How did you get started? Tell us your story!
I go by Mr. Enok. I've been around and playing music most of my life. I was born in Montgomery, AL, and grew up with a lot of gospel, soul, and rock music. I honestly can't say WHY I started making music; it was just something I had to do. It was like breathing air. I used to do a lot of visual art and what not but I felt like with the music, you had no choice but to hear it. Whereas with painting, you have the choice of whether or not you look at it and dissect it. With music, it's in your face. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 13-14 so I started getting into music around 1995 I guess. I didn't start pursuing production though till much later, probably around 2006-2007. That's when I started to get serious. I was able to work with Bootsy Collins and many other legends around that time. They gave me that extra boost of confidence.
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.)?
So I went to school for audio engineering/production at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) after years of hitchhiking and just living. That gave me a HUGE jumpstart on my knowledge when it comes to audio engineering and whatnot. As far as the production, I'm definitely influenced by MANY factors, but ultimately it's all about finding your own sound. As far as education? I'm always open to learning; that can come from anywhere.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I've worked with Bootsy Collins, Tim Dogg, El da Sensei, Boog Brown, Rosewood, Huss the Kingpin, Mach Hommy, Big Rec, Shred The Verbal Tongue, Jawz of Life (dungeon family), and many many others.
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?
By far my biggest influence is El-p. Going back to the Company Flow days. I listen to anything that "hits" me. Currently, my go-to jams are El Michels Affair "Dhuaan", Mono/Poly, Mop Mop, Tall Black Guy, Tool and Max Romeo
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
How would you describe your sound and style?
Raw unadulterated hip-hop.
What are some of your goals this year?
I'm trying to get into music 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?
El-p, Rick Rubin, JID.
What is your creative process like?
When you feel it, put it down.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Lately? Probably Las Brasas roasted chicken. Fire.