I first heard about GLOhan because I saw he produced Checking You Out by Famous Dex which is currently on soundclouds hip hop/rap trending charts. Then after doing some more research into this producer I found out they are actually the producer behind a couple pretty big songs you might have heard in the last year or two besides the checking you out track… These tracks include:
Now Lil Uzi Vert and Famous Dex happen to be two of the most played rappers by one of my best friends sooo I had to try and secure an interview with GLOhan beats. To my suprise, not only did GLOhan respond almost immediately, but they gave the most in depth answers out of any producer I have interviewed!
Seriously, if you are a producer or someone who wants to become a producer, you need to read the interview below! Not only does GLOhan get in depth about his producing process but he also goes in depth on royalties, a topic that is not discussed enough nowadays.
Major Credits? I’ve produced for the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Famous Dex, Spenzo, Rico Recklezz, and also have an unreleased song featuring Rich The Kid that was previewed on Instagram. The most notable songs that I’ve produced so far are “Grow Up” by Lil Uzi Vert, “Secure The Bag” by Lil Uzi Vert & Gucci Mane, and “Out The Window” by Famous Dex, which JUST dropped.
How old are you? I’m currently 19 years old and will be 20 in March, 2018.
Where are you from? I’m from Riverdale, a south suburb of the Chicago area.
How long have you been producing? I started messing around with music sequencing on this game for PlayStation called ‘Little Big Planet 2’. It wasn’t an advanced sequencer by any chance, but late 2012 (around Winter time) I got my hands on the FL Studio 10 demo. That’s when I began taking things seriously. It’s around the same time of the year I started right now, so I’ve been producing for around 5 full years.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? I would be corny and say the dopest things that happened were the “placements,” but in my opinion, one of the dopest things I see daily (and even before any placements) is my growing number of supporters and my growing fanbase. It’s crazy. I get support from hundreds of complete strangers, and out of the tens of people I know in real life, only maybe half of them really support. It’s like the supporters and fans online are family. I can count on them to share my link way more than I can count on people I know! One day I hope to do an album signing or meet and greet or something. They deserve it. I get messages from people everyday about how I’ve influenced them to keep going or something I might’ve said inspired them to take positive action in their life. I love it. That’s why I do this, fuck the placements and the fancy stuff, I stand for the people who need a good pep talk and who need to be inspired.
Who are your biggest influences? I take huge inspiration from Japanese music and culture. One of my favorite Japanese music composers is Yasuhisa Watanabe. It’s funny because he’s been responsible for some of the sounds from my childhood, and I didn’t even know it until about last month. When I found out his name I began looking up all of his tracks. The music is really crazy. I also take influence from different video games such as Sonic The Hedgehog and much more.
As far as people who’ve inspired me, well starting out, I was real into this underground wave of producers who sampled anime and video games. The big four I always give props to are Raisi K, KenKen Killt It, Thrill Beatzzz, and Gage. Other producers involved in that wave are Natsu Fuji, DJ Sonic Freak (I don’t know what happened to that guy), Dj Fusion T, and more. My hard hitting drum sounds come from my heavy influence from Chief Keef and Chicago’s drill music. The name ‘GLOhan’ really reflects my interest in both Glo Gang and anime, since the name is a play on both Chief Keef’s crew and ‘Gohan’ from Dragon Ball Z. To clarify though, I am not affiliated with Glo Gang, but I would love to produce for them.
Want to give any shoutouts? Shout out to my niggas Xay Scott, J, D2X, the Kid Marquis, Lanski, and everybody else who I’m rocking with and who rocking with me. They know who they are. Special love goes out to my family .
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I’m not sure, I’m pretty transparent. I’m trying to think. Give me a second. Hmm… there are a few things. Number one is that I rap occasionally. Just started actually. I’ve done it in the past, but not consistently. I’m trying to take it seriously and do it more consistently, so I can get better at it. Slowly, but surely.
Another thing people may not assume about me is I actually have no management, despite the placements I get and whatnot. I take care of most of my paperwork and contracts, and my administration company takes care of the money collecting sides of things. I got a few more things too; my favorite anime is Death Note. My second favorite is Berserk. Not to discredit how much I love Dragon Ball Z and Naruto though, those have a list of their own as legendary anime, but the two I listed first are my favorite as far as how interested I was while watching them. DBZ and Naruto will always take the cake as the grandmasters of my childhood.
Oh, and I’m pretty sure some of you don’t know that before I ever started producing, my idea of what beats I wanted to make were influenced by deadmau5, an Electronic Dance Music producer. I still listen to EDM to this day, but the heavy influence of trap and drill crept into my musical influences as well, causing this sort of… “fusion”.
Whats your process for making a beat? As soon as I open FL Studio, the first thing I do is look in my vault of samples. If I can’t find a sample I want to use, I’ll just make an original beat from scratch. I spend lots of time on laying things out and mixing. Some people like to go through 5 beats in 30 minutes, not me though lol. I spend about 30 minutes on each beat (samples take less time). I enjoy it though. No one is sitting next to me telling me to hurry it up, I do what I want when making beats and have fun doing it. Sometimes I make beats that are so complicated and have so many sounds that they’re impossible to rap on, but who cares. I HAVE to get the creativity off of my mind, so I’m not gonna limit what I make just for a small cause like that. If I make too many complicated beats, I just group them into an album, and that’s how my ‘No Favors’ series of instrumental albums came about. A lot of my beats are just better to listen to with no one rapping on them anyway.
What do your beats normally cost? I usually just work with budgets, but right now on my website (http://glohanofficial.com) I charge $250 for leases and $1,000 for exclusive rights. Prices are bound to go up though. By the end of 2018, my beats may only be available if you hit me up personally, they may not even be available on a website anymore. We’ll see what the future of my prices entail though.
What is the most you have made from one beat? I’ve sold a lease for just $500 before. That’s not a lot, but we’re talking about just a lease, not even an exclusive or a custom beat. I can continue to sell that one over and over again. That showed me right there though that if someone would pay $500 for a lease, then the sky is the limit. I’ve made way more money from placements though, but not upfront. Most of it comes from royalties. I’ll get into that later on.
Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? The best story so far is of the Uzi placements. Back when my guy Xay Scott was known as ‘2DZ,’ we would talk to each other on Twitter. He had sent me screenshots of Uzi telling him to send him beats. The screenshots included his email. I never sent to it though because I was raised to respect private information like that, my respect levels for people are high.
One time Xay needed like a few bucks in his PayPal for something, I can’t remember what for, but when I sent that he was like “hey since you did me that favor, I’m gonna give you permission to send to Uzi’s email.” That same week I tweeted some shit like “@LILUZIVERT my goal is to work with you. I’m going to send you beats every Friday from now on until that happens.” I’m heavy on the Law of Attraction, so I began to meditate and vision that really happening. I sent some beats like Thursday, and woke up on Friday to Uzi responding to the email saying “this is amazing, save this for me.” That song is unreleased, and I’ve never heard it. The fact it took me one Friday though is crazy.
Uzi has since then gotten a new number and I’ve fell out of contact with him, but some day those songs gotta drop. I sent over 400 beats for Luv Is Rage 2, but y’know, it’s hard for artists’ labels to see our visions, which is why most of Uzi’s music sounds super mainstream now. I honestly don’t like the mainstream pop sound that much, Luv Is Rage 2 has some good songs on it, but for the most part, I don’t like the way it sounds. The night 1017 Vs The World dropped he texted me like “got a crazy surprise for you bro.” That was him and Gucci’s Secure The Bag. The same way I visioned the Uzi placements is what I did with Dex as well. Tweeted it into existence and hey, now I’m working with Dex. The sky is the limit. I did all of this with just emails by the way.
Do you use Hardware or software? I use mostly software now, but I’m obsessed with watching videos of hardware synthesizers and modular synths. I really want to get my hands on that type of equipment. I’m working hard to get to that point.
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? Surprisingly, I’ve sold more beats in 2016 and the beginning of this year than ever. Because of price increases, I sell a lot less now. My prices were $25 when Grow Up dropped. The trade off to bringing up prices is that you make more money at one time, but the sacrifice is that you sell a lot less. I don’t really have a certain number of how many I’ve sold though. I never really paid attention.
Do you receive royalties for any of your beats? Yes. This sounds crazy, but when I send beats to artists, I hope their labels never hit me with deals. I want to retain all of my publishing rights for every song so that I can collect 100% of my publishing without having to sign any of it away. The administration company I’m signed to collects my royalties for whatever songs I own masters to, and they don’t take any of my publishing rights, they simply take a small cut from administration fees.
Some deals from artists can be good though. You gotta be smart. For example, if I sold the exclusive of the Grow Up beat to Uzi for $1K I would’ve cheated myself. Grow Up made more than $1K from just YouTube views, so if I sold my master rights for just $1K, I’d only make that $1K and that’s it forever. Doing the method I do, I continue to make what that song makes as long as it’s being played on YouTube and anywhere else it’s being played. If they offered me $10K for it though, I probably would’ve sold the beat because theoretically, Grow Up is probably never going to make over ten thousand dollars in publishing royalties. I was never offered anything from Uzi’s team though. I sent beats in a more personal way, I don’t even know anyone from his label.
What are your plans for 2018? My plans for 2018 is to master my creative process and crafts, as well as hone my rapping and engineering skills. A lot is going to happen in 2018, but these are still years of preparation. By 2019-2020, I’ll be one of the top producers in the nation. I also plan to release multiple projects, including the conclusion to my No Favors instrumental album series ‘No Favors 3’.
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Twitter and Instagram is @glohanofficial