Interview + 4 beats with Hip Hop Producer Alex Collins

You might not have heard of him before but he’s produced for Logic, Kevin Flum, and more.

Examples of his work include

Interview + 4 beats:

Any major credits I should list?

  • The biggest artist that I worked with was with Logic on an unofficial freestyle (WCSU Freestyle). The most popular song I’ve produced, however, was with Kevin Flum on the track “No More”. I also produced Justin Stone’s “Lungs” which got a lot of hits. I also got something very special in the vault with Xuitcasecity which I can’t wait to wrap up.

Whats one food you dont hate, but you could live without?

  • If every Taco Bell vanished from earth I would be indifferent.

If you weren’t producing, you would be ________________?

  • Doing something with social media. I’ve been using YouTube and social media since 2007 and always loved it, and given how much money there is online I think everyone should give it a shot. 

How old are you?

  • 22 years old

Where are you from?

  • I’m from Brookfield, Connecticut. Nobody knows where that is so I usually tell them that I live about an hour and a half drive away from Manhattan.

How long have you been producing?

  • I’ve been producing for 6 years. I started about a month or two before I turned 16 but didn’t take it seriously until college.

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

 – I’ve been recognized in public twice, one of them was at some party at my college which was crazy.

Who are your biggest influences?

  • Hip hop wise, Key Wane was always my biggest influence. Not only is his piano work the best in the game, all of his other content like the “Beats & Keys” series is just super dope. Pop wise, The Chainsmokers and Diplo are definitely my other biggest influences. I really like simple beats and melodies that just work. I’m also really into the whole “Future Pop” wave that’s going on right now, and even though The Chainsmokers have been kind of on the low for a couple months now I really love how catchy their stuff is.

Want to give any shoutouts?

  • S/o Cball, S/o Jake Brodio, S/o Samuel Knight, S/o Gille, S/o Griffin Arnott,  S/o to Justin Stone for being patient with me since I always say I’m tryna do some more work with him, S/o INDY for getting that Sony deal and S/o Kflum for being cool ass dude and giving me a big look with our track.

do you get royalties from any of your beats?

  • I do, but that’s only a marginal percentage of what I make.

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

  • I have a strong interest in law and I seriously considered going to law school after college. Took the LSAT and everything. Still have it on the back burner in case anything seriously goes wrong with music.

What do your beats normally cost?

  • My standard lease is $29.99,  A lease with track outs is $49.99, and an unlimited lease is $149.99. All of these are bundle deals, so you get more than one beat with every purchase. I don’t like selling exclusive rights to stuff I have on YouTube but I do commissions for $300. I’m pretty flexible with budgets though, just hit me up if you want to work out a deal.

What is the most you have made from one beat?

  • Over $5k

Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?

  • Kevin Flum was definitely a favorite. Him and INDY had made a freestyle video of them rapping about Clemson Football over my beat that went viral on Barstool and WorldStarHipHop. The song they made with that beat is still one of my favorites. Justin Stone also kills it, some big YouTubers used “Lungs” in their videos which was dope. Currently I’m doing work with a singer out of Minneapolis named Samuel Knight, I’ll give him a beat and he’ll send me something super crazy over it an hour later. Still can’t believe how he does it.

Hardware or software?

  • I produce using only my Macbook, headphones, and speakers. As for software I use Logic Pro 9, NI Massive, and recently Xfer’s Serum. Echo Sound Works is the plug, he’s a genius-level sound designer.

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

  • thousands
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