12 September 2009
Week of Mydus: Mydus - Interview
Midas was a mythical Greek king who had the ability to turn things into gold, with the touch of his fingers. Mydus, a Miami based beatmaker, applies the Midas touch to beatmaking thus creating an ultimate backdrop for a hip hop artist. Mydus is a person who manages to stay afloat in an industry that is dominated by the emcee or rapper. Mydus draws his inspiration from being undervalued as a beatmaker.
First and foremost introduce yourself to the masses.
What's shaking y'all. I go by Mydus and I'm a producer coming out of Miami Fl.
We are all influenced by people in life regardless of there profession. Who influenced you to make beats and what age did you start producing?
I've been producing for roughly 4 years now. I first tried my hand at producing when I was 14 through my best friend's older brother, who at the time was already a recording artist and began producing for himself. I was always into music before I met him and actually wanted to begin doing something involved with Hip Hop. But for the most part, Nas' 'Illmatic' and A Tribe Called Quest's 'The Low End Theory' were really the first albums that molded me into making the decision to be involved in this music. One day, I just asked the dude if he can hook me up with some programs and from there I just grew.
Some people are real secretive when it comes to describing what they use to make beats. Are you a hardware or a software guy?
When I started I was only able to get programs from friends since I really couldn't afford hardware. Around the time of my first release (My rendition of AZ's A.W.O.L.) I was making some money and actually bought my first MPC. The 2000XL. I stayed with that for awhile but then transitioned back to software recently. It just makes the whole process from pre to post production a lot faster and easier in my opinion.
Describe your mind state when you are crafting a beat. What is your ritual and does it vary depending on the project?
If I'm the mood to just bang out some beats, it usually starts whenever I come back home from digging with the back seat full of records. I'll sit down in the lab with the records spinning for some hours until a piece grabs my attention. From there the idea sparks and I lay something down and build on it. On the other hand, with projects like 'The Passion' with Mally, I took a more broader view and aim when digging to create a sound. We would discuss how we wanted the album to flow in terms of bounce, vibes and sounds and begin digging until I find what we're looking for.
I have also noticed that you have released a lot of instrumental projects in the past as well as remix albums. What inspires you to continue to put out material?
The response I get from the people who check out the material and the feedback I get from producers I actually look up to. I remember getting a comment from Large Professor complimenting me on my beats when I first started and BuckWild sending me a message through myspace about my beats. With that I just figured I wasn't doing anything wrong so I just continued to put out as much material as possible and hopefully land somewhere..
How has your sound changed from the past?
Looking back it now, when I first started making music, I was just making beats to make beats with no concept or ideas to them. With time I began studying tracks and teaching myself how to actually develop songs with the beats to make some dope material. I guess you can say I transitioned from being a beatmaker to an actual producer.
You also hail from Miami, Florida and Miami is known for its vibrant music scene. Do you believe that your surroundings or upbringing had an effect on your craft?
Yes and no. As you can probably tell, my music doesn't really reflect whats coming out of Miami on a mainstream level. But where I live does play a part in the vibes I like to give off in my music.
You have are also known for your remix albums (AZ and Jay-Z). What inspired you to remix albums by those talented artists?
Basically wack producers getting shine from their remixes. I said 'why not' and remixed them myself. It turned out pretty good.
You have been busy lately, churning out beats for Mally, 810, Black Sunn, and working on collaborative instrumental albums with Varan. Do you feel that you are under appreciated? and what will you do to make a name for yourself in this business?
Def. I'd be lying to you if I said I was just making this music to keep it to myself and not try to make my mark on the scene. In due time, I'm hoping people will eventually catch on to what I'm doing and pay more attention. But as of now, I really can't complain. I'm just gonna continue to do my best in whatever I'm involved in.
Describe the collaboration with Varan, What inspired the VanDus instrumental tape and how long did it take to complete?
Varan and I have always had a connection since I started putting out music. It started as me reaching out to him for graphics and it turned into me getting wisdom from him on the production side of things. One day we were just building on some music and it occurred to both us that we really never put out any material with each other. From there we gathered some ideas together and the first VanDus EP was born.
Do you ever get the urge to rhyme over your own beats or rhyme in general?
Nah, I can't really see myself getting on the mic anytime soon but you never know....you might just get a track in your inbox with a 'Ft. Mydus' on the title (laughs). But till then, I'll stay in my own lane for the time being.
If you could pick any artist or group to work with right now, who would it be?
That's a hard one. I'd have to say Nas and Elzhi from Slum Village. Nas for obvious reasons and Elzhi because I've never really heard anything wack come from him. One day....
What do you have planned for the listeners in the future?
If all goes well, you will hear a lot more songs and beats produced by Mydus above and below the mainstream line. Everyone will be in for a treat with more placements and collabs coming soon. I promise that.
What are some of your goals and aspirations outside of the music realm?
Eventually somewhere along the line I want to be regarded as one of the best to ever to do it. As Cliché as that sounds nowadays, its just the truth.
Is there anything else you want that you want to contribute
Yea, to all your aspiring artists, please treat your producers like they're your wives. Respect them because at the end of the day they provide the backbone to your projects. No one is gonna buy an acapella album from you. Bottom Line. Big thanks to Praverb for hooking it up with a dope interview and shouts to 810, The Black Sunn, Varan, Mally, Sincere and a hell of a lot more people.
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