Courtesy of Impose Magazine. (good looks Jeremy!)

The idea of creating crazy drum patterns came from funk. It’s now easier to do patterns with machines such as the MPC or the old school SP-1200, one of the first sampling drum machines. It still helps to know about drumming, though. I approach the drum machine the way a funk drummer would. I’ve studied the most popular drum breaks, including Funky Drummer (the main event as far as drumming goes). The entire hip-hop aesthetic is damn near built upon Funky Drummer. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself how many hip-hop songs sampled Funky Drummer.