Get familiar with the artists behind the master channel mixtape, learn from their workflow as they share their essentials.
Born and raised in Toronto, FUTURELESS has been beat-making since 2010. His mostly downtempo productions, are a mix of trap, jazz and old school. Though heavily influenced by hip-hop, he’s always on the prowl for new sounds and inspiration. Check out his banger “NVR2MUCH” off Mixtape 002.
Here’s a look under the kimono, so to speak:
“My essential piece is anything that can cut samples with ease. At the moment, I use an MPD 26 controller and Ableton. The MPD is an amazing, it’s definitely not something that will be leaving my hands anytime soon.”
1. I start with a sample that has caught my ear.
2. My work flow can be pretty chaotic, I try to use Ableton to help stabilize the whole process, but it’s no use. Even If I’m 90% finished mastering, and come across a sample I feel would sound perfect, I’m gonna add it.
3. I work until it’s something I can truly bump. I’m a deep lover of hip-hop and rap, so if I can bump it then it’s passed the quality control test.
4. I use LANDR like a tracing paper of sorts, I run my tracks or sometimes just stems through it, then re-upload them to Ableton to compare them with the unmastered track, so I that get a better idea of what was really happening.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“For years, I’ve had this issue where I would only finish 30% of my tracks, but I’m ending that and releasing a full project.”
Sound familiar? Finishing tracks can seem daunting but the truth is, that feeling never fully goes away. Accept imperfection.
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