The Story Behind Big Dope Riddums
Big Dope Riddums is the result of buying Computer Magazine and Future Music Magazine at local bookstores. Through these publications he was provided with royalty free samples which he sequenced together in his Sony Acid 4.0 software. After finishing a number of tracks Dj Cola took them over to Airshow Mastering in Boulder Colorado where Matt Sandoski, a grammy award winning engineer, mastered them and pumped them up to stereo and club speaker quality. The result was a myriad of big dope riddums that can best be labeled as ambient/ electronica/big beat/trip hop music(basically upbeat music that would work well in a car commercial).
Big Dope Riddums was inspired by Fat Boy Slim, aka Norman Cook, aka Pizzaman, aka Beats International. Number one on Dj Cola’s to do list was to always buy Fat Boy Slim’s newest album and find any remix he could in the record stores. His music kept him company while he worked at Net library a company that published e-books where he had a an editing job. Dj Cola was allowed to listen to Cds on headphones while he worked. Often times he would sit in awe listening to Fat Boy Slim and then go home and try to imitate the techniques he heard.
Dj Cola quickly realized Sound Forge by Sony was an integral part of many of the techno tracks he heard in early 2000 and on. He recognized where sound fx came from, he learned how to isolate pieces of beat samples and create build ups and break downs just like Fat Boy Slim. He also learned from an audio book he perused in a book store. He learned the trick of putting a sound in reverse, then putting it through reverb or echo, then reversing it back to normal and voila, you have the opposite effect of an echo with the echo sound creeping back into the beginning of the track or sample.
Learning these tricks of the big time producers and Djs fueled his enthusiasm for the art and soon he found himself in Miami at the Winter Music Conference. There he met many people who had the same love of Electronic music as him and began remixing tracks. He met a guy from England named Reflex and remixed a track for him that was then put on his label Solar Flare Records. On the track “Dreemz” by Reflex, Dj Cola used his own voice to sample the phrase “the rhtym the bass” and then slowed it down in his Sony Software so it sounded like a deep voice similar to what he would hear on Fat Boy Slim tracks.
Listen to and buy the track today at www.myspace.com/solarflareUK.
Currently copies of Big Dope Riddums are being sent to production studios across the country in hopes he can be included in TV shows and films. Dj Cola spends some of his time watching Direct TV and waiting for whatever reality show he is watching to end so he can see the ending credits and find out who produced and made the show for the cable channel. He then googles the company name to find the address for the studio to send his CD there.