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Getting that “Internet Money” : Interview + 4 beats with Pharaoh Vice

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I first became aware of Pharaoh Vice because every now and then I like to look up type beats for the rappers who are blowing up and see which producers on YouTube have the top most played beats in that category. For example with Pharaoh Vice, if you type in on YouTube “Lil Xan Type Beat” his beat “Scars” is the number 1 beat video with over 572K views. Looking him up I found out he’s one of the producers in the “Internet Money” team led by Taz Taylor and those two reasons, initiated my reaching out to him to see if we could do an interview.

Well after talking with Pharaoh, it turns out this young producer is going to have a crazy 2018. I believe his name is going to become a lot more recognizable in 2018 due to his recent placement on the Day 69 mixtape where he produced the track “Buba”. But it doesn’t stop there, he also has produced the yet to be released collaboration “I know you” by Yung Pinch and Lil Skies, two of 2018’s rap stars on the rise.

Find out more about this producer, check out some of his beats, AND find out how to get an exclusive 20% discount on all wavsupply.net drumkits by scrolling down!

 Major credits?
  1. 6ix9ine – buba
  2. lil skies x yung pinch – i know you (unreleased)

How old are you? I just turned 20 this last week.

Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap? haha meeting some of my favorite artists and seeing who they are as people is always crazy. sometimes they’re exactly as you’d expect, other you end up seeing them in a totally different light, whether that’s good or bad.

Where are you from?  Im from sacramento, california

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I got into producing around 2015 after like 2 or 3 years of my brother (mjNichols) bugging me to get into it haha. he’s been doing this forever, and after him nagging me to get started i finally made my first beat and got super addicted. I was a junior in high school at the time and i’d pretty much spend all day at school browsing producer forums and shit, trying to soak up as much information as I could.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Aside from meeting dope people, I think making music that people connect with is my favorite thing to ever happen. there’s no greater feeling than having everyone’s heading bobbing to your beat, knowing that YOU made that. still surreal to me.
Who are your biggest influences? kanye, madlib, mjNichols, mr carmack, hudson mohawke, this list could go on forever lmao. these people are all reasons i stuck with producing and pushed me to get better and better.

Want to give any shoutouts? 
The whole internet money team, i’d be lost without those guys. taz taylor, e-trou, kc supreme, countach coupe, jrhitmaker, jo l’z, nick mira, sidepce, platzus, roy major, josh petruccio, and sharpe. grateful for that whole team. and my brother mjNichols of course, idk where i’d be without his guidance.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? 
I’m a huge nerd. i played video games heavy in middle school, i didn’t go outside much hahaha. i’ve kinda replaced video games with making beats, but every once in a while i’ll fall back down that hole.

Whats your process for making a beat? 
I usually just go in and mess around with different sounds and ideas until something sounds dope. i can’t go in with the mentality of “i want to make THIS specific thing” because that never gets me anywhere. i always gotta stay open to whatever comes.
What do your beats normally cost? $45 for a regular lease. exclusives are negotiated depending on how popular the beat is.

What is the most you have made from one beat? 
I actually don’t even know, but my “Scars” beat has paid me pretty well haha. My first big sale was $1500 for a couple exclusives when i was first starting out. that was a great feeling.

What are your plans for 2018?
Placements! trying to work with as many big artists as i can. i also want to drop more kits, once a month would be a great goal if i could get myself to stick to it lmao

Speaking of kits.  Whats up with the kits? Is there good money in it? Cause people with 100 subscribers on youtube out here saying “check out my new kit”. 
yeah kits are basically a product to sell to producers that fw you and want to use your sounds. If you have great quality and good marketing, there’s a shit ton of money to be made with them, i know dudes who live solely off kit money.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? No idea i can’t even keep track. somewhere well into the hundreds.

How did you score the Buba placement on the Day 69 mixtape by 6ix9ine?
This 6ix9ine record actually came about through his management hitting me through email haha. i can’t get into details, but they saw it online and were SUPER adamant about getting it. a few months later here we are.

What hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use?
I use FL Studio 12, i started out on ableton but switched over within a few weeks. FL just has a way quicker workflow and i’m more comfortable in it. tons of respect for the dudes that use ableton though, that shit’s tough.

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? 
paris. don’t sleep. @prodbyparis
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Discount ends March 1st, 12:01 AM! So you have 4 days or less to use this discount code then its over.

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Pharaoh Vice SOCIAL LINKS:

🐦 TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/pharaohvice

📸 INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/pharaohvice

📻 SOUNDCLOUD: http://www.soundcloud.com/pharaoh-vice

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