“I taught myself everything I know”: Interview with Hip Hop Producer Syndrome

Quick YouTube stats on Syndrome:

  • 25,078,326 views
  • 110, 756 subscribers

How old are you?

I am 19 years old.

Where are you from?

I am from Barrie, Ontario. It’s a smaller city just north of Toronto, I often tell people I am from Toronto because Barrie is pretty much completely unknown.

Hardware or software?what kind?

I use FL Studio 12. I don’t have much hardware, just a basic 49 key M-Audio keystation, an MPD226 and a pair of KRK Rokit 6 studio monitors. The headphones I use are audio-technica M70x’s. The interface I use is a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

How long have you been producing?

I first downloaded Fruity Loops back in 2013 when I was 15. I didn’t start taking it seriously until about 1 year later when I started getting some decent views on a few of my beats. I didn’t by my first piece of music related hardware until I had about 5k subs and actually sell my first beat until I had over 8,000 subscribers because it was always more of a hobby than a serious career option until I started pulling in some really decent numbers.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?

Honestly, there is no one specific moment that stands out. I haven’t linked up with any major artists or anything, but there have been countless smaller moments over time. Always interesting to have people I’ve never talked to before ask my about how my music stuff is going.

Who are your biggest influences?

When I first started getting into hip-hop the biggest artists out were Kanye, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, The Game etc so even now I look to a lot of their earlier work and even some of their newer projects for inspiration. But more recently I have been looking to artists/groups such as Kendrick, Brockhampton, J. Cole, NF (and his producer Tommee Profitt), Tyler The Creator, Run The Jewels, and Travis Scott for inspiration. I listen to quite literally all areas of hip-hop and you’ll see that reflect on the type of beats I upload, I like to dip into a wide variety of sounds. I have also been studying lofi artists such as bsd.u, tomppabeats and Wun Two, very likely people will hear some lofi from me soon.

 

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?

I taught myself literally everything I know about music, besides a couple tutorials I watched on YouTube about how to use FL Studio. I am firm believer in teaching yourself how to make music, makes you more likely to create music that sounds unique and create your own signature sounds. To each their own though, of course.

What do your beats normally cost?

Like most producers, I have a range of different leases. Mine range from 15-50 dollars. If the artist wants full exclusive rights to an instrumental it’ll cost them $200-$300, which is far cheaper than most producers, but I like to sell beats fast because I upload more frequently than most.

Who has been your favorite artist to produce for?

I have so many friends who are artists that I have made through making music, that to pick one artist that I most love working with would be silly.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?

I have sold about 2,000 actual leases. But I have also sold a couple thousand tracks through iTunes and Google play for just listening purposes, good to capitalize on all markets where possible.

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