How did you get started? Tell us your story!
My name is EsAyeV. I’m a music producer/mixing engineer out of Columbus, OH. I started making music back in 2014 at the end of my sophomore year in high school. I started making music because school just wasn’t for me and I knew at the time I didn’t have a future in school. So I got into music since I didn’t have to have a degree or anything for school to get into the industry since school just wasn’t for me. I remember I was in summer school and my grades were really messed up so I knew I might not graduate and even if I did I wasn’t going to college or anything so I chose to make music since I always loved music.
I chose to make beats because I felt like everybody was trying to rap at the time so I still wanted to do something different. I didn’t know anybody personally that made beats so it was just all brand new to me. I use to play games and stuff when I was younger and it just gave me the same little feeling but I was being productive with my time so I fell in love with it quick. I took it seriously from the jump because I knew it was all I had to be successful.
I started watching YouTube videos after school on how to make beats and I even used to watch some videos in summer school because once I got into it I didn’t really care for school anymore; all I focused on was music. Once I figured out how to make my first beat, it took me a couple months to be able to make more than two a day. After I got a little good at it, I started to just dedicate all of my time during the day making beats. I learned how to engineer along the way since I still did not know anyone personally that made beats or engineered to show me the way.
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.)?
I got a little tad bit of experience in the industry. I only got a couple placements but nothing crazy yet. I didn’t go to school to learn because I knew that school was too behind so I knew they weren’t going to teach me what I wanted to know. I am a hands-on type of learner so I knew a classroom wasn’t going to help so I just stuck with YouTube.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I only have a couple of credits like my first one was with "Katie Got Bandz" and then I had a NBC placement to make a beat for the news channel but the paperwork was not right so I had turned it down. Then I got another one with "Sada Baby" and some more placements on the way. I try to just work with people that’s on my team because I don’t really mess with people cause I’m not really a people person at all. I worked with majority of the producers in my city I mess with all of em but mainly I work with my cousin "Semi On Em." He’s great, y’all gone hear about him soon as well "Moneybeats," "YoungDoe," "TuneSquad," "KaedoeRed," "Mann2x," and "SeanDon."
I mess with the majority of the producers and we all try to keep a good relationship with each other. When it comes to the artist, I’m very picky; that is what is different about me; I only work with who I want. I don’t care who you are, I won’t work with you if your music sucks to me or if I feel like your vibe isn’t right. The main artist I work with is "SB Rich Noonie;" that’s like my brother. I’m with him right or wrong; that’s who I came up with. Then "Major Zoe;" that’s like my brother too. I’m with him right or wrong too and then another artist I just started working with in the past year "Honey P" she’s dope too. Those 3 artists are the only artists I choose to mainly work with.
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?
My biggest influences growing up is Metro, Sonny Digital, Young Chop, Southside, Nard&B, and Zaytoven. They are mine because I’m a young kid and I don’t really mess with all that boom pap old head stuffl; that isn’t for me. I’m too young for that; I like music that just musically sounds good. Now I listen to more of like Pyrex Whippa, Jetsonmadeit, Metro, Southside and Neeko Baby too. His melodies are fire; he isn't too big yet as a producer but he’s doing big things behind the scenes. Artist-wise, I like mainly quality music so I don’t really care if it’s street pop whatever still none of the weird stuff. Now besides the artist, I mainly make music with I listen to a lot of Roddy Ricch, Youngboy Never Broke Again, Trippie Redd, Future, Lil Durk and Young Thug. I like a lot of melodies I feel that’s where music is going that bar for bar stuff played out. I be cool on that stuff that’s for older heads to me.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Just staying patient because I know my time is coming just have to keep working hard.
How would you describe your sound and style?
My style is definitely melodic but don’t sleep on it because when it comes to these beats boy I swear I’m coming with it. I’m very big on versatility I don’t want to put myself in a box I try to perfect all angles of music.
What are some of your goals this year?
My goal this year is to go platinum; I try to aim high because the sky is the limit. I try to manifest everything because I believe anything is possible my life could change in the matter of months so going platinum is very possible.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
Top 3 artist, producer, and engineers would probably be Future, Cole Bennett and Alex Tumay; those 3 are all goats to me.
What is your creative process like?
I don’t like to force anything I like to go with the flow. I just get on FL Studio and try to make a crazy melody or sample and just add some hard drums to it.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Wings and Fries or just some type of chicken. In general, I be cool on red meat that messes me up.