Even the artists names were more menacing here in the UK than the monikers used in the US. For example... Hijack, Kamanchi Sly, Gunshot, Hardnoise, The Icepick, Black Radical, Overlord X, Guttersnypes, Huntkillbury Finn, Zombie Headhunters, The Twilight Firm, Killa Instinct, Cut To Kill, Silent Eclipse, Silver Bullet .... you get the picture.
INSANE MACBETH is one man whose name alone conjures up thoughts of a sinister nature. Like tales from the dark side, where murder is commonplace and deception and power are the key to success.
As a veteran of the UK scene, INSANE MACBETH has worked with many MCs over the years including THE ICEPICK, KINETIC EFFECT (2 THE TOP), HUNTKILLBURY FINN, SHAKA SHAZZAM, CRAZY NODDY (SINDECUT), and more recently MALARCHI and RUFFSTYLZ. His first productions appeared on KINETIC EFFECT's 1993 12" release "Borderin' Insanity" which was an uptempo banger originally recorded two years earlier in 1991. In fact INSANE MACBETH credits MO-ROCK and DJ FINGERS as being big influences on the way he began crafting beats (see FRESH SKI & MO-ROCK interview below) as far back as 1988.
"I started off on music production using the AKAI S950 rack sampler, in fact using my engineer 'NO-SLEEP' NIGEL's machine - I love the sound. I've actually recently inquired on DWG forum asking about someone who's selling one."
He in fact teamed up with UK engineer extraordinaire NO SLEEP NIGEL on many of his productions, including his unreleased LP entitled "The Retardation Project" which was only distributed as a white label to industry heads.
Still heavy working on his beats game since the turn of the millenium, INSANE MACBETH also released a 12" from the LP entitled "True Heart" after it received a regular plays on UK radio.
"I'm still using the rack samplers...now using the AKAI S3200XL"
KINETIC EFFECT "The Catalyst" prod by INSANE MACBETH
INSANE MACBETH ft THE ICEPICK "True Heart"
To find out more about the man himself and his beats tune in to the B-LINE RADIO SHOW this Saturday 29th October as INSANE MACBETH will be recording a live interview with BIG TUNES D (www.gloucesterfm.com). He will be discussing his production techniques and playing exclusives from the INSANE RECORDINGS catalogue. There will also be an after party with the GET BACK crew at TEAGUES BAR in Gloucester where INSANE MACBETH will be in attendance. Expect some old school stories and some serious dungeon funk!
You should also check out the excellent MR KRUM interview with INSANE MACBETH from a couple of years ago which is very interesting reading indeed (check it out here)
INSANE MACBETH f/ THE ICEPICK: "TRUE HEART" 12" single still available in black and limited edition red vinyl for collectors. Contact the man himself at www.myspace.com/officialinsanemacbeth.
KID DYNO: What's your 3 favourite UK hip hop beats?
INSANE MACBETH: My three favourite UK hip-hop beats? Phew that's a hard one. But not including my catalogue I'd say for now ...
HIJACK: 'THE CONTRACT' produced by DJ. SUPREME
KATCH 22: 'SERVICE WITH A SMILE' (produced by ROUGHNECK SCOUT of THE ZOMBIE HEADHUNTERS)
KATCH 22: 'BAD NAH BUMBO' produced by MARGA
"I'm going to add two more...
FRESH SKI & MO' ROCK: 'IT'S WORKING' produced by MO' ROCK
MC. MELL'O': 'BIZZIE RHYMIN' produced by SPARKII SKI
Don't forget the interview this Saturday at 8pm.