Phil Weeks Opens Up The Lab

We caught up with Robsoul Recordings boss Phil Weeks EXCLUSIVELY to talk about his music production, in the next instalment of ‘In The Studio’


What equipment do you have in your studio? (full studio kit list).

Studio Equipment

Here’s a list of the stuff I’m actually using now in the studio.


  • Akai MPC3000
  • Akai S950
  • Roland TR909
  • Roland TB303
  • Roland TR606
  • Roland SH09
  • Oberheim DX
  • Yamaha O3D
Technics MK2
  • Digitech Studio Quad V2
  • Emu Vintage Keys
  • Bozak CMA10-2DL
  • RME Multiface
SM Pro Audio M-Patch2
Sony Soundforge
Fostex 6301B
Dynaudio BM5 (with Alesis RA-150)
Sony MDR 7506

Pictures

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Phil Weeks Interview

What is your favorite piece of equipment to use in the studio & why?

My fav. piece is by far my MPC3000 because I can do all with it. It’s just essential, nothing can happen without it.


Give us some insight into your production process. How do you typically begin constructing a track?

I mostly do everything by sampling.
 I usually start a track from some sample ideas, so sound, texture or melody I want to sample.

I like to sample everything to the computer first from vinyl (most of the time but not only) with the Bozak mixer (crazy sound) through the RME multiface into my Soundforge program. Then I chop the sample into a lot of parts so I can be fully creative and I resample all of them into the MPC & re-adjust the chops inside when needed. The MPC is also controlling a lot of gear in the studio, The 909, the 303 sync, the S950…
So I do my thing with all the samples and build the track inside the MPC. Then everything is going separately to the Yamaha Mixer for the mixdown.
The final mixdown is recorded to the computer (with Soundforge)

You can check this video where I do a beat like from A to Z

What piece of studio equipment or production process defines the Phil Weeks sound?

I guess it is more about my samples skills, but also from the MPC3000 which sounds phat.

What piece of hardware/software elevated your production to a higher level & how?

I think what is important is to be working in a studio with fitted with everything you like. I have had a perfect studio from the 90’s, with everything needed inside because I love the sound. I like the sound of the machine with its low resolution, its unstable sequencers…This is the music I like & that’s how my production elevate to a higher level.

What fresh equipment have you recently added to the lab?

Just added the Dynaudio BM5 to replace my old KRK K-Rok.
Very happy with this move.


What are your essential studio supplies (food, drink, cigs etc)?

Weed, Coffee & Perrier (Sparkling Water)

What list of artists have influenced your sound?

Rasoul, JDilla, Premier, Derrick Carter, Mood II Swing, Cajmere, Pete Rock

What are your 3 favourite productions?

I really like all the music I’m putting out, There is nothing I’m not proud.
 So let’s talk about the ones that made it the most.

  • Live at Palladium
  • Jack To My Groove
  • Fries & Bridges – Forever This

What handy studio tip would you pass onto producers out there?

To take a peep at all my Underground Chronicles & Studio videos on my Youtube channel, I give a lot of good tips on there.
 www.youtube.com/uprock3000

What new production should your fans be on the lookout for at Traxsource soon?

My next release on Robsoul (PW08) “It’s The Inside That Counts”.
 Digital release in September. 
This is monster for clubs.


Making of “It’s The Inside That Counts”


Phil Weeks latest “Didn’t I Show You Love” out now on Traxsource


Phil Weeks


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