Hello! My name is Ben, I go by DATWHITEBOI, and I am actively looking for singers, rappers, songwriters and fellow producers to make collaborate and create. Let's link up!
Projects I have worked on in the past :
- Kris Bradley
- Sweden Marie
- Robbie Newell
- JJ Essen
- MK Jorge
- Gotti Mirano
- Al Pastor
- Lazy K
- Tempo Stokes
- Elle Vee
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
Interview with DATWHITEBOI
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The project I have been most excited about working on is my project with Gotti Mirano
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: There is really no difference outside of the warmth of the track, sometimes you can get a better result with analog, but most modern music is just highly compressed and digital. The tech is here so that there is no drastic difference.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am not just a beatmaker. Beatmakers just create music and get artists to topline without their own equipment. I actually have experience recording, songwriting, development, and distribution of music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear and concise about what you want, descriptive of your intentions and no vagueness. References are so important to the process; a consistent line of communication is desired because it is a collaborative project, even to the extent that it could be via phone call etc. if you desire. I want you to be happy with the project, and I need you to put the same work ethic into your proposal as I will.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take my laptop, my Beyerdynamics, a small MIDI portable controller, my guitar and a solar powered power outlet so I could continue making music on that desert island.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for over 3 years professionally as a legitimate producer as of 2018. I was formerly known as Ariok and I performed dubstep for big shows and worked on many projects with artists in that time period. I took a hiatus to study professional music production at Berklee and went on to work for Position Music, the #1 TV/Film music library in the world.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't really have a style for my productions I do for artists. My DATWHITEBOI project is heavily hip-hop & EDM influenced, but I can be fluid when it comes to projects.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Scott Storch on some beats, just because he has been a big influence in my hip hop productions. One artist I would love to work with in the future is Dave East.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I would say that if you are looking to produce music professionally, you have to understand your program in and out, especially quick keys. Most of the sessions I have been in have been focused on a fast work ethic, meaning that recording and editing had to be on the fly. Singers and musicians are emotional creatures and sometimes don't want to wait too long for something, especially if they are paying hourly. This is a good tip if you are looking to do real music production, not just beatmaking.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, EDM, Hip Hop, Metal and Rock have been a majority of what I have worked on, but as I said before, I can adjust to every genre's need.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mastering songs for artists, but I would also say that my other strengths lie in the development of an artist's entire project, from songwriting counsel to the final distribution. I enjoy every step of an artist's development, and it makes me happy to see my clients happy with their results.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 3 years of professional songwriting experience, 10 years of working in the music production industry & 5 years of professional recording experience. I have been a performing musician for over 14 years. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music (BAS - Music Production) and I have an extensive catalog of songs that prove my work ethic to my clients.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If you are looking for collaboration on track creation, obviously I start by asking what you are looking for and create a couple tracks tailored to your specific wants. If you are sending me tracks for mastering/mixing, I will start by comping any of your vocals or instruments I hear that are off tempo. I have extensive training via my work at Evenbreak Studios on how to identify off tempo recordings and how to properly align the recordings with minimal warping. Second, I will compress the tracks, add reverb and any effects I feel will give the track more space; with your approval of course. Thirdly, I stem out the track, bring into another session and chop/raise the overall levels of the track via mastering programs. This way I can create tighter, thicker and wide tracks without the clutter of the original session. After that, it's cut, print and Bam, you have yourself a hit song!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have as listed below: - 1 AKAI MPK249 - 1 Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface - 1 Beyerdynamics DT 770 Pro Headphones - 2 KRK Rokit G3 - 1 Gibson SG Electric Guitar This is constantly updated so don't hesitate to ask if I can do this or that, I can either find a way or purchase it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Scott Storch, Murda Beats, Rick Rubin & Diplo are some of my inspirations in production
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce high quality tracks for artists who predominantly want pop & hip hop music, but I have also worked with clients in other genres.