Born in Boston, Arthur Baker is among the most visible and widely imitated of the early hip-hop producers, masterminding breakthrough experimentation with tape edits, sampling and synthetic beats. Baker has gone on to become an internationally renowned producer, working with such legends as Bob Dylan, and New Order.
Baker also produced the infamous “Return To New York” parties in the early 2000s, which helped launch such acts as 2 Many DJs & LCD Soundsystem. He now co-owns fashion label Felder Felder and has recently produced 2 music documentaries- “Finding The Funk” with Nelson George, and 808 THE MOVIE.
He has also recently launched BAKED Recordings and will be releasing No Price under the artist name of Slam Dunk’d with Columbia Records this summer.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would love to record an acoustic blues album with Iggy Pop.
Who inspires you and why? an artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
Clubs & DJs have always inspired me - a night out at DC10 in Ibiza watching and listening to Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and the Martinez brothers jamming gets my creativity flowing.
What are your cultural aspirations? what do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I want to direct documentaries - a Miles Davis one is on the cards right now, and I also want to see my screenplay, Paintbox, actually be made. I would also love to travel to South America and do a tour of the ruins and the museums scattered through all those amazing countries.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
My top 2 have to be NYC and London, for the amount of great museums and interesting people in each city. But also, every time I go to Paris I feel like there is so much more for me to discover there, and it's music scene is so underrated.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I'm making music as SLAM DUNK’D, have a new record label - BAKED RECORDINGS, and getting ready for my film, 808 The Movie, to be released: www.soundcloud.com/slamdunkd www.facebook.com/slamdunkd 808 The Movie Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIS-o_--wqY