"I have no idea what kind of computer I am running, to be honest," he laughed, pausing to check his gear for a brand. "Yeah, it's a Hewlett-Packard. Nothing special, just a laptop.... I also use Sony's Acid for my music, which is not the drug, although it's a great combination."
Kutiman is a relative newcomer to the very music he has mashed together so brilliantly. He hadn't even heard of James Brown, DJ Shadow or any other funk or hip-hop star before he moved to Tel Aviv five or six years ago, he says. He grew up in a village with no record store, little in the way of internet connectivity and not much to listen to, save what he calls "boring" Israeli national radio.
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