I was on twitter last night trying to find producers and to promote some of my articles. When I stumbled onto the page of a producer named Mayeniac, who was starting to cause up a storm in the beatmaker community on Twitter because he apparently was putting BeatStars on blast for collecting data through Facebook somehow. I wasn’t 100 percent sure on what exactly he was claiming they were doing but whatever it was it had a lot of producers retweeting and liking his tweets.
This was the exact tweet I saw;
I wanted to see exactly what was up and if I could talk to him so I reached out and he was down to talk about the situation with BeatStars and his career as a producer.
By the way, it should be mentioned that Mayeniac can make some firrre beats and he isn’t some run of the mill wanna be whose just pissed off for no beat sales on Beatstars. He has actually produced for NBA Youngboy and Yung Lean, which are credits some of the biggest producers on BeatStars would kill for. To find out more about this producer, what exactly is going on with BeatStars, and to check out his beats, keep scrolling down.
How long have you been using beatstars?
Before everything went left, I was on Beatstars for almost 2 years. I signed up Summer of 2016 before it started getting really big.
Has it been all negative?
At first, no. Not only in my mind but in other people’s mind it was supposed to be the next big thing. They were offering more features than the other guys. And they were charging the same monthly price. Users were able to create a website without having to go spend hundreds of dollars on a website or other graphics. I had a falling out with their CEO, Abe and I started noticing the shade & me personally, I can’t do business with shady people. I left for a bit but then I found myself off and on for a few months.
They kept adding different features that were dope to me. Now I’m strictly on Airbit, another beat selling platform.
So break it down to me and my readers, what exactly are you claiming Beatstars is doing?
Beatstars is doing something called Data Scraping, collecting information from other people’s website without users consent or permission. Anyone in the marketing world is familiar with the Facebook Pixel. The Facebook Pixel is a tool used to track any activity that happens on a site.
When creating a Facebook you can only have ONE pixel per website. So when someone sets up their site, that pixel that they created should be the ONLY pixel on their site. I noticed both the site owners & Beatstars’ pixel when the only one that should be on there is the site owners. Any traffic that website gets, not only is the site owner’s pixel collecting customer data but Beatstars’ pixel is collecting that site owner’s customer data as well. They can use that data and create custom audiences & re target ads and run different ads for their little group of producers they like to big up. Taking away from everyone else’s pockets while they make sure the top dogs eat.
Update: It is now being said on twitter by Mayeniac and others, that Beatstars buys beats for the bigger producers on it’s site as well.
How did you figure or find this out? Like what’s the story, the ah ha! Moment?
A good friend of mine told me he noticed double pixel tracking on his site. He noticed the pixel he created was active but he also noticed a second one as well. He used this Google Chrome extension called “Facebook Pixel Helper” and realized it was coming from the Beatstars player embedded on his website. He emailed them telling them to remove it & they did. Only about a month later their pixel returned back onto his site. He confronted them again…..no response.
So I took it upon myself to dig deep and do the research to see what was going on. They had their pixel on other people’s websites for over a year collecting other people’s customer data. I pretty much spilled all the beans.
You know some people are going to say your just a hater. Do you have any defense or anything to say to those people?
Eat an ass.
NBA Youngboy – How To Love
Yung Lean – Iceman & Fallen Demon
How old are you?
I’m 22 years old
Funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?
“Aye Imma just be real with you bruh…..I just ain’t got it. But Imma still use it tho. Bless up”
Where are you from?
Lol I was born in Trinidad & Tobago while my mom was on vacation. I grew up in Harlem, NY until I was 16 when moved to MiddleOfNoWhere, Pennsylvania to finish high school and start college.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
I’ve been producing for 6 years now. I started out engineering at 14 and songwriting at 16. I had nowhere to get beats from so I learned how to make my own. I never released any music because I was self conscience about my voice. So I just stuck with making beats lol.
I used to ask people what is the most they made from a beat, and some producers don’t like to flex. So I am changing this question to can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?
I think the most I made from one sale was for $1200. That was for an exclusive.
Who are your biggest influences?
I have a few. Musical Influences are Kanye West, Mike Dean, Soulection, Clams Casino, Alchemist, DJ Toomp, Lex Luger, Yung Sherman, Johnny Juliano, Taz Taylor. I’m influenced by people in business too like Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, Jeff Bezos.
What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?
If we’re gonna keep it real, developing personal relationship is by far the best way to sell beats. Don’t get me wrong, I run ads on different platforms but a majority of my customers are from built relationships. I have emails, phone numbers, everything. There’s nothing better than knowing a person has no problem coming back to shop with you.
Do you have any other income streams besides crafting instrumentals? like, do you sell shoutouts or do you also song write, or write books, etc?
Beats is one of my sources. I also make sound kits. And then I have my non musical related ventures such as eCommerce, Cryptocurrency, & Stocks.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
I can’t say cinnamon lol
Whats your process for making a beat?
I normally roll a J & dig for samples. Whenever I find something dope, I chop it up & go with the flow.
What do your beats normally cost?
I have a Regular Lease, you get the MP3 & WAV for $24.99. Then I have the Unlimited Lease for $49.99. I no longer offer exclusives.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements?
Nothing crazy. They either came from YouTube or personal relationships.
What are your plans for 2018?
To keep making quality content, hopefully get some placements, & run up a check.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
2018 is going to be (and it already is) the year of experimentation, getting out of your comfort zone, and making what you feel. Both rappers & producers are doing it. Let’s be here to enjoy it.
Words from the writer:
I want to make it clear I do not disagree or agree with what Mayeniac is saying about beatstars, I simply want to document the scene and help give producers a voice.
It should also be noted that Mayeniac’s tweets are being retweeted by producers who aren’t small or nobodies. A good amount of the producers retweeting and liking his tweets potentially exposing beatstars have legitimate credits and careers.
Statement from BeatStars:
— BeatStars (@BeatStars) April 27, 2018
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