Interview with BIG ANT SNAPPED

credits? 
my first credits were with chedda da connect the guy that made flick of the wrist. i produced serve,touchdown,never change, and wash my hands for him. an artist from milwaukee named black chris i produced his whole album with a placement from moneybagg yo on it i produced called money X power, also i recently just came back from houston and i made a new single for twayne which is the guy who made the nasty freestyle that was a hit as well. and currently have 4 major placements on brian angels first solo album who is one of the singers from the group day 26 so be looking out for those exclusive credits soon. and i have also produced for sauce twins with jrag on a song called sauce up and sosamans made for this track.

How old are you?
i am 26 years old

funniest reason/excuse a rapper ever gave you for not having the money for a beat on time?
funniest reason was because they thought we was so close i was just going to givem the beat because he said he was next up and with me having placements and knowing whos gonna make it and who needs work i felt like that was hilarious this rap game isnt free so idk why even rap if you cant pay your way and thats me being honest.

Where are you from?
i am from milwaukee, wisconsin and i reside in houston texas

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it?
i have been producing beats since i was 12 when my barber explained to me what it was and gave me fl studio i hooked it up and taught myself how to use it and since then i been a force to be messed with, i was also already playing the drums so my drum game is so locked down i caught on to fl studio quick.

When did you know you made it? or that this could be an actual career for you?
when i got my first placement with chedda da connect at the same time that flick of the wrist was blowing up, which is when i took my first trip to texas on a business trip.

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can you tell us about (me and the readers) the coolest, or most satisfying, OR the most expensive beat sale, you’ve ever done?
the most ive sold a beat for was 500 in texas to an artist i never even heard of but he had the money to back up what he was doing right then and there.

Who are your biggest influences?
zaytoven is the top one of them all tbh, metro booming, tm 88, mpa judo, bracks, cashmoney ap, june james, yib, yung kels, internet money, leaux fi, taz taylor etc the list can go on about who i got respect for in this game, and last but not least myself of course.

Want to give any shoutouts?
shout out to all the producers who aint giving out free beats and that are trying to bust their ass to make this their daily job.

What do you find is the best platform or avenue of selling your beats? and why?
i would have to say youtube and kind of beatstars but mostly youtube.

Do you have any other income streams besides crafting instrumentals? like, do you sell shoutouts or do you also song write, or write books, etc?
i actually song write and i currently am working a job so i can build my dream studio and be in that studio full time.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
that my song writing when i record it sounds like what they hear in the industry and it doesnt even look like it would be me on the tracks that i do.

Whats your process for making a beat?
i usually start off with the melody then i add drums and then add the rest of the sounds if needed, and then i tune my melodies with gross beat etc so ik they cant really be mimicked because people willl think that they are stock sounds when they actually arent.

What do your beats normally cost?
for a least about 45 to 50 but to own them 500 plus i keep my publishing unless a more serious artist has a bigger budget.

Any stories on how you got some of your placements?
i used my last 100 bucks to my name to catch a ride with a film director going to texas just so i can get my placements

what are your plans for 2018?
i plan on building up a new youtube and gaining alot of streaming and channel traffic which brings more serious customers also.

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
lil mosey, comethazine, rip but lil lonnie was on his way to being bigger than he was too, bracks, jay white, tay keith, bloc boy jb, and myself.

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C. Scott delivers his new beat tape

https://cscott.bandcamp.com/album/through-the-trees

C. Scott just dropped this beat tape today for 4/20 as a “A quick little batch to burn to or whatever whatever.”
Also if you haven’t peeped yet he put this out recently–

https://itma.bandcamp.com/album/distance-fog

Best beats I found on YouTube today Pt. 1

Today like I normally do, I was on YouTube looking for music and beats. Below in this post you can find some of the best beats I found today.

The beats on this list span multiple subgenres of Hip Hop / Rap and I am sure you will find at least one you fux with.

 

 

Editors note: The last two beats are from producer Godlikepariah who is actually running a $20 special for leases till Friday which is where I found the feature image for this post.

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Interview + 5 beats with Prod. Cecil

Prod.Cecil is a producer I found on YouTube and I keep seeing his name around. He is prolific, with at least 220 beat videos on his page, and his stats are impressive, 5K+ subscribers and 870k+ views.  His most viewed video is a Playboi Carti type beat video that currently sits at 230K views;
 So I reached out and after awhile he got back to me with his answers. You can find out more about this producer plus check out his beats below.
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Major credits? (artist/song)
CookLaFlare – Fighter Jet ft. Lil Yachty
C Roy – Don’t Go ft. 909 Memphis (Prod. Og Abi and me)
909Memphis – So Mean (Prod. OG Abi and me)
And I got some more coming soon.
How old are you?  I’m currently 19 years old.
Where are you from? I live in Portugal. I’ll probably visit the US frequently in the future to work with some producers and artists over there.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I started producing around 4 years ago. But I didn’t took it serious for like the first year.
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Probably the positive feedback and that a lot of my friends that I know through music are starting to really build a name for themselves. We all knew eachother since we had like 100-200 followers on Soundcloud and now we are all starting to grow.
Who are your biggest influences? There are too many to count. I listen to a lot of different types of music. Almost everything from Trap to Jazz to Alternative Rock. And I found a lot of the artists and music I listen to on YouTube while searching for samples lol. I also get inspired by the beats and music my friends make.
Want to give any shoutouts? Shoutout to my bro Nixon, shoutout to Og Abi, Dollie, Alto and SurrealGang, Bricks, and everybody else that fw me.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Maybe that I live in Europe and not in the US.
Whats your process for making a beat? I usally start with the melody or a sample and then I add some drums. I mix my beats whenever I feel like they’re done or when adding more would be too much.
What do your beats normally cost? My leases start at $25 at the moment, and my exclusive rights start at around $200.
What is the most you have made from one beat? The most I’ve made from one beat was with a sync lease that I’ve sold. I won’t go into too much detail but I made more from that one lease then I would with selling a few exclusives.
Any stories on how you got some of your placements?  Artists that use my beats usually find them on Soundcloud or YouTube but I also send out beats from time to time.
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 and KRK Rokit 5 studio monitors. They are pretty good but I plan on buying a new pair of studio monitors soon.
How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? I’m not exactly sure how many but it was a good year for me.
What are your plans for 2018? Just growing as a person, as a producer, networking, and being as successful as I can be in everything I do.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) Producer wise every producer that I mentioned earlier but also just those who work hard and deserve it. I think if you really love what you’re doing, you’ll succeed if you stay consistent and never give up.

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Interview + beats with CJonesBeats

CJonesBeats, falls into that category of producers, like Deadman and Lil Szn. People I have interviewed and showcased the beats of way before they got any serious placements or cracked 1k subscribers on YouTube.

I think it already is, but just in case it isn’t, I have to make it be known that I am not a producer. This site is not run by a producer.

  1. I am someone who loves hip hop / rap music and for over a decade (I’m 24) I have been what you would call a “bedroom rapper”. Which in my opinion is this:
  • I write lyrics a lot
  • I am looking for beats all the time
  • I sporadically record tracks
  • and I sporadically release something.

2. I went to school for entertainment management and I have always had an eye and ear for trends and good music in general.

Why I am saying this is because maybe it will help you understand why I select the producers I do. Including CJONES, his beats seem like they would be highly favored by a lot of the rappers looking for beats on YouTube. I think he will be like Lil Szn, who I found at less than a 100 subscribers in late September of last year and who is now at 1,059.

How old are you? I Just Produce for some local rappers right now, not really any big credits YET,  but some on the way.
Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap?
I’m 20 Years Old.
Where are you from?  I’m Originally from Middletown, CT but i live in Raleigh, NC now.
How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I’ve been producing for a little over 2 years now, and i’ve always had a thing for music so i figured making beats was the best. One day i hopped on FL Studio and fell in love.
Who are your biggest influences? My biggest infleunces is my brother, he’s a rapper coming out of Middletown, CT, and his work ethic is crazy so i know you going to be hearing about him soon.
Any shoutouts? I wanna give a shoutout to my brother of course go listen to his stuff on soundcloud under KriS Jones, and all my brothers Yonk, Shep, Dixson, J Netts, Sage , JHart and my Dad of course they all keep me going.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
Something about me that would suprise people is that im actually in the military haha.
What’s your process for making beats? My process for making beats is i always start with melody and then make it shake with the drums
Beat prices? My Beats normally cost around $30 for Non Exclusive and for exclusive it just depends.
What is the most you have made from one beat? I honestly don’t remember whats the most ive made off a beat. Probably a couple hundred.
What kind of hardware do you use? The hardware i use is FL Studio and Pro tools to when im recording.I like FL cuz its very flexible and once you get the hang of its easy..
What are your plans for 2018? My plans for 2018 is to get some placements and grow a bigger following and keep grinding and put me and my whole team on and whoever is with me.
Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise)
This new wave definatley going to be a couple i think
  • Lil Skies
  • Young Pinch
  • Boudy Boudy
  • KriS Jones
  • JHart
  • DaBaby
  • T-Roy

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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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Interview with LowkyGotHeat

major credits? (artist/song) No one big but I’ve worked with 808 Mafia.

How old are you? Just turned 19

Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap? Rappers/singers/artist that don’t give credits I hate that sh*t . If you use my beats without crediting me I don’t care if your song has 5M views I’ll take it down!

Where are you from?  Montreal Canada , yeah im French Canadian

How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I started making beats at 14-15 but I really took it seriously last year (summer 2017)

didn’t have enough money to pay for the basketball team so I decided to take art classes, my teacher introduced me to garage band and tought me how to make beats. Now its f*ck basketball *opens fl Studio*

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Meeting all these talented producers and rappers/singers its crazy. If you want to collab with me contact me.

Who are your biggest influences? I would say Southside, Michael Jackson , eastbound & Wondagurl , man you can’t imagine how much she inspires me it’ll be cool to meet her one day.

Want to give any shoutouts? Someone’s watching over us so shout goes out to him

What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Im Thor’s brother… Lowky

Whats your process for making a beat? I usually start with the melody , then the 808s and the rest , if the melody’s not done under 5minutes i start a new project.

What do your beats normally cost? I work with the artist’s budget but if I f*uck with you and you’re talented I don’t mind giving the beat for free, might be the next hit ! who knows.

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

Any stories on how you got some of your placements?  Networking & collabs

What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? Fl Studio,  I didn’t chose fl , fl chose me.

What are your plans for 2018? Work hard & Enjoy life.

Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) I wanna see everybody around me including me a part of the new wave ✌

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“There are so many waves now…” Interview with producer Shanti Seng

Shanti Seng is a female producer I got put onto by a follower on my IG when I asked where are all the female producers? Besides Wondagurl, Shanti Seng is by far the biggest producer whose name was commented on the post. Her following on IG is slightly over 53K as of the writing of this post and her page is filled with pictures of her in the studio working. But what was even more interesting to me was that besides her IG, she doesn’t seem to have that much of an online presence.

 

Shanti seems to be one of those producers who works mainly with artists in the studio and artists with label backings. To quote her, “she doesn’t sell beats, she sells experiences.” Unlike a majority of the producers we have interviewed on here your not going to find beat videos of hers on YouTube or be able to buy a beat from beatstars. If you want to work with her your going to have to get in touch with her directly. I wanted to find out more about this somewhat mysterious producer and I wanted to continue my mission of highlighting female producers in the game, so I reached out to her and she responded back asap. To find out more about Shanti Seng keep scrolling down to read the interview!
  1. Major credits? (artist/song) – Various members of grand hustle, jasper cameron , fbg
  2. How old are you? 22
  3. Anything funny or crazy ever happen in this game we call rap? idk i been through some crazy situations , just stay on high alert
  4. Where are you from?  I’m from saint louis , MO partly raised in Nebraska
  5. Have you faced any challenges being a female producer? All the time, but its okay, I’ve learned patience , besides i need challenges , they keep me motivated
  6. How long have you been producing? Why/How did you get into it? I’ve been producing since i was 14 , im 22 now, I remember when i was 3 or 4 years old my grandpa introduced me to the piano i just kept playing the same old keys over and over. I fell away from that as i believe my family already had an agenda for me. Maybe wanting me to be a doctor or lawyer. y’know how it is. I started rapping at 10-11 just writing to myself here and there, i started searching on youtube for instrumentals, it was always hard to find beats that matched the songs i made in my head, so i said fuck it ima start producing my own shit
  7. What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? I’ve been blessed to be in the studio with some really talented people. Actually seeing the formula to how some big artist make hooks, and songs is amazing. how they deconstruct the beat and how everyone collabs and takes from each other is really beneficial in my understanding of music. You learn what makes a song resonate with people
  8. Who are your biggest influences? Kanye west, aaliyah, jimmy hendrix, nirvana, timberland, scott storch, tokimonsta,
  9. Want to give any shoutouts? Nah , lol
  10. What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I song write as well, maybe thats surprising.
  11. Whats your process for making a beat? hmmm, its like cooking , or painting a picture, or building a house… You know the end goal, but you may not know how to start, i just jump in .
  12. What do your beats normally cost? I guess my beats dont cost anything, my legacy does, so it depends on what you contribute to my legacy, if we’re vibing , and we can lock in all night, fuck a dollar, lets make history
  13. What is the most you have made from one beat? Not sure, because royalties keep going, so lets see how far i get.
  14. Any stories on how you got some of your placements? I used to post beat videos everyday, and they would get alot of views, got alot of attention from AR’s and labels, but it just takes that one person to believe in you and out the blue C Gutta hit me and was like lets collaborate , he said he liked my sound I was honestly honored, and we just been going since then.
  15. What Hardware or software do you use? is there any reason why you like to particularly use what you use? I use fl studio, its just what i grew up around, so it feels natural now.
  16. How many leases or beats do you think you sold in 2017? none, i dont sell beats, seriously not trying to sound “outlandish” but i rarely sell them. I want to build a legacy, not sell beats , i’d rather sell an experience to someone.
  17. What are your plans for 2018? finally dropping projects that I’ve been holding onto, putting together something amazing. i want people to finally be able to hear my true sound.
  18. Who do you think will part of the new wave in 2018? (producer wise and rapper wise) Thats hard to say, there are so many waves now. I’ve been listening to alot of deedotwill, his sound is unique to me. unotheactivist’s sound is crazy, been hearing alot of valee, idk its real tough to say.

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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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