So, yeah, man…if you’ve been keeping up, you know I’m about a year into this whole new thang where I do everything on the albums. They’re really ‘solo’ albums, so if you don’t dif them, there’s no one to blame but me.
There’s a totally incredible feeling when you’re doing everything for the album. You LIVE with it, literally…and so do the people around you.
I have always said these albums that I have put out were like ‘children’. I live with em, I work with em all day, just getting them to a point where I can send them out into the world to represent me and themselves well.
With ‘The Tinkerer’, I was learning to paint…with ‘LOWER’, I’m sculpting, comfortably.
‘The Tinkerer’ was more or less, a loose concept album about the joy of discovery, science, and having to overcome fear of the unknown to get to (and create something) great. It was my first time being responsible for everything on an album, from the music, to the narrative, to the mixdown…everything. I tied all that into the album itself; it really is an album about making the album, dressed up as a mad scientist/monster flick.
I was at home, in my little music-room (calling it a ‘studio’ sounds pretentious. I made ‘The Tinkerer’ and ‘LOWER’ on the laptop on which I am typing this and there ain’t no ‘drum room’ in my house), figuring out how to use all this stuff that had been sitting here at my disposal for YEARS. ’The Tinkerer’ was about creating a whole new thing from bits and pieces of what was already there, just like Dr. Frankenstein zapping life into dead body parts…
…or Afrika Bambaataa playing ‘breaks’ in the park…
…or Jimi Hendrix utilizing the ‘mistake’ of feedback to make a guitar sound like a dolphin.
…or Andy Warhol realizing that those soup cans might look cool presented differently.
You get the idea by now…I think I’m Nikolai Tesla, yo. Art is science, science is art.
I didn’t realize I was starting ‘LOWER’ when I started it. That’s kinda how it works, I write a few tunes…and a few weeks later, I’m looking at a batch of songs for a project. The project then begins to define itself as I follow where the spirit takes me to make the music.
The whole time I was crafting what would become ‘LOWER’, I was listening to (and studying) David Bowie. I’d bang out the rare new release here-and-there, but would always go back to the Bowie. I bought pretty much all his studio albums and absorbed them, totally enjoying the process of discovering this ‘new’ classic artist. It was ‘new’ to me; obviously, I was familiar with his work and had a singles collection, but this was my first time delving into the albums and the characters and mythology he created. It was pretty awesome, yo, pretty damn awesome. Maybe I can be that for someone else; I sure enough have the discography…and I’m still adding on and growing.
I found the focus of my album at some point during that year. I had recorded about 10 songs at that point. Once I knew what I wanted to do, I kept writing, remixing, producing, adding on…I ended up with about 35 songs to pick from for ‘LOWER’. I had the album down to 19 tracks up until about a week ago, when the process of resequencing required me to actually cut some tracks. Sometimes, you hafta cut things away to get to what you’re really trying to do.
Now, I’m there, man. I took the bandages off and realized I was ‘The Thin Beige Duke’.
All the Bowie, the science-fiction, ‘space’, the sounds, the soul, the synths, the FONK…it’s there. ‘The Tinkerer’ was The ‘Kid ‘making a man’. ‘LOWER’ is the soundtrack to a movie about that very man building a spaceship in his back yard. (I don’t wanna give it away, but the spaceship actually ends up working…)
I guess the next move is to get the finished product to you, huh? Word…I can’t wait and we’re tryna make that happen asaptually…
…along with some ‘…other’ things.
In the meantime, please check out the DIY videos on YouTube that I made for ‘LOWER’…
‘LOWER’ playlist on YouTube.
…and the free ‘LEMMIGITPAID’ Maxi-Single on my Bandcamp page…
‘LEMMIGITPAID’ Maxi-Single on Bandcamp
and get that ‘Slim Get Fonkay (Slim Gon Tell It)’ while you’re at it…
…and you can click the pic to go to my Soundcloud page to hear more…I stay workin.
Rusty Redenbacher Soundcloud Page
Awww…my last album, ‘The Tinkerer’ is streaming on Spotify, if you wanna hear what I was talking about…you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon too, man.
Rusty Redenbacher Page on Spotify
Ayyyy…Slim would not be mad if you hit ‘like’ on my Facebook page, yo…
Rusty Redenbacher Facebook Page
Aight, I’m gonna be streaming some tunes and letting you hear more of what has been going on over cheah soon, man.
Thanks for everything to all y’all out there rocking with #ATFU and myself.
‘LOWER’ IS GONNA ROCK YOUR FACE.
Jay-Z vs. Rusty Redenbacher (#ATFU) - ‘Public Service Announcement (Slim’s Funky Gunz Blend)’
Staying crisp in the mix and seeing what these tracks I’m working on sound like with someone rappin on em…
Made the track last week, made the blend today. Bump that
Rusty Redenbacher (#ATFU) - ‘I Ain’t Sayin Nothin’ (Listen here)
While we figure out what to do with ‘LOWER’, I thought I’d stream some other stuff that I’ve been working on in the meantime. Still cranking out tracks, though I have slowed down a bit recently (by my standards).
Just thought I’d share this snippet tape. I may do some more things like this on like a monthly basis or sumn, just a lil sumn to let people know I’M ALIVE.
Hope you enjoy it. Set it up for downloads if you want it.
#NewMusic - DOTTA, ‘All I Know’
Oh, we ARE working.
Get over to Dotta’s Bandcamp page and get this one. Just click the pic.
‘Forever Dope’ drops on Oct. 2nd.
#ATFU - the hustle never stops.
The homey @DOTTA9 gotta new joint out! GET THAT!
I’m still at 500 views on this…I gotta get it back in ya face.
Shot this joint with the iPhone, edited it myself with iMovie,
Produced the track and recorded the whole thing on this laptop I’m pos
Really, it’s for the kids.
Part of my mission now is to let the youth (and your old ass that has always thought you had creative ideas that you wanted to verbalize, visualize, and communicate to others…) know that you can get FONKAY all on your own…you can get the word out all on your own…you just gotta stick to it and really believe in what you’re doing if you wanna go somewhere with it.
Someone asked me how it felt to be successful. I told them I really didn’t know
because I spend more time working and the reason for doing it than I do celebrating any kinda “success”.
…and I don’t feel like I’m “successful” in the way a lotta the world views “success”, but I’ve succeeded on some terms of my own that mean the world to me.
There it is. Slim gon tell it. If you like the tune, you can grab it from the link in the info box on the video. Right on.
#ATFU. Me and @MrKinetik will see you at ORANJE next week.
#LEMMIGITPAID #LOWER #other #ATFU
Been cranking out mad work in the Iron Man Monster Factory. I got two albums coming to y’all and one of em is free.
Thought I would give y’all a bit of an idea of what I’m working with, Check me out. You dig it, pass it on.
Grassroots from the crossroads.
Click the pic to download from my Bandcamp page.
Click HERE to download directly from Soundcloud.
2 albums, 38 tracks…so far…one of em’ll be free. Slim got you.
Get ready for ‘LOWER’.
Get ready for ‘…other’.
…there’s one of these for each song on #LOWER. When you hit the ‘down’ button on the playlist, it looks like a GIF. #ART #SWAG #Warhol #JoyInRepetition #DIY (Taken with Instagram)
#LOWER - Tracklist and links to the stuff you can mess with now…
Let’s get to it…
Rusty Redenbacher (#ATFU) - ‘LOWER’
1. Test Marketing/Celebrity Endorsement/The Solution (intro)
3. Roundabouthere (Rightaboutnow)
4. My Game, My Time
6. Warm Thoughts
7. Good To See You Again
8. Double Dutch
11. Me And Jimi In The Hovercraft
12. Boogie With Slim
18. Hot For You
…and there it is. Now here’s where you can really get into it early.
Yeah, this joint gonna rock your face. I look forward to getting the complete work to you.
Peace, Respect, and Grace, y’all. Get LOWER.
#LOWER Preview. #ListenHere #ATFU
Five songs from ‘LOWER’, three of which haven’t been streamed or released yet.
Feel free to leave feedback and share these with your people. That’s how the word gets to the right ones. I believe I gotta winner of an album over here.
I’m streaming these tracks because I’m geeked up. Y’all have been great to me during the whole process of creating these records…for years. I’m excited and pleased to share.
Believe me, #ATFU has a lotta great music coming to y’all, one way or the other. You hear about a show, a release, a video…be sure to check for that. I’m working with six of the illest cats I have had the pleasure to listen to and work with…the future is bright cuz we want it to be and we work for it.
Be great, y’all. Hope you dig what you hear. You face shalt be rocked.
So sayeth Naptown Slim…
I am The Thin Beige Duke.
Peace, Respect, and Grace,
#NewVideo #TroubleAgain #LOWER #ATFU
Another one of those days where the urge to be creative and let you hear what I am working on took over.
This is another DIY video from my NEXT album, ‘LOWER’, which is in fact, DONE. Just timing and opportunity are what are keeping me from getting it to you.
I’m proud as a mug of this one; like ‘The Tinkerer’, I am responsible for every sound. voice and concept you will hear on ‘LOWER’. I’m excited to see what y’all think. I believe I have a nice varied range of stuff on this album, but it’s cohesive and bangs….differently.
This is ‘Trouble Again’ from ‘LOWER’, a tune where I flex the golden pipes a bit for ya. I also wanted to try some different stuff with film speeds and filters. Just goofing, man. I had a good time with it.
Holler at me, leave me some feedback.
Also, I’ll have a website soon, rustyredenbacher.com, and it will be worth visiting often.
Believe that. I’m working…whatCHOOdoin…?
Get ready for a DYNAMIC summer from myself and #ATFU.
#NewVideo - ‘Slim Get Fonkay (Slim Gon Tell It)’ - #LOWER #ATFU
Shot this with the iPhone again. Having too much fun to stop.
Right on…I’ll be rocking your face more soon.
LOWER is really gonna rock your face.
Ahh..I posted it on my Soundcloud too…
Slim get fonkay…Slim gon tell it.
I really want y’all to check for this ‘Slim Get Fonkay (Slim Gon Tell It)’
#LOWER IS SOOOOOOO GONNA ROCK YOUR FACE!!!
Right on and power love to @ThisIsJohnBook for riding with Naptown Slim out the gate. Very appreciated. Mahalo nui loa, bruh.
#ATFU is tryna do sumn great here. Stay with us.
As always, salute @HotMixPrinceJay for the great look and constant support. You can go here to hear this buzzy, fonkay, body-rocking shit I dropped last night, #ASWELL.
#ATFU IS THE VIBE AND THE CREW. GET HIP NOW.