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Introducing The Klinik's IN Flips Project
Posted January 26, 2018 by Seth Johnson
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Indianapolis producer/emcee The Klinik has teamed up with Musical Family Tree for a series of tracks that we’re very excited about. In conjunction with our IN Covers program, the Strong Roots Records affiliate presents his IN Flips series, where local emcees rap over tracks that feature samples of Indiana songs.

Over the course of the next few months, we will be unveiling a video for all seven of Klinik’s IN Flips tracks. Below, you’ll find the first of these—a track titled “Spread Love” which features Jaecyn Bayne rapping over a sample from the legendary Indy soul band Manchild.

Seth Johnson: What initially sparked your interest in MFT's IN Covers program?

The Klinik: I've been a fan of the IN Covers project for a while now—I dig the concept of new bands giving a nod to the past local musicians from our community. J. Brookinz and Sharlene reached out to me about potentially sampling a song from an Indiana artist, but I couldn't just do one. I had to try my hand at sampling some Indiana records I'd acquired in the last couple years. So I ended up making seven beats from a variety of artists from Indiana, some obvious, and some not so much.

Seth: Walk me through the process you took in putting these songs together.

Klinik: Basically, I just went through my vinyl collection and picked out some artists from Indiana, then I sampled them one by one and figured out which ones would sound dope as a hip-hop beat. Some of the samples ended up getting chopped beyond recognition, while others got looped up with some drums and bass added to them, so they're a little more recognizable than the others.

Seth: What were some things you looked for in the Indiana songs you chose to sample?

Klinik: Whenever I'm listening to music to potentially sample, I ask myself, ‘Would this sound dope as a hip-hop beat?’ Some old songs already have that vibe, minus the hard-hitting drums. It's got to have a certain sound that grabs the listener’s attention, so those are the kinds of samples and loops I go for. 

Seth: How did you go about selecting local rappers to rap over each track you composed?

Klinik: After I had made the beats, I told Sharlene how many I made, and she suggested we get some local emcees to jump on these beats. I was down with that, that way the project ended up being full circle: Indiana emcees rocking over some Indiana samples. I basically just reached out to some homies that I thought would sound good over this production, sent the beats out to everyone and let them pick which beat they liked the most. It worked out perfectly because everyone ended up picking the beat I thought they'd sound best on! So the process of picking the emcees went really smoothly.

Seth: Going forward, what's the plan for releasing these tracks? How many more can we expect?

Klinik: After hearing a couple of the tracks that we'd recorded, Sharlene suggested we shoot a video for every track. Nothing crazy, just an in-studio visual similar to the format you guys had used previously with the IN Covers. The first video is the song Jaecyn Bayne did called "Spread Love." I had sampled Manchild's "Joy," and it turned out super dope! It was shot and edited by King Shied. I plan on releasing all of the songs for free download once we release all the videos.

Seth: What did you enjoy most about the process of putting these songs together?

Klinik: For me, it was dope to be able to pay homage to some local musicians, and it was really dope to be able to hear my friends rock over some of these classic sounds. It also helped open up my eyes to some Indiana artists I hadn't heard of before I went and dug their records up.

Seth: Ultimately, what do you hope people take away from your collection of IN Flips tracks?

Klinik: Hopefully someone who listens to this project will go and check out some new music from Indiana, whether it’s new or old. There's a crazy history with our scene, so hopefully this project opens you up to a new emcee or band from years ago that you'd never heard of before.

Stay tuned for the next IN Flips video in the coming weeks.

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