YDNA is one of two producers I am dropping interviews with today that I found through IG when I made a post asking my followers who do they think would be on a XXL Producer freshman list. I hadn’t heard of YDNA so I looked into him some more and it turns out he is one of a select few producers from Texas (and Dallas more specifically) that are just running and killin ish! Luckily, he was down to do an interview… SCROLL DOWN TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YDNA.
major credits? Ive produced for Gwap Mizzle, idkjeffrey, and The Underachievers
How old are you? Im 20 years old
Where are you from? Born and raised in Dallas, Texas man
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? Ive been producing for almost 4 years now. I started because of EDM music. I wanted to figure out, how they were making these sounds everybody liked. I didnt have a computer at the time so i was learning how to make music at my friend Orfas house. I was on his computer 24/7, his mom was pissed cause i would be on the computer all day. Then i got my own laptop and started experimenting with making beats and gravitating more torwards that because i started doubting the edm life haha. Mostly cause rap is more of what i listen to i just wanted to head in that direction of production.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? The dopest thing to me is when people come up to me and tell me they know me. Like, ive had people come to me and say ive inspired them and that shit warms my heart cause i aint ever had anyone look up to me, that shits crazy to me honestly.
Who are your biggest influences? Yo, i bump Chief keef on the daily so id have to say hes one of em because he goes hard at producing and rapping effortlessly. Purpdogg too, hes like one of the og producers in the underground.
Want to give any shoutouts? shout out brain dead & gwap gang
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Uuuummm im also a graphic designer. Not many people know that.
Whats your process for making a beat? I start off with the melodies first. Off the muscle if im not sampling something, which is mostly. Then i just flow with the melody after that and get the vibe.
What do your beats normally cost? I charge $50 a lease and $120 an exclusive and $200 for a 5 song mixtape.
What is the most you have made from one beat? The most i made was $150 in a day.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements? When i sent the underachievers my beat i was on Ak’s Instagram live while he had his email pinned. I didnt have wifi so i couldnt go to my laptop all i had was my phone service. So i exit instagram and head to the gmail app and just start loading up emails with instrumentals. He listens to them on live while im fucking freaking out hes acknowledging my beats. He calls most of them ass except for the beat they used for “Packs”.
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use?
I’ve been using FL Studio
for a while now, idk im used to it. It feels weird when i try other programs but its possible for me to use them.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? Fuck i shouldve kept count idk.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) I can only speak on whats going on around me and to me i feel like Gwap Mizzle and Emotional Xan are going to be the next big wave. Not just because of their music, but because the shows they throw be so crazy. Theyre not going to be slept on for long.