How did you get started? Tell us everything!
8oh3 Muziq is my production name. I'd been through a few other names over the years, but this one has stuck. I'm originally from South Carolina (803 area code), I've lived in a few other states, but Atlanta has been my new home for around four years. I grew up in a household that enjoys music, so I was around music my whole life. Gospel was the primary source of music in my household, with a little 70's and earlier R&B/Soul music. I started making beats in 2003 when I was in high school. I can't remember how I found it, but somehow, I came across FL (known as Fruity Loops way back then) and would make beats nearly daily using the demo. That was a really creative time as I had to export everything the same day because you can't reopen saved projects. 2003 was also when I first posted beats online as well via SoundClick. From 2003 to about 2018 I was very off and on with music. However, I started to attend events in Atlanta and networking with other people. That's what really started growing my confidence again. Around 2018 would be when I started to take it more seriously.
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.)?
The formal training, I have is from my school years. I played trumpet from 6th - 12th grade. Although it's been many years since those days, that training had a positive impact on my ear and how to fit sounds together to work to create a cohesive sound. For keys, I am self-taught and continue to learn. YouTube is definitely a helpful tool. As of late, Melodics has been a helpful training tool also. Plus, just plain practice of scales has really helped me transpose what I hear in my head to the keys more quickly.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
No credits just yet, but I have been able to work with some very talented people through collaboration events (Thanks CollabLab [Now Creative Sessions]). Production-wise, I've collaborated with SmartBoy Beatz, Double AA, HaydenTHC, ProdbyRyanScott, Lexxiiibeatz, and quite a few others. Also, through those collaborative sessions, I've been able to work with Yuneer Gainz, Soullilly, Reese tha Writa, and others. I'm extremely thankful for these events as I always learn something, and great music is always made.
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?
Growing up Gospel, Kirk Franklin had a huge impact on the music I listened to. Rodney Jerkins, Bryan Michael Cox are two of my favorite producers. Full Moon is in my top 10 and maybe even top 5 production-wise. I enjoy the fullness of their sound. Right now, Teyana Taylor's latest project is in heavy rotation.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Confidence! Confidence is key in this industry. Without that, it's difficult to meet the people you need to and make sure they know you as well. It can be challenging to put your music out there, that you're very emotionally attached to, and have a person critique it. I'm still working on overcoming that but know it will be an important key to success overall. I used to say being a female producer was the biggest, but as the landscape continues to change and female producers are becoming less of an anomaly it's not quite as big of an optical. It still can be one though.
How would you describe your sound and style?
Typically, chill and wavy but sometimes energetic and house-y. Sometimes genre-blending.
What are some of your goals this year?
My main goal now is to work with artists and get complete songs released. Ideally, I want to be able to work closely with someone and build a sound together.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I'd love to work with Chancer Smith, Mylah, and Janiyah. Production-wise, I'd want to work with Tasha Catour.
What is your creative process like?
It's usually pretty freeform. I don't typically have the melody or track in mind before I start. Usually, I'll get inspiration from browsing sounds and usually start with chord progressions to set the tone for the track. Also 9 times out of 10, I save everything, even if I think it's trash. I've gone back to beats that are a few years old and able to bring them to life with a fresh ear.
What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)
Fries. Fries are my all-time favorite thing. The second would be pizza (double pepperoni).