Llamabeats' Spits Talks Setai, Timbaland, Lil Jon, Distant Relatives
Or maybe they're up and grinding at The Setai. Either way, Llamabeats Crew bring a sample heavy musicality to live guitar, bass, and key laced tracks with an emphasis on breaks, and a heart full of Miami bass.
Crossfade caught up with the burgeoning production team's vocalist, Spits, by phone and found out about the Setai Studios, puffing in the car, and working with Timbaland and Chris Cornell.
Here's what Spits had to say...
May 22nd we're playing at Kill Your Idol on South Beach. It's just us I think, we're gonna be doin' like a little half hour 45 minute set. It's gonna be crazy."
The group is me, Spits, Master Fader, and The What's Good.
I've known Master Fader forever. I mean the two of us kind of grew up together doing like acoustic guitar jamming and getting fucked up all the time and playing guitar. In college I went to school for engineering and shit. Over there i learned to make beats just like everybody else. I also got together with a lot of hip hop heads and used sequencers and mpcs. Master Fader lived in LA for like 3 years and then when I got out of college I was interning at the Setai Studios and he was working there as an intern too. I heard his beats and they were fucking ridiculous and that's pretty much that.
We all love fuckin breaks too. We're all into the early 90's mid 90's boom-bap break beat kind of shit, sometimes just samples. The Whats Good is the biggest sample head out of all of us. That guy is a sample chop genius. We use guitars, bass, i play bass, whatever sounds have something cool, and then we fuckin mix the Miami bass into it, the 808s and what not, but every track is different really.
We've been together like 2 and a half years. We do a lot of writing and producing, that's the way we're gonna make the most of our bread and butter. Everybody in the industry says that's where the loot is.
We write everywhere, sometimes just puffing in the car. We rep Miami, it's home, and for our people, the crew, the Llama Crew, the LBC.
We've worked with Parable, The Benchwarmers Clique here in Mimai, Illustrate from Ghetto Youths Nation, one of Damien Marley's produced artists. Red October from San Antonio, Artofficial.
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