H∆SHTAG$ Episode Four: Don’t Call It #Beats

Heading to Zurich, LA, the Decibel Festival, New York... the Red Bull Music Academy's new web-series H∆SHTAG$, takes a look at what was once called electronic music is now referred to as hip hop production. Featuring some of more prolific producers and beat makers in the industry, Episode 4 features Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice aka TNGHT, XXYXX and Shlohmo.

H∆SHTAG$ Episode Four - Don't Call It #Beats

This is the episode of H∆SHTAG$ I’ve been waiting for. Episode Four is all about beats and hip hop production. Two elements that I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to within the past few months, and the two elements definitely go hand-in-hand together.

Not only that, but this particular episode also features a stellar line-up of guests that I actually know/have heard of! Haha.

“Flying Lotus, TNGHT, The Gaslamp Killer, Shlohmo and XXYYXX are just a few of the artists that talk about how a small LA club night and circle of friends turned into a truly global phenomenon and transformed both electronic music and hip hop along the way.”

Benji B (BBC Radio 1) touches on something interesting about the beat world in itself, “It’s really an approach to music, and a feeling – as opposed to a genre.”

I, myself, have attended the live shows of FlyLo, HudMo and The Gaslamp Killer and I can tell you, first hand, that the audience is definitely in a different world when these artists are on stage doing what they do or in FlyLo’s word, “shaking the club”. Sure, most people in the audience are either drunk or high off their faces at these shows, but the emotion felt is rather evident.

Such a good episode though this week, with special appearances by top-notch artist, Thundercat and the one and only Ms Erykah Badu. Her quote at the beginning, pretty much says it all: “They’re so serious about what they’re doing to the point where they make beats all day long. This is what they do. This is all they do.”

A must watch!