Cut Chemist – The Audience’s Listening

Cut Chemist

The Garden 56k / 128k
Storm feat. Edan and Mr. Lif 56k / 128k
from The Audience’s Listening (2006, Warner Brothers)
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Cut Chemist in Brazil working on The Garden (Video)
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“They say you get as long as you need to make your first album, but the
second one you get a year!” jokes Cut Chemist.

No sweat, folks — this scientist is ready: The Los Angeles native
recorded hundreds of songs before selecting the final 12 for his Warner
Bros. Records debut album, The Audience’s Listening (release date:

Consider this: Cut Chemist’s songs have been built with the assistance
of thousands of rare, crazy, odd, eccentric and quite often unplaceable
samples from other records, a truly global library that has been
amassed from his extensive travels and dates back to sometime around
1977, when a young, pajama’d Lucas Macfadden was photographed asleep
and snuggled up tight to his very own vinyl copy of Disney’s Haunted
Mansion – dedication from the early days.

Throughout his life, he’s honed his skills as a record hunter
extraordinaire (though he probably doesn’t throw his fresh kill up on
the wall like other marksmen). That’s a history that has built up into
a varied and uplifting album that even defies his complimentary
characterization as someone known to play with sound in unexpected

It’s true that The Audience’s Listening was a bit of a long time in the
making, but imagine how relatively little time Cut Chemist has had in
the laboratory. Mainly, he’s toured a lot. He spent 12 years as a DJ
and producer for LA hip-hop dynamos Jurassic 5 (which traversed the
country and world via packages like Lollapalooza and The Warped Tour),
five years playing the turntables as a beautiful instrument backing up
the Grammy-winning Latin alternative band Ozomatli, and several years
releasing highly bootlegged mixtapes (such as his Brain Freeze Original
Soundtrack collaboration with DJ Shadow in 1999, a much sought eBay
delight that lead to another popular meeting of the two in 2004’s
Product Placement tour and DVD). Throughout it all, he’s found the time
to helm his own recurring club nights in Los Angeles (these days he can
often be found on Saturday nights playing at “Funky Sole” at Hollywood
lounge Star Shoes).

As an in-demand DJ that’s always tried to further his craft as a
producer, Cut Chemist has had to juggle a lot more than beats over the
years. But, after departing Ozomatli and, more recently, Jurassic 5 in
late 2004, his focus is finally squarely on himself.

“That’s probably part of why it took me so long,” he says of the album.
“I had to retrain myself into seeing that I was the only one here.
There’s really no one else I have to clear things with.”

Free and clear from committee vetoes, sure. Free and clear from
clearing rare and not-so-rare samples, not so much.

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