What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I first got started making really TERRIBLE beats in High School. I knew that with enough dedication and practice I could really make something unique! After years of working on my craft I began to get the recognition of many artist's within the industry. My first beat placement with a rapper named Johnny Polygon soon lead to a song with Mod Sun called "My Hippy". This caught the ear of G-Eazy's manager which led to a track between G-Eazy and myself. During this time I was working with rapper KYLE on his Beautiful Loser project. An A&R at Atlantic Records caught wind of our song "Focus On You" and soon placed a beat of mine on Kevin Gate's album By Any Means which charted number 8 on the Billboard!
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a very cohesive sound! Everything that I do inside a record is done for a particular reason to achieve a specific emotion. I want to make music that leaves the listener with the emotion that the artist and I came up with.
Whether it's the experimental synths of a Jai Paul record, iconic percussion of a Kanye West song, or the distinct sounds of a Timberland record; I make sure the record is unique.
What's your typical work process?
I start off talking to the artist to get a good understanding of the direction and sound that they're looking for. Next we discuss the message that the artist wants to get across with his song. It's important for both of us to understand this so the production of the track portrays the same emotions. Once we've established where the track needs to go I dig deep for unique sounds. I'm very sonically driven, so before I can even lay down a melody I have to find a synth or sound that I can manipulate to set the overall mood and sound of the track. From there I lay down chord progressions and drums. I like to put down all the ideas I possibly can, and then from there I'll strip the song down and keep the ideas that fit best.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio setup is fairly simple. For hardware, I primarily use my Microkorg and MPD32 for beat production. Plug-in wise I use VST's like Massive, Serum, Reaktor, Arturia CS-80 as synths and the entire WAVES Set, Soundtoys 5, and Fabfilter for production and mixing.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Definitely Jai Paul.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do a lot of beat production for rap and pop music, but have also done work in EDM and Future Bass.