmarked DJ Shadow on the Music That Made Him by Mark Richardson

The instrumental hip-hop innovator talks about the songs, albums, and artists that have meant the most to himβ€”β€œThe Message,” OK Computer, Public Enemyβ€”five years at a time.

DJ Shadow aka Josh Davis reflects on music and in the process, the art of the DJ. In framing the piece Mark Richardson discusses the way in which a a DJ filters their listenin through their own sensibility:

When he hears music, he’s not focusing on his own enjoyment; he wants to know where it comes from, how it’s put together, and how he might filter it through his own sensibility, whether in a DJ set or his own work. Listening and producing are two parts of one process.

Davis also talks about the decisions that go into making a song.

From the moment you start working on a song to the moment you finish a song, you probably have to make a thousand decisions. At any point in the process, if you make the wrong decision, it’s gonna send the track in a different direction. It could be an arrangement decision, a mix decision, should this hi-hat be panned at 7 o’clock or 10 o’clock?

I think this process is something the Song Exploder podcast captures well.

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