Crate Digging or E Digging?
What up MM, it’s your boy Ant Smith with some food for thought. So how do you dig for samples / sounds? The ones that really inspire you and give you the instant banger you have been looking for.
With the Internet today, it is fairly easy to grab a sample from pretty much anywhere, but there is still a technique to finding that golden sample. The one that no other producer has used. The Internet is a massive chest of musical samples / sounds and it just takes the right click to acquire that instant banger. As many of you know this technique is called E-digging and I’m sure a lot of you dig for your samples this way. Damn, every now and then I even browse the Internet to see what’s on offer, but for me this an untraditional way of accumulating samples.
Personally, my preferred option is the good old-fashioned way, crate digging. There’s something about a record store. I am not sure what it is, whether it’s the smell, or the feeling I get when I find that one dope record. I just love walking into a record store, browsing the records one by one for hours and taking a stack home with me. Especially when I hear that pop and crackling sound. Its just dope! There is another side to crate digging that no producer ever wants to see. You could dig for hours, buy a stack and end up with a load of wack records.
I dunno, there is something about crate digging that I just love. I don’t think E-digging will ever be able to replace it and fill the void that would be left. For some reason I just don’t get that same feeling when E-digging, but I have to admit it does have its benefits.
Crate digging is definitely an art form, hands down; there is no dispute on this. It is an art form that is slowly being lost and it has served the Hip-Hop community so well in the past. I would encourage any producer to crate dig and carry on the tradition that has been set by so many talented producers in the past. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying that E-digging isn’t an art form, but in my opinion crate digging is by far the best way to search for samples and sounds.
So MM, drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts on digging? What method you prefer? Do you think it’s an art form? Until next time, you can catch me at @UKAntSmith. I look forward to hearing your views.