When we asked beat producer Freddy Bracker to record us an exclusive mix way back in August, little did we know that the Brussels-based beatmaker was going to get back to us with a compilation of solely unreleased tracks, gathered in studios and jam sessions around the country, resulting in 45 minutes of beats, grooves and good vibes.
Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…
I’m Freddy Bracker, aka Alfredo Braccuccino. I’m part of the Moontroop collective, part of 1352.Harmonics alongside Dr. Livingstoned and Jay Dilletant and part of Cometeers alongside Necktalk.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
I started messing around with Fruityloops in 1999. Now I sample smooth records on the Mpc2000xl and Sp202, and add spacy percussions and electronics with a MiniNova and a Korg MicroX. My beatlab is my mind’s sofa, it’s where I can disconnect from time and space. Making music equals freedom to me.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
It isn’t, although I wish it was. I’m working freelance in the event business.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
There are several influences in this mix, but it generally has a hip hop vibe, and contains some bits of jazz, funk, prog-rock, etc. Some tracks have been made during jam sessions at the studio with others, others are unfinished tracks that are still works in progress, others will never be officially released and others will be out soon. I’d relax to this mix at home while cooking, reading or drawing, or on your way home, preferably on the subway.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix?
Every track is exclusive. Necktalk is working on a new beat project and shared some of his work in progress. The beat by Toolbox has been recorded in the RedBull Studios in Amsterdam and will soon be released with vocals from Louis (Netwerk). Maximoe is a Rotterdam connect and always has something fresh in some corner of his hard drive. The beat by Figub is pretty old but never was released. The jam/loopsessions with Sixfingers, Spkls, Cometeers, Huru, MastahWilliam are highly classified. And next to that it contains tracks from my soon to be finished ‘Daily Grooves / Nasty Loops’ and other, yet untitled, projects.
When and where did you record it?
My new beatlab I moved into since October. 1030 Schaerbeek, living kinda right next to ShunGu, Huru. Coincidence can be funny.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
I aim to finish my ‘Daily Grooves/Nasty Loops’ project before the year ends. After that, two more projects are in progress.