Music producer and engineer with 20 years of experience working with Mary J Blige and R. Kelly
Tizone is a record producer/beat maker, songwriter, rapper and mixing and mastering engineer from Chicago Illinois now based in the Atlanta Georgia area (Covington/Conyers). He started on the scene as a DJ, when beat juggling, scratching, transforming, and DJ battles were the craze. Tizone became one of the elite DJ’s in Chicago even touring with the Nappy Heads. After the tour Tizone focused on becoming a producer/songwriter. He began to develop his younger brother Lil Bud and they were signed to Keith Sweat under Elektra Records. Slyvia Rhone heard Tizone rap on Lil Bud album and decided they needed to be a group, Lil Bud & Tizone.
Later the group moved to Island Records, where Tizone first credit production work was in 1996 writing and producing “Funky Sounds” on the Don’t Be a Menace to South Central while Drinking Your Juice in the Hood soundtrack. Other credit production work included Co-producing “Chocolate Girl” Keith Sweat (1996), Mixing “It’s On” Mary J Blige ft R. Kelly, Share My World (1997). Lil Bud & Tizone first single “Gonna Let U Know feat. Keith Sweat competed with Michael Jackson and the Nortorious B.I.G for positions on the top three spots on the Billboard charts. Lil Bud and Tizone appeared on Soul Train, Teen Summit and toured with major industry artists.
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Interview with Hitlanders
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Mixing a record for Mary J. Blige and R Kelly called "It's on" that featured on Mary J. Blige "Share My World" album. I went 3 times platinum which is a huge accomplishment
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Building more music for my catalog
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not at this point. I'm fairly new on the site and learning my way around
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! some things sound better analog and getting a warm feel and some things are more ideal using the digital format
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to give my absolute best 100% of the time
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love meeting you new talented artist
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How did i get my record deal? Hard work and dedication. Being ready when the opportunity comes your way
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That is easy and everybody can do it on a major level
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is this your passion?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hiring me you'll get experience and passion mixed with the hardest working person you may ever meet
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Apollo twin,Maschine Jam,WA87 mic and Komplete Kontrol 49
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been in the music industry over 20 years having 2 major record deals with Warner and Island Records
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: my style varies based on the artist that i'm working with but my drum style sticks out the most
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love working with indie artist because i live the feeling of seeing something come from the bottom and rising to the top
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If a record feels right then 9 times out of 10 then it's right
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-hop, Pop and R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is recognizing a hit record and spotting talent
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 20 years of experience and quality to a song. Being a visionary and knowing the cutting edge sound before it hits
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When producing i start with the melody and then build around it with drums and other instruments
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm setup is a mixture of analog and digital gear. My main daw is Cubase Pro 8.5 and Protools with the apollo interface, UAD and Waves Plugins
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by Dr. Dre, Babyface, Timbaland and Teddy Riley
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production, Mixing and Mastering