Interview with Prod. By KAT, the producer of Lil Candy Paint’s Lifestyle

I put up a post on instagram telling producers to DM me beat videos they wanted promo’d for free on my insta. Well one of the producers that hit me up a day or two after that post was Kat, or Prod. KAT, or Prod. By KAT.  He wasn’t even submitting a beat for repost he was just showing some love because he said he been seeing my posts for awhile and started reading my blog.

Then the homie offered to give me an interview if I ever wanted one. And I am not going to lie I get contacted everyday about people who want to get interviews and I turn them almost all down. But I was intrigued that the guy said he would be down. Well alright, who tf is this guy, that he’s offering an interview instead of like everyone else who asks or tries to pay.

Well I will tell you who tf he is lol. He’s the guy behind the boards on the sleeper hit “Lifestyle” by up and comer Lil Candy Paint.  And he has also somehow found his way into doing the background music for a handful of videos by the No Jumper team. Obviously homie is putting in work but he is also a little mysterious somewhat, he doesn’t have much info up online about him and he has no beat videos on YouTube. But if you haven’t heard the “Lifestyle” track it is below for you to press play and listen to while you read the interview.

Major credits? (artist/song)
  • C-Kan (Mexico) – Gotay
  • Arcangel – Jory (Puerto Rican)
  • Lil Candy Paint and I also have credits on some No Jumper (Podcast) interviews. (BIG SHOUT OUT TO @filo5ofi – he’s one of the no jumper video editors and a good friend.)
How old are you?
  • I am a pisces my b-day is on march 19 and that’s all you’ll get, haha. I like to keep my name and my age a mystery. But i will give you a hint, i have the name of a City! SMH, my parents couldn’t think of anything better i guess haha.
Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap?
  • Man, definitely. Back in Puerto Rico it was crazy, because i was just surrounded with bad things and some of the people i was working with were HOT in the streets, if you know what i mean. So it was like a constant paranoia throughout the sessions. Like they could come at any time and spray us. Same with the cops they could just come and raid, i really don’t miss the life of Puerto Rico, but it did made me understand a lot of things and it also gave me different perspectives. I can say, it made me more mature in the “street” sense.
Where are you from? 
  • I am Puerto Rican, born and raised. From the south, a little hood called “El Corazon”. So i guess i could say i come from the struggle. But those are things that i don’t look to be saying, is not my style. Nowadays a lot of people make up stories to fit it, i don’t need to. But i don’t need to say it either. I prefer to keep it more real, you know. Cause if is the past, why bring it up? That life was left behind.
 
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
  • I’ve always loved music, i used to Play Bass in a couple of Punk Bands, but as for producing it all started in 2008, so i can say i’ve been doing it for almost 10 years now. But it wasn’t serious at first. I also taught myself, i didn’t went to school or anything for it. Same as my english, all self taught.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
  • Well, i started making DJ mixes and using acapella vocals and making beats on top of it, i guess that caught the attention of some other puerto rican producers, artists and labels there and that’s how it began. (But please people, don’t sign contracts without reading, i know is exciting when someone says they wanna sign you and you forget about the rest, trust me is not just about signing. Be careful or you’ll end up in a bad situation like me, 2 years attached and i barely saw 5,000$ in those two years)
Who are your biggest influences? 
  • My influences are all over the place, i listen to A LOT of genres. (Punk, Ska, Metal, Hip Hop, Trap, Rap, House, Drum & Bass, Classical, Reggaeton) but i’ll tell you a couple: Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest, GZA, Method Man & Redman, Lil Wayne, Chief Keef,  The Misfits, but i am huge Method Man & Redman fan though.
Want to give any shoutouts?
  • Definitely, i want to say thanks to @filo5ofi (<– his instagram) he’s been a day 1 since i moved to the states from Puerto Rico and has definitely helped me a lot, he is also a video editor with the craziest and dopest effects i’ve seen in music videos and he also edits for NO JUMPER. I also want to say to keep your eyes on this upcoming artist called (@diebool   <—- instagram ) expect to hear a lot this year, his voice is so unique, he can sing, rap, scream it don’t matter and he can tell you a story, you can feel his emotion in the songs. Definitely should pay attention to that!
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
  • Most people don’t know, but i have a BA in Computer Science and Administration. I also love surfing, skating and paintball.
 
What is the best platform for selling your beats? why?
 
  • I am very picky when it comes to that, too many beats stolen or not the proper credit. So, i usually choose who i want to work with, or i send snippets and if they like, i upload to beatstars and they can do the transaction there. Simple. Is too easy nowadays to chop and flip beats. I want to also give a tip to young producers. Just because you sell and Exclusive, doesn’t mean you don’t have the rights or can’t caim any royalties. Yes, you can. I suggest upcoming producers learn about important information like that before they start selling beats. Exclusive Use and Exclusive Rights are two totally different things.
 
Whats your process for making a beat?
  • I work really weird, most of my beats are simple but there’s a reason. Is obviously a beat, yeah but after they record i usually ask for the vocals back and i do some tricks i have ( SORRY NOT SAYING lol, maybe one day. ) that i learned back in Puerto Rico from one of the biggest producers there. But i always start with the drums, the drums are the most important part in my opinion. I always make sure they are leveled before i add anything else. My beats also involve a lot of GROSS BEAT and Reverse Melodies, i love it.
What do your beats normally cost?
  • I used to sell them for 100$ at first for Exclusive Use and Lease for 75$ but now i’ve been seling beats for 200$ and up for exclusive use. I don’t lease anymore. But i’m very flexible when it comes to a new artist, i love helping new artists. They’re the core of the future, definitely.
What is the most you have made from one beat?
  • Back in Puerto Rico when i was signed to this stupid label (won’t mention) i sold a couple beats for 500$. But that label completely locked me in, i couldn’t work with other artists but their own, i couldn’t sell beats outside of the contract. So i had to sell beats secretly to survive. It went on for 2 years. So please, please YOUNG PRODUCERS read, get a lawyer….is very serious, people will play with your money without hesitation. They don’t care. They’re vultures.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements? 
  • I’m a person that keeps knocking the door respectfully and i guess people see that i am persistent and i don’ give up (obviously respectfully) you can’t be a pest either or you will burn a bridge. But like i said before i started doing DJ Mixes and Beats Over old acapellas from artists ( it took long hours of hardwork, trust me). I guess that drew attention. But when i got here to the states, i owe it all to @filo5ofi. That guy is genuine as f***. He got me to do beats for some NO JUMPER exposed interviews (Blocboy JB, Cam Girl) so that’s a big accomplishment being on that platform you know. People been hitting me up thanks to that A LOT. Same for the Lil Candy Paint Song – Lifestyle. After that song drop, everything changed for me also. The song already passed the 100,000 mark. Hopefully we can do a video to it. I think is one of his best songs and i don’t say that because i produce it. He’s a good artist, he needs to blow up BIGGER already. I would also love that song to BLOW UP bigger than it is i’d love to do a Deconstructed video of the beat.
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. Something about it that i keep coming back to it. Maybe is the user friendly interface and how i can easily edit everything. But i also love Pro Tools and Cubase.
What are your plans for 2018?
  • My plans for 2018: I want to do my own mixtape and help new artists out and put in some already established artists. I also have projects waiting to drop, a lot of beats out. I won’t say names because i don’t want to jinx it, but expect big things this year. I am also planning to make a mixtape with @diebool and spice the game up. This guy is so different that i assure you, PEOPLE will PAY ATTENTION. His talent is out of this world.
Who do you think will be part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
  • I think Comethazine will definitely hit the charts this year i don’t care what people say the guy going crazy right now. Juice Wrld is going crazy right now too and i definitely want to work with him. I like OhTrapStar too, i sent him some beats we talked a bit, hopefully we can work on something. I think is also time for Duwap Kaine and Candy Paint to blow up, i hope this is the year, they been grinding for a bit now.
  • As for producers, arnoldisdead is one of my favorites i think he’s gonna blow up this year, same as oscar100 i love his beats, so unique. Also foreigngotem i definitely have to hand it to him, he’s been killing it from SERBIA, so that’s a big accomplishment so YOUNG PRODUCERS out there, there’s no excuses!
Do you have other income streams besides producing? If so,  what are they? 
  • Nope, just beats and beats and beats. I did had a regular job back in WA, but now that i moved to PHILLY is a whole different story.
Do you receive royalties from any of your beats? Can you give an example with actual numbers?
  • I haven’t got any money off youtube, honestly. But that part is on me. I was lazy back then. I also don’t upload beats to youtube, maybe i should?…but is a very tricky situation you know. I might give it a try. That contract completely screwed me over. 3 of the songs i took part in back in PR, they all passed the 1m stream mark, so i guess that’s money i lost, because i was dumb and didn’t read. But never again! Hopefully some people will read all of this and learn from my experience. Also, you have to be patient in this game, is a waiting game and if you get desperate…everything can go down.

The end.

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Interview + 4 beats with Producer Thomas Crager Beats

Thomas Crager is a producer I found while doing some searching on YouTube. His  production work tends to fall into the categories of “Pop”, “RnB”, and lighter hip hop. In fact if you look at his YouTube page a lot of his “type beats” are for artists such as Kehlani, Chance The Rapper, Tory Lanez, Drake… and ill be damned if his beats don’t sound like they would be perfect for those rappers.

YouTube: Thomas started his YouTube page in 2014 and since then has accumulated over 23,000 subscribers on YouTube and a little over 5.9 million views with his highest viewed video currently at 850K views:

Though there are dozens of songs on Genius that have been produced by him, he openly admits his only real major placement is a track from Huey Mack featuring Devvon Terrell:

Interview

Who are your major credits? Huey Mac and Devvon Terrell are my biggest placements so far. I have some major credits in the works for 2018, but can’t announce anything till the paperwork is locked in.

How old are you? 24

Where are you from?  I was born in France, but grew up in Connecticut.

How long have you been producing? I started about 3 years ago, but mostly just joking around, making a beat once a month, with no intention of making it into a career. Out of boredom I had posted a few beats online and eventually had people contacting me who were interested in purchasing them. After making a sale I started to take production more seriously and it morphed into my current career. I’ve been taking producing seriously for a little over a year, but have always been doing music, having played guitar since I was 9 and writing lyrics and songs since a teenager.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? I produced a song for an artists upcoming album dropping in 2018 and I’ll be the only producer on the project who hasn’t been nominated for a grammy, so I’d say that’s pretty cool, considering I’ve only been seriously producing for a single year. Also, just being able to support myself off solely music and turn it into a career is extremely dope and shows me you can do anything you put your mind to.

Who are your biggest influences? I’ve been into so many different genres of music, my influences range from jazz guitarists including Pat Martino and Freddie Green to hip-hop producers including Dr. Dre and Murda Beatz; just to name a few. I’ve binged on almost every genre of music there is and I try to take my favorite characteristics from each genre and morph it into my own unique sound.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I’m also a composer/arranger/orchestrator. I can do anything from compose a symphony to arrange horns and strings for a movie score.

What do your beats normally cost? My leases start from $30 and go all the way up to $400, depending on what type of lease license you’re looking for. I sell exclusives rights as well, but the price can vary depending on the beat.

Do you use Hardware or software? Mostly software for now, although I’ve been curious about looking into hardware to add contrast to my creative process.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? I couldn’t even tell you, I lost count after 1,000.

What are your plans for 2018? Continue to grow my brand and craft. I plan on getting placements with bigger artists, but will still release an abundance of beats to my Youtube page/beat store. I’m also going to expand my daily routine to include producing for TV/commercial/movie placements.

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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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KP got that “SakMoney”

Rapper KP and label MR. ENT recently released the mixtape “SakMoney” a solid 9 track mixtape that is easily digestable. KP’s music is for the rap heads who like street music and not the emo softer stuff that has been poppin recently.

(no knocks, yall know I like that ish and I like street ish)

If you are a fan of 36 mafia, 8ball and MJG, and/or Young Buck, I think you will vibe with KP.

Check out his new video below and download the mixtape

 

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Interview and Music from Hip Hop Producer ArrogantKey

 

Any major credits I should list?
Pretty Kenny, Weiland, 17YRS, Nick True, Noviiimber, lil dour

Whats one food you dont hate, but you could live without?
As for one food I don’t hate, but can live without, mexican food. That stuff kills my stomach lmao.
But, I KILL chinese food mannn

If you weren’t producing, you would be ________________?
If I wasn’t producing, I’d probably start a clothing line, or do graphic design.

How old are you?
21

Where are you from?
I’m from Atlanta, Georgia

How long have you been producing?
I started messing around with producing on garageband back in 2015 lmao. Then my bro Montel let me use his laptop, back when I didn’t have one, to use FL Studio after we got off work at like 2 in the morning everyday, so I can teach myself how to produce. Then I started getting serious at the start of 2016 putting beats on youtube and getting my first sale/placement.

What are your thoughts on a producers union?
Honestly its a good idea. Folks treat producers like garbage and its crazy to me. Especially today, when the production provides a lot more to a track then it ever used to.
Producers are really out here giving people careers.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
Man meeting dope people, meeting people that actually believe in you. And seeing someone really invest in your craft. Last year I never thought I’d get any placements or subscribers or views. I’d just post beats on youtube for the sake of getting it out there.

Who are your biggest influences?
Travis Scott, Ye, Cudi, Southside, Tm88, Metro, Mexikodro, Mike Dean.
Their music really put a light on production for me and how production can change the sound of hip hop music.

Want to give any shoutouts?
Yeaaaa lemme shoutout my girl, my bro Montel for being the first nigga to believe in me starting producing, BMG (Bando Music Group) & Z3ta, Trey1k, Banbwoi, janami, zjakkies, eqmadeit, prodbysulton
I feel bad for leaving anyone out, but yea they supported the hell outta me and are keeping me going.
I also wanna shoutout the top youtube producers, because seeing their success and seeing that it’s possible to really make it doing this got me to go to youtube last year.

do you get royalties from any of your beats?
Not as of yet

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
I really don’t listen to much of the new underground shit lol or mainstream music. But I guess that’s why my sound strays away from the normal kinda beats.

What do your beats normally cost?
Leases for $20, Exclusives usually run for $100, and I can do package deals sometimes if they wanna get a bundle of beats.

What is the most you have made from one beat?
$100

Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?
My bro Noviiimber really my favorite artist to work with right now because no matter what I give him whether its his sound or not, he always turns it into something nice.
Also, the bro 17YRS just made something crazy on soundcloud. Looking forward to working with him more.

Hardware or software?
Software. I use FL Studio 12. I tried using midis and Mpcs but it takes up toooo much time

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?
I think I just hit 10

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Interview with Rap Ratz Creator and Hip Hop utility man Funkworm.

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How old are you? Older than Ye, younger than Hov

Where are you from?  Chicago

Why the name funkworm? Some time ago it was actually Funkyworm. I used to be in a funk band and we chose silly names for ourselves. Later, I produced a song for Skeelo, the rapper, where he actually yelled out “Funkworm” on the record, and I thought it sounded doper. 

 

besides running the blog, creating rap ratz, and producing, do you have your hands in anything else? I’m a partner in a company that sells plugins and sound libraries to music producers. Tru-Urban.com

Who are your influences across the board?  Right now I’m influenced by those who consistently redefine human potential. I recently discovered this ex Navy SEAL named David Goggins who has motivated me to up the grind in every aspect of my life. 

 

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Want to give any shoutouts?

My Rap Ratz fam. They’re the best. I appreciate all those who have been supporting the comic strip over the years. 

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

I’m afraid of rats 

 

If you werent in the rap game, you would be _________?

I don’t really know. I love science so maybe I’d be an astrophysicist who bumps Wu-Tang in my laboratory all day. 

Questions about Rap Ratz:

What spurred the creation of RapRatz?

I wanted a unique addition to my hip hop blog and I thought a weekly comic would be great. 

 

Have you made any income from RapRatz alone?

No, I’ve made no attempts at creating an income stream from Rap Ratz as of yet. But people have hired me for commission work because of the comic. 

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How do you come up with your ideas?

My life as a music producer in the industry has provided me with an endless amount of material. Barber shops are a close second. 

 

Where do you want to take RapRatz? As far as it can possibly go. In the end, I just want to give something back to this culture that’s played such an important part in my life. 

Do you make the animated videos you have on YouTube yourself? Yes, Rap Ratz is pretty much a one-man operation. Every now and then I’ll invite someone to provide a voice for a new character. But right now I do everything. 

Questions about producing –

How did you get into the game of producing?

I started out rapping in my teens and being in that environment led me to start picking up instruments. That evolved into making beats.

Hardware or software?

Nothing against hardware, but I’m pretty much all software now. The perfect creative environment is finding a way to include both in your setup. Especially when it comes to outboard gear like compressors and pre-amps. 

What do your beats cost?

It varies. There are lots of other factors, most of them legal, that can determine how much I’d sell a beat for. 

Are your beats available online?

I used to run a beat site years ago that I no longer update.  So not at the moment. 

What advise would you give to the up coming producers?

Don’t make following music trends the guiding force in your music creation. You’ll never find your own voice that way. Forge relationships with other creative writers and try to create something new. Not everyone will get it at first but that’s okay. Being yourself will always give you a better chance at longevity in the music industry. 

Can you talk about royalties? does that have any play into your income? I have interviewed dozens of producers and most of them don’t seem to have anything to say about royalties. Is the only way your making money is from the leases and the exclusive rights sales?

They play a part but not a big one. It’s because that’s not my focus at the moment. There’s not much out there in terms of generating huge profits from streaming music these days. But there is huge potential in licensing your music to TV shows and films. This is where your focus should be if you’re a beatmaker who wants to make a consistent livable wage from music royalties. 

 

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“Part Deux” : 2nd interview + more music with Hip Hip Producer and Rapper, Nayz

You got anything dropping soon?

I just dropped a dance/cars video on youtube with a director called Jay Towers from England. & that song that I send you that I made with Goldman Is a hittt. more people need to listen to It.

https://soundcloud.com/realgoldman/west-side-highway

What artists have you enjoyed working with? Man I worked with hundreds of artists.. but Goldman, ]David Armstrong, Pre Kai Ro, and Nocturnal.. those artists are next. I don’t work with big artists on music because I’m tryna be one of them. The artists that I work with are the next super stars. I worked with Russ and the whole Diemon crew before they were big.. and I said the same things about them and now look at them haha.

Who are your major credits? placements? I don’t have any Major Credits. a couple of big artists hit me up lately for beats but I don’t want to work with them on music yet because I’m building my own little team and I want to do It on my own before working with them. But I’m working with this Hollywood actor called Charlie Depew.. he’s like my big bro. he’s building a team too so lately we’ve been talking a lot.. and every time I’m In LA I roll with them. he has a house In hollywood hills with a dope ass studio.. and It’s crazyyy. but me and the artists that I work with are next man I’m telling you.. I made this youtube channel to find these people.. now I got It.. now I will take over the world with them haha. you will screenshot this In a couple of years you’ll see hahah

What has been your journey in this rap scene? I just been working on my craft everyday.. and I also make sure to travel somewhere every month to meet up with artists to have connections to build the team.
Where has hip hop taken you ? i.e. where have you traveled?
Man.. a lot of fuckin places hahah. I could write a book about the places. like If you check out my youtube channel a lotta my beats has actual places In the world as titles.. Like for example I have a beat called 7AM In Paris. I was In Paris when I made that beat.. and I finished It 7AM haha. and I don’t even upload all my beats to youtube like most youtube producers… I only upload those I feel like are okay haha because I keep the best for myself or for my artists. but man I’ve been to Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium…. a couple days ago I was In England to work on that dance video and to record a couple of hitsss. In may I took my mom to Milan and beautiful Islands In Italy…. man I could go on for hours hahaha.
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2 Music Videos & Interview with Pittsburgh Rapper Walkman

Pittsburgh has given us Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Battle Rap legend Real Deal (I wasn’t going to forget him son!) and today we (yeah I am from the burg) have a lot of talented rappers on the local scene. One of them being Walkman. He is not that new age goth or party rap. He makes rap music that is filled with real and interesting lyrics and concepts. I would say his music lives in the same space as Classified.

Do yourself a favor and check out his videos and interview below.

Interview with Pittsburgh Rapper, Walkman:

How did you come up with your artist name Walkman?I’m an old school guy, so I wanted something nostalgic. The Walkman was a staple in hip hop that is no longer around. I’d like to think I’m bringing an element back as well.

How old are you? – 30

Favorite place to eat in Pittsburgh? – Anywhere in the strip district. I’ve been trying a lot of food from different cultures lately, but Pho Van and Gaucho are some of my go to’s.

Who exactly is Walkman for anyone who does not know? – I’m honestly just a regular dude that loves hip hop to the core. I’m pretty much never serious, and a lot of that comes out in my videos.

How long have you been making music? – I started writing here and there since I was 15, but didn’t record until I was at least 18 or 19. I was more of a freestyle rapper until then.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? – I’d have to say when that freestyle video I did went viral. I just threw a verse down while I was delivering pizzas and it took off. That was crazy to me.

What did you do today? – Pretty boring day haha. When I’m not working or in the studio, I’m shipping merch and writing for the next album. That’s pretty much all I did today.

Who are your biggest influences? Too many to name.  Nas, Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Mobb Deep, and Redman just to name a few. Oh and Eminem of course, I played his older stuff non stop when it was came out.

Want to give any shoutouts? Yeah I want to shout out my producer, What Iph. He’s the man behind the curtain that helps make it all possible.  “15229” would have turned out much differently had I recorded somewhere else.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? –  I don’t know how to read. Nah, I’m just playing.  I think something that would surprise people is that I wrote the whole “15229” album while I was driving at work. Not the safest thing, but its the truth haha.

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“You’ll always make your best work when you’re enjoying yourself”: Interview with MusikalBeats

MusikalBeats is a young producer who makes beats that are not the typical fare you are used to. You are not going to hear any Lil Yachty type beats from this producer, he makes original beats, original art.

Check out more about MusikalBeats below:

MusikalBeats YouTube Stats:

  • 1,588,374 views
  • 6,321 Subscribers

Interview:

How old are you? 

I’m 16, turning 17 in October.

Where are you from?  

I was born in London, England and moved to New York at a young age. I come from a Jamaican family though.

Hardware or software?what kind?

I’ve tried many DAWs before I could find what I really liked. I’ve used FL Studio, Cubase, Abelton and Maschine. Abelton is what I feel most comfortable with, but I still use Maschine from time to time. I’m also currently teaching myself bass and can’t wait to add that to my production.

How long have you been producing?

I started posting beats online in June of 2015. But, I’ve been playing around with production since around early 2014.

What advise would you give to aspiring producers?

Honestly, just make what you enjoy. It’s really easy to be pressured in to making what’s hot at the moment. But, you’ll always make your best work when you’re enjoying yourself.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?

Whenever I get a comment/message from a producer I listen to, I get a little hype. It’s always just dope to get praise from other artist/producers that you enjoy. Whenever anybody shows love it’s dope, but especially when it’s from somebody you respect musically.

Who are your biggest influences? 

I’m definitely leaving some people out but, these are a couple off the top of the head. J Dilla, Madlib, 9th Wonder, Apollo Brown, Pharrel Williams, Alchemist, Kanye West, and pretty much just anybody who’s an innovator.

Want to give any shoutouts?

Shout out to my boy Ibrahima. He’s into all different kinds of music and always pushing me to be more creative in my own production. My beats would probably sound a lot different if it wasn’t for him. Also, anybody that listens to and supports my music in anyway. They never go underappreciated.

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

Given my age, people might be surprised to know that I still collect vinyl. There’s just a special feeling when you find a gem on a rare record and you know that you’re one of the only people to own it.
My collection is at about 300+ right now, but I’m looking to add a lot more.

What do your beats normally cost?

$15 for an MP3 Lease
$25 for a WAV Lease
$50 for a WAV Lease w/ track stems.
$200 – 400 for exclusive rights (Depending on the beat)

Who has been your favorite artist to produce for?

Probably Gio. He has a song called “R3AL” with one of my beats and he killed it. I usually don’t listen to my own music but I have that track in my rotation.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?

Honestly, I have no idea. It’s not a crazy amount, but hopefully many more in the future.

Whats the most youve made off one beat?

$450 so far.

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Follow MusikalBeats on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMusikalOne