Where are you from?
I’m originally from a small town called Windham located upstate New York. Now i’m currently located in Manhattan.
Oh thats whats up, Hows everyday life for you in there?
Most day’s I usually get up early and head out to work (Zumiez, gotta pay the bills somehow haha). I usually grab something to eat after and then head home to start working on some art and music. I do a lot of freelance design work on the side as well. I spend the rest of the day drawing, making beats or listening to beats.
What does being a music producer in 2017 mean to you? Any tips for aspiring beat makers out there?
Hmm, tricky question. Each individual person will have a different meaning for themselves, but to me its about being able to express ourselves in any way we want while being able to upload it within seconds to millions of people waiting to find a new artists to listen to.
Practice, practice and more practice. Nothing will make you better than spending a couple hours a day working on music in some way or form. If you aren’t feeling like producing, watch some music interviews, or maybe some music documentary about your favorite producer/ musician. If you at least somehow involving yourself in music everyday you will slowly see improvement. It also takes a longggg time to get a sound you really want, so be patient. And lastly never give up, just keep pushing on.
Listening to your music right now, I notice you like to change it up a lot but at the same time still keep a cohesive sound, what motivates you to do this?
Ever since I was a little boy, I have had such a special place in my heart for music. I always remember listening to those couple songs that really meant a lot to me, and would be able to create and emotion just from that song. Those songs were what made me want to start being a musician. One of the biggest influences in my life was discovering Daft Punk as a kid and absolutely falling in love. It was something I’ve never heard before, but was able to make me feel this emotion I have never felt before. A melodic electronic sound with funky grooviness and upbeat drums, that was my shit. To this day i’m still trying to find my own unique sound, mixing electronic, funk, ambience, hip hop and many more genres together to make my own sound. Some of my biggest inspirations now are artists like Mr. Carmack, Esta, Ta-Ku, Mura Masa, J Dilla, Najubes, Sam Gellitry, Mndsgn, Tom Misch, and so many other artists.
The first things that stood out to me about you was your art, how long have you been doing that for?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I remember. My mom always told me she would find me drawing on something, if I didn’t have a drawing pad, I would be drawing on anything I could get, and most of the time it would be our walls and floors. Into my teen years I was still passionate about art, drawing on all my tests, notebooks, homework and whatnot. Once I turned 14 or 15 I got my first Drawing Tablet for my computer, and thats when I took it to the next level. I slowly fell in love with digital work, and decided i wanted to be an illustrator of some sort. I ended up going to college for Graphic Design but ended up dropping out my second year, after realizing school was turning me away from art, and was killing my creativity. Once I stopped going, the passion slowly started coming back.
Can we see a picture of your workspace?
When you aren’t working on music or art what else do you enjoy doing on your free time?
I love to skate and snowboard depending on the season. I grew up in a small ski resort town so i’ve been snowboarding since I was a kid. Now that I live in then city, I like to visit museums, getting lost, exploring, and just hanging out in central park.
What have you been working on lately?
So right now I’m currently working on my first full length album. I was pretty close to being finished but ended up scrapping it all and starting over. I want to make sure that I absolutely love the album, and can be proud to put it out. I want it to be a game changer. So right now it looks like it might be releasing sometime this winter, maybe early spring.
To end this off, any last words you’d like to add?
I would like to give a huge shout out to NineToFive Records for helping me out for so long and being so supportive of my music. Also shoutout to all the homie over at Dream Easy Collective, go check them out because theres some talented ass kids in that group. And also shoutout to all my homies for supporting me, I love you all. Lastly shoutout the the man himself, Steezy. Thanks man for being so supportive of me and always trying to help my music and art get to as many ears and eyes as possible. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now without him.