Reviews and why they should matter to you as a beatmaker

For the producers, rappers, and music entrepreneurs who read this site, you will know that I often pursue business interests in other areas besides Hip Hop/Rap but I always come back with something interesting to share that I think can translate to the music business.  So today I want to talk about reviews!

A little background:

In late September I created an Etsy shop where I sell several kinds of rolling papers.

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Etsy has a great marketplace and its customers are willing to take a risk on new shop BUT just like with any other shop or online market place, you want to have reviews. People are just more willing to shop with you if they see 50+ reviews compared to 3.

Now I read and have heard different ratios that say on average for etsy, you will get 1 review for every 10 or 25 customers you have. So if someone had 320 sales (249 completed orders), like I do, they should expect to have about 10 to 25 reviews but notice above that my shop actually has 65! That is a ratio of  not only just 1 review, but one 5 star review for every 4 customers on average! To put this in perspective, another shop in the same category as me, has 1144 sales but only 46 reviews.

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Why do I have a great ratio for reviews?

Every day or two, I go and I check what orders have been delivered. I then send a message to the customer saying something like the following;

“1. I want to make sure they got to you safely and undamaged.

2. Are you enjoying them?:)

3. Is there any chance you could leave a review on Etsy?

4. Here is a discount code for your next purchase.”

That’s the special trick, reaching out to the customers.

How does this translate to me? a music entrepreneur, rapper, or producer?

For a beatmaker, graphic designer, etc. I would recommend reaching out to all of your previous customers, no matter how long its been since they purchased something from you, be it a design or beat, etc.  Its about to be December, if you have been selling for a little bit you should have data of your customers.

Reach out to these customers and email / dm them a message that goes a little something like;

“Hey (rappers name);

I am messaging you because;

  1. Hows everything been since you purchased (instrumental name)?
  2. If possible, would you leave a review or comment on (your site, beatstars, instagram, etc)
  3. Is there anything I can do to for you?
  4. Here’s a discount code for your next purchase”

That is it everyone, seriously.

I know a lot of people in this game focus a lot on getting customers but then never do, what I would call, customer maintenance. I mean, ok, say you sold 250 beats this year, great! But how many of those were repeat customers?

 

 

 

 

 

The common mistake producers make when sending beats

I was doing my rounds looking for rappers and producers, and compiling emails. When I saw a femcee on the come up who gets beats sent to her often from producers familiar with her subgenre.

Well idk if she made this post because of a specific incident or she’s just aware of how proper business is handle off the jump. But she said that when you send beats to her please include in the email what are the terms if she ends up using your beats and to please note specifically if your cool with just credit.

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I don’t know why but it made me realize that there are probably a lot of producers who probably either

A. Overlook sending the terms because they want to send out as many beat packs as possible.

B. Are afraid to send the terms because they think a rapper not pick their beats.

If your not sending your terms or what you want in return if they pick your beat because of the first reason. You need to stop overlooking that and start sending your terms and conditions along with every beat or beat pack you release.

If your doing it because of the second reason because you think they won’t pick a beat. Then you need to stop thinking that way OR not be so angry when they do pick your beat and you only get credit…IF that.

Basically the short version is, when your sending your beats to rappers make sure that your also sending your terms and conditions along as well.

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Interview and more with producer BenihanaBoiBeats

BenihanaBoiBeats is a producer I found while searching for beats on YouTube last week. At first I was curious about his name and the fact that I saw that the video youtube was recommending had over 200K views so I wanted to see what other kind of numbers this producer is putting up. What I found was;

  • He has 3.77 Million combined views on YouTube.
  • 10 videos with 100K or more views.
  • And over 24K subscribers.

Clearly people are liking his work. I mean look at the views his beat videos have done alone in the last month

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After examining his page looking at his numbers, listening to his beats, I went to his about page and found out homie is from Russia. And maybe its because I am half russian or maybe its because the awesome experience I had interviewing Highself aka Mosthighkid, but I wanted to show love to another russian producer. So I reached out and me and Benihana had a quick chat over email.

What I found out was that Benihana is a humble dude, if you ask him he will say he doesn’t really have any major credits. But that’s not true, dude has been putting in work, producing for artists from the U.S. like King Lil G all the way to French rap star Django. In fact he produced the beat for the video below that has 22 Million views.

*Editors note: Mosthighkid also produced for Django. So now that’s two russian producers that this french rapper has used the beats of… I find that curious for some reason.

To find out more about BenihanaBoiBeats keep scrolling down to read the interview, listen to some of the songs he has produced, and you can check out some beats he still has for sale.

Interview:

Major credits? 

  1. King lil g – consequences
  2. Django- Fichu
  3. Flesh – Tokyo drift

How old are you? 24

Where are you from? Russia, but I’m pretty sure next year I’ll be in LA

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? Started producing when I was 14, but take it seriously just for 2 years.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Waking up and counting guap.

Anything crazy or awesome happen so far in your producing career? Craziest thing is that I’ve worked for CALVIN Klein’s commercial, that was really unexpected for me. They really used one of my beats in their video.

Damnnn. How much you make from that? $500

Who are your biggest influences? Three 6 mafia, Kanye West (808’ & heartbreak, yeezus), Travis Scott.

Want to give any shoutouts? Shout out to my mom and my girl.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? After I ate shrooms in Thailand I always get a panic attack when I smoke weed. So now I don’t do drugs, at all. Lol

Whats your process for making a beat? I don’t know bro. I’m just trying to get inspired by everything: videos, sounds, pictures, feelings. I’m just trying to catch a right vibe.

What do your beats normally cost? 20$~500$

What is the most you have made from one beat? Around 1500$

What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? Fl gang. I just like it.

What are your plans for 2018? All the way up. Most important goals: make a 100k in 2018 and move to US.

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) I just accidentally found one guy on YouTube and I was really impressed. His name is OHNO, I think he’s got a good perspective.

Who are some russian rappers and producers you think need more world wide exposure? I don’t fuck with Russian music at all.

Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you give an example with actual numbers? I don’t got any major placements, so I don’t got royalties.

What does youtube monetization look like for you can you give number examples? From 1 million views on YouTube I got around 800$.

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Interview + 6 beats with SkynnyDoubleY

As my site grows, my instagram is growing as well. I am currently at 1250+ followers, not crazy numbers I know, but a good amount of my followers and non followers who like my pics are people that even if I don’t know who they are they definitely meet the criteria for people I would interview. So whenever I post something and I get a bunch of likes (50+) I look to see whose liking my stuff. Every now and then like I said I see someones name and then check out their page and they are a producer or graphic designer or manager that I would want to interview, and that’s how I came across SkynnyDoubleY.

His credits intrigued me, his page intrigued me, so I reached out. To find out more about this producer and to check out his beats keep scrolling down.

Major credits? Produced and Mixed  for AD (@iitsad) , Compton AVStarlito , Wave Chapelle , Taylor gang , I have production with members from 808 Mafia as well as multi platinum producers Nard & B

How old are you? 27

Where are you from?  From Los Angeles , Ca . I was born in New Jersey though .

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? Been producing for 5 years but doing music and mixing for 8 . I got started when I was playing around recording guys  in my barracks while In the Marines.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? The dopest thing to happen is getting super humbling messages from people I’ve never met telling me I inspire them . I’m like really ?? I’m glad I get to help so many people . I mean it sounds corny but it’s true .

Who are your biggest influences?  My biggest influence is my family ( my fiancé and my mom ) they motivate to keep doing what I do after wanting to quit so many times .

Want to give any shoutouts? Yeah my mom and my fiancé for being my best friends through it all . Also shoutout to Beastmode Dav for Getting me my first big placement w a national artist.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? That I drink like 100 cups of coffee a day and most people are surprised when I tell them I don’t smoke or drink at all .

What is the best platform for selling your beats? why? It’s a mixture of things I can’t say one works better than the other .  Using beatstars mixed with releasing consistent content on YouTube and social  has been key

Whats your process for making a beat?  I keep it simple I never really plan it out . I kind of just find a melody playing around on the keyboard or I use a sample or loop find the key of it and play around it . Add the drums . Level everything the way I like it and bounce it into my folder . It’s all about sound selection and and having super good drums and percussion that make you stand out .

What do your beats normally cost? It varies . I sell leases online for the normal $30 for mp3 and $50 for Wav but I’ve been paid a few thousand for a beat . Crazy part is it never even got used …

What is the most you have made from one beat? A few thousand .. shoutout to Bankroll Fresh (RIP) his birthday is coming up . He was the first one to give me over $1000 for a beat .

Any stories on how you got some of your placements? Working with artists over a period of time and they got features which allowed me to tap in with the artist . Also working in and out of many studios in LA put me in the right spot to hook me up w some placements

What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? FL gang for life . I started making beats in Logic years ago because that’s what I mixed on . Then tried FL like 10 different times and on the 11th time my boy showed me and I got it !

What are your plans for 2018? Releasing a beat everyday on my site and YouTube and rebuilding a catalog .. I had all my gear stolen when I was locked up most of 2017 … crazy long story but yeah rebuilding and going hard !

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) Idk man things change so fast you never know . It gets weirder every year . It’s more an expression of who you are than the music itself to be honest . I just feel a lot of producers are going to be coming up as artists too.

Do you have other income streams besides producing? If so,  what are they? Nope this is all I do everyday 15 hrs a day

Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you give an example with actual numbers? I can’t I don’t keep up with it tbh

What does youtube monetization look like for you? can you give an example of what you might have earned off of at least one of your beat videos (if you upload youtube beat videos)? (views/earnings) For over a million views on my channel I made 2000+ just from monetization.

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Skynny Double Y Links:

● Official Site : http://SkynnyDoubley.com

● Instagram : https://Instagram.com/skynnydoubley

● Twitter : https://twitter.com/skynnydoubley

● SoundCloud : https://Soundcloud.com/SkynnyDoubleY1

Interview + 5 beats with TayloredByDrew

Drew Taylor aka TayloredByDrew is a producer from Canada I reached out to because I have seen his name around on YouTube for a good minute now. He steady uploads “type beats” for everyone from Cardi B to PNB Rock and his videos get plays. To find out more about this producer and to check out some of his fire beats scroll down!

major credits? (artist/song)

  • “All My Life” by Omelly
  • “Hardwork” by YSL Duke ft. Nechie
  • “Lil Bruh” by Reup Trey ft. Yung Bans
  • “Backstreet Baby” by PoloGang Kentae ft. Nick Kane
  • “Sixoshit” by 600 Breezy w/ Deemoney
How old are you? I’m 23 Years Old
Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap? Nothing other than the usual Artist asking for Free Beats, or a Free Producer, or asking why we get Publishing when they inquire about Exclusive Rights.
Where are you from?  Just East of the Toronto, Canada Area in the Durham Region
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I got into Producing at 19. I was always on the computer and was living with a friend who was a music teacher, so I guess it pieced together.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? I got a Beat on YouTube with about 1.8m hits, thought that was really dope since a lot of people were linking me about how they seen it online. I have about 7m+ hits in total on YouTube thus far.
Who are your biggest influences?  Kanye West & Southside
Want to give any shoutouts? I wanna give a shoutout to Sam aka the DrumKitRamen, the whole DrumVault Family (Chop Gawd, Brandon Chapa, Highfonics Beats, MLB, Tron, Tony Anthemz, Kenai, VSS, Luxury, MVA, Pinnacle, Rayd, & Plugzilla), DeeMoney for being the first big Producer to fw me, DJ Pain for linking me, King Leeboy, Tntxd, & anybody who really supports me, can’t do this without you all.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I’m addicted to Iced Caps (currently got one on my desk)
Whats your process for making a beat? I really don’t have a process, I gotta be in the mood when creating or it just won’t be right.
What do your beats normally cost?
  • $50 – $200 Leases
  • $200 – $1k+ Exclusive Rights
What is the most you have made from one beat? about 1k
Any stories on how you got some of your placements? Either they found my beats on YouTube or it was some of the work I did with DeeMoney/DJ Pain.
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use?
  • Razer Blade Pro
  • DAW – FL Studio 12
  • Headphones – ATH M40X
  • Monitors – Yamaha HS7s
  • Midi Keyboard – Akai Advance 49
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? Easily 500
What are your plans for 2018? Secure The Bag
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) I really hope CashmoneyAP & King Leeboy seriously pop off this year, and a few cats from Toronto such as Sonoros & Omito, both are some really talented, young dudes.

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• Email – ProdDrewTaylor@gmail.com

• Twitter – https://Twitter.com/TayloredByDrew

• Instagram – https://Instagram.com/TayloredByDrew

• Facebook – https://Facebook.com/TayloredByDrew

• Snapchat – ProdDrewTaylor

Interview with producer BearMakeHits

You know for someone so new to the production game, you wouldn’t expect BearMakeHits to be getting the type of views on YouTube that he does. I mean I know producers with way more subscribers getting less views on there videos than this kid is. I cant find one video of his with less than 1K views, and he even has a video that already has 137K views. Clearly he has talent and is learning from the others in the production crew “Fly Way”.

Check out some of his beats and find out more about this producer on the rise by scrolling down!

Major credits? Lil Webbie, BossMan JD, Whop Bezzy

Songs haven’t been released yet but I know I got those placements for sure. Probably got more out there I don’t know about lol

How old are you?  18 years old

Where are you from?  I’m from Flint, MI born and raised.

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I just really got into producing last year, I always been into music but at first I would only record and mix songs I never really thought about making beats.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Has to be the placements. Like I said I haven’t been producing that long but something new happens everyday.

Who are your biggest influences?  Zaytoven, Metro Boomin & Ness

Want to give any shoutouts? Yea shoutout to the whole FlyWay, them my boys 💪🏾

(illWill, Yung Tago, Nebula Beatz, TreOnTheBeat, TnTxd, Yung Lando, MikeD & Nique Buzzin)

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?

I dropped out of college 2 weeks in to chase my music career.

What is the best platform for selling your beats? why? Most of my sales come from YouTube or my website, BearMakeHits.com but I get a lot of sales through my email too. YouTube generates a lot of traffic to my website.

Whats your process for making a beat? Usually I just go to the studio and vibe out. I play around with different aliens then I come up with a melody and build around that. A lot of beats that I’ve made the most money off of only took me about 15-25 minutes.

What do your beats normally cost?

  • $30 for a MP3 lease
  • $50 for a wav lease
  • $150 for Trackout Lease
  • $300 for Unlimited Lease

And my exclusive rights are negotiable.

What is the most you have made from one beat? Only $1000 but prices going up soon lol

Any stories on how you got some of your placements? My first placement with Whop Bezzy happened when his manager emailed me, he got my email and the beat from YouTube, Same with the webbie placement. My boy illWill plugged me with BossMan JD.

What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? I use Pro Tools to mix and master and FL Studio to produce. I got into pro tools when I didn’t know nothing about music I was about 11 I downloaded a cracked version and started playing with it.

I have Yamaha speakers & UAD Apollo Twin interface.

What are your plans for 2018? I want to hit 25,000 subs by the end of this year and to just keep expanding and getting better everyday. I see the growth in myself.

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) FlyWay for sure lol

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Website : http://BearMakeHits.com

● Email: BearMakeHits@Gmail.com

● Twitter : http://Twitter.com/BearMakeHits

● Instagram : http://Instagram.com/BearMakeHits

“Kickin Sh*t” Interview with producer TNTXD

TNTXD is a producer who I found out about recently because he is part of a production team that calls themselves the “Fly Way”. The team consists of the following producers;

A little intro in to who TNTXD is and why he is worthy of an interview:

  • He produced Nba Youngboy’s breakout hit, “Kickin Shit”.
  • 21K+ Subscribers on YouTube.
  • 6.4 Million+ views on YouTube.

 

Check out some of his beats and find out more about this rising producer below!

Major credits? Nba Youngboy , Black Youngsta , Young Thug , Boosie , Moneyman , Omg Peezy , Jaydayoungan , Rich The Kid , Montana of 300
How old are you? 23
Where are you from? Atlanta Ga
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? About 4 years and I was bored one day so I picked up a laptop while I was working at cracker barrel, I was supposed to go to the army but they wouldn’t let me in
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Being able to pay all my bills on time lol and move into a nice house
Who are your biggest influences? The people I see everyday that are working towards their goals even when all odds are against them
Want to give any shoutouts? The whole FLYWAY no matter what I appreciate everything that the group has done to help me grow
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Ive never used a piano to make a beat
What is the best platform for selling your beats? why? Youtube is where its at , thats just speaking from personal experience when you get so many subs the sales come with it
Whats your process for making a beat? I honestly don’t have one I hope to get lucky every time and put something together that sounds good lol
What do your beats normally cost? Lease $30 exclusives $500 and Up
What is the most you have made from one beat? $1000
Any stories on how you got some of your placements? Nba YoungBoy took my beat off youtube it was his breakthrough song
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? I use Fl its very easy to use I was taught to work smarter not harder
What are your plans for 2018? To get on the charts and to actually start liking my beats
Do you have other income streams besides producing? If so,  what are they?  I engineer also I don’t get royalties yet and I made about $1500 from youtube ad monetization so far.

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● Twitter : https://twitter.com/tntbeatsxd

● Instagram : http://instagram.com/tntbeatsxd

● Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/tntproductionss

Interview w/ DAY SIX BEATS

Major credits? (artist/song) 
Right now I don’t have any credits that would be considered major. I have worked with some of the biggest artists in my country, but that’s a relatively small scene even though it seems to be growing very fast. But I actually got a heads up from 88Glam’s producer that they’re working on a beat by me & Yung Dza. I don’t wanna spoil it though so we’ll just have to wait and see.
The “biggest” song I produced is by Yzomandias (Logic) called Kawasaki which has over 6 million hits.
How old are you?  I’m 20 years old.
Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap?  Not particularly. Only thing I can think of would be the way I got my first ever placement. Literally got it just because my friend’s laptop didn’t work one day. He produced a song on this album and the rapper needed some changes done to it so he hit me up if I could do it instead and somehow I ended up on the album too.
Where are you from?  I’m from Prague (Czech Republic). Born & raised.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?  I’ve been producing for like 3 years. I got into it when I was 17. I was always a huge fan of the music behind all these rap records. When I found out how to make the music on my own I just fell in love with it.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Probably seeing people going ape shit to records I produced during live shows. That’s always an amazing feeling. Also making a ton of money (relatively) from online sales in a month was a huge thing for me.
Who are your biggest influences?   Other than my friends & family? Back when I first started I was really into Cardiak and Jahlil beats etc. Nowadays I really fuck with Southside, Murda, Metro…
Want to give any shoutouts? Shout out to y’all for doing this interview with me!
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Being from Czech Republic is surprising to everyone. I’m pretty sure a lot of people couldn’t point it out on a map. Also the fact I used to play flute.
Whats your process for making a beat? I always start with the melody or flip a dope sample first. Then I do the drums in no particular order.
What do your beats normally cost? Depends on the beat & the artist. I do leases like a lot of people but exclusives could go from like $400 to like $1500.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements?  The one I said earlier about how my friend’s laptop didn’t work. I also got one when my other friend tagged me in a tweet by a rapper asking for beats. I would’ve never seen it if he hadn’t.
What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use?  I make beats on FL Studio 12. I’ve tried Reason and Ableton when I first started but FL is just perfect for me. Only hardware I really use is a small Akai midi keyboard.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? I don’t really keep track that much but I guess a couple hundred for sure.
What are your plans for 2018? Getting my first major placement, getting more sales online. Maybe get in shape cause sitting around making beats isn’t exactly healthy for you.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)  Lil Pump, Lil Skies, 6ix9ine, Rich The Kid… I can see all of them having a great 2018. Producer wise I don’t know.

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● Twitter : https://twitter.com/daysixbeats

● Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/daysixbeats

● Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/daysixbeats

● SoundCloud : https://soundcloud.com/day-six-9

● Google+ : https://plus.google.com/+daysixbeats1

Life After Panda: Interview with Hip Hop Producer Menace

Yesterday I published an interview with Birdman…not Lil Wayne’s Birdman. I am talking about Birdman who is the manager for 10 of the biggest names on the come up in the hip hop production scene.
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and even if you don’t recognize them immediately by name, they have still crafted a good percentage of the tracks you hear on soundcloud, youtube/wshh, and the radio. They have produced for everyone from artists that you haven’t heard of yet all the way to kings of the game like Kanye West!
After doing the interview with Birdman, I was able to get in contact with a couple of his producers to see if we could do some interviews. The first producer to say yes was MenaceGotBeats who I admit, I ignorantly did not realize who he exactly was until he responded back with his first round of answers. Of course some of you might be rolling your eyes right now like “really, you didn’t know?” While some of you reading this right now are thinking “um who is he?” For the ones that don’t already know, MenaceGotBeats is the producer who made the Panda beat. The one Desiigner bought for $200 on YouTube and then turned into a 3x platinum hit which also got remixed by almost every rapper.
I ended up exchanging emails back and forth with Menace and we discussed many topics including his beat making process, how much a producer with a hit on his hands like Panda is charging for beats now, and if he really only make $200… See what he had to say about all that and more by scrolling down.
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Can you list some of your major credits?
  • Desiigner – Panda
  • Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands Pt 2 (TLOP)
  • Nines – Love 2 The Game (One Foot Out)
  • Blac Youngsta x Young Thug record on Youngsta’s debut album that’ll be dropping very soon
  • Schoolboy Q – He’s taken 2 beats and has written to one of them for his album which will drop this year
  • Kevin Gates- His label have hand picked beats for Gates to use
  • Travis Scott – His A&R taken a bunch of beats from me for his upcoming Astroworld project
  • XXXtentacion- His manager hand picked beats today for XXX
  • Dj Khaled – His label has also, hand picked beats from me last week for his upcoming project.

*Editors note – You have to respect how some producers would but Menace doesn’t include the dozens of recognizable rappers who remixed Panda as a credit.

How old are you?  I’m 23 years old.
Anything funny happen in this rap game? That’s a good question there’s always funny things going in rap that sometimes we have to just focus on our craft & leave the politics side alone. (Things can get personal very quick)
Where are you from? I’m from Manchester (U.K.) Born & bred.
How long have you been producing? I’ve been producing since I was 13 years old. That was 10 years ago. Listen to my dads old school records from the 80s (Mj, Prince, Billy ocean) was one of the reasons I got into producing. Them records were phenomenal & I always wondered how did the artists come up with beats that’s when I found out producers are responsible for that.  ( I used to think artists used to make all there productions)
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? When I first started out music, no one really believed in me they all thought I was just a wannabe Dr Dre , so I started to take things abit more serious by start selling my beats online. To find out that I started to get recognition,  I was overwhelmed & continued to perfect my craft & build a loyal fan base.

Who are your biggest influences? My biggest influence is my family. They are the ones that sparked that fire in me. I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for them.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?When I first started out people were shocked I was a Pakistani producer. I mean you don’t hear that very often in the music industry that a south asian dude produced a #1 record in US.
Whats your process for making a beat?  My process to making a beat is simple, I start off with the  melody (I know some producers will start of with the drums). Once I get the right vibe for the melody, I lay down the drums & I always play the 808s/ bassline the last thing. Once that is all completed I place my tag (Its Menace on the beat fam) S/O to Trinidad James for hooking me up with that tag. That’s when I know the beat is complete.
What do your beats normally cost? It all depends on your budget really. Some big artists pay me around $10k for a beat, but it all depends on the artist. Once these new placements drop like Dj Khaled says “Price goes up!”
What is the most you have made from one beat? Well if your talking about before Panda, I was getting from around $200- $400 for exclusives. ( I made $50k on beats annually).

Do you use Hardware or software? is there any reason why you like to particularly use this? I use both hardware & software. For software its FL Studio and hardware it’s Keyboard Sythesizers because some things hardware can do what the software can’t do & vice versa. It’s good to be hands on with both of them.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? I’ve stopped selling beats online, I’ve gone to that professional industry route keeping my work exclusive. I think that keeps the value of my productions because not everybody can access them. They either have to be signed or I see real potiental in to use my beats.

Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you give an example? I get royalties for Panda, Father stretch my hands pt 2 & love to the game.

can you give real figures/details for what your earnings for any of the songs you get royalties from? The royalties wise, I received quite a good number around $200k – $400k so far for all the records i have right now. I can’t really go in detail which records generated money on.

Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? The most important thing about securing a placement is make sure you build that relationship with that artist. You got to impress them with your work & communication skills because that’s what really counts. That’s how you see many of the bigger producers Metro , Murda etc.. always on the charts because they built there relationships.
What are your plans for 2018? 2018 just started & I want to be known as one of the biggest producers in the game. With the drive & passion I have i don’t think that would be a problem.

Who do you think will be a part of the new wave in 2018? I’m always looking for the next biggest talent. I’ll be keeping my eye out but right now I see , Travis , Lil Uzi , Lil Pump being the real stars of 2018 so far.

Want to give any shoutouts? I want to give a special S/O to my manager (Birdman) & my lawyer (Navarro). They really helped to get my business in order when Panda started to blow up & also I want to give a shout out to Stellar Songs (Pub deal I’m signed with) for giving me the opportunity to make my musical dreams come true & last but not least S/O to my family & friends !