'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.Things don't always work out as you would hope, and the reasons why usually have little to do with music, and all the more with the people "behind the scenes", as the following example illustrates. Of course, not everyone in the music industry is a shark, but it certainly is my personal experience that the good people are exceptions that prove the rule.
At the end of 2004, I was contacted by a fairly well-known indie hip-hop label's A&R (Artist & Repertoire) director (who shall remain anonymous). The guy was working on a new project with legendary group The Last Poets, and he wanted to see if I could remix a song called "Dakari" track that also featured Keith Murray. The remix was intended for a 12" single to promote the album, and would potentially even be included on the album as they were not too thrilled about the beat that was used for the original track. Eager to expand both my range and my resume, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to reach a new audience, and we came to an agreement that worked for all parties involved. I finished the remix in January of 2005.
To make a long story short, the A&R guy never held up his end of the agreement, and never made good on the agreed compensation, using every excuse known to man before falling off the map and abandoning the entire project. And so the remix never came out. Until today! Big up to The Last Poets (Umar Bin Hassan + Abiodun Oyewole) and Keith Murray.
Enjoy, and thanks for listening,
"DAKARI (NICOLAY REMIX)" DOWNLOAD
Vocals by Umar Bin Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole and Keith Murray. (Unfortunately, I was never told who the young lady on the hook is) | Remixed by Nicolay, January 2005
Nicolay's take on the Bob James classic makes the roundsNicolay's remake of 'Nautilus' by Bob James, posted as the first installment of our new series, Off The Shelf, has garnered serious buzz amongst music fans, DJs and bloggers. To add to this excitement, we have just learned that world-renowned British DJ Gilles Peterson played 'Nautilus' during his most recent BBC Radio 1 show! Big up to Gilles and everyone else that has played, copied, reposted, retweeted and otherwise helped spread the track. Even though today's musical landscape undoubtedly presents many challenges, it is truly a beautiful thing to be able to put our music from our "hands" directly into yours so that it can be heard and enjoyed literally around the world!
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Saturday, August 8, 2009 atMerriweather Post Pavilion,
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.In July of 2006, I was approached by people representing world renowned jazz keyboardist Bob James. They were working on putting together a project, to be called 'Sampling Bob James: The Nautilus Project', on which several DJ's and producers would present their take on one of the most sampled tracks in hip-hop history, 'Nautilus', from Bob James' 1974 album 'One'. To my delight, I was invited to be one of the contributors, but instead of sampling the original, I chose to 'cover' it and re-create the track from scratch.
They really liked my version of 'Nautilus', but the project has remained unreleased. My version did end up online, by way of a viral video. Ever since, people have been asking me for a high quality version, so... here it is! Enjoy, and please... spread the word. You are more than welcome to share the link or the file itself.
Thank you for listening,
Written by Bob James | Arrangement, instruments and programming by Nicolay, December 2006
Continue reading Off The Shelf #1: Nicolay - "Nautilus" (A tribute to Bob James)
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Thursday, June 4, 2009 atCharles H. Wright Museum,
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Friday, June 5, 2009 atRevival Bar,
In the prologue and the first part of this series, Nicolay opened up his studio to the public for a virtual overview of the tools that he likes to use. For the next several parts, he will zoom in to the actual music making process, from the initial idea to the fully arranged and mixed production.So far, we have had over 4,000 unique visitors logging on to our 'Inside The Producer's Studio' series, and I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their attention and for their kind words of appreciation and encouragement. I'm thrilled that so many of you have shown interest in our blogs. Please do continue to help spread the word!
Record shopping in Shibuya, Tokyo November '06 | Uploaded by Nicolay Music.
Because I am a musician first and foremost, I have never had to rely on sampling alone. Still, there's no question that technique involving sampling makes up an important part of my music production process. Earlier on in my career, a new idea would usually present itself in the form of a sample that I would find by randomly going through my records, in search of that next "Oh shit!" moment. Even though I love to go record shopping like any fan of music, I am not much of a "digger" because my collection is fairly small, especially after moving from one continent to another. I have personally never seen the point of owning thousands of records, knowing that I would never be able to listen to or study most of them in my lifetime, and so I only buy and hold on to records that are significant to me for one reason or another. As a result, I have a personal connection with each record that I own, and those are the records that I turn to for inspiration.