How did you get started? Tell us your story!
I started making producing in my free time when I was 13, my mom bought me FL9 and an MPK for my birthday that year. I had no real idea what I was doing; I just knew I wanted to be the guy that makes beats for all the popular artists. Born in Cleveland, OH, I grew up on Rap and RnB music. My older sister used to listen to a lot of rap music (TI, Jeezy, Wayne, Jay Z); those were the first artists I was introduced to. I started making music because it was fun for me and my friends to do; I started in 08'-09' but I wasn't doing it heavily at all; it was just something fun to do as a young teenager. I took it more seriously when I reached college and went to school for engineering. I took engineering seriously right away and then took production more seriously when I moved to ATL in 2017. So far, my favorite moment in my career was when I was able to quit my normal job and do music full time back in March of 2018, I believe.
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.)?
Yeah, I have a four-year degree in audio engineering from Ohio University. I learned most of my engineering skills from interning at Blue Room Studios and the community college (Tri-C) that I attended for Recording Art & Technology. For me, the best way to learn is hands-on with a professional so interning was very helpful because I could ask as many questions as possible about production and engineering then go home and practice. YouTube was helpful for production. I got way better as a producer because of the wide community on there.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I've engineered for a bunch of people: NLE Choppa, Rahli, Omeretta, YFN Lucci, 4PF, Lil Keed, 22Gz, Bandhunta Izzy, Dreezy, Sean Garrett, BlocBoy JB, BlackBear, to name a few.
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?
Diddy and Pharrell have always been my biggest influences. I like the way they're able to push artists to get the most out of them. Both great producers, Diddy's a great businessman and Pharrell is an amazing artist. Currently, my playlist is Still Big Rallo From Lorna - Rahli, Slim & B - Chris Brown and Thug, KIKI - Kiana Lede, Everything for Sale - Boogie Young & Turnt 2 - 42 Doug.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Learning how to network in this field.
How would you describe your sound and style?
What are some of your goals this year?
Engineering plaque, and a few production placements.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
J. Cole, MixedbyAli, TM88.
What is your creative process like?
What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)
10-piece lemon pepper dry (been in ATL too long, haha).