INTERVIEW: Drake’s Assistant Engineer Noel Cadastre talks w/ The Come Up Show

Ty Harper | Interviews,Music | Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Come Up Show’s Geoffrey Granka drops a dope interview with Drake’s assistant engineer Noel Cadastre.

Noel Cadastre gets happier the harder he works. He crossed paths with Aubrey Graham and Noah Shebib while working at a recording studio in Mississauga. He was the only one willing to work an awkwardly scheduled late shift. Nobody who knew Noel would be surprised he was willing to work a last minute shift. Just as nobody can be all that surprised that he was then asked to go on the road with Drake and 40 to help finish what would become Thank Me Later. A couple million international sales later, he’s very happy these days.

Noel sat down with The Come Up Show to geek about studio gear, the upcoming Take Care, and offer insight to working with one of the biggest artists of the decade so far.

TCUS: How did it work out that you would start working with 40 outside of Metalworks Studios? What records have you been involved in since?

NC: Well the short form is: When Drake was recording Thank Me Later they were running out of time because his tour dates were starting. They still had four unfinished songs, two days before our last session before the tour… they asked me if I would go out on tour for two weeks to help 40 finish the album. Obviously I [agreed], took two weeks vacation from Metalworks and went.

Noel’s two weeks became three and his vacation became permanent after being invited on board by 40.

TCUS: What takes up most of your working hours?‬

NC: Assisting in the studio for recording and production, working with the label, management and the rest of the team to facilitate the recording process when we’re on the road. I am considered first and foremost to be Noah Shebib’s assistant. He is really who I work for. In his absence I am Drake’s recording engineer. We are the only two people who record his music‬.

Noel would go on to assist with most of Thank Me Later, Lil Wayne’s “I’m Not a Human Being”, Rihanna’s “What’s My Name”, Alicia Keys “Unthinkable (Remix”, Jamie Foxx’s “Fall for Your Type”, Rick Ross “Made Men”, Chris Brown’s “Deuces (Remix)”. I’ve been in the studio with Lenny Kravitz, Florence from Florence and the Machine, Rihanna and the list goes on.

TCUS: Not a bad year, eh?

NC: It has been pretty good so far.

TCUS: A lot of people are interested in or get involved in the music because of the perceived enjoyability of the entertainment business. What got you into music and why did you keep at it? Is it still fun?

NC: I got into the music because of music. Nothing more, nothing less. I love music end of story. [There is] no other motivation, it will always be fun as long as I love music. I believe everything else is as a result of that love and passion; everything else comes after the love‬.

TCUS: Do you ever have to remind yourself how awesome your job is when it gets tricky? ProTools crashes and deadlines… etc.

NC: Never. I’m a strange person. I thrive on being challenged, I shine in what some people consider the worst situations I love fixing shit that seems unfixable!

TCUS: Do you consider yourself as part of the production team?  Are you technical or creative or both?‬

NC: I consider myself apart of the team period. I’m definitely tech support more so than anything else but it goes beyond that. To make music the way 40 and Drake make music, everything comes into play.

TCUS: How do you mean?

NC: [Everything] from the temperature in the room, to who’s in the room. In some ways I just assume the responsibility of being the assistant facilitator/protector of their creative process and that’s just something I try to do but was never asked. I try to pay attention to the things that they both enjoy in the studio and just make sure that no matter what city we’re in I can provide them with a similar creative environment that we enjoy at home in Toronto.

Catch the rest HERE!

EVENT: Dropping Knowledge presents Action Bronson w/ The Get By & Tre Leji (Tonight @ The Rivoli)

Ty Harper | Events,Music | Friday, November 4th, 2011

“Droppin’ Knowledge” continues its spotlight on come-up artists – this time bringing BK’s Action Bronson to rock The Rivoli stage (332 Queen St. West) with The Get By and Tre Leji.

Get tickets HERE!

The Get By’s latest album is available now on iTunes.

Get a taste of Tre Leji HERE!

Previously: VIDEO: Roshin (of Notes To Self) speaks on “Droppin’ Knowledge” Tonight @ The Rivoli!

VIDEO: Saukrates x Redman (Interviews w Hiphop Homage) + “Money Or Love”, “Drop It Down”, “Da Rockwilder” + more (Live)

Ty Harper | Interviews,Music,Video | Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Hip Hop Homage catches up with  Saukrates and Redman rocking out at Club 77 in Hamilton.

Footage continues after the jump!

Web: http://www.biggsoxx.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/biggsoxx
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saukrates/370415812455

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Saukrates feat. Richie Hennessey “Megaman” (DJ Pack) (Prod. Saukrates)

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NEW MUSIC: Devon Tracy “Everything I Am” (Freestyle)

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Mixtape,Music | Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

http://twitter.com/DevonTracy

FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/DevonTracyMusic

YOUTUBE:
http://www.youtube.com/thadancerkidd

BLOG:
http://devontracy.tumblr.com/

DOWNLOAD: Devon Tracy – YYZ To LAX

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Devon Tracy “Mega Man” (Freestyle)

NEW VIDEO: Bizzy B “Dark Thoughts” + “Charge It To The Game” (Directed by Face Films)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Directed by Face Films.

Promising, introspection from come-up artist Bizzy B. Not alot of info on this kid – I just happened on this one while looking through Face Films’ youtube channel.

VIDEO: Big Lean & R.O.Z (Interview w/ Royalty Radio)

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Interviews,Mixtape,Music,Video | Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Royalty Radio chops it up with Big LeanR.O.Z. about life, beats, raps and more.

www.bigleanbaby.com

www.piffmusic.net

Previously: NEW MIXTAPE: Big Lean “Something Gotta Give”

Previously: NEW VIDEO: R.O.Z. feat. Big Lean “Let It Go” (Directed by Cam Savalan & Ty Black)

NEW VIDEO: Jason Packs feat. ProteJaye & Snipes “Murder Season” (Directed by Face Films)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Directed by Face Films.

@facemobster
@jasonpacks
@protejaye

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Jason Packs feat. Snipes & Stunna (Directed by Face Films)

VIDEO: Keys N Krates “Fall Tour 2011″ (Promo) (Directed by Rad Films)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Directed by Rad Films.

Nice little viral joint for Keys N Krates, who’ll be rocking a crowd near you soon!

The song “Ring The Alarm” is off their upcoming “Blackout” EP out November 7th!

For Tour dates check:
http://www.facebook.com/keysnkrates
http://www.twitter.com/keysnkrates

For free music:
http://www.soundcloud.com/keysnkrates

NEW ALBUM: Casino Costa “Sex In The City”

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Music | Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Casino Costa drops his latest full-length offering “Sex In The City” with appearances from Benni Brisco, Gudini, SpizzyMatik and Natijah + production from the likes of Big Pops, Rich Kidd, YNot and more.

Full tracklist after the jump!

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Casino Costa “Running Away” (Directed by Akhil Kamble)

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NEW VIDEO: Keelo Gramz “Copy Paste” (Kee-Mix) (Directed by Konflicted One)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Directed by Konflicted One.

Off Keelo’s upcoming mixtape – “The Bad Influence”.

His “Grammer Skool” EP is available on iTunes now!

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Keelo Gramz – On Some Otha Ish

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