Interview with

Mr. Dibiase

Hailing from LA’s very own Watt’s, Mr. Dibiase a.k.a Diabolic’s productions run the gambit from 8 bit video game classics to seductive soul to raw grungy bangers this guy has no limitations no sample is safe. This 12 time beat battle champion and runner up of the Los Angeles RED BULL BIG TUNE BATTLE. Originally 1 started making beats in 95 with an 8 second sampler and dr. rhythm drum machine to compliment his rhyming which I still do from time to time equally as sharp. Around late 97 I got my hand s on a mpc 2000 and a tascam 4 track and made so many dusty projects with the homie Ant Dog and SWAMP 7 crew. Around 98 I felt comfortable exposing my music at PROJECT BLOWED even tho I was around at GOOD LIFE , and THE O.G. UNITY which started the whole madness. But I was getting a decent response at BLOWED in the golden age which was super cut throat at the time so that helped in my development. then from 2000 to 2004 I linked up with Aspect 1 and we was in this camp MISSIN PAGE CREW which had a strong run open in up for acts like MF DOOM , GZA , LIVING LEGENDS, J ZONE just to name a few.

Facts

1:  I used  to coach basketball ages 5 to 17.

2:  I opened up for mf doom his very first l.a. show in a group missing page crew when i was rhyming in 02.

3:  I used to do graphic arts/sign painting for a living.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Its an escape from the madness while im creating , and it kept me down the right path when i was younger still to this day as well.

How and when did you get into making music?
I was always into music my uncle and grand father had a lot of vinyl jazz and soul, and saturday mornings after the cartoons they used to show music videos. but early 90’s i used rhyme a lot but over other instrumentals. around 95 i went to goodlife which is an extention of project blowed in l.a. i saw all the local cats ryhmin to original beats and i was blown away. then my boy ant-dog got a 8 second sampler and i pretty took it over. makin beats everyday with a tape deck , sony walkman and sampler for a year. then got drum machines and 4 tracks. around 97 i got the mpc 2000 and the rest is history.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
I give u the first 5 albums that i would bump on a everyday basis when i wasnt making beats not the obvious
1. a tribe called quest instinctive travel (1st album)
2. ice cube amerciaz most wanted ( raw production on there)
3. epmd business as usual
4. pharcyde bizzarre ride
5. organised konfusion extinction agenda

What do you associate with Berlin?
I think of football when u mention germany. i have a few soccer jerseys and sweater. so during worldcup heads would be is that who u going for? lol

What’s your favourite place in your town?
I moved to sacramento recently 5 hrs away from l.a. but in l.a. i would say leimert park. alot of diversity in music, people over there.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would  go crazy literally , but i would probably do graphic designs  that was my first passion when i was younger

What was the last record you bought?
umm current music the homies been blessin me, but  actually buyin it was vinyl to sample some grover washington, bill evans , herbie hancock to name a few.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
elzhi , doom , jay electronic , nas , anything wu tang member, i got a long list let me quit.lol

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
as a performer i would say in asheville, nc heads was going crazy dancin on speakers. i was surprised.lol and as a spectator it was way back in the day at this function called unity where gangstar, jeru, redman, wu tang, tribe, oc , common even jay z b4 he blew up would perform there too. those was the best 15 dollars spent for a show every month

How important is technology to your creative process?
Its very important even tho im from the era b4 the internet was around. i only had to depend on trial and error w/ the hardware or read the manual now u got all this software u can download in the blink of a eye. its just more options that i can appreciate. sounds like a debate i was havin with someone on twitter.lol

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I got a younger brother and sister. they proud of me I would hope so.lol my bro into more radio ish, but my sister is way younger so she more open.

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