Three years ago, current student David Chela started teaching himself how to make beats using an MPC sampler. Last year, he decided to come to Nimbus, a decision which he says he has “not regretted for one second.”
Since coming to Nimbus he has spent time producing local rappers including Creed Taylor. More recently, he has worked with fellow classmate Nick Bielski (OPAQUE) to produce an instrumental electronic album, which they plan to release in the near future.
David explains how the collaboration with Opaque came about. It turns out, it started right here at Nimbus!
“Opaque is my friend,” explains David. “We met in ENGR 100 and our musical styles and personalities are pretty similar so we hit it off. The project is going to be all instrumental. I’ve always wanted to do that because I’m inspired by people like Madlib and Knxwledge who put out beat tapes all the time.”
He continues: “Nick put me on to this album called The Departure, a joint project between 2 producers, Nujabes and Fat Jon. It’s become one of my favourite albums, so we wanted to do a collaboration like that. Just expect really chill, funky, weird beats, instrumentals with hidden messages and perfect driving music.”
The recording and mixing has been done using an MPC, turntables and Nick’s MPD, says David. “We bounce ideas around about themes, samples, mixing ideas, etc. Nick and I will sit and pick out samples, go record shopping, and mix and master together.”
David grew up in London before moving to Vancouver at the age of 11. Reggae, soul and R&B were common in his household. He says was very familiar with the sounds of Gregory Isaacs, Marvin Gaye, Barry White and Bob Marley. It was at the age of 10 that he first discovered Hip Hop, starting with golden age groups like A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Outkast.
David describes himself as a longtime music fan but says he didn’t start making his own music until a few years ago, after a friend gave him the idea. It was then that he saved up some money to buy his own MPC sampler, which then lead to him finding his way to Nimbus to improve his skill set. When it comes to Marleau, David says his biggest musical influences are: Madlib, J Dilla, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Sly & the Family Stone, D’Angelo, Dilated Peoples.
David is currently finishing up a 12 month diploma in Advanced Audio Engineering. He describes his time at Nimbus as “amazing.”
“My mixes have improved so much. I didn’t know what I was doing before and now I am able to be in control and know what to do to get a specific sound. It’s all the little technical things like sampling rates, bit depth, compression, eq that if you pay attention to can take your music to the next level.” But David’s biggest highlight at Nimbus is the people: “My classmates, the TAs, the Teachers, and the Techs, so many great people.I bought some gear and started teaching myself how to make beats about 3 years ago and last year I made the decision to come to Nimbus, which I have not regretted for one second.”
Check out the new promo single from Marleau:
Listen to Creed Taylor:
Listen to Opaque: