For a man that needs no introduction, he continues to re-introduce himself back into the music scene with increased relevancy and humility. More of a living legend than just a producer, Lawrence Muggerud, better known by his stage name DJ Muggs, has conquered just about every genre he has set foot on. We can easily associate him for being Cypress Hill’s DJ and producer, or perhaps for having produced tracks for Funkdoobiest, House of Pain, Dizzie Rascal, U2, Depeche Mode and many more. And yet, after spending some time talking to him the last night, it is clear that he only cares about one title, that of a musician devoted to the craft. With music evolving every second of every minute of our lives, only a handful have been able to keep up, and even fewer can bring forward the level of consistent talent DJ Muggs demonstrates. He has inspired many to pick up DJ gear at Musician’s Friend in an attempt to create a similar sound.
Dark, aggressive and almost exhibiting a life of its own, the Sound Boy Killa exposes a new side of DJ Muggs we have not seen before, although always expected. As if he is reconstructing the rules of dubstep, the much less hip/hop influenced EP, indulges in emotional and grinding overtones that while overly layered, still feel smooth and organic.
Conceptually, it is classified as a Dubstep release, yet it breaths through an unprecedented amount of experimentation existent between the tracks. “People of the Earth” for example showcase a synergy between dubstep and drum and bass while the lighter tracks like “Sound Clash Business” bring in an energy of Trap surrounded by more natural sounding percussion elements. Our favorite however, are the filthy wobbles that continuously flirt with the sporadic manipulation of vocal samples on “Drop the Beat”.
DJ Muggs is offering his fans the Soundboy Killa EP as a gift to his fans in the form of a free download. The release is a bit darker than his upcoming LP release “Bass for Your Face”, but it will prepare you just the same. You can stream it below as well as download it in full.
Different (feat. Sunny Cheeba)
Sound Clash Business
People Of The Earth
Stoned Raiders (6 Blocc Remix)
To celebrate the release, we were able to get chat with DJ Muggs about the current state of music and find out more information about his love for bass music.
TMN: Hey Lawrence! First off, here at TMN we are always interested in discussing the evolution of music, and we feel like there is no better person to interview than having you, DJ Muggs, not only share with us your experiences but also talk about your soon to be released forthcoming LP “Bass for Your Face” out on January 15th on Ultra Music. On this very same note, so much has improved [in technology] over the last couple of years, from your perspective as a producer, has the process of creating a track changed for you?
I think it has.
I went from using strictly SP-1200 and MPC’s to using more software, using more Logic and working more on the computer than doing it on the outside and putting the music [back] in.
There are just more options for me now and I do not have the problem of stuff sounding aluminum. When I make dirty ass hip/hop I know exactly the processes to get what I want. It is like having all these tools right there at my fingertips. I love it.
TMN: Have you been able to port over the same process when creating electronic music the same way you did with Hip/hop? Not specifically on the technical side but when it comes to composing it, do you find yourself starting with the beat first before you move into the melody? Walk us through your process? Continue reading