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Atmosphere’s Ant on Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”: Podcast

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On this episode of The Spark Parade, Atmosphere’s DJ and producer Ant discusses seeing a live performance of Herbie Hancock’s instrumental hip-hop classic “Rockit” at age 13, a performance that ultimately led him to become absolutely obsessed with the art of scratching. Listen to the full conversation above, and don’t forget to follow and review The Spark Parade wherever you get your podcasts.

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After catching that memorable live performance, the recorded version of “Rockit” (as well as the album it came from, Future Shock) became an all-time favorite for the budding producer. Ant reflects on the personal importance of the track, why it inspired him to master the scratching techniques it displayed, and how strange it was that the song became a hit.

“The idea that that even became a hit, how was that even possible?” he says. “It’s impossible to have an instrumental hit, pretty much, you know? Let alone something that sounded like that.”

Listen to Ant talk about Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” scratching, and more above, or on your preferred podcast provider. You can also keep up to date with all our series by following the Consequence Podcast Network.

Host Adam Unze (The Opus) explores creativity in all its forms on The Spark Parade by asking musicians, artists, comedians, and other creators to share the single cultural work that has most inspired them. Whether it comes from the world of music, film, comedy, visual art, or literature, we all have something that sparks our own creative desires. On The Spark Parade, guests reveal the single piece of art that ignites within them to fire of creation.

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