The title of this interview / article piece is called “Finally Happened” for a reason. You see in 5 days it will be the 1 year anniversary of my site and in that time I have published interviews with over 112 producers. I always suspected that due to my heavy focus on interviewing producers and the way that I find them, I was eventually going to reach out to a producer who said something along the lines of “they have been waiting for this email for awhile” or something like that. What I mean is that I always thought or hoped that I would reach out and interview a producer who had either started producing because of my blog OR was big fan of my blog and a goal of theirs was to be featured.
WELL it “finally happened”.
There is a producer, by the name of Wynter, I have been seeing a lot recently on YouTube because his beats are constantly racking up great numbers for beat videos. I mean he has 13.7K+ subscribers so far and has racked up 2.4 million + views with 5 of his videos being in the 6 figure amounts for views.
I reached out to him because of the dope beats he has been putting out and because of the numbers he’s racking up and I just see him becoming a bigger name. Well a week goes by and I get a response from him saying “I’ve waited for this for so long! Sorry it took a while”. What’s crazy is that this finally happened less than a week before my 1 year anniversary!
Check out his beats and the interview we did below.
Well, I haven’t produced for any big name artist lol. I was made aware of a yung bans placement but I never heard it because it was on his Instagram Live. My biggest is probably dopeisland. Famous viner dropped a song called “Tonight” using my “Joggers” beat. Outside of that, I’ve produced for a decent amount of top-mid tier wavy rap SoundCloud guys. I have a lot of songs with ByeLilFly, King Meezy, and Soljay. I remember like a year ago now, I wanted a ByeLiFly placement so bad. It’s so cool to have worked with him so much now. I still want a Vick Lejet and Stacey Money placement though. A few others include whyfye, j24k, Mikey100k, Lil summrs, Texaco, wizzu, .wav aka phil Doty Gess, journey gz, Lil PayPal, SpendaKay Boku, and Vito. Most of my credits are people who lease beats and just drop them on their page lol. I have a few others but they aren’t as well-known but I still vibe with them.
*Links to songs he has produced for artists are at the bottom of this article
How old are you?
I’m 20 years old. Born on November 4th 1997
If someone where to ask you what your story is, what would you tell them?
My story would just be summed up as a tale of hard work lol. I’ve always worked hard at everything and if there was something out there in the world I wanted, I know I could achieve it.
funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?
Oh man I have a few lol. One time a guy tried to pay using MoneyGram. Another time, someone asked to put a $20 lease on layaway.
Where are you from?
I was born in Los Angeles, California but I’ve moved around a lot since then. I find myself in Chicago, Illinois currently.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
I’ve been producing since June 2015. I’ve always studied music just by listening. I would single out certain parts of beats in my head and listen to how they’re structured. I did this so much that it got to a point to where I felt like I could do this myself. I had played a few instruments in my younger days but I never liked playing other people’s work. It felt like a waste of time.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
I love the confidence boost it gave me. Before I always felt lost not knowing what to do in life and that never felt good. Now I feel like I have a purpose and it’s something I love doing. Another huge thing was just seeing how many people I influence or inspire. I could be having a terrible day but someone could DM me on Twitter or Instagram saying they love my work or that I inspire them and their sound and that never fails to bring a smile to my face. That’s probably the biggest thing.
Who are your biggest influences?
I have a couple. Mostly Wave God and Dollie though. Eldrick Beats and Lowsock are huge influences too. If it weren’t for them, I would not be making the style of beat I do now. It’s crazy to say that I’ve collabed with most of them and are friendly with. I’m closest with Wave God though.
Want to give any shoutouts?
First, I gotta shoutout everyone in Winter Hill Clan. I love those guys. Besides that I wanna show love to a few smaller producers. Bruferr Beats is one of them. He should be on internet money. He’s got the best industry sounding beats. Havokonthabeat is really good too. He’s one of the few that makes the wavy style that I’m trying to popularize.
What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?
For me personally it’s Youtube. Youtube is great because even if it’s a slow lease month, you can still make a decent amount of money off ad revenue. In terms of websites it’s probably beatstars. I love the customization of contracts and the Pro Page is great.
Do you have any other income streams?
I have a distrokid and tune core account but I have not made any money off that. I also hae Content Id for YouTube but 58 of my beats have been under review for the longest so I probably missed out on some money unfortunately.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
I do not listen to any of the “type beat” artist I put my titles after. I just know what sells and will get me the most attention.
Whats your process for making a beat?
It depends on how im feeling. Sometimes I have melody idea in my head. Others I just mess around on my midi keyboard with notes and sounds. I pride myself on my sound selection, I sometimes spend hours finding the perfect sounds for each beat. I know a lot of guys don’t necessarily focus on sound selection but that is something I’ve always done to stand out. My drums can be summed up in 2 categories. Less is more and groovy. My drums always fall under one of those categories and its not on purpose. Most of the time, I just go off feel. I never try to emulate another song or producer. That’s why I don’t make type beats. I always make the beat first, then title it after.
What do your beats normally cost?
$30 for MP3 Lease. $50 for WAV. $100 for WAV Trackouts. $180 for Unlimited Lease. $400 for Exclusive. I’ll probably raise them a bit in the future. They’re a little too low.
What is the most you have made from one beat?
That’s tough. In terms of a single sale it was $350. In terms of ad revenue or leases over time, I really do not know. I can imagine it’s more than $350. That’s part of the reason why I want to due away with the exclusive license. I hate selling exclusives. I feel like I can make more off leases and ad revenue than I can with an exclusive sale.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements?
I got my first Lil Fly placement off a beat that was meant for Vick Lejet. Other than that, I don’t really have any.
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use?
I use a PC with FL Studio. I use that because I’m most comfortable with it. I’ve tried other DAWs and I wasn’t really feeling them. That being said, I do feel like FL is the best for Midi based production. The piano roll is incredible and it makes other things like laying out a beat as a full song or editing Midi a breeze. Something I cannot say the same for Ableton or Pro Tools. But to each is own.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017?
Probably around 40-50. I didn’t really start making good money until November.
What are your plans for 2018?
It would be nice to get a placement from a major charting artist but mostly it is to just find more ways to make money. I love having multiple sources of income so I’m planning on dropping a drum kit or 2 this year but I’m very secretive with what I use. I also plan on pushing my music to TV and Radio stations for licensing. With the way my YouTube channel is growing, it’d be nice to be at, at least 30-40k subscribers but if I’m being honest. I’m just enjoying the growth of my channel this year so far.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018?
That’s tough to say because there are a lot of guys right there on that cusp. In terms of producers I feel like I make a decent case to be on that. I just need to know where to push my sound. Rappers for me personally are probably Savage Gasp, King Meezy, Soljay, and Steele ’11. Xelly too. Sprite Lee also but he’s already on that wave so I don’t know if he counts. But it’s always hard to judge.
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Lil PayPal: songs not up anymore