(February 2005) | Interview By: Nima
Dubcnn.com recently sat down to the
newest production sensation out: Da Riffs. E-Roc & Zed are still fresh in
the game, and have already produced for people like Method Man, Redman, Xzibit,
Ras Kass and many more. With their universal sound, they can fit anybody. They
told us about their beginnings, their experiences until now, future projects and
much much more. We have both the transcript and audio for you to check and feel
free to send any feedback regarding the interview to: email@example.com
Huge thanks to
Da Riffs for taking time out to answer the questions fans wanted to know and to
Abby for setting it up! (Interview was done by phone in February of 2005)
Questions Asked By : Nima
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So we're talking to Da Riffs.... Let me know, who are Da Riffs?
That's me, E-Roc.
Zed: And me, Zed aka Thunderfunk.
Where are ya'll from and how did you get together?
E-Roc: I'm from New
York and was managed by a girl named Abby and she introduced me to Zed.
Zed: I'm originally from Alaska, and actually met up with Abby when I was out
in Connecticut, and when I was out in California a couple years later, she put
us together and the rest is history!
dubcnn.com: Why did you pick
Da Riffs as a name?
E-Roc: Actually, I was watching that movie "The
Warrios", old 70's movie, and you had all these different types of gangs
in the movie, and one of the groups was called Da Riffs and they were kinda like
the head crew that was out to get the Warrios throughout the movie. So that was
kind of a cool lil name and that was that!
dubcnn.com: So you're
a production crew... What's your work process in the studio?
it varies, I mean we both do stuff on our own, but most of it is done together.
E-Roc does alot of the drums, and he also plays keys. And I do keys and do some
drum processing, but mostly play the guitar, use the string insturments. It's
collaborative, we kinda feed off each other and kinda feel it out. I guess like
a Jazz band, one is one the drums, the other on the guitar, and you kinda stack
it up from there.
dubcnn.com: Right, so you complement each other.
How would you describe your production style?
E-Roc: Man everytime we
sit down, it sounds like something different, cause we have so many different
projects. People tell us what they're looking for, what budgets they're holding,
and we can just vary up. We got stuff like Rock & Roll and Eascoast HipHop,
Down South, we really put our signature shit on there. It's not really a name
for it, but, you know, we got samples, we got keyboards..
But you do have a signature sound?
E-Roc: Yeah, I mean we got a sound.
It's alotta people that just sample, and only have samples, or people who only
do keyboard beats but we kinda have both backgrounds, so every beat we have, we're
not just gonna take a sample and chop it up and loop it, we're gonna like replay
parts, and add parts, and add alot of stuff on top of it. We try to have the element
of musicianship on top of it, not just cutting and pasting and sampling and sequencing.
We wanna put some real live instruments on it and try to give it that live feel.
dubcnn.com: Who have you collaborated with up until now? Who have you
Zed: A whole lotta people! Big names are.. we had a song
called "I Will Not Lose" with Method Man & Redman, we did a song
with Xzibit, Ras Kass, we got a whole album with Planet Asia... We got a whole
album with Ali Vegas... Some stuff with Stat Quo (Shady/Aftermath), Sly Boogy,
Young Zee, Rah Digga, we messing with Scipio and Bishop Lamont.. Heltah Skeltah..
dubcnn.com: That's all my people! Who would you say has been the dopest
artist to work with in the studio?
E-Roc: Young Zee is pretty creative,
he comes up with some shit! He's a cool cat, I definitely like working with him.
dubcnn.com: Have you ever had any BAD experiences with anybody?
E-Roc: Bad experiences... Nah, I don't think so, everything has been on the
dubcnn.com: You have a good relationship with DJ Warrior and
the Cali Untouchables. How did that happen?
Zed: That happened through
our manager Abby also. She works with alot of artists and she's always hooking
up like exclusives for mixtapes and stuff. And Warrior heard our beats and he
uses his networking which is working with artists to get them to change the mixtapes
into more original production going on, not just covers and stuff like that. Warrior
likes to get creative with what he's doing.
dubcnn.com: What projects
are you currently working on?
E-Roc: We're doing a project with Planet
Asia, his alter ego I guess, King Medallions. We're also doing some stuff with
Ali Vegas. Also alot of EA stuff, the video games. Different video games, so we
always have stuff popping with that. We actually just signed our contract with
EA Sports as exclusive urban music producers. So on every game, they gonna be
using us on like 3-4 songs. And also recently we signed a publishing deal with
Next Level on the Cherry Lane publishing, which is a new company started up with
EA Sports, a joint venture.
dubcnn.com: Will Da Riffs be doing
a compilation album too?
Zed: Yeah actually Dow Jones and Warrior were
talking about doing a Da Riffs mixtape which will be more like an album, better
artwork and real packaging and barcodes. But that was just all the songs that
were featured on alotta shit we worked on.
dubcnn.com: Which artists
would you like to work with that you haven't worked with yet?
It's alotta artists *laughs*
dubcnn.com: Your Top 5!
We got a track with Lloyd Banks but we haven't heard it yet, but that was one
that in the past was someone we wanted to work with, so hopefully we'll get to
hear the song first. Who else... I really wanna work with AZ, so if he reads this,
hit us up!
dubcnn.com: Who besides Da Riffs do you think is bringing
heat in the game right now?
E-Roc: Red Spyda... Just Blaze got fire..
Zed: Yeah Battlecat! We actually collaborated
on a bunch of tracks with him recently.
dubcnn.com: How did that
E-Roc: Once again through Abby! He heard our stuff and he was
like "I gotta deal with these cats" and we were obliged to have him
come to the studio and he came and brought all his stuff for like 3 days and we
just pumped shit out! Cat can come out with some heat over and over and over!
dubcnn.com: We're currently trying to rebuild the West Coast...
who are the top artists you think will have a significant part in this?
Both: Ras Kass!
Zed: Ras, Scipio, definitely Bishop Lamont, he's one
of my favorite out here.
E-Roc: Sixx John, he's nice. We got a song
with Sixx John, Roscoe & Bishop and Young Maylay. That's a hot one.
dubcnn.com: If you were to do a whole album with just one artist, who would
you pick and why?
E-Roc: Personally I would pick Jay-Z cause I know that
as long as I thought the beat was hot, whatever he put on it I know it'll sound
dubcnn.com: Have you done alot of work with Ras Kass since
he got out?
Zed: Yeah, alot, the guy is a fuckin' animal! He pumps out
5, 6, 7 songs a day, everyday, over and over and over, he's a workaholic. He obviously
studied hard and when he came back, he came back with alotta songs. He got alot
of concepts. The last 2 songs we did he told us how he wanted the beat to sound
and the vibe he needed, and we hooked it up. Hopefully we'll make a couple on
the album. The one with Xzibit is real hot.
dubcnn.com: If everything
goes according to plan, what will you be doing htis time in 5 years?
E-Roc: Hopefully we're gonna have singles out there, we're gonna have high demand
for Da Riffs, people gonna be lookin' at us to get their shit out there. And shit,
in 5 years, we might be retired! On an island! *laughs* Nah but we just gonna
keep the music on forward and not backwards.
about it for the questions, is there anything you'd like to let everybody know?
E-Roc: Yeah, if you're lookin' for any beats, holla at Abby1ill@aol.com!
dubcnn.com: Yeah, sounds like Abby been puttin' in alotta work
for ya'll! Give her a shoutout!
Zed: Seriously, she definitely puts in
her work. It's great to have her on the team!
E-Roc: Yeah, tell the business
world to watch out for her!
dubcnn.com: Alright, good lookin' out
on answerin' the questions!
E-Roc: Good lookin' Nima!
Alright peace man!
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