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Bedroom Beethovens

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Bedroom Beethovens is a podcast that breaks down stories with notable music-makers accompanied by songs and melodies, documenting growth through their 10,000 hour journey. Each episode features a musician discussing how they created the music you love, and what they personally sacrificed to make it happen. Hosted and produced by Cello.
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This is it guys -- this is my last episode. After 4 1/2 years I bring to you episode 190 with J57. This is part II of our conversation. We chat about my takeaways from podcasting, the journey of his Brown Bag All-Star peers and the different directions everyone has taken in music, being sober for over 5 years, his Marketing plan for releasing music, his friend Bryan "Ports" Coyle(RIP), 2024 projects and more. Enjoy and thank you for listening.
I present the final episode of the podcast by inviting back on one of the best guys in the business. Since last appearing on the show, J57 has gone from hell and back, and we talk in length about how this journey through suffering, and redemption, to approach music in a whole new way and what lies ahead for him as he enters this new stage in life. Thank you to everyone who has ever listened, downloaded, subscribed, or told someone about this show. It was a fun ride. Love you all.
189: Vice Beats

189: Vice Beats

2023-04-0551:20

Vice Beats swings by the show this week, showcasing Connected, which is the latest single from him that is a deeply personal track, exploring connection in different ways. On the topics of faith and love, emotional resilience and overcoming barriers, we chat about his life and love of music to get a better understanding of who he is. This track introduces the broader aims of “Aspects”, exploring connection in a wide variety of ways through a backdrop of Hip Hop blending live instrumentation with a Boombap aesthetic. Enjoy the episode. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
ASCENSION is the first collaboration between Michigan producers DANNY G and THE LASSO. This week we talk about how they linked up, Detroit rap, different stages in life and how it relates to their work ethic, which all leads up to discussing the 23-minute 808-heavy pastiche of 80s/90s freestyle and Detroit/Flint style beats. Enjoy. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
187: Durand Jones

187: Durand Jones

2023-03-2246:48

On his debut solo album, Wait Til I Get Over, Durand Jones lays us several courses and flavors of sound that are all distinctly Southern and Black—rhythms heavy with raw, Delta grit; bright exhalations of church spirituals; even tender, cadent spoken word. Now I've been a fan of durand for a number of years, and I'm familiar with his music, but now I want to have a conversation about his life so I can figure out if he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, enduring with a concept until it takes the proper form. So we talk about everything from growing up in Hillaryville, to revisiting it 9 years ago, and the series of events that has shaped him, has shaped this debut album, and what shapes his future. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
186: Ahwlee

186: Ahwlee

2023-03-0835:57

Laid back Texas drawl meets Ahwlee's low smooth Southern Californian drawl as we have a chill conversation on his upbringing intersected with his love of music. We also talk about his thought process and how he chooses the people he collaborates with. Pink Siifu and him just finished their third studio LP together as rapper-producer duo B. Cool-Aid. Leather Blvd. — the sequel to their 2017 debut BRWN and their sophomore LP Syrup from the following year — celebrates the slick swagger of its titular fabric, calling back to an era of indoor cigarettes and well-dressed sophistication, albeit with a schoolyard twist. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
185: Kid Koala

185: Kid Koala

2023-03-0156:51

It’s been a long, dynamic career for Kid Koala, whether you know him as a Gorillaz collaborator, whether you know him as 1/3 of Deltron 3030 the post-apocalyptic hip-hop group made up of Del tha Funkee Homosapien and producer Dan the Automator, or you are a big fan of his solo stuff through the years. The cool thing is as we see ourselves on the otherside of this pandemic, we are in a time where he feels that Creatures of the Late Afternoon is the most fun album he’s ever recorded, which happens to be his latest body of work due out in a few weeks. Combining energy, emotion, and a whole range of different moods, it doesn’t take long to realize that this is a very special release. We talk about everything under the sun from growing up as the black sheep, using music to shape his future, and all the ins and outs of what it means to be a true pioneer in this game.. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
This week I am honored to sit down with Thes One and talk about the history of People Under the Stairs and the events leading up to the creation of the tone poem of grief, loss and redemption, an ambitious instrumental elegy, telling the story of his and Mike's life together, “Farewell, My Friend”. Headnodic and Kat 010, musicians who contributed to the project also add layers to the conversation that detail how Thes One purposefully conceived and sequenced the album. Enjoy the conversation! Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
183: Ricky P

183: Ricky P

2023-02-1557:26

Audio engineer and in-house producer on Taylor Gang going on 15 years now - Ricky P is a veteran in the game. He is 5x Grammy nominated, and we talk about everything under the sun for a one hour conversation as we get deep into the topics of fatherhood, dropping baggage, and focusing on your dreams. We also touch on his contirbutions to helping the local scene in Pittsburgh through guidance, mentorship, and above all else, music. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
After 3 years, Rhettmatic and J Rawls come back to the show but this time they make their collaborative debut as Rawlsmatic with Role Reversal featuring Ras Kass, John Robinson, El Da Sensei, Blu, and more. We chat about how I was able to make the Intro of the album, and the creative processes that were formed in order to make the album over a decade in the making. Basically, it's almost in the same vein as Jaylib (J Dilla & Madlib) and Gangrene (Alchemist & OhNo), where Rawls & Rhett are sharing production duties minus them rapping. Enjoy! Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
181: Big Jerm

181: Big Jerm

2023-02-0139:43

When Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller were 20 years old and younger, doing whatever they could to get studio time, Big Jerm was supplying them with the beats that would help build the foundation of their legacies. His journey is no less interesting as we navigate through his skater days, beatmaking, getting arrested, shot, hospitalized, married, buying a new house, and de coupling from the I.D. Labs moniker. What lies ahead in 2023 is just another tale waiting to be told. This is Big Jerms' story. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
Eric Dan, “E. Dan,” is one of the music industry’s most influential producers/engineers. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, he has become the anchor of the Steel City’s growing hip-hop scene thanks to his work with some of rap’s biggest names including Wiz Khalifa and the late Mac Miller, and to his I.D. Labs recording studios - the birthplace for so many of Pittsburgh’s rising talent. We chat about his journey in music started at the age of 16 when he began playing guitar, which then led to him producing and recording, working with Pittsburgh rap group Strict Flow, and building a solid name for himself as one of the most sought out engineers in Pittsburgh. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
179: Oddisee

179: Oddisee

2023-01-1833:421

Rapper/producer Oddisee sits down with me on episode 179 to discuss his childhood of having a Sudanese father and African American mother in Washington, D.C., having bore witness to stark inequality early in life and becoming as political as the city he was raised in. Over the course of his catalog - which includes nearly 20 albums, instrumental tapes and EPs - he addresses the human condition with unwavering conviction and candor, and we end on 'To What End', his first full length album since 2017’s The Iceberg. Long celebrated as a deep-thinking emcee that delivers a masterclass in lyricism over production often influenced with the Go-Go music of his Prince George’s County, MD roots, on 'To What End', Oddisee explores human ambition, posing the question: “how far are you willing to go, and why?”. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
178: Teeko

178: Teeko

2023-01-1148:14

Teeko is coming off the heels of the The Gene Brown Beatdown where he single-handed took on friend of the podcast 14KT, and I get the first interview after his turn at bat and the first interview of 2023 with him. We chat about his journey from Puerto Rico to California, and working at his Uncle's record store, through the DMC championships and grinding it out weekend after weekend. It is a legacy that was truly built brick by brick and I am honored to tell his story. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
177: Marco Pavé

177: Marco Pavé

2023-01-0452:11

Memphis Hip-Hop artist Marco Pavé has forged a twin identity as a champion of independent Southern Hip-Hop and as an educator and arts advocate working to stimulate community activism and entrepreneurship through the lens of hip hop music and culture. We chat about growing up and being born and raised in North Memphis, and how Pavè started rapping seriously to articulate the dangerous day-to-day realities of his neighborhood. A day before his 30th birthday he was nominated for a Grammy Award for the album, “Requiem for the Enslaved,” which is a composition that pays homage to 272 African Americans, formerly enslaved by the Jesuits at what would become Georgetown University, then sold by the university to help pay debts and keep the school afloat. That's where i come in to curate a conversation that finds him grammy nominated in the very beginning of his 30s, has built an unprecedented career that uses Hip-Hop culture not only as a means of personal expression, but also as an educational tool designed to make an impact on both individuals and systems of power. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
176: RMB Justize

176: RMB Justize

2022-12-2138:01

Versatility and persistence are a deadly combination of characteristics. They are much-needed weapons to have in an artist’s arsenal of traits. For Taylor Gang’s in-house producer RMB Justize, these are the qualities that got him nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the Year in 2015 (Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood). We talk about everything from living his greatest timeline into his 30s, and the musical journey that got him to where he is, including humble beginnings his W's, higher education, and much more. Enjoy! Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
175: Groundislava

175: Groundislava

2022-12-0744:21

Jasper Patterson, better known by his stage name Groundislava, is an electronic musician and music producer based in Los Angeles, California. While we wait for his new album, PuzzleBox, to come out, we chat about his upbringing, school days, his growth since the Low End Theory days and video game soundtracks, susboy, and the record label & friend organization WEDIDIT. He is a great guy, equally great producer, and we try and fit every topic under the sun in less than 45 minutes. Enjoy! Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
174: TM88

174: TM88

2022-11-3057:24

This week I chop it up with TM88, the Grammy Award-nominated producer, who is a staple in the Atlanta trap hip-hop scene, working with all the elites from Young Thug and Future to Drake and Juicy J. We talk about a myriad of subjects from selling beats for $40 to growing up living with his grandmother, all the way to being grammy nominated in 2023 and becoming a new dad. We cover everything under the sun to get to know TM88 better and we also talk about how his own production team, Crash Dummy, is growing and changing the game. You can join the Crash Dummy Discord here: https://discord.com/invite/crashdummyrecords Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
Terri Lyne Carrington has never once pumped the brakes on developing her creativity and expanding her own professional success. The three-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master has set the bar for contemporary jazz drummers and emerged as an inspiration and role model – particularly for female musicians. Her latest book, "New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers," features works written by 101 composers ranging across generations, from legends Lil Hardin Armstrong and Mary Lou Williams through contemporary stars such as Brandee Younger and Cécile McLorin Salvant. She joins me on this episode to talk about various stories from her career and what lies ahead in her discography. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
172: DK & Ghettosocks

172: DK & Ghettosocks

2022-10-1238:56

This episode, we open a can of worms and talk about everything from old hangout spots, newspapers and Celine Dion, and I beg the question, 'What would the banging yet smooth beats of DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and the sonic architects of ’90s boom-bap sound like today?' Nova Scotian-based producer DK has answered that question with his warm, analog-meets-digital hybrids of wistful yet modern boom-bap. Ghettosocks, a legend in his own right also swings by and together they release Listen to the Masters, teeped in analog swagger, each track exudes a warm vintage vibe that’s instantly chilled by ultra-cool flows. Enjoy the episode. Visit the website: https://www.bedroombeethovens.com/ Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bedroombeethovens
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