“Work hard you end up in the studio with someone you’ve been listening to for ages” : Interview with Hip Hop Producer Tantu Beats.

Credits: Famous Dex, Higherbrothers, Junoflo, some OG’s like Skyzoo, Fashawn and MC Eiht. Also I’ve worked with some huge Youtubers like Mussoumano (Brazil) and Squeezie (France).

Quick YouTube Stats:

  • 83,092 Subscribers
  • 22, 907, 171 views
How old are you?
I just turned 24 last week!
Where are you from? 
I’m from Utrecht, The Netherlands. A small-ass country in Western Europe. It’s dope though.
How long have you been producing?
I started in 2008/2009 and actually immediately started uploading my work to Youtube. I started selling the beats in 2010/2011.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
Working with people you’ve been looking up to since when you were a kid. Here in The Netherlands the rap scene isn’t very big so chances are that when you work hard you end up in the studio with someone you’ve been listening to for ages. This happened multiple times and it’s super dope to hear that they appreciate your musicality and musical approach. There’s nothing more crazy than someone you’ve been looking up to asking YOU what you think he should do with a song.
Who are your biggest influences? 
Man that’s a hard question actually. I started out doing super raw sample based Hip-Hop which was highly inspired by J Dilla and DJ Premier. In 2013 I started leaning towards a more commercially acceptable sound and my influences kinda shifted. Now I look up to producers with a broad sound: DJ Khalil, M-Phazes, Mike Dean, No I.D. etc. I love producers who aren’t 1-trick pony’s; producers who spend time to learn different kinds of music and use this in their own production. I consider my own specialty being able to adapt different styles and be the guy to nail every one of them, haha. Of course with a vast amount of my own ingredients.
Want to give any shoutouts?
Shoutouts to Abe Batshon (CEO of Beatstars) for holding down the online producer community. Also big shoutouts to my fellow hard working producers like Danny E.B., Origami, Omito, Accent and Young Forever to name a few. Also thanks to all talented artists in my customer circle who are all hard working and inspiring individuals themselves.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
Although it might seem like I do this fulltime, right now I’m in my 3rd year of University, doing Composition & Music Production on the University of Arts, Utrecht. After a year of doing beats fulltime when I was 21, I figured I wasn’t ready to make this my permanent living. Not because I couldn’t do it, but because I felt like I wanted to learn more about music before settling. I applied for the University and got accepted. Now I’m learning all sorts of things like making music for commercials, film, bands, but also refining my skillsets in making beats, mixing and mastering.
What do your beats normally cost?
On my website the prices range from 25$ to 150$, depending on the license you need. The price of an exclusive license varies per beat.
Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?
Winne (artist from The Netherlands) and my man Junoflo. This guy just moved from California to Korea for his rap career, but in 2013 he won a rap contest I hosted and ever since I’ve considered him one of the most talented guys in my circle.
Hardware or software?
I love the accessibility of software, but I actually own quite some hardware. I love analog hardware synths so I own a Moog Subsequent 37 ,Moog Lil Phatty , Prophet-6 and OBERHEIM Matrix 1000 . There’s something different about the sound of these things. They’re like ‘perfectly’ edgy. You have to be an audio nerd to understand the love for these things.
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?
I have absolutely no idea man. I do know I might sell a bit less than other producers who have as much views as I do, but that’s because a big part of my audience just listens to my music for fun (I even put out a solo instrumental album in 2014 called “Language Of Beats”). I make a good living and can pay University so I definitely have no reason to complain.

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