Dave Derrilykt is a guy who has been around for a while in the Milwaukee music scene. Recently Dave has gone through a sort of rebirth into Milwaukee Hip-Hop after a short break. Last year he was one of the main sources that helped Panic to put his album out and this year he turned the success from that into recording projects for SPEAK Easy, SPEAK’s group Same Difference (with Frankie Flowers, Maal Himself, and TKS), and others. Dave also engineered the single version of my song “Dribble” (produced by 88-Keys)…so this guy has been busy.
Between the Miltown Beat Down and some of the artists that you are working with, I’ve been hearing your name a lot lately. Who are you all working with right now?
Right now I am working with SPEAK Easy, MAAL Himself, TKS, Frankie Flowers, Panic, SunE-P, Lone One (Texas), Patrice Downey and several other young up and coming artists.
You do sample based beats as well as organic beats in which you build everything by playing the parts yourself. Which style do you enjoy doing more?
Man it’s really hard to choose. Sampling is nothing but fun, but there are limitations. The fact that you can find some super dope, unheard of, weird, and cocky samples, is usually what draws me to sampling. “Organic” beat making is super fresh though too, because there really aren’t any limitations, as in you can pretty much just make it up as you go. I admit that sometimes I take it a little far and add way too many instruments and then it’s no longer a beat….it’s an instrumental.
I use Reason 4 along with Recycle for sampling…I usually just find a song that peaks my interest enough that I want to sample it. I load it into Recycle and chop it up where it makes the most sense. I usually chop up the entire song because there is always something in there that you might not think will work until you start laying out the drums and bassline. I usually use the DR. Rex in Reason for the sample I chopped.
As far as composition, I take a different route almost every time.
The software I use is of course, Reason, Recycle, Acid Pro 7, Sound Forge 9, and T-Racks 3.1 Deluxe with a SHIT TON of plugins.
You have worked with a lot of local artists as well as some national artists over the past decade or so. Looking at the Milwaukee scene as it is right now, what do you see?
The Milwaukee scene is different. We have a lot of clicks, we have a lot of Hollywood artists that think there shit doesn’t stink…we have a lot of overly cocky “Producers” and Emcees that kind of make the scene lame at times…at the same time we have some of the best artists that stay humble and stay involved in making our HIP HOP scene a positive, cooperative, and enticing scene to be involved in. We have a very limited Record label base, though the ones that I do see really have a passion for what they are doing and they keep our city alive by backing and promoting our local artists…and that’s just dopeness. Our little city has come a long way from not having a damned thing really happening to an explosion of basement studios that are putting out some nice music…OUR VENUES NEED TO BACK US MORE THOUGH!!!!!
(in a Forest Gump voice) That’s all I have to say about that!!!
We’ve talked a little bit about your producing, but now let’s switch to your engineering. You did Panic’s album a little while back and I know that you are doing SPEAK Easy’s different projects right now. When it’s time to mix and make sure everything sounds right, what processes do you use to yield the results you want to hear?
The Process of mixing is fun man, it’s a never-ending road that has many intersections of “well what the fuck am I going to do with this one?” type shit….LOL…nah really for me it’s just getting my pre-sets set up on the tracks, bussing what I need to bus, and EQing what needs to be EQed. PLUGINS PLUGINS PLUGINS. I got a real nice kit from Raze called WAVES and its nothing but SICK (shout out to Raze Blackie Chan Norris) once I get a mix I like at high DB’s then i crank everything DOWN and finish the mix-down quiet enough to have a whispering conversation, that way I can really hear what’s going on with the song. Other than that, I plead the 5th!!
Yeah man I was rappin, rappin, rappin, for quite a while. When I was with Starving Artists PerfeXshunists and ShutDemDown records, I just had a craving for making as many rhymes as I could. I always tried to keep them complex and my cadence was pretty bananas but I couldn’t find in my mind anything else to write about. I lost inspiration and I had a lot of recording, engineering, and beatmaking to do. Maybe I will one day decide to start spitting again. SPEAK is always kind of telling me I should. We’ll see!!
If somebody is looking for studio time, how can they get ahold of you to talk about booking sessions?
You can call me at 414-779-5959. Email me at email@example.com or Facebook me at DaveAUDIOPILOTmiller.
As a producer and engineer, what is the most important thing you hope to convey through the music, or for people to take away from what you do?
I just hope that they appreciate the time I put into my mixes as well as the consistency of my quality.
Any shout outs?
Peace to all my brothers and sisters over at UNI-FI Records, House Of M, Panic, Sam Winters, all the artists managed by IV Tin Soldiers Management, and of course my family: Amanda, Zoe, Maddy, Pilot and of course Dexter.