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Interview with “Mans Not Hot” co -producer MazzaBeats

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MazzaBeats is a producer from the U.K. who is a self described “DRILL / GRIME / TRAP / FL11 Specialist”. MazzaBeats may not be a house hold name for you if you don’t follow the Grime scene however if you have been on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube in the last 6 months then you probably heard a song that he was the co producer of.

You see MazzaBeats is 1 half of the team who co produced the hit viral sensation “Man’s Not Hot” by UK comedian and rapper Big Shaq.

If you aren’t familiar with this song, its a track that blew up last year in the UK and has also made its rounds across the U.S. and the world.

Numbers don’t lie so lets look at some of the figures for this track;

  • 10.1+ million combined plays on Soundcloud
  • 6.9 Million reads for the lyrics on Genius
  • at least 188.9 Million combined views on YouTube
  • Certified Gold in the U.K. (400,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in Belgium (15,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in Norway (15,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in New Zealand (15,000 sales)
  • Made the top 100 chart in 15 other countries besides U.K., Belgium, Norway, and New Zealand

Safe to say that “Man’s Not Hot” which first started off as a joke can now safely be said is and was a viral and lucrative single! Lucrative, it definitely was! You see, while looking up the song “Man’s Not Hot” I found out that it has an interesting and somewhat complicated history production wise.

This is the timeline/history of the instrumental for “Man’s Not Hot”:

  • Some point in late 2015 the beat was co produced by GottiOnEm and MazzaBeats.
  • It was first used by the group 86 for their song “Lurk” which was released as a video on January 2nd, 2016 and has accumulated 173K views since its release.
  • Then that instrumental was used for the track “lets lurk” by 67 and Giggs, which was released on February 22nd, 2016 and its video has accumulated over 12.1 million views.
  • After “lets lurk” is released nothing else happens for 1 year, 6 months, and 1 week to the day. Then on August 29, 2017 a comedian named Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq went on BBC Radio as two of his rap alter egos and did a freestyle on the instrumental which in turn became the song “Man’s Not Hot” which blew up and did the numbers discussed earlier.

I wanted to talk to the producers of this track so I emailed them both and the one who responded to me was Mazza Beats. In our interview below he discusses “Man’s Not Hot”, royalties, what software he uses to make beats and why, and more!

Can you list some of your major Credits?

  • “Man’s Not Hot” Big Shaq
  • “Fire In The Booth” Big Shaq
  • “Let’s Lurk” 67
  • “Packages” Aj Tracey
  • “Clipped Him” Giggs

and many more that span the grim/drill/trap scene.

Where are you from?  London

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? 13 Years. I started producing basically so I could have beats to rap to and I still rap up to this day

I saw on your soundcloud you say fl studio 11 specialist. Which is funny cause I was having a discussion yesterday about how so many producers use fl studio BUT not all of them use the same edition. So I gotta ask, are you still strictly using Fl Studio 11? are you going to eventually switch to 12 or do you not think its necessarry? or are you waiting for when they supposedly drop fl studio 20 ( they aren’t going to use 13, instead it will be 20 to mark 20th anniversary).

I know how to get a lot of the potential out of fl 11 not to mention certain features you can no longer get from the new versions not to mention the fact that I don’t like the feel of them. If I know I can push the same standard of music on the version I’m use to why bother upgrading?

In the u.s. right now theres been a heavy discussion on producers starting a union because of producers like tm88, e.dan, sonny digital, etc talking about how the major labels and artists are shorting them on royalties, not paying them, etc. I am wondering whats up on yall side of the pond? cause there hasn’t been much input from producers outside of the u.s. that I have seen on this topic. are uk producers dealing with the same shit? Gotti himself tried to do me wrong with this whole mans not hot situation so erm I’m not sure how I currently feel about that one…

Who are your biggest influences? 808 mafia madlib and the people around me I mean if I were to name them all I’d go on for days so that’s the ones that come to mind straight away

Want to give any shoutouts? Shout out to the 6FM (6figuremusic) team and ShellKartel

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I rap and I sing

Whats the story behind mans not hot. I see it was a co production between you and gotti, what exactly happened? how did you link with big shaq? etc.

It’s a long story… Gotti tried to do bad business which severely backfired and resulted in me being credited on a major hit.

tbh I don’t really want to adress it at this point all I can say is people should collaborate with people they trust cause this game is dirty…

You know the readers are going to want to know.. how much you make off co producing mans not hot? Enough to feed me my daughter and my wife and enough for me to live comfortably whilst pursuing a career in music.

What is the most you have made from one beat? I’m not sure because it’s still going but thus far in the 10s of thousands.

Do you receive royalties from any of your other beats besides “Mans Not Hot”? Yeah I receive royalties from clipped him for instance which I produced for Giggs on the landlord album

May I ask what the royalties look like for clipped him? It’s like 3 points or something like that I have no idea what that look like in money but I get a few hundred every few months

Whats your process for making a beat? I generally start with melody and it can go anywhere from there

 What do your beats normally cost? 1000+

Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? everything been naturally happening in my opinion since the first good placement I got a couple years back with 67 which was a mixture of networking on twitter and being very active in my field at the time so I had a good reputation.

Do you prefer to work in the studio or at home? Studio

How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? Couple hundred

what are your plans for 2018? Make more good music and not trying to complicate the process probably just gonna travel a lil more

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) 6ixvi, jay Youngs, Seany beats, Chris andoh, rawz , rickashay, h Moneda

 

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