BIO: MEET ‘THE TINKERER’
Rusty Redenbacher returns with his first self-produced album, ‘The Tinkerer’. Consisting of 18 tracks, all written, produced and recorded by Redenbacher himself, ’The Tinkerer’ is a layered album; some people may hear a ‘concept album’, but if you were to ask Redenbacher, he’d tell you, “The concept is…well…it just is.”
Known for his work in pioneering Naptown indie hip-hop act, Mudkids, Redenbacher has spent the last year releasing solo projects and establishing a new collective, #ATFU (The Tornado Alley) with six other artists. Rusty released his first solo album, ‘Lazarus’, produced by SPStar in December of 2010. What followed with a barrage of free music via his many web platforms. 2011 saw the release of underground favorite, ’The Professor And The Hustler’ with #ATFU’s Mr. Kinetik and‘5ive On The Black Hand Side’ (an EP of instrumentals based on ‘Blaxploitation’ movies).
July, 2011 saw the coming of ‘the #BASEDRUSTY’, a campaign that featured Redenbacher writing a new song to the same instrumental almost daily for the entire month, as well as producing videos and creating web memes. All the tracks were collected for ‘the #BASEDRUSTY; ‘The Complete Caillou’, Another EP consisting of some outtakes from ‘The Tinkerer’ amongst other things called ‘The Minion’ was released in October.
Work began on ‘The Tinkerer’ in August, 2011, with the bulk of the tracks being produced in about a week. “I nailed down the identity of the album kinda quickly. I was producing quickly because it was coming to me quickly. This was the first time I tried to do anything completely by myself, so I started with what I knew and went from there. Thematically and conceptually, everything was coming to me crazy fast, man. I didn’t wanna miss anything. I wasn’t sure when I would have the time to lock in like this again, so I was insanely focused.”
Every rhythm bed for every track on the album except for ‘Dunwiddit’ and ‘Shake’ was created live on turntables. “Rocking the wheels live for the rhythm beds took it back to the foundation of hip-hop; everything started with the DJ. From there, I added on…and repeat and do it again…and repeat. That was my M.O. in terms of production. I did what I knew. I had made breakbeats by mixing records before; for ‘The Tinkerer’ I approached them as ‘tracks’.”
‘The Tinkerer’ is an album that is rooted in hip-hop, but reaches into other genres easily. From riff-oriented arena rock to bashment dub reggae. Smoked-out, filtered R&B and organ-fueled funk to trunk-rattling boom-bap based hip-hop…it’s all there.
The album jumps right off with a heavy groove on the title track and Redenbacher setting the scene over a cracking breakbeat and symphony of buzzing and whirring keyboards,
“It’s been so quiet and they wonder where Russ went…
Developing a science and I’m making adjustments…”
Lead single and video ‘Iron Man Monster Factory’ sees Redenbacher laying a heavy set of bars over the pounding thud and crack from a loop of a Nirvana song. ‘Shake’ could pass for something Prince wrote during his ‘1999’ era, with a reverb and distortion-heavy vocal and melody reminiscent of a punk-rock Phil Spector. ‘My Migraine’ and ‘It Comes And Goes’ are both blissed-out, woozy, filtered tunes that lean heavier towards R&B. “I feel like ‘The Tinkerer’ has a bit of everything, but nothing feels forced. I wanted to make a cohesive, dope album. I had a lifetime of music and influences to pick from for this one.”
…and of course, there are the BARS. The ‘Kid still raps.
‘Dunwiddit’ speaks to the frustrations of every artist whoever felt like the gig just ain’t worth it with Redenbacher stating his case over wheezing circus organ chords and a loping bassline influenced by the classic ‘Dangerous Music’ crew from Oakland. Redenbacher deftly pays homage to a legacy of soul artists past and present with ‘The Funk’. ‘Frah Ken Steen’ is a key point in the album, where Redenbacher uses an extended metaphor defending the ‘men’ he is making…as opposed to the ‘monsters’ everyone is seeing. (There’s also DIY web videos for these two tracks on Redenbacher’s Youtube Channel).
“I just wanted to make an album that I thought was interesting. I was free to do whatever I wanted and I did. I had a great time making ’The Tinkerer’ and I look forward to seeing how people react to it. It’s for science, man.”
Rusty Redenbacher’s ’The Tinkerer’ will be available January 31, 2012 from Daddy Real Entertainment.
/// I told you, I am going to keep on this until you all submit and get a copy.
This is the most fascinating treatise on artistic creation I have encountered in a long time.
Every aspect is probed.
It goes so deep, it becomes metaphysical.
He acknowledges the influences that made him.
He makes a beast that reflects them.
And the beast makes you a believer.
It’s a feat of prestidigitation that still has me marveling at how he pulled it off.
Even though he tells you what he’s doing and how he’s doing it every step of the way.
This is the kind of music that gets me excited.
Because there’s joy in the process.