Cut Chemist joins the Antiquiet Podcast to break down his new album Die Cut, before its release on March 2nd (pre-order). Born Lucas McFadden, Cut Chemist made his name as a founding member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli before releasing his groundbreaking 2006 solo debut, The Audience is Listening. He’s a crate junkie through and through, and helped pioneer the music scene by preserving and sharing the best old school, hip-hop, funk, and rare groove beats from around the world.
This episode dives deep on the Die Cut album, which includes guest appearances from Biz Markie, tUnE-yArDs, the incredible Deantoni Parks and more. Deantoni’s kaleidoscopic beat abilities had a profound impact on the record, which McFadden expands on here. We also dig through Cut Chemist’s connection to the Beat Junkies Institute of Sound, where world-renowned mixmasters cut up the tables side by side with students, as well as Cut Chemist’s own A Stable Sound show – a living encyclopedia of beat mastery, world music and the sonic architecture of entire genres.
“This is the death of a musical identity and the birth of another,” reads the press release statement on the record. “It isn’t just the cut-and-paste style anymore. I’m collaborating with more musicians and sampling less. This is different. The content is emotionally heavier, even though it’s still fun. It harks back to the energy you can share with live musicians rather than being a DJ alone on stage. I wanted to capture that with this style of music.”