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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Adrian Younge

Posted by Amoebite, July 30, 2019 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Adrian Younge - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

LA music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sharp-dressed man Adrian Younge visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about his introduction to jazz, the influence of David Axelrod's compositions on hip-hop, and the band that inspired him to learn how to play instruments in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Often fusing the genres of soul, hip-hop, funk, and jazz, Adrian Younge first attracted critical acclaim for his score to the Adrian Younge Produced By2009 blaxploitation flick Black Dynamite. In addition to his roles as producer and composer, Younge was responsible for the majority of the music on the score, performing over a dozen instruments himself with support from a handful of vocalists and instrumentalists. Wax Poetics released Younge's score later that year. The success of Black Dynamite led Younge to relaunch his earlier Venice Dawn project; as a result, Wax Poetics released his atmospheric Something About April LP in 2011.

In 2013, Younge teamed up with The Delfonics, a major influence on Adrian, for the LP Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics. Shortly afterward, Younge joined forces with Ghostface Killah for Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die. His next high-profile collaboration was 2014's Adrian Younge Presents There Is Only Now with Souls of Mischief. Working tirelessly, Younge followed this up with work on Bilal's In Another Life and Ghostface's Twelve Reasons to Die II. In 2016, Something About April II came out, with contributions from Raphael Saadiq and Laetitia Sadier. That same year, Younge released The Electronique Void, a synth-heavy concept LP featuring narration from Jack Waterson, and joined forces with Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the Luke Cage soundtrack. Younge has also worked with or been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, Common, and Jay-Z. In 2019, he released Produced By Adrian Younge, which features vocals by Black Thought, Estelle, Georgia Anne Muldrow and more.

Adrian Younge started out this episode with one of his favorite albums from his childhood: Vince Guaraldi Trio's Peanuts Greatest Hits. "This album means a lot to me," he told us. "It's a compilation of some of the music I grew up with watching Charlie Brown." He also shared that it was his first real introduction to jazz.

Younge spoke very fondly of Portishead's self-titled sophomore album, which he described as one of the most influential records in his life. "I had that epiphany that I had to learn how to play instruments in order to become the artist I am today," he said of the trip hop group's use of turntables, beats and live instruments. "It was hip hop, but it was also psych rock, but it was also very cinematic," he told us. "I knew it was like Wu-Tang 10.0." 

Younge recounted meeting Brazilian pop composer Arthur Verocai and being in awe of his compositions and production. "He was using fat drums, fat bass to create this hip hop foundation at a time before hip hop even existed," he said. "I wonder if he knew 40 years ago that people like myself would be looking at him like a god."

But who is Adrian Younge's favorite psychedelic rock group and what is his favorite song by Raymond Scott? You'll have to watch the video below to find out!

Adrian Younge - What's In My Bag?
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