Top 30 Hot 100 songwriter/producer 'JacQuar 937' has written & produced for an array of r&b & hip hop artists (Waka Flocka/Trey Songz "I Dont Really Care", Eric Bellinger/Fetty Wap/2Chainz "Valet"..etc) as well as himself. He recently started his record label 'Vintage Cut Music' & is looking for bright, hungry, creatives he can help out!
JacQuar has an associates degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University, has written for countless stars at just 26 yrs old, and is in now in the process of executive producing major and independent projects in a variety of genres. He's open to writing, co-writing, producing, co-producing, giving final tips, vocal arrangement suggestions and adjustments for a final mix (He does solicit mixing services). He can also get a song or hook recut by a vocalist provided and vocal arranged by him (male or female). He's open to a package deal to executive produce an entire project on special cases, email for package details. JacQuar and his team are guaranteed to make your next song a hit record!
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Interview with JacQuar 937
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Eric Bellinger "The Rebirth" album. Six songs co-written by me and a great learning experience. Trey Songz "Anticipation 2" 3 songs co-written by me including "French Kiss" also produced by me. Much more to come!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Eric Bellinger's new album, EP a few indie projects, finishing my new mixtape/EP, as well as trying to get placements on a variety of other major artists albums.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, its the era i was raised in.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Quality work with a great turnaround.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music, so its not a job.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "It's easy". Songwriters are essentially necessary to bringing out the best in those who have raw talent. There are plenty of raw talented singers/rappers who can write as well, but though The Dream will never be as complex vocally as Beyonce, he's simplicity is the perfect contrast in their recipe for magic. (i.e "1+1", "Dance 4 you", "Single Ladies")
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Whose your influences?, where are you at right now in your life with music?, what message are you trying to convey?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Simply know what you want
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: mac book pro, interface, mic, mic stand, headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started making beats in MS and rapping. Rapping turned to battle rapping and then eventually writing for others who could sing at my school. Networked a lot online and got in touch with Trey Songz camp right before the release of "Ready". I also went to Full Sail University in Orlando where I practiced and perfected my craft tirelessly. Moved to ATL to get my start with the Songbook camp with Trey and eventually got introduced to Eric Bellinger in Los Angeles. Every since i've been working hard to continue to build my resume, learn, and now build my own label.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: New Vintage R&B is probably my favorite styles. But im honestly too versatile to categorize
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Rihanna cause shes a goddess and her music keeps getting better. Anti is the vibe ive always wanted to hear from her and I'd like to provide more of that.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't stop working, but don't force it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&b,Trap. Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Very catchy and dope melodies. But i'd also call my self a wordsmith. I come from a battle rapper background so sometimes it resurfaces.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Catchiness, honesty, & flavor.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: At first listen of the beat, assuming I didn't come to the session with a concept in mind, I listen to see if a melody or concept jumps out at me. If nothing hits me concept or melody wise, I lay down a few different melodies and cadences on the fly to see what comes natural. I listen back, comp and clean up the melodies to create a flowing structure, (verse, pre hook, hook) and at that point I find the concept and words that fit the song best.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Kaotica eyeball microphone with Pro Tools/Logic. Also have various studios I work at.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Static Major, The Dream, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, & many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I song write, produce, vocal arrange, and edit music.