Hip-hop producer makes beats on iPhone, gets Grammy nomination and feature on Kendrick Lamar's new record
by Luis D. / Apr 16, 2017, 6:20 PM
It may appear strange, but if you really know what you're doing, you can make money, music, or both at the same time out of literally anything. Some people literally sell air. Others bang out beats on their cracked screen iPhone and do it well enough to get a Grammy nomination, a spot on Kendrick Lamar's new record, 'DAMN.'
We're talking about hip-hop producer Steve Lacey, who literally uses an iPhone to come up with triple-A material. He made complete songs and beats for Lamar and his own Grammy-nominated R&B band with an iPhone, the Garage Band app, some recording gear and musical instruments. The smartphone lets him record ideas and make music anywhere he likes, using it as a portable recorder and digging for inspiration in GarageBand's library of drums and other musical sounds.
It's absolutely magnificent how technology has evolved to let a musical mind just grab their phone and get to work, immersed in the moment's inspiration. And when the work is finished, use the same device to present it to the artist who will give them their big break. Lacy went to the studio with Kendrick Lamar, played him some beats and ideas on the iPhone, and well, the beat on track number 7 from 'DAMN.' – 'Pride' – is all his!
There was one hurdle Lacey had to deal with, though. And you'll never guess what it was, can you? It's the iPhone 7's absent headphone jack! Because of it, Steve couldn't hear what he was playing into the device until he got a recording interface with a headphone jack.
Check out the rest of the story with all the details on Wired, it's a fascinating read!
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That's fantastic. Glad he made a successful career using a phone as a jumping off point. I do have a question though... Does Android have a Garage Band equivalent?
posted on Apr 16, 2017, 6:41 PM 3
Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011
Is FL Studio Mobile on Android? If so, then there's your answer.
posted on Apr 16, 2017, 7:21 PM 1
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Yes FL Studio Mobile is available in Android. Audio apps needs low latency which is where Apple limiting on mult-task on apps do helps. Mult-tasking kernel of Android are not great for Audio application. This has been recently overcome with high processing capabilities of recent SOC. If music is my primary focus i would stick with an iPhone /iPad.
posted on Apr 16, 2017, 10:03 PM 1
Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014
FL studio is no match for garage band. Even on desktops, it's just an entry DAW for making beats, Logic, Cubase, GB are apps for making music. And FL on mobile is trash anyway Soundcamp is nice attempt but isn't anywhere near the polish of GB
posted on Apr 17, 2017, 2:49 PM 1
Posts: 3091; Member since: Sep 01, 2014
If I'm not mistaken, Rihanna's song "umbrella" was also made by garage band and it was a big hit at the time. Such a great song.
posted on Apr 16, 2017, 6:54 PM 1
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He couldn't hear what he recorded because his phone didn't have a head phone jack. My question is, why would he hamper himself using a device that's not meant for his type of work.
posted on Apr 16, 2017, 7:00 PM 0
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"My question is, why would he hamper himself using a device that's not meant for his type of work." My wonder as well.
posted on Apr 16, 2017, 10:05 PM 0
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I use Music Maker JAM https://play.google.com/store/
What i don't like about if is that you can't modify/enhance voice recording oid.mmjam
posted on Apr 19, 2017, 2:17 PM 0
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