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“There are so many waves now…” Interview with producer Shanti Seng

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Shanti Seng is a female producer I got put onto by a follower on my IG when I asked where are all the female producers? Besides Wondagurl, Shanti Seng is by far the biggest producer whose name was commented on the post. Her following on IG is slightly over 53K as of the writing of this post and her page is filled with pictures of her in the studio working. But what was even more interesting to me was that besides her IG, she doesn’t seem to have that much of an online presence.

 

Shanti seems to be one of those producers who works mainly with artists in the studio and artists with label backings. To quote her, “she doesn’t sell beats, she sells experiences.” Unlike a majority of the producers we have interviewed on here your not going to find beat videos of hers on YouTube or be able to buy a beat from beatstars. If you want to work with her your going to have to get in touch with her directly. I wanted to find out more about this somewhat mysterious producer and I wanted to continue my mission of highlighting female producers in the game, so I reached out to her and she responded back asap. To find out more about Shanti Seng keep scrolling down to read the interview!
  1. Major credits? (artist/song) – Various members of grand hustle, jasper cameron , fbg
  2. How old are you? 22
  3. Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap? idk i been through some crazy situations , just stay on high alert
  4. Where are you from?  I’m from saint louis , MO partly raised in Nebraska
  5. Have you faced any challenges being a female producer? All the time, but its okay, I’ve learned patience , besides i need challenges , they keep me motivated
  6. How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I’ve been producing since i was 14 , im 22 now, I remember when i was 3 or 4 years old my grandpa introduced me to the piano i just kept playing the same old keys over and over. I fell away from that as i believe my family already had an agenda for me. Maybe wanting me to be a doctor or lawyer. y’know how it is. I started rapping at 10-11 just writing to myself here and there, i started searching on youtube for instrumentals, it was always hard to find beats that matched the songs i made in my head, so i said fuck it ima start producing my own shit
  7. What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? I’ve been blessed to be in the studio with some really talented people. Actually seeing the formula to how some big artist make hooks, and songs is amazing. how they deconstruct the beat and how everyone collabs and takes from each other is really beneficial in my understanding of music. You learn what makes a song resonate with people
  8. Who are your biggest influences? Kanye west, aaliyah, jimmy hendrix, nirvana, timberland, scott storch, tokimonsta,
  9. Want to give any shoutouts? Nah , lol
  10. What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I song write as well, maybe thats surprising.
  11. Whats your process for making a beat? hmmm, its like cooking , or painting a picture, or building a house… You know the end goal, but you may not know how to start, i just jump in .
  12. What do your beats normally cost? I guess my beats dont cost anything, my legacy does, so it depends on what you contribute to my legacy, if we’re vibing , and we can lock in all night, fuck a dollar, lets make history
  13. What is the most you have made from one beat? Not sure, because royalties keep going, so lets see how far i get.
  14. Any stories on how you got some of your placements? I used to post beat videos everyday, and they would get alot of views, got alot of attention from AR’s and labels, but it just takes that one person to believe in you and out the blue C Gutta hit me and was like lets collaborate , he said he liked my sound I was honestly honored, and we just been going since then.
  15. What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? I use fl studio, its just what i grew up around, so it feels natural now.
  16. How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? none, i dont sell beats, seriously not trying to sound “outlandish” but i rarely sell them. I want to build a legacy, not sell beats , i’d rather sell an experience to someone.
  17. What are your plans for 2018? finally dropping projects that I’ve been holding onto, putting together something amazing. i want people to finally be able to hear my true sound.
  18. Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) Thats hard to say, there are so many waves now. I’ve been listening to alot of deedotwill, his sound is unique to me. unotheactivist’s sound is crazy, been hearing alot of valee, idk its real tough to say.

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