How did you get started? Tell us your story!
Hi, my name is John Robinson. I am a producer that goes by 1edition (first edition). I grew up in Stuart, Florida which is a small beach town halfway between Miami and Orlando. Growing up, my parents introduced me to a lot of classic rock and Michael Jackson and that was pretty much all I listened to until I got my own iPod. I put songs I found interesting on my iPod which began my introduction into rap and hip-hop.
I started making music because I realized I loved the beats behind the artist more than I liked the songs as a whole. I started making beats mid-way through 2018 just to see if I could do it and maybe make a few songs with friends. I rapidly increased my skills with the help of YouTube and very quickly was able to produce studio-quality stuff from my home. I then realized I wanted to make my own project, and after working on it for over a year, I dropped "Rookie Season" on September 5th, 2019. I am currently working on a comedy EP that should be out soon.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
Completely self-taught via YouTube.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked and collaborated with?
I have been very fortunate to have worked with some amazing artists that are my friends. My biggest achievement however is my song with LoKii AD, "Bantu," which has over 75,000 streams on all platforms combined. I have also worked with Wiill, another up and coming artist from my area, and to make a song with him when I first started, meant a lot to me.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
Biggest influences growing up are probably OutKast and Micheal Jackson. Right now my favorite artists are Denzel Curry, Tyler the Creator, and Kanye West. Those 3 artists are so unique with their sound it inspires me to want to create. I also have been listening to TMG a lot who is one of the main inspirations for my next project.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Just meeting new artists and staying creative, but I think the 808 Wave has honestly really helped with that, so I don't see it as a big obstacle anymore.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I can pretty much make any style of hip-hop/trap type beats even some pop style songs. I'm working to be able to make any type of sound so I won't have a particular style.
What are some of your goals this year?
Just to release my comedy EP, with COVID this will probably get delayed till the start of next year, but I'm not too worried.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
My dream would be to work with the artists I mentioned before, but I would also love to work with Kenny Beats, to pick his brain and watch his creative process.
What is your creative process like?
My process is very mood dependent, I'll usually hear something I like and then become inspired to work. Sometimes I'll make 20 beats after that, sometimes just one. One thing I keep in mind is to save everything and keep everything very organized so that way I'm never losing sounds, and I more or less know where everything is.
What is your favorite go-to order?
Salmon Sushi Rolls, I'll get like 4 or 5 orders and a bowl of fried rice...maybe some hibachi chicken as well if I'm really hungry.