Unplugged Film Enters The Mind Of A Beatmaker

October 12, 2010

Director Joseph Kessler presents Unplugged, a short film that offers insight into the mind and creative process of a vinyl based producer/beatmaker. From auditioning stacks of vinyl to sampling, chopping, editing, and ruminating over beat construction, Unplugged cover the all too familiar process of a sample based producer


Joe October 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm

that was f*#king awful.

DJSpaceGhost October 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm

That’s hate. Pretty cool video man, I enjoyed watching it.

tony traxx October 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

this video was hard to get through and thats my honest opinion

Mac Hustle October 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Seriously wac!

jake October 12, 2010 at 11:10 pm

its obvious hes not a beat maker,no sample based producer gets up in the middle of making a beat and goes for a busride to look at people,he aint even look genuine when he was making the beat,this woulda been SO dope if 9th wonder woulda did this instead of chris farley.

IV October 13, 2010 at 5:48 am

When I’m not feeling it I go out for a walk & come back with fresh ideas every time.

Hanz F October 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm

hmmm, That was pretty ummm. Interesting. I honestly dont have anything good to say about this video.

Tony T October 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Very interesting. We need to explore outside sometimes to stay away from the norm. If not everything becomes the same. I liked this.

Andre from baltimore October 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

yo that bob marley poster was freaking me the hell out!!!!!!

i kept feeling like it was looking at me.

Izzy October 13, 2010 at 12:12 am

Nice camera work bad acting and story didn’t make sense.

missedthepoint October 13, 2010 at 1:08 am

you all missed the point.

Inspiration October 13, 2010 at 2:29 am

Very Inspirational. The city has so much Rhythm.

Cess October 13, 2010 at 3:21 am

Yes… that’s me!!!!!

da don October 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

this is terrible in all aspects. simply garbage

silas aka simon October 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

not one beat maker is ever going to throw vinyl and fat boys overaccentuated facial expression scream ametuer hour. I used to take breaks when working but i find working on 2 beats at a time and just switching between sessions help me to be more productive with time managment. But at least the vid was about beatmaking (kind of) i think the point was the city has a rythmn a pulse that inspired early boom bap styles.

silas aka simon October 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

and did anyone notice in the screen shot there is what looks like a banjo on the right side of the screen

P.B. October 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

People need to lighten up.
This is obviously supposed to be a bit tongue in cheek.
People take this shit so serious. Even dissing the guy in it for “not looking like a beat maker?” SMH

VERBZ GALORE October 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

tongue & cheek? how much more of a joke needs to be made out of the art before YOU stand up for it?

da don October 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm

seriously….we take this ish seriously. That was terrible

VERBZ GALORE October 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

Are you guys serious?
why so many tutorials about how to sample? its almost like decreasing the value of diggin…or poking fun at it in some way!
you new age guys got it TOO fuckin easy man!
u already got dickheads littering youtube everyday with videos spilling their guts about WHATEVER they know.
telling what niggas sample, exposing your tricks you name it…
Then you got the coward who will love your beat/style so much they spend their money on the same equiptment as you, jack what your sampling, jack your drum kits, technique and everything and act like they aint doing nothing wrong!!
then you got guys like him…
he has NO BUISNESS with an MPC, they shouldnt have even sold it to his stinkin ass…thats why he sittin there with an EASY break and couldnt do nothing with it… I wont bother call it out cause if you dont already know or wasnt RAISED on it, you dont DESERVE to know, let alone have the record…aka get the fuck from around here!
yay I walk around NYC and listen to jackhammers then get inspired…riiiiight SMFH!!
you gotta hate the cat who has zero understanding of soul music and what its REALLY about, but he using soul samples…thats what pisses me off…
that sums up this new generation to me…
you dont HAVE TO KNOW nothing and you dont HAVE TO do nothing, you dont HAVE TO be official or show any skills to get respect, all you have to know is where to download the shit and you straight! complete disrespect to the game on various levels but who cares?! right?!
see nobody can fuck you up for violating or disrespect thats why yall do the shit you do and thinks its ok! talkin bout lighten up when diggers get next to NO respect as it is and the only ones who eat off the hard work is the “something for nothing” generation!
my point is EVERYBODY dont need to know…
EVERYBODY aint built to dig or make beats so stop passing it out like its a minute rice recipe…thats what fruity loops is for…and we all know how fruity loop producers are turning out…
this is ALL my opinion so fk how u feel…

weasle October 13, 2010 at 9:45 am

..you’re fucking kidding me, right?…. lol it’s not that serious
please, for all the “real diggers” out there,, shut up 🙂
..I don’t know what’s worse, the flooded youtube beat videos or these tough guys on their periods that rant about pointless shit in the comment section lol

da don October 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm

both of you have valid points

"Insert 'Cool' Name Here" October 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm

You’re embarrassing.
Your trollish, childish rant makes me feel ashamed to call myself somebody into digging, producing etc.
Pathetic misdirected anger at a harmless little film.
No – they didn’t. They may not have put it up there 100% accurately technically, or show him pulling out some Korean hotel covers band LP, but you know what chief – NO ONE GIVES A FUCK.
You’re the sort of cat who moans and grumbles at record stores cos you think you deserve the records more than some other guy you assume is less clued up than you.
You’re probably not even that clued up.
The “Pee Wee Herman” snare as you call it didn’t even originate with that record. Doesn’t that make you a “majority cat”.

Worst rant ever October 14, 2010 at 1:25 am

Yo shut the eff up. Your beats probably suck

VERBZ GALORE October 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

And that was actually the snare for “the pee wee herman” by joeski love…pac used it on ambitions az a ridah as well…
only giving it away cause if u use it you GOTTA use it right…
and I just know majoirty cats had no clue what it was lol…

Bing October 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

Goes to find that snare in MP3 format while the exact same record is in my crate. Lol. The video didnt move me, only because I thought it was going to be a real tutorial type video. Ohh well.

Michael October 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Man verbz calm down and take a chill pill, do what you do and what feels good to you. Do not try to dictate how other people should do their shit.

On another note, I thought the video was ok. Not groundbreaking, not terrible.

AP October 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Its called “Having Fun” guys…R u serious?

da don October 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

making good music is fun too!??? this was terrible@!!! i never comment on shit but this video really does annoy me

Boombapster October 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hilarious! Did they bring John Belushi back from the grave to shit on beatmaking like he did Chicago Blues? #teambeatmakers…FUCKYEAH!

CAT FLAP October 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm


Dave "Overlor" Virgell October 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Ok the video was just ok!! Verbz I understand your pain as well as everybody else’s opinion. Respect them all, even the funny ones.
I have been producing since 88 and loved hip hop since its conception. I am a true digger but what helps hip hop expand is many different views and approaches to making hot music.
What goes on through a producers mind will vary from producer to producer. I have spent a many a day in front of the MPC or MV trying to make heat. I have walked away many of time because I do not believe in forcing the music.
I am inspired by sounds ,for sound is the foundation of music and a producers # one ammo!! I don’t believe in wack sounds because used correctly a door slam a car horn etc. can add just the right element to a beat.
I do believe its a lot of people making there interpretation of hip hop and call themselves being true to the art but not know the history. which would be ok but they imitate whats heard copy from others thus degrading the art-form by not “Being True To Themselves”.
That’s how hip hop was born someone expressing themselves and someone sharing the vision and putting what they had to offer into the mix. Hip Hop needs expansion.
It needs each producer putting themselves into the music. Back in the Day you knew a Preemo beat when you heard it, A Pete Rock Beat, A Timbaland Beat, A RZA beat etc. because there music expressed who they where.
If everyone who wants to be a producer and has the talent to do so does just that this music will be as versatile and fun as it was in the 90’s something for everyone.
To end things off I understand what the video was trying to express (Think Outside The Box)!! It just wasn’t portrayed that great but it wasn’t awfull.

Worst rant ever October 14, 2010 at 1:27 am

Please Please Please!!!!!!
The 90’s are over.
For god sakes man let it go.

Dj ILL One October 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm

The point is that everyone is different when it comes to making beats and finding inspiration. This was not the best video,but I can identify with the aspect of it. Nobody is making fun of beat making here,actually they were giving it props and trying to give a understanding of this artform in a comical way. Taking yourselves way too seriously doesn`t help either. This is a passion of mine,but damn, I can differentiate disrespect from respect.

reveal October 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Settle down people, This is obviously a campaign for beatmakers to get outside ( offline) and get some excercise and possibly some vagina.

fc October 14, 2010 at 5:53 am

ha ha word up!! this crackked me up not out!

gee-wiz October 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm

damn. some of you cats aren’t too intelligent… bickering and riffing over this video which is a parody (in a sense).

33 friggin comments on NONSENSE about, the dude being wack, the “beat,” “realness…”

why don’t some of you watch the: “DR Period Talks Publishing, M.O.P, Work Ethic” video and actually learn something.

only ignorant and bitter folks ALWAYS have a negative opinion.

wise up folks… you’re not going to get ANYWHERE by talking $hit.

tony traxx October 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

A redneck makes a beat making video and ya’ll go crazy ILMAO !!!!

JK Director October 14, 2010 at 2:32 am

Hey everyone, I’m Joe director of the film. It’s interesting to see so many comments because I really didn’t expect the film to be viewerd by alot of people at all. In the end of my time at a short video production school I needed a final film. I had a great Idea for a subway musician documentary that I had researched in the past but the film had to be a narrative. After writing numerous scripts, my budget, or lack of interest held me back from shooting all of them. When it came time to shoot I was stuck. The scripts were very differnet, but all involved an element of music and inspiration. I was hanging at my boy TJ’s house at the time and I began collaborating with him on and idea involving city sounds and a beat. TJ is one of the most talented people musically I know. He is also the most raw on how he makes his sound. We came up with a concept of what to film about a week before the shoot dates. I wanted him to act in it as well. There was no way I was casting someone in a week that could fit this roll. I felt TJ’s passion for music would be displayed on screen, especially at this time in his life. I can understand the comments about his character, but TJ is no actor. But music is his other world and he’s full of it. The idea I was going for was involving inspiration, and city sounds. Also the fact his head phones weren’t plugged in the whole time. Because there wasn’t much pre-production I don’t know if we fully accomplished that. Especially the unplugged headphones. We shot for around 3 hours in the city and 2 nights interior. This is not at all enought time for the ideas we had.
In the end I feel like inspiration can be taken out of the film if anything. I had know control over the title on this site, ” Unplugged Film Enters The Mind Of A Beatmaker”. It seems like everyone that commented on the video makes beats and has a strong opinion about the process. I may have not entered the mind of a beatmaker, but that’s not what I tried to do. I went for a few different things and hopefully some are portayed. I’m going to put a good amount of time into my next film involving music and do it right.
I appreciate the critique and respect all.

Edit-One October 18, 2010 at 12:20 am

JK you did a great job.
I thought the unplugged headphones and the city rhythms were cool concepts.

keep going, don’t stop!!!

tony traxx October 14, 2010 at 6:22 am

Your filming skills are on point . I never seen a cleared video know where , But I guess tj’s process is alot different from some of the guys up here .I don’t think they meant anything .Next time when tj comes back in the house after going out side looking at the subway and trying to find inspiration he had better make a monster beat .Hey JK if I was an artist or someone looking for a directer to shoot a quality video for me you would be the first one I call and that ain’t no bull ! Keep doing your thing and if you ever need a short clip of music for a film hit me up ! Tony Traxx tonytraxx1@gmail.com

Jkessler October 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Thanks a lot Tony. That beat was TJ’s first beat he ever made years ago and I messed with the city sound myself. He is making great things now. He style is nice. He started sampling old western television. haha Thankyou and I will keep your email. Where can I check your things??

tony traxx October 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm
P.B. October 14, 2010 at 8:37 am

Ha ha , Tony Traxx disses the fuck out the video then kisses the guys ass who made it when he comes on here to comment on it.

ibn yasir October 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

word tony trax is some fake ass nigga

tony traxx October 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

@ibn yassir only a real nigga can admit when he overstated himself as i did your the same cat who came at me in the other post a while back as i believe . jealous ones envy

Big Steve October 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

sounds like a little hateration to me homie then you coming at dude under his own name , weird , have something against him call him on the phone, email or something instead of following him around in forums thats weird you . i know traxx he’s good people , he might have low balled you on an asr or something thats on you , you chose to sell it cause you were starving lol stick to the script

tony traxx October 15, 2010 at 11:36 am


tony traxx October 14, 2010 at 10:23 am

Only you would look at it like that . i thought the guy in the video made the video itself so i was wrong in that aspect … once JK clarified that i was ready to rock wit it . besides if you read the video i scence JK is open minded and acceptive to any kind of feedback good or bad. his filming skills were damn good ! the idea was ahh point taken , who am i to go against that . i gave him far more credit then the rest. he didnt deserve half of it but its all good . could i have shot a better picture NO , its not my thing so i gotta respect it . i know a guy that works at the home depot who is into film. so i have some knowledge from what he told me about how costly and hard to get into that that profession is.Kinda like this beatmaking shit lol

TG October 14, 2010 at 10:30 am

I thought this was satire using an actor (and making fun of the type of people who got sensitive in the comments)–I found it hilarious for that reason. Grabbing EWF fantasy like it’s holy grail shit That’s funny! Using one pad on the MPC and then getting “producer’s block.” LMAO. Then I read the director’s comment which seems to indicate that he and the kid in the video (not an actor) were very serious about this. (I didn’t even consider that as a possibility until I started reading the comments). From a filmmaking/editing perspective (musical commentary aside) it works, so the director can take solace in that, since that seems to have been his goal.

Tim October 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

Don’t be showin’ off my god damn beats on here bro, that was me in the video you hear son! I make hot beats, you hear son? Sampling is part of my life man, when I go out on the street I just think of how I can sample the sounds I hear? Music surrounds me, I’m an urban panther, and hip hop acts as the soundtrack to my jungle of ways..

Check it son!

Michael October 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

You got a nice setup.

tony traxx October 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

oh shit ! there’s gonna be 245 comments now . this is getting deep

246 October 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

comment 246.


MPC October 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Its just a funking video for funks sake. move on

DJSpaceGhost October 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm

“Producers” are the biggest birds on the planet. The game is so oversaturated that the best you guys can do is hate on something ORIGINAL that this man put a lot of work into? 95% of the people talking shit in this comment section have never made a piece of art even close to as entertaining as this, and your music will NEVER see the light of day. Even if the beat wasn’t fire and his records weren’t exactly gems, these guys made something original, which is more than any of you can say for yourselves. Stop trying to act like you want to “protect the artform” and appreciate an homage to it. Just because someone is fat and white doesn’t mean they’re disgracing hip-hop; you birds are making it look even worse by crying over someone else’s ideas.

JimMFFeeney October 15, 2010 at 12:18 am

This Shit was dope. Videography was awesome. And the sounds designed should have won a award!! Every great person has haters so keep hating. Great Job JK

Mike Double D October 15, 2010 at 12:50 am

“By two people validating each another, POWER is created!” – KRS ONE, from his lecture, at Sonoma University.. The people who dropped a bunch of negativity are likely surrounded by it. My advice to them is simple.. Make a video that shows what they can do. Also, I thought the video was entertaining and it looks like they put some hard work into it. Anyone who thinks they can do better, should.

Adrain D October 15, 2010 at 1:11 am

I was into the character and the film. Nice job.

outland October 15, 2010 at 1:35 am

Wow, some of those comments were so long I couldn’t bother reading them.
That Vid is what it is, kind of a nice change from the average how to stuff.
It all looks a bit staged and what not, but it’s pretty funny.
Wasn’t the whole point of this how easy it is today too, and it’s like this guy is doing this beatmaking thing for fun instead of playing on a ps3 or xbox?

Plotless October 15, 2010 at 2:56 am

I didn’t get it…

Good Piece October 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

The was an all around good Piece.

ClearBlue October 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

liked it for what it was

Alkota October 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Yeah this video was kinda weak. Cool concept initially, but it just fell off from there.

who October 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

HAHAHAHA, That was some funny shit…..Yall dudes mad because that joke of a skit was really yall.

who October 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

hip hop is dying, it just a comedian being planned at the wake.

Tony Traxx October 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm

WOW who reposted that ? somebody trying to keep some shit going i guess thats what he does

Asterix October 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I liked the idea behind this video and I also liked the quality. I thought it was some sort of comedic parody but unfortunately it just wasn’t funny.

under Stan October 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

These guys had the right Idea. Good work. Maybe yall should read their post before ya hate.

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