It’s not easy to distinguish oneself from the crowd of beatsmiths who make up Los Angeles’ famed Beat scene. With Low End Theory as Mecca and bastions like dublab, TeamSupreme and Brainfeeder filling out the rest of the Holy Land, young producers from all over the nation (and world) flock to the City of Angels. Clearly it’s a good thing to have such a massive talent-base although wading through the unquantized fuckery can get frustrating. TeamSuprme contributor and general badman Colta is on the cusp of breaking out of the fuckery and making it to the Promised Land. All religious metaphors aside, this rising young producer is making huge strides every week in his solo work and in his contributions to the TeamSupreme tapes. His latest effort is a flip on Jeremih’s sensual “Fuck You All The Time”. Stream the remix below and download it while you still can (only 14 left).
A beat cypher, what a novel idea. Could be interesting. Those were my first thoughts when a friend mentioned TeamSupreme to me. It sounded vaguely enticing, but an unrealistic novelty in reality. 12 producers using the same two samples and contributing one minute of beat action? No way that could work. If conducted by the wrong people, I figured it would be an utter disaster. Well what the fuck do I know? Directed by Dane (The Great Dane) and Preston (of Virtual Boy), TeamSupreme has been churning out their unique “cyphers” since April and have garnered respect from across the hip hop and electronic music spectrums. With a monthly spot at Los Angeles’ La Cita in place and a stable of producers ranging from (DJ) Nobody to Boreta of The Glitch Mob contributing to the weekly volumes. We wanted to find out more about the process behind TeamSupreme so we shot some emails back and forth with Dane and Preston. Here are the results. Can’t wait for Volume 3,000 to drop.
Dane: Me and Preston were hanging out and we decided to have a little unofficial project to make a beat in an hour at the same BPM with the same vocal sample, “My team supreme, stay clean” (a Biggie quote). After we finished up we put them back to back and thought it would be cool to try it on a bigger scale with more producers. That first little project turned into TeamSupreme Vol. 1.
Who all is involved with TeamSupreme at this point? Is everyone located in LA?
Dane: We started with just our close producer friends mostly in LA or Orange County, but now we have people sending in beats from NY, Colorado, Portland and more.
Preston: Our usual suspects consists of Papi, King Henry, Great Dane, Preston James, Djemba Djemba, Fuzz, Kloud, DJ Nobody, Dot, ELOS, Kenny Segal, Nalepa, Snorlax and Colta. We’ve also had many guests including Boreta of The Glitch Mob and Kendo of Two Fresh.
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