Hello all! Not gonna lie, it’s been a fucked-up past few weeks in Amerikkka. Y’all know what I’m talking about. But on the personal tip, I’m feeling rested and ready to move head-first into My Vaccinated Life (well, in about two weeks that is). Plus, there have been some great developments for Program Change. In addition to hosting some wonderfully thought-provoking conversations for upcoming episodes of Signal Process, I had an article of mine published on Ableton.com!
The piece was an interview I conducted back in January with the young production prodigy Kaelin Ellis. Ellis has been dominating my Twitter feed for the past year with his minute-long entries into his public beat journal, an anthology of grooves published from isolation that has woven itself into tales penned by one of America’s greatest contemporary authors and a Mercedes commercial alike.
I pitched Ellis precisely because he represents what I love most about the present-day music production community: commitment to giving back. Ellis doesn’t need to hide the secret sauce. He is the sauce, and he knows that sharing his Mercedes-commercial samples, his Drum Scupltr, and his techniques in Twitter threads and Ableton interviews will only cement his legacy as supreme harbinger of the bop.
Link to the podcast lords: https://pod.link/1559843654
In addition to my interview with Kaelin Ellis, I’m incredibly excited to share with y’all episode 2 of Signal Process, featuring the inimitable A. Billi Free.
A. Billi has blessed us with two solo albums in the past two years which have highlighted her soaring vocals, spiritually transcendent lyrics, and discerning taste for producers who complement a vocal style capable of breaching the metaphysical to communicate universal truths that are simultaneously familiar and unheard. Oh, and she’s been doing all of this on a $50 microphone recorded at home. For a singular insight into the process of a brilliant songwriter with a penchant for solitude, this episode is not one to be missed.
If you have any feedback for what we’re doing with Program Change, leave a comment, shoot us a DM on Instagram, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, as always, if you know someone who would love what we do, share this post with them:
‘Til next time! ✌🏾💕