I've had the pleasure of working with legendary MC Masta Ace, Spillage Village member Benji, and long time collaborator Kastaway of Chicago. My production has been heard on a variety of media outlets including ESPN, Vocalo (Chicago), KSJS (Bay Area), and Soulection Radio. I specialize in making Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Soul and Funk instrumentals.
I am a music producer, beat maker, and mix engineer known as Krikit Boi, and have been providing artists with quality instrumentals, recordings and mixes for over 10 years. Being a hybrid of influences such as J Dilla, Battlecat, and Kaytranda, I consider my sound a sort of “introspective funk”.
Beat making and all things producing and are my greatest passions. I am a committed to providing music artists, companies, and content creators quality instrumentals and songs in the online space.
My greatest strength is assisting others in crafting and executing their creative visions. The aim is to inspire artists and clients to achieve their best possible work.
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Interview with Krikit Boi
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Definitely BeatsMadebyFresh. His production is superb & very inspiring to me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you see yourself going in music? What motivates you the most to create?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My debut Instrumental EP "Budd" will be coming out early 2021.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The upcoming album by Kastaway and myself, called "El Pilon". I served as co-executive producer and made all of the beats. The project is a poignant cultural exchange and the sound reflects that.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for the practicality, Analog for the warmth and depth.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Art over everything.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I don't get up in the morning & "have" to do something, I "get" to do what I do every day if that makes sense. My worst day ever doing music is still better than a good day at a 9-5.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm a "DJ" haha. Mostly get that from non-industry folks though.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear in your vision & intent when looking to work with a producer. The more specific your goals are, the easier the producer can make that happen for you!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, Akai Fire, Focusrite, Headphones, and Hard drive.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been making music since I was 12, and decided this is what I wanted to do in life when I was about 17, and haven't looked back.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to call the music I make and love the most "Introspective Funk". It's got to have bounce,
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Rexx Life Raj. We're both from the Bay Area but haven't connected yet & I think our sounds naturally match. I think I'd be able to add value to what he's already doing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Everything's got to hit on the "One".
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I primarily make beats of the Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Trap Soul variety, and typically mix & master tracks of those genres as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think the swing or bounce I give to my beats, I love the "pocket". That and a groovy synth bass.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The emotional content an artist needs to get inspired to do their best work.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I watch some funny videos to start my morning, meditate, make my chai. When i begin producing I start with drums, like 99% of the time, the melody thereafter then a bass line idea.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work within FL Studio 20, my touchstone for the past 12 + years. In addition I have my Midi controllers: an Akai Fire, and M-Audio Key-station 49es. I use a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface, and hear everything out of two Yamaha HS5 studio monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I get inspired by my folks such as as MarsToday, he's such an all around producer. Lately I've been listening to a beat maker that goes by SPELLSPELLSPELL, and he's incredibly Funky! I love listening to soulful vocalists, like Raveena or Alex Isley, usually they inspire beats to be made.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily make beats and produce for artists, and recently am getting into mixing and mastering.