Wax Mantic shares some of his time...
Wax Mantic: That's a tough question ...I like music, i began loving music via rap, hip hop music, at my 10 year old, stricly hip hop...but few years after and thus with the importance of sampling i discovered others styles, genres, labels, instruments....so many producers of many styles....Thx to the sample culture!
Sorry so...i'll try to respond you even if it's tough, but first of all you can check some names of influences on my Fan Page, or Face Book, you'll see that BIG list lol...ok...let's go! Jay Dee, Pete Rock, DJ Premier!
As i said....it's hard hard....
WM: First of all i like and got a much respect to the sampling culture, although i began by composing, still followed that culture, which had a big impact on me, the sampling is THE reason of my musical knowledge! Trust me! Via Sampling i understood and liked, loved, analysed so many styles, originals, technics, labels, in-house engineer/ musicans...But, sampled a little!!! I've got a list of a research, or samples founded that i'll use one day i hope!
After years and years of composing, right know i'm at ease composing, even if i've got some chops, but really little!
To respond on your question, i like searching a rarerty first, don't like using the classic or the used many times....there's no risk, no originality right there...
I can just loop the sample, or still on looping skills, like found the right moment, to loop it from the middle or from the end and began from the intro...you know what i mean? Making a loop but begining from the end...as: B-A, and not AB...Premier used that many times for ex...
Like also the idea of sampling own stuff, as you play something like a jam and then chop it...i tried it but don't do it usually, honeslty.
And then, i like sample chord, or a note suite, or phrase...and cut it note by note...on that way, i can play, so compose with sample!
And trust me it's so magic! I've got sample that i used in many songs, maybe 4, 5 different songs and believe me never sounding same! Never! cause you're playing differently, different velocity, touch, notes, compose, placement! That's what i like!
I like these beats with differents sample on the same track, De La Soul or Prince Paul so...are the champion of that, Kanye tried it many times nicely! It's an old school thing i know but having the good break with over it a sample as verse, with another for the break, with another different for the chorus...is hard!
Bomb Squad excel too!
But there's some underground cats on soundcloud making their coming! wish them the best..
As you see i'm not a big promoter of the France.... lol
WM: Success depend on the right moment and the right place! Sucess dosen't mean you have talent! It depends on an whole circle, team...It's about patience, and of course the quality control and skills of each person surround you: songwriter, players, engineer, management, producer, marketing pool...and total is 100%!