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Interview with Prod. By KAT, the producer of Lil Candy Paint’s Lifestyle

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I put up a post on instagram telling producers to DM me beat videos they wanted promo’d for free on my insta. Well one of the producers that hit me up a day or two after that post was Kat, or Prod. KAT, or Prod. By KAT.  He wasn’t even submitting a beat for repost he was just showing some love because he said he been seeing my posts for awhile and started reading my blog.

Then the homie offered to give me an interview if I ever wanted one. And I am not going to lie I get contacted everyday about people who want to get interviews and I turn them almost all down. But I was intrigued that the guy said he would be down. Well alright, who tf is this guy, that he’s offering an interview instead of like everyone else who asks or tries to pay.

Well I will tell you who tf he is lol. He’s the guy behind the boards on the sleeper hit “Lifestyle” by up and comer Lil Candy Paint.  And he has also somehow found his way into doing the background music for a handful of videos by the No Jumper team. Obviously homie is putting in work but he is also a little mysterious somewhat, he doesn’t have much info up online about him and he has no beat videos on YouTube. But if you haven’t heard the “Lifestyle” track it is below for you to press play and listen to while you read the interview.

Major credits? (artist/song)
  • C-Kan (Mexico) – Gotay
  • Arcangel – Jory (Puerto Rican)
  • Lil Candy Paint and I also have credits on some No Jumper (Podcast) interviews. (BIG SHOUT OUT TO @filo5ofi – he’s one of the no jumper video editors and a good friend.)
How old are you?
  • I am a pisces my b-day is on march 19 and that’s all you’ll get, haha. I like to keep my name and my age a mystery. But i will give you a hint, i have the name of a City! SMH, my parents couldn’t think of anything better i guess haha.
Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap?
  • Man, definitely. Back in Puerto Rico it was crazy, because i was just surrounded with bad things and some of the people i was working with were HOT in the streets, if you know what i mean. So it was like a constant paranoia throughout the sessions. Like they could come at any time and spray us. Same with the cops they could just come and raid, i really don’t miss the life of Puerto Rico, but it did made me understand a lot of things and it also gave me different perspectives. I can say, it made me more mature in the “street” sense.
Where are you from? 
  • I am Puerto Rican, born and raised. From the south, a little hood called “El Corazon”. So i guess i could say i come from the struggle. But those are things that i don’t look to be saying, is not my style. Nowadays a lot of people make up stories to fit it, i don’t need to. But i don’t need to say it either. I prefer to keep it more real, you know. Cause if is the past, why bring it up? That life was left behind.
 
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
  • I’ve always loved music, i used to Play Bass in a couple of Punk Bands, but as for producing it all started in 2008, so i can say i’ve been doing it for almost 10 years now. But it wasn’t serious at first. I also taught myself, i didn’t went to school or anything for it. Same as my english, all self taught.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
  • Well, i started making DJ mixes and using acapella vocals and making beats on top of it, i guess that caught the attention of some other puerto rican producers, artists and labels there and that’s how it began. (But please people, don’t sign contracts without reading, i know is exciting when someone says they wanna sign you and you forget about the rest, trust me is not just about signing. Be careful or you’ll end up in a bad situation like me, 2 years attached and i barely saw 5,000$ in those two years)
Who are your biggest influences? 
  • My influences are all over the place, i listen to A LOT of genres. (Punk, Ska, Metal, Hip Hop, Trap, Rap, House, Drum & Bass, Classical, Reggaeton) but i’ll tell you a couple: Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest, GZA, Method Man & Redman, Lil Wayne, Chief Keef,  The Misfits, but i am huge Method Man & Redman fan though.
Want to give any shoutouts?
  • Definitely, i want to say thanks to @filo5ofi (<– his instagram) he’s been a day 1 since i moved to the states from Puerto Rico and has definitely helped me a lot, he is also a video editor with the craziest and dopest effects i’ve seen in music videos and he also edits for NO JUMPER. I also want to say to keep your eyes on this upcoming artist called (@diebool   <—- instagram ) expect to hear a lot this year, his voice is so unique, he can sing, rap, scream it don’t matter and he can tell you a story, you can feel his emotion in the songs. Definitely should pay attention to that!
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
  • Most people don’t know, but i have a BA in Computer Science and Administration. I also love surfing, skating and paintball.
 
What is the best platform for selling your beats? why?
 
  • I am very picky when it comes to that, too many beats stolen or not the proper credit. So, i usually choose who i want to work with, or i send snippets and if they like, i upload to beatstars and they can do the transaction there. Simple. Is too easy nowadays to chop and flip beats. I want to also give a tip to young producers. Just because you sell and Exclusive, doesn’t mean you don’t have the rights or can’t caim any royalties. Yes, you can. I suggest upcoming producers learn about important information like that before they start selling beats. Exclusive Use and Exclusive Rights are two totally different things.
 
Whats your process for making a beat?
  • I work really weird, most of my beats are simple but there’s a reason. Is obviously a beat, yeah but after they record i usually ask for the vocals back and i do some tricks i have ( SORRY NOT SAYING lol, maybe one day. ) that i learned back in Puerto Rico from one of the biggest producers there. But i always start with the drums, the drums are the most important part in my opinion. I always make sure they are leveled before i add anything else. My beats also involve a lot of GROSS BEAT and Reverse Melodies, i love it.
What do your beats normally cost?
  • I used to sell them for 100$ at first for Exclusive Use and Lease for 75$ but now i’ve been seling beats for 200$ and up for exclusive use. I don’t lease anymore. But i’m very flexible when it comes to a new artist, i love helping new artists. They’re the core of the future, definitely.
What is the most you have made from one beat?
  • Back in Puerto Rico when i was signed to this stupid label (won’t mention) i sold a couple beats for 500$. But that label completely locked me in, i couldn’t work with other artists but their own, i couldn’t sell beats outside of the contract. So i had to sell beats secretly to survive. It went on for 2 years. So please, please YOUNG PRODUCERS read, get a lawyer….is very serious, people will play with your money without hesitation. They don’t care. They’re vultures.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements? 
  • I’m a person that keeps knocking the door respectfully and i guess people see that i am persistent and i don’ give up (obviously respectfully) you can’t be a pest either or you will burn a bridge. But like i said before i started doing DJ Mixes and Beats Over old acapellas from artists ( it took long hours of hardwork, trust me). I guess that drew attention. But when i got here to the states, i owe it all to @filo5ofi. That guy is genuine as f***. He got me to do beats for some NO JUMPER exposed interviews (Blocboy JB, Cam Girl) so that’s a big accomplishment being on that platform you know. People been hitting me up thanks to that A LOT. Same for the Lil Candy Paint Song – Lifestyle. After that song drop, everything changed for me also. The song already passed the 100,000 mark. Hopefully we can do a video to it. I think is one of his best songs and i don’t say that because i produce it. He’s a good artist, he needs to blow up BIGGER already. I would also love that song to BLOW UP bigger than it is i’d love to do a Deconstructed video of the beat.
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. Something about it that i keep coming back to it. Maybe is the user friendly interface and how i can easily edit everything. But i also love Pro Tools and Cubase.
What are your plans for 2018?
  • My plans for 2018: I want to do my own mixtape and help new artists out and put in some already established artists. I also have projects waiting to drop, a lot of beats out. I won’t say names because i don’t want to jinx it, but expect big things this year. I am also planning to make a mixtape with @diebool and spice the game up. This guy is so different that i assure you, PEOPLE will PAY ATTENTION. His talent is out of this world.
Who do you think will be part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
  • I think Comethazine will definitely hit the charts this year i don’t care what people say the guy going crazy right now. Juice Wrld is going crazy right now too and i definitely want to work with him. I like OhTrapStar too, i sent him some beats we talked a bit, hopefully we can work on something. I think is also time for Duwap Kaine and Candy Paint to blow up, i hope this is the year, they been grinding for a bit now.
  • As for producers, arnoldisdead is one of my favorites i think he’s gonna blow up this year, same as oscar100 i love his beats, so unique. Also foreigngotem i definitely have to hand it to him, he’s been killing it from SERBIA, so that’s a big accomplishment so YOUNG PRODUCERS out there, there’s no excuses!
Do you have other income streams besides producing? If so,  what are they? 
  • Nope, just beats and beats and beats. I did had a regular job back in WA, but now that i moved to PHILLY is a whole different story.
Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you give an example with actual numbers?
  • I haven’t got any money off youtube, honestly. But that part is on me. I was lazy back then. I also don’t upload beats to youtube, maybe i should?…but is a very tricky situation you know. I might give it a try. That contract completely screwed me over. 3 of the songs i took part in back in PR, they all passed the 1m stream mark, so i guess that’s money i lost, because i was dumb and didn’t read. But never again! Hopefully some people will read all of this and learn from my experience. Also, you have to be patient in this game, is a waiting game and if you get desperate…everything can go down.

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