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Edit-One is a music enthusiast that hails from Toronto, Canada. Edit-One’s exposure to music at an early age was through listening to his father playing keyboards, drums, and other instruments laying around the house and as well as playing a diverse assortment of LP’s. His father is an established keyboard player from Ghana who has played with the Ramblers, Black Beat, and Blue Monks, who later continued his foray with Highlife music when he moved to Canada in the 70’s. His A.P.M.S. band has released a number of albums and he has also produced a few albums for other Highlife artists before going on an indefinite hiatus.

Edit-One’s was first introduced to Hip-Hop music in 1986 by longtime friends Professor B, Fitz Dvyne, and Stacey T. His first cassette tape purchased was Run DMC’s Tougher than Leather and ever since he has been enthralled by all aspects of Hip-Hop culture. It wasn’t until the mid 90’s when listening to Paul E Lopez’s Vibes N Stuff was when Edit-One’s musical tastes began to broaden by being exposed to the origins of many of the Hip-Hop tunes that he grew up on as well as jazz, rare grooves, hip-hop and soul music that weren’t readily promoted by mainstream media. What really broadened his musical knowledge was working at the Cord Weekly (WLU student newspaper) which was where he exchanged music with various music enthusiast, and was introduced to different artists such as Prefuse 73, Madlib, El-P, Roni Size, DJ Shadow, Thievery Corporation, RJD2, The Doors, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, Tortoise, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Axelrod, Hi-Tek, Edan, Bilal, and The Avalanches to name a few.

Edit-One was encouraged to delve into beatmaking by friend Scotty C and long time friend Talksik. What attracts him about hip-hop influenced genres is the idea of re-imagining existing non Hip-Hop recordings and reconfiguring them, by way of sampling or interpolation, to fit into a Hip-Hop context. After purchasing his first sampler he’s been a beat junkie ever since. Edit-One has also took up DJing shortly after starting to make beats which is in the reverse order for most Hip-Hop producers.

Edit-One’s Top 10 Influences:
1) DJ Premier
2) J Dilla (aka Jay Dee)
3) Pete Rock
4) Madlib
5) Timbaland
6) Neptunes
7) Erick Sermon
8) Kanye West
9) RZA
10) Dr Dre

Current sources of inspiration: J-Zone, Hi-Tek, Alchemist, Black Milk, RJD2, DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, Denaun Porter, PPP, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Oh No, Jake-One, 9th Wonder, Evidence, Marco Polo and Agile.



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