Bob Power is a man whose touch can be found on some of the most important recordings of the 20th and 21st centuries. The mythical sound engineer has worked with everyone from the first hip-hop band (aka Stetsasonic) to the last (aka The Roots,) landing himself as the veiled hand on more records than you can imagine. His work with the likes A Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers, Common, De La Soul and Black Sheep has cemented him as a pillar in the backpacker’s studio.
However, it was his time mixing and arranging D’Angelo‘s Brown Sugar and Erykah Badu‘s debut single “On & On” that truly made him one of the architects of the “neo-soul” sound stamp. In his sit-down with egotrip‘s Chairman Mao for the latest installment of RBMA‘s Fireside Chat, the two discuss his lengthy legacy as the go-to engineer for some of OKP’s favorites and how he helped to shape those movements. Its hard to imagine that anyone other than J Dilla himself had a more pervasive presence on those recordings (which Power also speaks to.) This is a lesson from one of the masters and simply should not be missed. If you need me, I’ll be bumping this talk on repeat. I suggest you do the same. Listen to Bob Power discuss his work with virtually the whole Soulquarian crew below.