What was the inspiration for The Beat Tape?
The Beat Tape is a selection of beats that I made up until I uploaded the Beat Tape. So there was never really an inspiration behind it. I came up with a beat tape when I downloaded the DJ Khalil GTA: Chinatown Wars beat tape. That was the first time I was introduced to a ‘beat tape’. I had uploaded some beats on YouTube before the Beat Tape, but it wasn’t really working the way I wanted it to. So I needed something different.
The Beat Tape is not a concept EP or something like that. It’s more like ‘The Best Of So Far’. I’ve been busy making new beats and changing older beats for artists / possible buyers who reached out to me after hearing the Beat Tape. So I have some collabo’s coming up, and I recently finished another solo project. It’s called "Wale + N*E*R*D – More About NOTHING’’. I got hold of the acapellas from Wale’s latest mixtape. And I made beats sampling tracks from the ‘Nothing’ album by N*E*R*D and put those Wale acapellas on top of it. You can listen to it on my Bandcamp page.
Have the social networks made it easier for fans and listeners to access your music?
Yes, without the social networks I would have had zero listeners. I’m kind of on the down low about me making beats. Besides in my circle of friends, I’m not really known as ‘that beat guy’. So the internet is my only door to listeners. I’m 17 years old so I just started making beats really seriously for a short time now. I’m all in when it comes to making beats right now, so now I want people to hear my music. Before my Beat Tape started to get some attention, I wasn’t really sure about my abilities. Like, do people like my beats, are they good enough? But when rappers started to approach me online, I got some confirmation. So I’m not really hesitant about my abilities anymore. I know I just started and need to grow more. But because of the online feedback I now know that some people like the stuff I make and I that gives me confidence and energy to keep working.
What are your short term and long term goals with music?
My short-term goal is to create a little buzz. I hope my production on my upcoming collaborations and my latest ‘Wale + N*E*R*D’ project will do that. I’m doing with the rapper Sinatra Royale from Virginia (USA). I’m producing the whole project and I’m very excited about how it’s turning out until now.
I don’t know if I have a long-term goal in making music. What I do now is more like a hobby to me, I’m not ready to fully focus on one thing yet. I need to figure out what I want to do first. And if that’s making music, than I’m going to work hard on that. But for right now, I’m just getting started so I don’t know if I have a future in making music.
Who is your favourite beat maker and why?
That’s a hard question because there are so many great beat makers. Like DJ Khalil, Hi-Tek, Jake One and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League to name a few. I guess I’ll have to say Kanye West. I chose him because he switches the style up every album. His sound is always evolving. First the high-pitched soul samples, then the heavy synths. Then came the 808 period, the singing was not really his thing, but the beats were still hot. And the beats on his latest album are again fucking ridiculous. Plus the production he did for other artist are no different. The ‘Be’, ‘Finding Forever’ and ‘Blueprint 3’ beats... I also picked him because I know his work best. I got a lot more tracks produced by Kanye West than any other producer.
I would also like to point out some major beat makers from The Netherlands. Definitely check out FS Green, Big2 and Reverse. These are just links to a random track they produced.
What do you feel is your strength as a beat maker and what separates you from the other beat makers that are out?
As I said before, I’m just getting started making beats. So I’m making tons of beats to practice and trying to grow. I’m trying to develop a sound. Because the producers I listed in the previous question all have a very specific sound. To really stand out as a beat maker, you need your own flavor. Right now I’m trying to develop that flavor. And the only way that is going to happen is by me making a lot of beats. But I don’t want to become a one trick pony. I’m going to keep switching the style up and see what fits me best. So for now, I guess that’s my strength, I’m versatile.
Where do you reside and have you collaborated with artists outside your region?
I live in Haarlem, it’s a city near Amsterdam. I’m currently collaborating with a couple of different artists, but all foreign. I haven’t collaborated with any artists from my region yet, but I have a couple of friends that play some instruments. So I’m maybe going to record some live instruments to use in my beats. But all of my contacts were through the internet, I’ve been getting responses from all around the world.
Who would you like to collaborate with and why?
My favourite rapper / MC is Jay Electronica, because his raps are so intelligent and deep. But I don’t think his style fits my beats. So when I have to choose someone that would fit my beats more, I would pick Wale. He’s a little bit less serious and his content is a lot lighter than Jay Electronica’s. I think Wale is more all-round with his topics. Jay Electronica has to talk about serious stuff, because that’s just his angle now. But Wale could do a song about some serious stuff, but then to a song about chillin’ with pretty girls after that. I couldn't see Jay Electronica doing something like that. And I like Wale does spoken word too, that shows me he’s more than just regular rapper.
Are you open to collaborating and if so how can the masses contact you?
Definitely! Need beats? Hit me up: firstname.lastname@example.org. I can send some of my beats over, see if you like any. Don’t like them? I’ll just send over some more. Or I could make something custom, we’ll discuss the sound you’re looking for. I’m definitely open for collaboration.