Focus Creates A Beat, Layers Drums, Plays Bass

February 9, 2010

The makers of West Coast Theory went in-studio with Aftermath producer Focus.  The producer offers a peek into his recording environment  and explains his approach to creating music, thoughts on software, and experience working with Dr. Dre.

Throughout the interview Focus illustrates his process of crafting a beat from working with the original sample to layering drums, recording, and playing live bass.

Sometime I do sample, but I try my best to stay away from it cuz I just know it’s a pain.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Allied February 9, 2010 at 4:46 am

Pretty nice sample he is using there.


TONY TRAXX February 9, 2010 at 7:35 am

I like this video too. Sampling is a pain I feel him on that. I can’t get shit right I won’t go into detail. I think im going to take toomp’s advice and get a lil of both back in the crib. Reason recycle aint doin it .


illskilz February 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

koool he,s dope


B.Dolla February 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

First the Toomp video then this? Nice posts Semantik! Keep it up!


spank delux February 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Semantik!! I EFFING LOVE YOU!!! I’m snowed in today and this vid, plus yesterdays vid of Toomp has givin me soooo much inspiration to just work on tracks all day!!! I LOVE CRATE KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


P.B. February 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Damn, I gotta learn to play bass guitar.
It just makes tracks come to life with an ill live bassline underneath.


yikes February 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

That bassline is vicious!


andre from baltimore February 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

bernard edwards was his father?!?!?!

well that explains everything!!!!!!!


Ace Fadal February 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

So Professional
Best Beat Making Video In A Minute…. Good Post


da real bingo February 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Isnt that the sample used for twista-get me off of kamikaze. Yep, I said it! I wont tell the sample though. Nice beat making video. Aftermath has a bunch of in-house talent over there. Come on with the DETOX!!


Dj ILL One February 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

In my opinion,I believe he is better than Dr. Dre just from his instrumentation alone. Don`t get me wrong,Dre is a legend ,can`t take that from him,but listen to some of Focus`s production. He is just too deep for Dre. hopefully some of his work makes it on Detox now that he`s on his own. The “Your Truly” mixtape with Marsha Ambrosia tells it all. Google it. It is definitely worth a listen.


Ace Fadal February 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Its that EAST COAST Sampled Soul Flavor…….. Rather than them West coast original hi- synths and bass jams


Marcus X February 10, 2010 at 12:36 am

DJ Khalil is my fav AfterMath staff producer! I also Tweeted my choice!



Mr. Preacher February 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

Focus is a mix between east coast with the hard smaples and west coast with the piano keys. he def my top 5


Mr. Preacher February 10, 2010 at 1:15 am

too bad hes not on aftermath anymore dude left last year


TURNitUP! February 10, 2010 at 7:28 am

another one crate kings daily inspiration..

this bass line remind me of dre at his best.

miss those days..


BIG G February 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm



Haroon February 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Why’s Aftermath got all these producers when they only put like like 2 albums a year.


John February 11, 2010 at 2:30 am

He makes it look so easy and effortless. I also agree that the bassline made the track really come alive.


todayes February 13, 2010 at 4:55 am

Focus is dope . This video reminds me how some of us dont have that engineer at hand , so we gotta work extra hard and learn more .


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