Interview + 4 beats with MiniProducer

MiniProducer is an early supporter of the site and she reached out to me awhile back just looking to tell me she really dug my site. She appreciated that I was looking to shine a light on female producers whenever I could. I scrolled on her page and saw that she made dope beats so I reached out for an interview and she immediately said yes.

But due to her busy schedule with school, a documentary series following her, making beats, etc, she didn’t get the interview back to me for a minute and when I did get it I procrastinated putting it up. Unfortunately it got lost in the creative sauce and I just discovered it again so I am finally publishing my interview with this producer who is continuing to grow like crazy both in production and from what I see from following her, as a person.

Find out more about her and check out some of her beats below!

major credits? (artist/song) None right now. However, I have been working with an up and coming artist named Neph who is from New Britain, Connecticut. He’s opened for artists like G-Herbo and will be performing on the Day 69 Tour. Another artist would be Big Mike Mic Whoa, he’s another awesome artist who I know is going to blow up. Lastly, D-Train is making a positive impact not only in music, but in his community as well and I love working with individuals like the ones I’ve listed. Of course, this isn’t everyone. I honestly have enjoyed with working with artists who aren’t major, I’ve seen so many of them put in a lot of work in to what they do. I’m forever grateful for anyone I’ve worked with so far. When the major credits come, I’ll be just as excited.

How old are you? I’m 22. My birthday is October 21,1995.

Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap? Honestly, not anything that I can think of at this point. I’m sure I’ll have some stories to tell soon though.

Where are you from?  I’m from Georgia and I was born in Dayton Ohio.

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I’ve been producing for 8 years now, started out using Mixcraft back when I was a freshman in high school. I’ve always loved music, I took vocal lessons and piano lessons right up until I started college. I thought I wanted to be an artist and then realized I wanted to be more behind the scenes by doing music production and songwriting.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? The dopest thing that has happened has been the impact I’ve been able to make on people that I have never met just through building my brand and meeting different people along the way.

Who are your biggest influences? My biggest influences are people who are putting in work and those who are living out the lives they created for themselves. To provide some specifics, I’m influenced by people around me like my friends Ryan (@imakefirebeats), Ben (@bennjiv), and Jalen (@j.uboh) they both push me to better and have had a positive impact on my life.

Want to give any shoutouts? I want to give a shout-out to anyone who has supported me on this journey so far. All the love and support that I’ve gotten is truly appreciated. All of the artists that I’ve been able to work with, the talented producers I’ve been able to collab with, I’m so thankful.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I’m transparent with people, so I’m not sure if there is anything people would be surprised to know. I’ve always said I believe in staying authentic whether that is how I portray myself on social media or in person. If someone wanted to know something about me I’ll most likely answer it unless it’s not asked in a respectful way or I just don’t want to answer it.

What’s your process for making a beat? I usually start with the melodies, then move on to the hi-hat to keep the tempo, then move on to the drums, then any percussion. I like to go through the mixing process as I go, just making little changes when it comes to volume if I haven’t already done link selected channels, starting from this track lol. Then once I have everything leveled, by they way I like using this plugin called Pink to help get my levels, I go ahead and do split by channel, so that I can start laying out my beat. This is just what happens most time, it can obviously change depending on the beat.

What do your beats normally cost? My prices currently are $30 (MP3 Lease), $75 (WAV Lease), and $125 (Unlimited Lease). Then exclusives start at $500. I also do customs as well. However, I’m one of those people that if you come to me with a situation and let me know what you’ve got going on financially, I’m willing to work with you on it.

What is the most you have made from one beat? More in the $200+ range. I would’ve made $400, however I didn’t have the track out files for it, so I didn’t feel it was right to sell it for that price.

Any stories on how you got some of your placements? I haven’t gotten any placements yet. The one I did where I’ve heard the song, it was never released, so I don’t want to speak on it for this interview lol. I wouldn’t consider it an “official placement” for that reasoning, so I’ll just be speaking on things that are publicly released.

What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? I use FL Studio 11 Producer Edition to make beats and FL Studio 12 Producer Edition to mix/master songs in. I started using FL Studio because an artist named Jaye Newton introduced me to it back when I was a freshman year and I’ve been using it ever since. I do have an Akai MPK mini, however I’ve been letting my friend use it because I wasn’t using it that much. I also have a Maschine Mikro, however I also don’t use that either lol. I got so used to not having any hardware that I just didn’t use it to it’s full potential.

How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? In 2017 I sold over 60+ beats. I went from making around $800 in 2016 to making close to $4k. I’m proud of myself and am only growing from here.

What are your plans for 2018? My plan for 2018, is to dominate. I got signed to an independent label called Starkast Nation in December, so there’s a lot of things that have been happening with that. For 2018, I want to make sure I’m impacting people in a positive way. Whether that’s through music or doing speaking engagements. I’m thankful for the things that have happened so far and there will be coming out this year that I can’t speak on yet. I’m creating the life that I want and enjoying the process.

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) Honestly, I’m so focused on putting my head down and working that I’m not paying much attention to other people where I know them by name. What I will say is if you’re putting in hard work, you have a winning mindset, then you can be part of the wave. There’s a lot of talented artists and producers out there who are working hard to get where they want to be, and I hope they’re able to get reach the point of success that they’re looking for.

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