Review: Genelec 8010A

Review: Genelec 8010A

Review: Genelec 8010A mini monitors What's good Vagabonds? Today I'll review the miniature 8010A monitors by the well-known and respected Finnish company Genelec. I have the dark grey finish, but they're also available in white. Because I've had them for quite some time I've been able to compare them extensively and how transferable mixes are in the studio. When you unpack them the experience is really like those Russian matryoshka dolls. They are tiny! Setting up and angling is easy with the attached rubber feet. The speakers themselves have rounded edges which Genelec calls the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure and it feels like an odd mix of aluminium and plastic which is cool to the touch. Around the back are a couple of DIP switches for bass rolloff, bass, a dedicated 'desktop' setting and treble tilt and ISS,  a figure-of-8 power socket, a flared reflex port and a balanced XLR input. The ISS or Intelligent Signal Sensing turns the speakers off after 30 minutes of non-activity. I mounted...
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Shoreditch x Kimoxavi

What's good fellow Vagabonds? I was out and about today in Shoreditch, an interesting area with quirky little shops. I was tagging along with my friend Lex Jones who was interviewing Kimoxavi, a Hip-Hop duo from South Korea who were in town to shoot their first music video. It brought me back to the old days when I ran with Deph C and Sniff Z when we were the Young Gunz Click and blew up the spot at Racism Beat It '96, or later when I was one of the founding members of the 124 Cypher, a collective of MCs, producers, B-Boys and DJs. When we bumrushed the stage after a DITC show they were playing along with us, chanting "124, 124!" along with the crowd... And then there was TrackAddicts, technically a live band but we rolled tight like any other Hip-Hop crew. To me, Hip-Hop crews are something special. You become part of something bigger and roll with each other for better or...
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My life as a Vagabond

What's good fellow Vagabonds? For years I was lost, looking for an identity that was ever-elusive. I was adopted when I was 6 months. Was I Dutch? Was I Korean? Turns out I was neither. It was a difficult pill to swallow. I was truly a mental Vagabond, wandering aimlessly without a beginning or end in life. Fast forward to 2010. That's the year I went back to South Korea for the first time. I was fortunate enough to be reunited with my birth family and even got to visit the house where I was born. It was like an alternative reality. But what hit home the most was what I saw in one of the rooms: a keyboard and a guitar. Turns out I'm from a musical family - this felt like a real-life August Rush to me. It changed me to my core. Making music is so much more special now! So far I've done many interesting things in music and most of...
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My Music

My Music

What's good today fellow Vagabonds? The styles of music I love listening to even before creating are: Hip-Hop, both classic and modern downtempo R&B, both classic, down- and uptempo Funk Soul Jazz Some EDM, the slower kind mostly Funky K-Pop which can be any of the above and more Some Trap See I refuse to acknowledge Trap as the new Hip-Hop because I believe Hip-Hop's essence has deeper roots than Trap, which can be seen as one of its many many spin-off genres. However in this case it has outgrown the term 'spin-off' because Trap is about to overshadow Hip-Hop. Is this because it is easier to market? And because there is less pushback from the people who actually care about Hip-Hop culture? I love Hip-Hop, I was born in the same year as the Sugar Hill Gang dropped Rapper's Delight. When I learned how to really play the piano I gravitated towards R&B and Jazz, but I really grew up on Native Tongue, NWA, BDP and Eric B. & Rakim to...
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