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Tim's Influences


Lesson time 07:28 min

Tim pays homage to some of the great producers who came before him and explains what influences helped him shape his own sound.

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I don't think people influenced me. I think people had me interested-- in them, and like how they do that. Dr. Dre is one. Dr. Dre, the way he mix his simplicity, and when you're, he made stuff sound so action packed, so robust, so loud. And the beat was so in your face. And I'm like, mine's don't sound like that. How do you get-- So I was intrigued how he hear music. And how he's-- when you watch "Straight Outta Compton," that's what I did-- lay on the floor, listen to music. It's just all day, to kill out all the ghetto noise. And whatever the problems, it's like, listen to-- (SINGING) Ring my bell, yeah! Boo! I'd just be like, what is that boo, how'd they get that boo? Boo! So he was a person-- he took all the sonics that I-- took all those sonics from those old records and made it hip for that time. Like Ring My Bell, he did-- I'm like, yo. How you flip-- like-- wow! Teddy Riley-- the way he mixed records. It was amazing. I'm like-- [BEAT BOXING]. It'd be in your face. I'm like-- then remember the time, like-- [BEAT BOXING] And I'm like, how did that snare? Like, I can't had this conversation with a snare. I don't about that, I'm just dancing to it. You know what I'm saying? But for me, that's what I'm thinking. I've been more amazed at they craftsmanship. I only look up to God. You know what I'm saying. I look up to people's talent in their craftsmanship, how many hours they put into a mix. Dre will spend days, leave the mix up on the board. That's fascinating to me because every day he walks in the room, he's finds some different with the hi-hat. Simple as the hi-hat. Hi-hat ain't right, we gotta sit on this for a week till we find the right hi-hat. That's what you call producing. Back then, Dre, Teddy Riley, Devante Swing, they know the sonics of analog. They made that analog sound so crisp and so hidden. When you hear the one, two, three-a-to the boom -- regardless if was a sample. You play the original, it don't sound like Dr. Dre's. You know what I'm saying. So he took the time on the board. He did it himself, not a engineer. But he know all those knobs on a SSL. That was his thing. You know, as I have talks, I was more like-- how you get your hi-hats? You know, those are questions, I was more intrigued by his sonics. Me and Pharrell-- Pharrell had a sound. And I was like, how you get that thing to bounce? I always look at the people craftsmanship. How they did something. If I wasn't doing it, that's what I was trying to do. Oh, hold up-- how you do that? Those were the people that I love they craftsmanship-- Pharrel, Dr. Dre, Teddy Riley. Primo, Premier-- that's what people don't know. Rodney Jerkins had a great sounds. And then there's Nas. (SINGING) You can hate me now. It's like, oh, snap. There's another! You know, it was moments. We try to make moments. And that's why I enjoy the craftsmanship of these producers because they make moments tha...

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Absolutely loved the fact that you could see just how passionate he really is with making music!

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A fellow student

His roots, power of music, history, innovation, everything in one. I will watch this video over and over again.

quinten V.

now im a fan of timberboy, never remember the name, but the beats ! I'm not specialised in hip-hop, but I learned a lot about groove ! thankyou a lot.. olso credits for the team... it opened my eyes about the importance of teaming up with !! keep having fun !


THANK YOU TIMBALAND FOR BEING YOU. YOU'VE HELPED ELEVATE MY SOUND AND UNDERSTAND MY WORK FLOW BETTER. if y'all wanna hear where this class has helped me get to production wise, listen to LSBonLSD by LiL SPACEBAR. i produced, engineered, and mastered the whole thing (except one song). thank u.

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Timbo is amazing!!! He delivers the real deal, great insights n guidance!!! Man's a genious

johnny J.

i am also a big fan for dre....hope one day we can having dre's masterclass !

Erik P.

Do you see a man skilled at his work. He will stand among kings. It’s cool to honor those of the past and embrace the uniqueness of what you were created for to find your own sound. Lovin’ it!

A fellow student

Tim says something in here that I think everyone now days needs to hear... Don't copy what's been done, innovate what's been done!

Jimmy C.

I can relate to "just move on" and not staying stuck listening to your own music too long. I think it's important not to clone another type of music that's been done over and over. Back in the 80's and 90's we would hear the same samples in songs, then someone comes along and plays or samples something that has never been heard before. Then a new sound is created that stands out from the others, without using the same sample. Earlier in Timberland's course, he mentioned that he listens to all types of sounds and music from other countries. That right there... is inspirational!

Anand R.

i like this ethos because it seperates those that CAN produce a dope sonic to those that are copying...thanks Timbo.