“Red Lace” [Gab3 x Kid Cudi x Lil Peep] (type beat)

New beat from producer Apostle Beats who dm’d me on IG. I f8xed with it so I am premiering it on the YouTube channel for CuratedFlame.

Download link: https://traktrain.com/apostlebeats#13
Producer: Apostle Beats

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Check this great beat and find out about one of the most underrated producers, D.K. The Punisher

I don’t know who dkthepunisher is but I clearly should and so should you if you don’t already because when you go on his soundcloud page and see his credits the resume list is ridiculous!!! He includes this as a quick credit list “prod. for Justin Bieber, Jill Scott, Mac Miller, Dom Kennedy, SiR, Anderson .Paak, Isaiah Rashad, Tiffany Gouche, Boogie, Snow tha Product, OCD: Moosh & Twist, TiRon & Ayomari, etc.”

Well aight then fuhhh.

And he isn’t one of those producers whose credit list is suspect, a quick search on genius.com confirms his credit list;

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The only reason I found him was because I was on Soundcloud earlier working on something and listening to tracks when a beat by him popped up. The beat admittedly is  not my normal steez nowadays, the beat feels very much like something I could hear tyler the creator, joell ortiz, or mac miller on. . But this beat is just so fire and inspired me to do a little bit of writing so seriously check out the beat below!

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XXXTENTACION Type Beat – “Roses”

Solow or Sounds Needs To Talk,  dropped this beat a couple days ago but I just found it and it stands out. I can’t pinpoint what it reminds me of but its heavily creative and if you like beats with samples in them you’ll f*ck with this beat heavy.

“YMX, You made this sh*t?” Check out these 3 beats by YMXBeats

YMXBeats hit me up on IG sending me this video;

and then submitted some beats to my email. I thought his content was dope and of the sound a lot of rappers are gunning for these days so I thought I would do a post highlighting some of his beats. With the sound this youngn’ from Cameroon is putting out, I am sure we will be hearing a lot more from him in the future.

Check out his beats below and hit him up at his links if you want to buy some beats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

YMXBeats Links

 

Editors note: If you are a producer or graphic designer click the link below!

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Interview with Producer AyBe

I found AyBe on Instagram then started looking into his work as a producer and I had to reach out to do an interview with the homie! To find out more about him and check out his music, keep scrolling!

Major credits? (artist/song) No one huge, but I am currently working with Ess Vee, Diomara Delvalle, and Ego Frost on some upcoming projects.

How old are you? 23

Where are you from? Born in North Jersey, but I was raised in Philadelphia PA.

What do you mean when you say your a content designer? I never really identified myself as one single entity. While my passion lies in producing and making beats, I also have a great interest in visual fx, visual media, photography and animation. So my focus is not just creating music, but anything that can help a fellow producer reach there visual peek. So I label myself a content designer, because I offer a wide variety of production services.

What is the best platform or way to sell beats in your opinion? and why? Honestly the best thing that’s been working for me lately is Instagram. Most my sales come from organic interaction with artist and producers who are serious about their craft. Other sites I’ve sold beats off are Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube. YouTube is probably the most important just because it is the most popular video application out there at the moment. But instagram is the new wave as of late.

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I have been producing and making music since I was 14. I learned guitar when I was 7 and never really recorded anything until I was 14. I discovered music recording and fruity loops and ever since then I’ve never stopped. I started taking myself serious about 2 years ago when I really set my goals and wanted to sell my music.My dads definitely my biggest influence and contributor to why I love makings music.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? I think it’s the confidence that I’ve built since when I first started. Every producer goes through that phase where they don’t know if their music will ever be or if it is good enough to sell. After I sold my first beat I knew this would be something I would not let go of easily.

Who are your biggest influences? Some of my biggest influences have to be Tupac, Carlos Santana, Drake, and Immortal Technique. I also loved Common and his positive messages.

Want to give any shoutouts? Honestly shout out to anyone who listens and supports my music. I really would not be where I am if my music isn’t being listened to.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? My close friends know this but many people don’t know that I am about to graduate in May with a B.A. in Media Studies and Production from Temple University. Audio Production! I’ve always believed an education is important!

why do you think there are so few female producers? I think it’s because hip hop historically has been predominantly male. This is the age of equality. More and more female producers are realizing their full potential and using all the resources available to them to compete with other producers. It doesn’t matter at all what your gender is, what matters is if your music is fire or not.

Do you have any advice for any aspiring producers? Stay consistent. There are going to be days you’ll want to give up or tell yourself music isn’t for you. But if you are 100% invested into making something with your music, you’ll do the research and take the time to create a proper brand and identity. You don’t have to be famous to make money off your music. Also, offer any other skills you have as services, you never know when someone might need your knowledge.

Whats your process for making a beat? I usually start with the chords and melody. Once I know what kind of vibe the melody is giving me, Ill formulate the drums around it. A good 808 is a must and really adds depth to a beat.If Im not feeling the beat after the first 30 minutes or I can’t keep it on replay, than I have failed as a producer.

What do your beats normally cost? They range from 25-300 USD depending on what deal you get.

What is the most you have made from one beat? 300

Any stories on how you got some of your placements? Most of my placements come from organic marketing and promotion. People contact me if they want to purchase something or want to negotiate a deal.

What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? Fruity Loops all day.

How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? 48

what are your plans for 2018? This year I am focused on building a fan base and building relationships with more notable artists. I want to get my music streaming more. Most importantly, I want people to see my journey and inspire people to be the best they can be. Positivity is the message for 2018. 

Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you give an example with actual numbers? No royalties, I have only only sold services, exclusives rights, and lease agreements. Currently working with some artist that have a following on spotify, tidal, and apple music.

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? (views/earnings) I have had over 50,000 views on one of my videos but never really made anything off of it. My focus this year is to grow my YouTube.

 

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“You Need to Grow Up: The Podcast / Ep. 1”

The first official episode of GLOhan Beats “You Need to Grow Up: The Podcast / Ep. 1”

In this episode GLOhan talks about the difference between performance royalties and mechanical royalties.

https://soundcloud.com/you-need-to-grow-up-the-podcast/you-need-to-grow-up-the-podcast-ep-1

Read this if your debating on FL Studio 11 or 12 or if should you wait until FL Studio 20

Maybe you already decided you want to buy Fl Studio but you are not sure if you should get FL Studio 11, FL Studio 12 , or wait until they release the new version “Fl Studio 20” that is supposedly on its way in 2018. Or maybe you have Fl Studio 11 or 12 and you want to upgrade to the next version. This post is for you then!

I would just like to add my two cents of information I have learned after interviewing 60+ successful producers and counting.

Here is what I have found out, the majority of beat makers might be using Fl Studio but they aren’t all using the same version. The main reason being that learning changes can be time consuming for a producer to switch to a newer version which can cut down on creative time making product. Another reason is that sometimes the newer version isn’t that different or doesn’t have any update that you particularly need.

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The first version of FL Studio 11 was released in April 2013, and then the first version of Fl Studio 12 was released in April 2015. It’s now January 2018, and at this point FL Studio 11 is over 4.5 years old and Fl Studio 12 is over 2.5 years old. In most cases software that is that old would be considered ancient, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for this one. A good amount of producers are still using Fl Studio 11 and have no plants to stop. In fact in the interview I just dropped today with Mazza the co producer of “Man’s Not Hot” and many other popular grime tracks, he states “If I know I can push the same standard of music on the version I’m use to why bother upgrading?” Then there are also other producers who only recently switched to Fl Studio 12 (see pics below) and for other producers Fl Studio 12 is the only version they know because they have been producing for less than 3 years.

So here’s what I say, if you have access to FL Studio 11 just use that. If you are using FL Studio 12 then keep perfecting your skills on there. But if you are debating on whether to wait until they eventually release Fl Studio 20, I wouldn’t wait, just get Fl Studio  11  or 12  today!

Interview + 4 beats with Hip Hop Producer Gustav Strazdins

Major Credits?
Since I have only been selling beats for about a year now, my biggest credit is Tyga – Forever On Fire. He used my Drake type beat – On Da Low which I leased to his and Desiigners manager Steven Victor.
 How old are you? Im 25 now.
Where are you from?  Im from Europe – small country named Latvia.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Some of my beats have been promoted by big Youtubers and I didnt know that till the moment I started reading comments under my beats.
How long have you been producing? I have been producing since 2012. Started with sampled beats, later switched to original (of scratch) beats. Done that for about 2 years and ocasionally sold some beats for about 40$ – 80$. After that I turned to EDM, Future Trap, House music. Basically making music for crowds and also played them for couple of times. At the end of 2016 I switched back to producing beats but this time seriously – created account on Beatstars and made my website for selling beats.
Who are your biggest influences? 
My biggest influences are Eminem and Dr. Dre. I started listening to Hip-Hop and making beats because of them. Later influences – Sam Gellaitry, Oshi, Medasin, Flume etc.
Want to give any shoutouts?
I wan to give shout out to Decap Music because Im using his drum kits mostly all the time – they really knock! And shout out to my brother John Savage Music – we started this beat selling business together.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
People would be surprised to know that I was a big football fan and player till 18 years of age. Till that age I have attended local choir. And that I have 6 years experience of doing calisthenics. Recently I have started to go to gym. Also in late November 2017 I started to invest in cryptocurrencies. I have been digging deep in tho that so I think I will be millionaire from that this year!
Whats your process for making a beat? My beat process is really simple – I start with melody and then I add baseline or drums. It depends. Also I like to search for cool sounds, samples and vocals. Normally I spend about 2 – 4 hours on a beat I think.
What do your beats normally cost? My beats cost from 20$ for a mp3 lease to 170$ for Unlimited lease. For every beat there is also a chance to offer money for Exclusives Rights. Usually I expect 400$ – 1000$ per beat.
What is the most you have made from one beat? If Im correct I have made a couple of thousands from several beats.
Do you use Hardware or software? I mostly use software on my laptop. I have attached sub, monitors, audio interface and keys.
Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? At the moment I dont receive any royalties, only disputing all the claims on my Youtube beats lol.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? I would say hundreds and hundreds of leases.
Can you give an example of some actual youtube earnings or royalties you have received from one of your productions? I make earnings from Youtube all the time. The sum varies but it is not extreme. Mostly I make money from selling leases.
What are your plans for 2018?  My plans for 2018 is to sell more beats, make more money, stay without job so I can work on my music, become millionaire from crypto investments and get my car license.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
 Ouh Im not that deep into new rappers or producers – I ocasionally listen to other stuff. I mainly work on my own because beats dont need to be super complicated for rappers. Its all about vibes and matching type

CuratedFlame Links:

● Twitter 

● Instagram

● Soundcloud 

● YouTube 

Gustav Strazdins Links:

http://www.gustavsstrazdins.com/ h

ttps://soundcloud.com/gustavsstrazdins