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A-Trak Reveals How He Introduced Kanye West to Daft Punk

Delivered... Nikki Volpicelli | Scene | Thu 12 Mar 2015 4:42 pm

In 2015, we all know A-Trak as Fool’s Gold Records boss, turntable maestro and regular fixture on festival lineups everywhere. Back in the mid-2000s, though, the Canadian whiz served as Kanye West’s touring DJ and occasional studio collaborator.

Thanks to A-Trak’s new annotations on Genius, we’ve now got an even deeper look at how his hand guided “Stronger” and “Gold Digger,” two of Ye’s most colossal tracks. Some of his anecdotes are pure gold, including the one about introducing the rapper to the power of Daft Punk.

“I gave him that sample,” A-Trak begins in his “Stronger” annotations. “I’m the culprit. And I didn’t want him to sample it, that’s what’s funny. It sort of happened because Swizz Beats sampled ‘Technologic’ for that Busta Rhymes record, ‘Touch It.’

“We were on tour in Europe in 2006, spending a lot of hours on the bus listening to the radio. Kanye heard ‘Touch It’ and thought that beat was cool. I said, ‘He just swooped up Daft Punk.’ And Ye said, ‘Who?’ I just couldn’t believe that Kanye had never heard Daft Punk.” Read the full “Stronger” story over at Genius.

The DJ also gave the back-story to “Gold Digger,” which went on to be a blockbuster hit. “He had this rough version, but it felt too pop to him,” A-Trak writes. “He wanted to give it some hip-hop cred. I had an idea for a scratch, for the part where he raps, ‘Get down girl, go ‘head, get down.’ I knew which sample to use. He said, ‘I think it could be cool. We’re going to LA this week to finish things up.’ But he was over budget, Def Jam wouldn’t pay for any more flights for that album.

“Next thing you know, it’s show time at Sasquatch. At the last minute, he gave me the track for ‘Gold Digger,’ because he wanted to perform it. I ended up live-auditioning. I pulled up the sample for ‘get down’ and I scratched during the choruses, and as soon as we got off stage he was like ‘Alright, you’re coming to LA, we gotta record this. I’ll pay for the flights, I don’t care.’ I went to L.A. and recorded the scratches, and the rest is history.”

Read A-Trak’s Genius account here, and watch Kanye and Daft Punk perform “Stronger” live at the Grammys back in 2008.

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