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General News / August 28, 2018

Irish producer LEEM shares ‘The Barcelona Beat Tape’

General News / August 28, 2018

Irish producer LEEM shares ‘The Barcelona Beat Tape’

“A sense of rawness is something that I always appreciate in music, so that’s something that I tried to convey with my own…”

 

After finishing his Multimedia degree in early summer, Dublin producer LEEM decided to move to Barcelona. It was during his three months in Catalonia that he created a new 11-track project.

“While I’ve been here I listened to a lot of music by people like Medslaus, Madlib, Paul White and MF DOOM. These become the sources of inspiration for the kind of beats that I was trying to create. So I spent a lot of time searching the internet for samples and ended up using things such as a sample of an old instrument called a hurdy gurdy. Some of the other samples come from artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Radiohead, Nicolas Jaar, and Bobby Womack.

“It became a big part of how I spent my spare time while I was here, so because of that my main focus was just trying to have as much fun as possible with it. Most of the decisions I made regarding adding sounds as samples were decided by what I would find most entertaining in the moment of creation. A sense of rawness is something that I always appreciate in music, so that’s something that I tried to convey with my own, whether that be by choice or limitation.”

Check out the tape in full below.