Satans, Zombie, Slaughtta, Murda, Daggers; a few strong references to some of Yung Gutted’s darker thoughts. He deeply impressed us with his ‘Internet Graveyard’ EP’s and later on with the two ‘Towers’ EP’s, filled up with weird and dark hiphop-like beats and vocals. We had a long-distance interview with the young producer from Brooklyn, and he even glued up a brand new mixtape for us. Prepare yourself for some beats from hell and get familiar with Yung Gutted.
Who are you, can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Antonio but I go by Yung Gutted. I make hip-hop beats and I was born and raised in Brooklyn.
How did you became a producer?
I’ve played drums since I was 8 years old, mostly into death metal and black metal style drumming. My dad is a classic soul and R&B DJ, so he gave me some shitty music editing software when I was in high school and I started to fuck around with it.
What other producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
I obviously love the 90’s Memphis and Houston sound. I’m interested in the unintentional lo-fi sound of the era, but I like to think I draw equally from the similar but completely unrelated aesthetic of early 90’s Death and Black Metal. My roommates have been putting me on to a lot of dark ambient music too.
Can you describe yourself in one YouTube video?
Check, basically the coolest music video ever:
What piece of equipment would you most like to own and which one you can’t live without?
I’ve been mostly working with a semi-functioning MPC 2000 that my boy gave me, I make a beat in there and record it to cassette via Tascam 4 track. I enjoy the process I have going but it would be cool if I had a 2000 XL.
'I’m especially hype on some stuff I’m working on with my brother, it kinda sounds like D’Angelo joined a satanic cult.'
What do you when you’re not producing?
I’m in an instrumental band called Tippwerk, we kind of started as a joke but people seem to fuck with us so we’ve been playing a bunch of shows and we’re working on an album right now.
Can you describe the musical development between your former Internet Graveyard period (1 & 2) and your more recent Towers period (1 & 2)?
For the Internet Graveyard sound, I was more into trying make every track a club banger, but I was being too closely associated with “trap” music (a term which is so grossly misused since 2011) so for the new work I have been trying to get a bit more lo-fi, and versatile as far as subgenres of hip-hop. Definitely been into the early 2000’s Harlem style litefeet beats too, for some reason it’s taken me until recently to figure out how fire that shit is.
What projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in the near future?
I have a few collaborations that I’ve got in the works. I’m especially hype on some stuff I’m working on with my brother, it kinda sounds like D’Angelo joined a satanic cult.