Music Producer, Studio

Hitlanders on SoundBetter

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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AllMusic verified credits for Tizone
  • Keith Sweat
  • Keith Sweat
  • Keith Sweat
  • Keith Sweat
  • Tizone
  • Bigg Phil
  • Bigg Phil
  • Bigg Phil
  • Bigg Phil
  • Lil' Bud
  • Lil' Bud
  • Lil' Bud
  • Lil' Bud
  • Lil' Bud
  • Lil' Bud
  • Lil' Bud
  • Lil' Bud
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Keith Sweat
  • Keith Sweat
  • K.O.Fficial
  • E.V. Baby
  • Yung Jarvez

Interview with Hitlanders

  1. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  2. A: I love meeting you new talented artist

  3. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  4. A: How did i get my record deal? Hard work and dedication. Being ready when the opportunity comes your way

  5. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  6. A: That is easy and everybody can do it on a major level

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: Is this your passion?

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: Hiring me you'll get experience and passion mixed with the hardest working person you may ever meet

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: Laptop, Apollo twin,Maschine Jam,WA87 mic and Komplete Kontrol 49

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I've been in the music industry over 20 years having 2 major record deals with Warner and Island Records

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: my style varies based on the artist that i'm working with but my drum style sticks out the most

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: I love working with indie artist because i live the feeling of seeing something come from the bottom and rising to the top

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: If a record feels right then 9 times out of 10 then it's right

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: Hip-hop, Pop and R&B

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: My strongest skill is recognizing a hit record and spotting talent

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: I bring 20 years of experience and quality to a song. Being a visionary and knowing the cutting edge sound before it hits

  27. Q: What's your typical work process?

  28. A: When producing i start with the melody and then build around it with drums and other instruments

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. 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

  31. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  32. A: I'm inspired by Dr. Dre, Babyface, Timbaland and Teddy Riley

  33. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  34. A: Music production, Mixing and Mastering

  35. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  36. 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

  37. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  38. A: Building more music for my catalog

  39. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  40. A: not at this point. I'm fairly new on the site and learning my way around

  41. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  42. A: My promise is to give my absolute best 100% of the time

  43. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  44. A: Both! some things sound better analog and getting a warm feel and some things are more ideal using the digital format

Gear Highlights
  • cubase
  • apollo
  • protools
  • maschine
  • maschine jam
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