I'm Ariel "Heights Beats" Bialski, a Juno-Award winning Canadian music producer currently living and DJing in Poland. I've produced many different genres for various artists and projects, though Hip Hop is my first love.
Heights creates his own style of genre-blending hip-hop. Composing music for over 10 years, he's worked with many artists and has had music featured on commercials, documentaries, theatrical productions and award-winning albums. A broad musical range has him producing a variety of genres, from hip-hop beats to movie scores. Heights currently is producing music for artists and supplying music for various television and film projects.
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Interview with Heights Beats
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Depends on the job but abstract questions are good, like what emotion do you need, what vision do you have, what sounds do you like...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key. Feel free to contact me through email and we can set up an open line of communication. This way you'll get exactly what you want and I'll know exactly what you need.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Drum Sticks. A large solar charger. A Handheld recorder. A Mic. An iPad.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing drums at 9 and at 16 I started making beats, based off of my beatboxing ideas. Though my melodies were good, I got better and better at mixing and making my sound better overall. I have been now living off of my music for the past 5 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Chilled out, melodic music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Drake, because he's from Toronto where I grew up. Snoop Dogg, because that would fulfill a childhood dream.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Write or record all of your ideas. I've created great songs based off of recordings I once thought was crap.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hmmm... Perhaps melodies.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Melodies, arrangements and beats!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I create music everyday. If an artist needs a beat I have a library to choose from. But many times an artist's style will inspire me to create something new for them.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an open Labs MiKo which is a all in one studio computer/mixer/controller. I use a lot of software to create sounds but mostly use Propellerheads Reason to sequence and create songs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Many producers, mostly from Hip Hop inspire me. DJ Premier & Dr. Dre are two obvious greats, but I could list way too many...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the time I'll sell a beat to an artist. When possible I'll work with them in the studio to create the song with them.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll be happy at the end of our session!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The entire creation process:)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can you export the stems for me? A: Absolutely!