GoFundMe Campaign Raises Funds For 'Amen Break' Creators
The 1969 track "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons has supplied possibly the most significant breakbeat in electronic music, having been sampled in music ranging from hip-hop to drum n bass to dubstep. It would be an understatement to say that music would not be the same without the iconic "Amen Break," which has been sampled by Skrillex, Aphex Twin, Zomboy, Oliver Heldens, DJ Shadow, Sub Focus, Carl Cox, Kill The Noise, and Skream, to name a few.
You can listen to the 6-second drum sample below.
The "Amen Break" is often labeled at the basis of drum n bass and jungle music, yet neither of the creators have received compensation for their work due to copyright issues, until now. Richard Spencer and Gregory Coleman are responsible for the infamous sample; although Coleman passed away in 2006, a newly formed GoFundMe campaign created on February 18th, 2015 aimed to reach £1,000 that would be given to Spencer as a form of payment for the "Amen Break." Not even five days later did the campaign raise over 10 times the original set goal, proving that the "Amen Break" holds a prominent place in the music community.
The GoFundMe page asks for music fans from all genres to come together and do the right thing, noting "So here is where all of you come in, if you have ever written or sold any music with the amen break, or even just enjoyed one of the countless hundreds and hundreds of tunes that contain it over various genres and styles of music, please donate towards the good cause of the worldwide music community giving something back to the man behind the legendary breakbeat."
Here are just a few popular electronic tracks that have sampled the infamous breakbeat: