credit: Marlin Munoz
The act of repurposing defines the creative vision of Los Angeles beatsmith Linafornia. Her debut album YUNG is a perfect bridge between the gritty and soulful LA-based beat music created over the last few decades. YUNG ties into her history growing up in Los Angeles and the wide range of influences she sought out from various sources to create a half-hour music journey. Linafornia grew up around Leimert Park, the home of Project Blowed - the longest running hip hop open mic workshop in the world. She's one of the few LA producers that deviates from utilizing laptops during live performance. Everything you hear is an arrangement of real-time techniques.
Linafornia constructs her music primarily with the Roland SP-404 and SP-555. The sample choices of Linafornia merge her absorption of ‘60s and ‘70s soul music with 90's hip hop roots. From Brazilian samples to Fela Kuti flips, her music travels the globe and comes back full circle to her base in Leimert Park. With media love all over the world this year, Linafornia is rising to become a household name in the beat community.