Age: I’m 23.
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Where are you from? I’m born and raised in DC but currently reside in PG County Maryland. I’m always back and forth between DC and Maryland.
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Spotlight Track:

“One of many instrumentals that was hard to make. Had to turn a loop that was only 20 seconds and turn it into an instrumental. Lots of chopping in sequence as well as dubbing some areas to make the instrumental complete. Very proud of how that beat turned out.”
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When and how did you start making music?  Do you have any classical training or self-taught
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I started producing around 2012 but always played an instrument until finding out how to produce on Pro Tools. When I tell artists or other producers that I make all of my beats on Pro Tools, they always give me a crazy look which makes laugh because Pro Tools is mostly used for mixing and mastering. Na. I just stick to what Im mostly comfortable which is Pro Tools but who knows I might switch over to making instrumentals on hardware equipment. As far as instruments, I used to play the drums back in middle school and high school and played the bass in middle school. Always loved low end sounds of instruments due to the fact that it brings me into an aesthetic mood whenever I hear a certain frequency part in music whether its from 90 hertz to 60. For producing, I was always self taught. No one really showed me how to produce, but once you’ve learn the technical engineering part of music (which I’ve been taught upon), everything works hand in hand. Its all about timing which is used in everyday situation lol.
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What does your creative process look like?
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The creative process is whatever mood I’m in basically. I always feel like a new man every time I make sumn lol. If I feel like shit or in a bad mood I make some grimey ass shit. If I’m chill (which is most of the time), I just make some chill instrumentals. But sometimes it can be nerve racking whenever you’re in a bad mood and you are trying to create something. Whenever I’m feeling that way, I basically push myself through it and overcome the situation. I also try to challenge myself a bit when making beats creating weird shit that has never been heard from me but I also knowing my limits too. You really don’t want to become some standard “type beat” producer whenever you’re making sumn. Just be you in the creative process.
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Who were your biggest formative artistic influences, from artists to friends and family?
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I will say my family, Mutant Academy, and everyone that I’ve met online or in person that rap, sing, or produce have artistic influences. My family is what made me forreal tho. My mother got me into listening to Progressive Rock, Metal, and Alternative Rock which I end up choppin and flippin when it comes to makin beats . Whenever I’m hanging out with moms she’s always blastin Metallica or Linkin Park in the car or it might be Nirvana or 5 Finger Death Punch. She even put me on to Billy Idol (which I don’t fuck with that much but got a couple songs here in there) but thats where I got my Sycho side from when it comes to listening to music. My grandparents put me onto Jazz which they have tons of Vinyl and cassette tapes of Jazz. For RnB and Hip Hop/Rap I got that from my aunt. I remember her having the Wu Tang Clan’s 36th Chamber album as well as NWA’s Straight Outta Compton album and a bunch of other favorite albums I listened too. As far as Mutant Academy, they’ve always push my artistic side a lot especially Henny L.O and Fly Anakin. Sometimes I make tracks for other people and they just stumble across the track and be like “yo, let me get sumn like that but even better,” which challenges me to make something even better. Even when I listen to homies tracks from Mutant Academy and other people I just be like “damn, this shit is tuff. I got to push myself harder ” which challenges my creative process and influences me more.
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Spotlight Track:

“Really fun and soulful track I chopped up. Really dont tend to lean on soul samples because sometimes it can be redundant. But overall I had fun with this instrumental.”
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Who are some current producers you admire?
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Some of the current producers I admire is any small and up n coming producer that’s rising. Seeing someone as a producer or artist that you know rise is always cool and admiring at best. You also get to look at what they’ve done to get to this point in time and how did they do it which is cool to see the blue print once in awhile. But you can do anything in this world through perseverance and just maintaining your peace of mind. Some people lose their peace of mind and start to fall out with other artist and/or producers. Trust me, it’s hard trying to control yourself. I done lost my mind myself most times but I always strive through it. Without peace, that can become your downfall at best.
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In your own words, what is Mutant Academy, and how did you get involved?
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I always view Mutant Academy as a brand/label and a way of life more than just a group. Whenever you hear “Mutant Shit Niggah” you already know what time it is lol! Everyone in Mutant Academy always strive to be great and change shit up. I know everyone goes through tough times within the group, but we always try to see the positives in everything which is inspiring. I got involved by Henny L.O along with the rest of the Mutants at that time. Henny is like my brother along with the rest of my Mutants. I met Henny through college and once we started working on tracks, everything clicked from there. I also mix/master songs within Mutant Academy but we got more engineers with BIg Kahuna OG, BSTFRND, and Henny who mixes as well for Mutant Academy. All of Mutant Academy are the homies/fam on the real. I really don’t ride niggas coat tails/waves or just follow the leader, I tend to work with myself more often than others to be honest. But when I do work with any artist in the Mutant Academy, I always give it 110% every time. When I’m grindin for myself its always Mutant Academy at the end of the day.
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Where do you think your sound fits into today’s more trap-dominated scene?
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I feel like my music fits in with the underground scene more than anything. My more modern progressive rock sampled based music fits in with Horrocore Rap in my opinion especially with the beats I’ve sent to other people. Really be bringing the demons out of niggas forreal lmao. I’m also versatile when it comes to making beats because I also make 808s and a lil bit of soul here and there. I feel like the 808s can go from Cloud Trap to Underground Trap as well. I always crave for dark sounds but been switching up to melodic abstract tones as well. I just hate sitting and making beats for one genre lol.
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Spotlight Track:

“Love the loop that I’ve created and what brought the whole instrumental into a full turnaround was the Action Bronson freestyle. I really hate posting loops without vocals due to the fact that it kind of gets boring listening to the same part without a switchup for a whole minute. Love to hear someone else on this track forreal.”

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Your newest album, F1 Pirellis, has a really warm, I’d say nostalgic feel to it.  It seems like a noticeably different vibe from some of your earlier projects.  Is this a direction you’re going in consciously, and if so what’s the thought process behind that?
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F1 Pirellis was basically a sequel to Sunset Drive that I dropped a year ago. For F1 Pirellis, I wanted to challenge myself and chop up different sounds or songs from unknown records and a few known. I will say it took quite awhile to find everything that I want to chop up but it was worth the time. I went from choppin up Brazilian records, Jazz Fusion records, and only one or two songs coming from the US. I try to chop up different records from out of the US region like Japan, USSR, France, etc. I don’t know, kind of weird like that lol. I will say the hardest song that I’ve made was the 68′ Firebird track because I only liked one part of the song for the record and had to use a bunch of guitar rifts to make the song more interesting than it was at first. I always try and experiment with sampling different records, but the next project that I want to drop in November or December will be a lil different. It will be somewhat of Jazz mix with Progressive Rock sampling in there but it should be interesting.
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Here’s a game you’ve probably played before.  You get sent to a deserted island and can take three albums with you.  What do you take?
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One album that I would definitely take is Curren$y and Alchemist Covert Coup album. That whole tape got me through finishing up high school and I still bump this tape regularly still. The next album I would say is Modry Efekt 33 album which is a classic to me.  Really chill and mellow Rock album right there. The third album I would have to take (which was a hard choice) is Project Pat Cheeze n Dope. There were honorable mentions: Kush n Orange Juice, MadVilliany, Rubbaband Business 1&2, Nostalgic 64, Damare Shizukani, Live Love ASAP, and Deux Cents Nuits a L’here from Serge Fiori and Richard Seguin.
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Thanks for the interview
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