The weekend is here and a lot of big things have been going down here at IMF this past week. A gang of new and exclusive content just hit the site this week and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t keep the momentum going straight through the weekend. So we teamed up with Hoodfamous Music and the legendary MING to co-sponsor October’s Hoodfamous Podcast and bring to your earholes new exclusive sonic treats from the likes of Body Bangers, Villains, Infernal Devices, Miles Dyson, Stuffa, Digital Freq and of course some white label MING.
Hosted by MING, this hour long mix continues in the Hood Famous Music’s monthly podcast series and bangs on every level. Armed with a newfound sense of liberation, over two decades’ worth of production know-how and tools, and inspiration from dance music’s bevy of new champions, MING is looking toward the musical future he always dreamed of.
“…I’m inspired by the people who have done something with this genre that was considered dead. We’ve gone past the ‘everybody’s a DJ’ phase: Now people are good producers and good DJs…”
Whether your a long time fan or just testing the waters Hoodfamous Podcast #8 has everything you need to keep the party going long after the countless shitty top forty clubs shut down for the night. Tune in, turn up and get TURNT out bellow then hit the break for an exclusive interview with MING where we discus Junkyard drum n bass, new music, and voting for Obama.
IMF: I have to admit that my first introduction to the MING sound was from your Hoodfamous monthly podcast, and what sparked my attention even more was your Dim Mak single with 2Beeps “Make You Stay”. But you’ve been making quite a ruckus for a while now. Can you tell us a little more about ‘junkyard drum n bass’.
MING: Wow, ‘junkyard’, you’ve done a little homework. Junkyard was a term that FS and I used to describe the ‘anything goes’ method we employed to producing music. We weren’t confined by music genres or tempos, and we often mixed varying genres in the same song. I think the official press definition was – “the fusion of progressive hip-hop with drum and bass, turntable battle breaks and lush, live instrumentation.”
IMF:Being in this industry/Game/whatever its called, for as long as you have and still consistently bringing that ‘something new’ with your production, what inspires you to always bring that energy to every track over the years?
MING: I’m still a student of the game. I listen to other artists that I respect and challenge myself to come up with something new, or find a new way of flipping something old. Reworking the old stuff, I guess that’s the hip-hop side of me. I also love to collaborate on tracks. Working with established as well as emerging artists always keeps you fresh.
IMF: You’ve not only established yourself as a NYC DJ/Producing legend but you’ve also scored tv shows and are a songwriter as well. How do you transition from one to the other? Is there a different approach?
MING:I produce all kinds of music, from rock to hip-hop to pop and country. The most important thing you can do in production is stay true to the sonic quality of a specific style and spend time listening to make sure your production fits that particular genre. I get bored doing one type of music so I have to be good at multi-genre productions or music would get stale for me really quickly. When producing for film or television, its important to take into account the tone of the imagery or script and to make sure the music hits the right cues or mood changes.
IMF: Your last single released on Dim Mak “Make You Stay” features 2Beeps. How did that collaboration come about? And who is on the vocal, it’s stays locked in your head for hours?
MING: 2Beeps and I had been working on a bunch of material for an EP that came out recently on DIM MAK called “King Kong”. 2Beeps loves samples as hooks, whereas I try to stay away from sampling hooks, so he sampled himself. Win win.
IMF: Can you elaborate on who is on Hoodfamous and what to expect in the coming months?
MING: I launched Hood Famous Music (http://hoodfamousmusic.com) the summer of 2011, and have been releasing a track a month since then. In 2012, Jumpshot came on board to help with A&R and to run the label with me. We plan on building the roster with quality EDM artists of all genres. We’ve signed some nice tracks and have received great remixes from producers such as RealTalK, Octiv, Lion Dub, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Flynch, Gridlok, 2Beeps, and of course Jumpshot and myself.
For your recent release, the ‘King Kong’ EP you team up with 2Beeps once again, is there some type of possible new group between you two?
Beeps and I worked on a number of releases for Hood Famous Music and the KING KONG EP for DIM MAK, but I’m rollin’ solo this time around. I’ve been doing some hot collabs with other artists like Digital LAB and most recently on some bangers with Le Castle Vania.
IMF: What’s the response been like to tracks like “King Kong” and “Like A Ninja” from your peers, I already know the masses are ready to get their head blown?
MING: The response has been awesome and it’s nice to get to see and hear other DJs support the music that I make. But honestly, I’m always moving forward and working on something new, trying to make better tracks and improve my songwriting.
IMF: Is there any music out there now or from the past that people would be taken back with if they read you were inspired by?
MING:Some of my early influences include people/groups like Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Iron Maiden, Run DMC, Slayer, The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howard Jones, Metallica, Africa Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone and Skinny Puppy.
I generally listen to reggae when I’m not making music. I listen to The Joint on Sirius XM radio and I’m really feeling some of the new roots revival stuff like Busy Signal’s – Reggae Music Again and the classic stuff from Capelton, Steven Marley and Black Uhuru. I find listening to other types of music really helps me keep my productions fresh and original.
What do you see, as a producer, being the next thing you are going to be stepping into?
I’ve got a lot of projects up my sleeve that I’m not ready to divulge yet, but I’m been doing a bunch of remixes for DIM MAK such as a big progressive/electro remix of a Bootik and Silvertongue track called ‘In My Head’ and some bumping Moombaton tracks.
IMF: Whats in your headphones right now?
MING: Some of my favorite electro house producers are Miles Dyson, Digital Freq, Digital LAB and Le Castle Vania,
IMF: Your next Hood Famous monthly podcast will be a joint venture with IMFmag.com, what can the listeners expect, just a preview?
MING: This mix is full of some of my brand new unreleased tracks, a handful of bangers and some favorite electro house tracks that have been staples in my live set.
IMF: Anything else you’d like to say to the readers?
MING: Education, literacy, humanity, vote Obama.
IMF x Hoodfamous Music Presents: Hoodfamous Podcast Tracklist:(click on the titles to purchase)
1. MING – Wild Thing feat Tati (Original Mix) [white label]
2. Villains – Flashpoint (Original Mix) [DIM MAK]
3. MING + Infernal Devices – Things Change (Original Mix) [Hood Famous Music]
4. Jude Sebastian – Rubber Man (Miles Dyson Remix)
5. MING – Fake feat Tati (Original Mix) [white label]
6. MING – Wizard (Original Mix) [white label]
7. MING – Promenade (Original Mix) [Hood Famous Music]
8. Stuffa – A Million Secrets (Club Mix Dub Edit) [Trunk Funk]
9. Digital Freq – Crash (Original Mix) [Bug Eyed Records] http://btprt.dj/QjnXgc
10. Miles Dyson – Outro (Roy Rosenfeld Remix) [House Recordings]
11. MING – Victim (Original Mix) [Hood Famous Music]
12. Punk Investigation, Schuhmacher – Critical (Original Mix) [Great Stuff Recordings]
13. Sean Finn – Show Me Love 2k12 (Body Bangers Remix) [Scream and Shout]
And if you haven’t had enough, then check out MING along with any and all info about Hoodfamous Music bellow.