Interview and beats with producer LegendaryKeyzz

major credits?
      • Rich The Kid
      • Trev Mulah
      • Richiewess
      • Yungdred
      • Safaree
      • Souljaboy
      • fitztaylor
      • reggie mills
    How old are you? I am currently 19
    Where are you from?  I’m from united kingdom.
    How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I got into producing around 2016 when a friend of mine came over and showed me fl studio i started it as something I like doing then it became a business i spent 2 years learning and perfecting my craft when i made my first beat it just went on from there really since then i took music serious 
    What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? When rich the kid came down to uk on tour and i met up with him before he had his show in manchester that was crazy
    Who are your biggest influences? cashmoney ap and a lot of other producers
    Want to give any shoutouts? to my artist trev mulah and the rest of mulah sqaud and everyone supporitng me
    What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I love playing ps4 games i never really leave my house unless its for studio and gym
    What is your process for making a beat? I usually just go in and mess around with different sounds or i listen to a random beat on youtube to get inspiration of what I am going to make.
    What do your beats normally cost? $50 a regular lease. exclusives are negotiated
    What is the most you have made from one beat? from one beat I have made 3k  selling exclusives
    Any stories on how you got some of your placements? When I met up with rich the kid he gave me his info and told me to send some fire beats so I made some hits with 2 producers my homie cail beats and rich the kid producer the lab cook
    What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? I use FL Studio 12, FL just has a way quicker workflow and i’m more comfortable in.
    How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? I sold a lot of leases in 2017 and this year I am aiming for more.
    What are your plans for 2018? To build my youtube channel up and keep uploading and my goal is to reach 10k subs by the end of 2018.

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    LegendaryKeyzz links:

    ● Twitter : https://twitter.com/Legendarykeys01?l

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

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

Interview with “Mans Not Hot” co -producer MazzaBeats

MazzaBeats is a producer from the U.K. who is a self described “DRILL / GRIME / TRAP / FL11 Specialist”. MazzaBeats may not be a house hold name for you if you don’t follow the Grime scene however if you have been on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube in the last 6 months then you probably heard a song that he was the co producer of.

You see MazzaBeats is 1 half of the team who co produced the hit viral sensation “Man’s Not Hot” by UK comedian and rapper Big Shaq.

If you aren’t familiar with this song, its a track that blew up last year in the UK and has also made its rounds across the U.S. and the world.

Numbers don’t lie so lets look at some of the figures for this track;

  • 10.1+ million combined plays on Soundcloud
  • 6.9 Million reads for the lyrics on Genius
  • at least 188.9 Million combined views on YouTube
  • Certified Gold in the U.K. (400,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in Belgium (15,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in Norway (15,000 sales)
  • Certified Gold in New Zealand (15,000 sales)
  • Made the top 100 chart in 15 other countries besides U.K., Belgium, Norway, and New Zealand

Safe to say that “Man’s Not Hot” which first started off as a joke can now safely be said is and was a viral and lucrative single! Lucrative, it definitely was! You see, while looking up the song “Man’s Not Hot” I found out that it has an interesting and somewhat complicated history production wise.

This is the timeline/history of the instrumental for “Man’s Not Hot”:

  • Some point in late 2015 the beat was co produced by GottiOnEm and MazzaBeats.
  • It was first used by the group 86 for their song “Lurk” which was released as a video on January 2nd, 2016 and has accumulated 173K views since its release.
  • Then that instrumental was used for the track “lets lurk” by 67 and Giggs, which was released on February 22nd, 2016 and its video has accumulated over 12.1 million views.
  • After “lets lurk” is released nothing else happens for 1 year, 6 months, and 1 week to the day. Then on August 29, 2017 a comedian named Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq went on BBC Radio as two of his rap alter egos and did a freestyle on the instrumental which in turn became the song “Man’s Not Hot” which blew up and did the numbers discussed earlier.

I wanted to talk to the producers of this track so I emailed them both and the one who responded to me was Mazza Beats. In our interview below he discusses “Man’s Not Hot”, royalties, what software he uses to make beats and why, and more!

Can you list some of your major Credits?

  • “Man’s Not Hot” Big Shaq
  • “Fire In The Booth” Big Shaq
  • “Let’s Lurk” 67
  • “Packages” Aj Tracey
  • “Clipped Him” Giggs

and many more that span the grim/drill/trap scene.

Where are you from?  London

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? 13 Years. I started producing basically so I could have beats to rap to and I still rap up to this day

I saw on your soundcloud you say fl studio 11 specialist. Which is funny cause I was having a discussion yesterday about how so many producers use fl studio BUT not all of them use the same edition. So I gotta ask, are you still strictly using Fl Studio 11? are you going to eventually switch to 12 or do you not think its necessarry? or are you waiting for when they supposedly drop fl studio 20 ( they aren’t going to use 13, instead it will be 20 to mark 20th anniversary).

I know how to get a lot of the potential out of fl 11 not to mention certain features you can no longer get from the new versions not to mention the fact that I don’t like the feel of them. If I know I can push the same standard of music on the version I’m use to why bother upgrading?

In the u.s. right now theres been a heavy discussion on producers starting a union because of producers like tm88, e.dan, sonny digital, etc talking about how the major labels and artists are shorting them on royalties, not paying them, etc. I am wondering whats up on yall side of the pond? cause there hasn’t been much input from producers outside of the u.s. that I have seen on this topic. are uk producers dealing with the same shit? Gotti himself tried to do me wrong with this whole mans not hot situation so erm I’m not sure how I currently feel about that one…

Who are your biggest influences? 808 mafia madlib and the people around me I mean if I were to name them all I’d go on for days so that’s the ones that come to mind straight away

Want to give any shoutouts? Shout out to the 6FM (6figuremusic) team and ShellKartel

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I rap and I sing

Whats the story behind mans not hot. I see it was a co production between you and gotti, what exactly happened? how did you link with big shaq? etc.

It’s a long story… Gotti tried to do bad business which severely backfired and resulted in me being credited on a major hit.

tbh I don’t really want to adress it at this point all I can say is people should collaborate with people they trust cause this game is dirty…

You know the readers are going to want to know.. how much you make off co producing mans not hot? Enough to feed me my daughter and my wife and enough for me to live comfortably whilst pursuing a career in music.

What is the most you have made from one beat? I’m not sure because it’s still going but thus far in the 10s of thousands.

Do you receive royalties from any of your other beats besides “Mans Not Hot”? Yeah I receive royalties from clipped him for instance which I produced for Giggs on the landlord album

May I ask what the royalties look like for clipped him? It’s like 3 points or something like that I have no idea what that look like in money but I get a few hundred every few months

Whats your process for making a beat? I generally start with melody and it can go anywhere from there

 What do your beats normally cost? 1000+

Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements? everything been naturally happening in my opinion since the first good placement I got a couple years back with 67 which was a mixture of networking on twitter and being very active in my field at the time so I had a good reputation.

Do you prefer to work in the studio or at home? Studio

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

what are your plans for 2018? Make more good music and not trying to complicate the process probably just gonna travel a lil more

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) 6ixvi, jay Youngs, Seany beats, Chris andoh, rawz , rickashay, h Moneda

 

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He’s produced for everyone from RZA to The Tennis Channel; Interview & 6 beats with Hip Hop Producer dansonn!

dansonnbeats is one of the biggest producers on YouTube not named Taz Taylor, CashmoneyAP, or mjNichols. Since creating his YouTube account in late 2009, he has racked up close to 65 MILLION VIEWS (less than 13K away) and has been able to produce for famed hip hop acts such as RZA, MC JIN, M.O.P. and even Sticky Fingaz (of Onyx).
I emailed him at the beginning of this month and thought he wouldn’t respond but to my surprise I got an email from him 2 days ago. Check out the interview and some of his beats below:
 Any major credits I should list? 
RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan), MC Jin, ESPN, New Balance, The Tennis Channel, Maverik Lacrosse, Vossen Wheels
 
How old are you? 
24 years old
 
Where are you from?  
Los Angeles
 
How long have you been producing?
Starting producing in 2009, but got much more serious in 2010.
 
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
I think the craziest thing has been that I’ve been able to make a living off of music now. I never thought it was possible when I first started out, so now it’s still surreal to wake up everyday and be lucky enough to do what I love for a living.
 
Who are your biggest influences? 
I don’t have many specific artists that influenced me, but my sound was heavily inspired by film music and hard hitting underground rap. I love the sonics and depth that you hear in film music and the rhythm and groove of hip hop. I’ve tried to combine the two over the years to create my own sound now.
 
Want to give any shoutouts?
Just want to give a shout out to all creatives out there! One of the most inspiring things for me to see are fellow creatives pursuing their dreams, whether in music, film, or art. Keep working at it!
 
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
People are generally surprised that I was classically trained in cello and listened to a lot of classical music growing up.
 
What do your beats normally cost?
Licenses start at $20 and can range to around $2000.
 
What is the most you have made from one beat?
From total license sales, probably close to $10,000.
 
Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?
I’ve been lucky to work with many different artists, but probably MC Jin. I’m working with Jin right now on some of his projects in China, and it’s given me a lot of different experiences to create music for his EP, commercials, and other campaigns in a new country.
 
Hardware or software?
Software. The accessibility of software today is the main way I was able to get started producing. I personally like working in the computer better for workflow efficiency.
 
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?
I’ve been selling beats for 7 years now, so it’s been thousands. I have no idea how many honestly, I’m just focused on the next beats!

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A dose of Grime w/ Eddie Vegas (interview and tracks).

https://soundcloud.com/eddievegas/eddie-vegas-ft-paperboi-linkin-remix

I recently became aware of Eddie Vegas due to trying to explore the grime world as well as hearing a little buzz on the internet skreets about a label called YourOwnMusic. It got me curious and Eddie Vegas is the one of the main artists of the label as well as owner of YourOwnMusic.

After interviewing him I learned that he apparently made 500,000 pounds so far from the label in less than 6 months. I hope to score a second interview with him to discuss this more but until then get woke and check out the interview and his links below.

Interview:

Who is Eddie Vegas?

I Am a Grime artist from The Uk, & a ceo of one of the biggest music websites on the Planet!

Where are you from?
The North west Uk, Based in London Now Though!

Does that have any influence on your music?
My sound is uk influenced, but i do like trap music!!

Whose your favorite producer?
i have a producer signed to my lable (YourOwnmusic) He is called Rednek!

How long have you been rapping?
1-3 years! but took a long break to focus on my Business!

Did you have any artist names before Eddie Vegas?
Eddie Vegas is My real Name!

How much do you charge for a feature?
£5000 for a feature! hit me up if you need one!!

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
Started my business & made half a million pounds in 6 months!

What did you do today?
business, everyday business!

Whats in your pockets right now?
£7500 and a bit of sniff

Whats your vice of choice?
getting waved with the mandem!

Who are your biggest influences?
me myself & i.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
not to sure, but i am comfy!

Want to give any shout outs or promote something?
my lable is called YourOwnMusic i am the ceo & founder.

https://twitter.com/itsEddieVegas