Producers don’t come much more highly rated than Mike Dean.
Starting his career in Houston, Texas, Dean pioneered the burgeoning dirty south sound in the ‘90s, producing beats for Scarface, UGK and others. More recently though, Dean has been a regular fixture alongside Kanye West, helping to mix The College Dropout and Late Registration before acting as producer on the next run of records, including the recent The Life Of Pablo.
Dean was invited by Moog to spend a weekend at the Moog Music Factory, and surrounded by analog synthesizers experimented with six of Moog’s powerful Mother-32 synths (and a Voyager XL as controller), creating some crushing sounds in the process.
Mike Dean’s keyboard prowess is already the stuff of legend, but to see him jamming on this kind of gear – blending the kind of electrified prog of ELP with the fractured rap of Baauer – is a real treat.
Watch the video below and read what FACT’s Claire Lobenfeld had to say about The Life Of Pablo.
Moog’s sprawling yearly festival – Moogfest – is taking place in Durham, North Carolina on May 19-22 this year, and boast a lineup that features Sunn O))), Grimes, GZA, Gary Numan and more. Head to the Moogfest site to grab tickets.