One of the reasons I started this whole blog was because I notice stuff. By that I mean I consume and observe a lot of information and I can notice when steam is starting to build up around an artists career. For example, since the passing of Lil Peep, I have started to notice another artist named Lil Skies starting to gain a buzz. And it seems with every passing week that buzz grows louder.
I AM NOT SAYING that Lil Skies is making the same music as Lil Peep. However they do share enough similarities – they have the same aesthetic look, they are both from small towns / cities, and they make alternative types of rap. I truly feel that Lil Skies is going to be the 2018 Lil Peep. Hell, Lil Skies hasn’t even released his upcoming mixtape and I saw that it was number 17 in the world on Itunes, da fuck? pre orders are heavy for this one.
What does this have to do with the producer Mike Medusa? I saw that Mike Medusa produced a pretty dope beat for Lil Skies on one of his tracks called Fake. I immediately tried to get in contact with him cause the beat was fire and also if my prediction is right about Lil Skies, 2018 is going to be a crazy year for any producer who has worked with him.
Look at what happened with everyone associated with Lil Peep all the way down to his producers. There’s got to be at least a dozen people who have sustainable hip hop careers because they were aligned with Lil Peep. Hell, NEDARB and Bighead are two of the hottest producers in the game right now.
I reckon (*nicejewboy might be living in the east coast but he’s from the south) that Mike Medusa and all the producers who worked with Lil Skies in 2017 are going to have a whirlwind 2018. So I had to do an interview with Mike, and luckily he agreed. according to him curatedflame is the first interview he’s doing as a hip hop producer!
Get woke and read the interview + check out 3 of his beats that are still available for sale!
Major Credits? (artist/song) The biggest credit so far is lil skies. I hope i get to work with him again. He e-mailed dm’ed me a few months back about me sending some beats over but i didn’t have anything that good at the time. I’ll get back to him on that tho.
How old are you? I’m 23
Where are you from? I’m from The Netherlands, Rotterdam. I just moved to Amsterdam.
How long you been producing? / How did you get into it? I’ve been producing since my 17th, so 5 years now.
I got into it because of my sisters ex boyfriend who’s a big hip hop head. He told me about FL studio and that he used to make beats sometimes. Some time later he showed me the program and explained it a lil bit. I of course didn’t understand shit about it but it grew on me. A good friend of mine also encouraged me and still does to keep me going.
The very first time i knew i liked to make music was on my sisters Sony Ericson t610, there was this music creator game that i loved.
Dopest thing thats happen since releasing music? Honestly, the lil skies credit was dope. I didn’t knew about it until some guy dm’ed me on Instagram about the beat. It was like a month after the song dropped. Other than that prolly learning the program until i could make what i wanted to make faster. The lil skies beat was made in a hour or something.
Who are your influences? Allot but, Flying Lotus,Coki,Ikaz Boi, Yung (Gud),BoazvdBeats, DjStijco, Play Picasso, Pi’erre Bourne to name a few.
Shoutouts? Shoutout to my supporters my mom and sister ( no i’m not adding her ig), @slushpapi,@sexysnakebeats and @sorryantho.
Whats something people would be surprised to know about you?
I sell Saffron to restaurants, i’m gonna sell more to high end restaurants just like Ian Purkayastha ‘Truffle Boy’. Im learning to become a finance consultant and i had hoop dreams since i can remember but i blew my knee out, i can walk tho.
What is your process for making beats?
I mostly start with the melody, it just depends on my mood nothing special. When i have a base i just make the beat as complete as i can and then later remove stuff when i’m arranging to make space for the artist. I’m gonna make video’s about me producing on my channel soon. It’s easier to just see it than explain it in text.
The most you made from one beat? From one beat $750,- . This was when i just started uploading last year –
Never heard from the guy again but that was pretty cool.
How did you get the Lil Skies placement?
The placement came trough my Youtube: https://youtube.com/mikemedusa
Artists just stumble upon some beats or really search for some type of beat and so they reach my channel, where i upload my beats btw.
Software or hardware? Mostly software, Fl studio 11 and Logic. For hardware i just use a Roland A49 keyboard, my Macbook Pro and a couple of Rokit 5’s with a scarlet scarlett 2i4
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? Not that much, i still do it part-time. I’m gonna change that though, i just need to upload more often.
Plans for 2018? My plans for 2018 in music are to work with allot of artist/producers,
and to link with one artist to build a sound/wave.
Do you receive royalties for any of your beats? I actually don’t yet. I’m planning on doing that but i need a couple more songs for that.