Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Making Man on the Moon

Complex Interview with Kid Cudi producer and co-manager Emile (produced "In My Dreams," Soundtrack 2 My Life," "Solo Dolo," and "CuDi Zone."

Sample: Menahan Street Band - "The Traitor"

"That’s my favorite song [Solo Dolo]. I remember that session was just me and Cudi in the studio and I have a big record collection, we were just listening to the record that I got the sample from. I just had it playing in the background, I wasn’t really listening to it for samples necessarily, we were just kind of listening to some things and we both heard that and were like, “Oh shit, that’s dope—what if we took that sample and just slowed it way down?” So we just took it and slowed it way down, then I just kind of built the beat up around it and put some synths in it. There’s like this one weird little dreamy synth thing on the chorus, that was Cudi’s idea that he kind of had in his head. I just found the right sound eventually and added that in. Then I beefed it up with these 808s, I added some synths, and I added a couple things but I was really like, man this would be sick with a really big orchestra on it so let’s not add too much of anything and just get the ill arrangement and the ill strings on it. That’s probably my favorite song, I think what Cudi did to that is so fucking ill."

Previously: Kid Cudi

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