Beat Makers: The Gaslamp Killer
Beat Makers: The Gaslamp Killer The Stussy Make Beats Contest is about the fun of modern music making and invites everyone to upload their original tracks for a chance to win some big prizes. We’ve already had many great submissions to the SoundCloud Stussy Make Beats Contest page and wanted to interview some of our favorite beat makers to see how they got started, what equipment they currently use and what they feel makes a good beat.  Now featuring… The Gaslamp Killer!!! Bio: The Gaslamp Killer is a Los Angeles-based DJ whose eclectic style ranges from psychedelia and world music to dubstep and left-field hip-hop. Associated with Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records, he made his production debut in the late 2000s with a series of EPs. Born William Benjamin Bensussen, he originally comes from San Diego, CA, whose downtown Gaslamp District's bar scene inspired him to name himself the Gaslamp Killer in disgust for much of the patronage. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, he found a niche for himself amid the city's massive underground party scene and ultimately found a home for himself as a resident DJ at the club Low End Theory, which resulted in a series of club-sponsored podcasts. Name: GLK aka THE GASLAMP KILLER aka WILLIE GLK aka WILLIAM BENSUSSEN Previous name: Willow First beat made: Made some re-edits with Pro Tools and my 303 at my house in Venice Beach 2006. Ended up using most of them for the Gonjasufi LP on Warp Records 2010. Current setup: 303 Dr. Sample, Pro Tools, BeatMaker 2 for iPad, my drum kit, Moog Voyager, various noise makers. What makes a good beat: Hard drums and a deep (as in emotional and heavy) bassline/melody. Favorite beat makers: Aphex Twin, Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Primo, Organized Noise, Hank Shocklee, Dabrye, Mark Pritchard, Dimlite, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Hudmo, MRR-ADM, Lorn, Eprom, too many more to name... Favorite beat that wasn't yours: "Body Movin'" by J Dilla off The Shinning LP. Favorite beat of yours: "Shattering Inner Journeys" featuring Computer Jay and Mike Burnham. The Gaslamp Killer - Shattering Inner Journeys Check out the Stussy Make Beats ContestBeat Makers: The Gaslamp Killer