How did you get started? Tell us everything!
My name is Intelleck and I'm originally from Chattanooga, TN. I grew up listening to classic hip-hop and southern rap: KRS One, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, 2pac, Too$hort, Three 6 Mafia, 8ball + MJG. If it had some dope lyrics and nice drum patterns, I liked it. Now I live in Atlanta, GA. I feel so lucky to be in the music producer Mecca.
It wasn't until 2018, when I was finally fed up with corporate America, that I knew I needed to push harder with my music. So far in the last two years, I have been laser-focused in perfecting my craft. I've networked my way up to playing beats for OG producers like Drummaboy, !llmind, and Kato the Producer. Playing some of my beats for them and getting the head nod of approval has been the highlight of my career so far. I'm establishing myself in the industry and I feel so blessed. My mission is to become the best producer I can be: a Grammy award-winning producer with my own unique sound. I'm on my Timbaland / Dr. Dre wave. My sound is a vibe and I create my own lane.
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'm a self-taught music producer. I looked into Full Sail and SAE, but I didn't have the money. I already went to college and got a degree in marketing, so I had a good idea of how to set up my own curriculum. I watched every YouTube tutorial video I could about music production. I found some dope channels - CurtissKing, BusyWorks, Seri, Ed Talenti, and Chuy Beats are the main sources I would direct everyone too. Between those guys, you will find the info you need.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I have worked with some local artists and producers. I'm still building my catalog up. I'm currently doing a 90-day challenge where I try to make 1 beat a day. I'm on day 78. It's been an excellent way for me to build my skills and build my social media engagement. engagement.
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 musical influences are Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Timbaland, and Pharrell. I always like some good speaker rattling music. I keep Key Glock, Future, Drake, and Lil Baby in rotation. Anything from TDE camp is always on my playlist too.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Trying to get into the studio and learning from the big bros of the industry. I learn best by watching and then doing. I feel like it would step my game up tremendously to be able to earn some sort of apprenticeship in the studio. The other big thing is just going through all the information that is out there and finding out what's legit and what's not. A lot of people jumped on the producer train for the clout, so you can get lead astray if you not careful. How would you describe your sound and style?
My sound is a beautiful combination of my biggest musical influences - Dr. Dre and Timbaland along with my own personal style. I make dope music. That's my style.
What are some of your goals this year?
To establish a solid relationship with an up and coming artist and get into sync licensing. Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, and Pharrell.
What is your creative process like?
I have phases. Some days I make beats every day and then I need like a weekend off to refresh my mind. When I'm feeling creative, I'm locked in though. I start with the melody 99% of the time and then move to hi-hats, snare, perc, kick, and finally 808. I build up all the elements into my chorus and then have so much fun with the arrangement.
What’s your favorite to-go order?
Hot Chicken Tender plate from Hattie B's with fries and mac & cheese.