The hip-hop phenomena caught the attention of many in the 80s, as it grew in audience and in ground. One of those captured was the young Chaz Barber, at the time an elementary school student who took a liking to the rhythm and soul emanating from these new sounds. By no means though was this attraction a passing fad. The attraction soon grew to an addiction, resulting in the collection of hundreds upon hundreds of records, and ultimately, the purchase of an ASR sampling keyboard at the tail end of 1994. With his musical taste broadening and the urge to sample and create new sounds burning within, Barber followed with the next addiction...the purchase of any record that seemed interesting at all. This parasite grew to take up all living space while putting a world of sound at his fingertips, thus ushering in a new era for the artist to create any sort of sampled music. Everything from cinematic soundscapes, hip-hop, trip-hop, dance, and experimental music bellowed from Barber's basement studio. Like a mad scientist, sounds were created and compositions constructed and de constructed. Within no time, Barber was producing many different artists from the DC area, collaborating with a variety as traditional as jazz, and as extreme as hip-hop and post-punk. A hefty discography of tracks grew as did his own compositions. The time finally came when these compositions began to breathe on their own. Their emotional element becoming evident in the rigid ones and zeros of a prominent digital art form. Which brings us to now, the very moment of reckoning where personal, heartfelt songs and soundscapes yearn for a glimpse of the outside light - and said artist makes ultimate dreams realities.
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