Posts Tagged ‘Beat-Maker’

20130310-223226.jpg Van Ark is a B.M.P (Beat Maker-Producer) who has a wide range of   styles that will satisfy your listening pleasure. His musical ability to play live instruments and sample from the dustiest of crates are far beyond your imagination. Van’s knowledge of music will make you feel like a student in music class, taking notes in preparation for a pop quiz. Beatmakers-Producers and music lovers, meet Van Ark.
INST: Let the world know who you are and where you’re from?
VA: My name is Van Ark Producer/Musician/Music Artist from Richmond,Virginia
INST: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing?
VA: I started playing trumpet in a band when I was in middle school then started making pause beat tapes during high school. Soon after, I got into making beats on various drum machines and old keyboards and went on from there. In total; I’ve been producing for 13 years and ended up working with artists such as Baatin from Slum Village, Leaf Erikson, Shuanise, and I have also done remixes for the band No Bs! Brass.
INST: What equipment and or software are you using?
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VA: Well as far as equipment, I’m mostly into hardware and live instruments
such as, Ludwig Drum set, Yamaha Electric Guitar, Bongos, Various Percussion Instruments, Cassette Recorder, The Roland Spds, 1978 Roland Vk-09 Organ/Synth, Boss SP-505, The korg Monotron analog synth, The Microkorg, Emu XL7, numark portable turntable, vinyl and as far as software i just use protools to record and mix in…lol thats alot but i make everything from Experimental music, Jazz, to Hip-Hop and Folk Rock so everything I metioned is utilized according to how I sculpt a live composition, performance, or beat. .
INST: What made you want to create beats?
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VA: When I first started; I was influenced by producers and artists, such as Stereolab, Weather Report, Prince, Bjork, Large Professor, Rza, Madlib and early Slum Village. Listening to them trained my ear as a composer, musician and a beatmaker for me to understand different ways and approaches of making music.
INST: Do you use or prefer sampling over playing live instruments?

20130310-223729.jpg VA: I would say it depends on what mood musically I’m into, so sometimes I might want to do a one man band performance and play every instrument live, or just pull out the sp-505, some vinyl, chop up some samples and make a beat so i would say it’s 50/50

INST: Who would you say has influenced your style?
VA: Some of the artists that influenced my style is Sun Ra, Raymond Scott, Suzanne Ciani, Early Kraftwerk (70-73) J-Dilla, David Axelrod, Coldcut, Pete Rock, Prince, Stereolab, Chick Corea it’s so many to name.
INST: Do you ever see yourself quitting or retiring from beat making?
VA: I don’t see myself retiring from making music because it’s my meditation and creative expression in the form of sound design.
INST: Is there a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?
VA: I think it’s a difference because as a beatmaker you are just taking pieces of sound and putting it together as a collage of sound for a track as opposed to a producer who can operate as a musician, the person that sculpts the overall concept of the album, song and or compose the entire soundscape of the sonic plate.
INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?
VA: I would say as a beatmaker and/or producer get into listening to different styles of music and expand into playing instruments because it will broaden your horizons that will make you more versatile into various settings of musical enviroments such as working with bands, singers and artist from all genres…
INST: Where can we hear your work?
VA: you can tune in to my work at my music site www.arkteknologies.wordpress.com and please feel free to subscribe!

20130226-202846.jpgSince I’ve set out on my mission to find beatmakers-producers talented enough to showcase their work, I’ve come across different types of beatmakers. Style , attitude, and personality all play a major role in beat making. Some beatmakers are unsure of their work and not cofident enough to show-off their work because of the lack of artist they’ve worked with, if they’ve worked with any at all. Other beatmakers are cocky for no good reason and some are proffessional, humble, work hard, and are very talented. For instance, Here (Hear) is an example of a talented, humble, hard working, and proffessional beatmaker. SERIOUS Beats is all of the above and most of all, his name speaks for it self (Serious). His production is off the hook and varies from genre and style plus a very clean mix down.  Serious Beats is an ULTIMATE Beatmaker to say the least. Beatmakers, Producers, and Music Lovers, meet Serious Beats

INST: Let the world know who you are and where you’re from?

SB: My name is serious beats i’m from the north side of Chicago

INST: Who have you worked with and how long have been beat making or producing?

SB: I’ve worked with several artist’s and producers local and worldwide right now my team consists of custom made and kylive beats , i’ve been making beats for about 8 to 9 years started really making beats seriously around 2005

INST: What equipment and or software are you using?

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SB: My audio interface is the mbox 3 I use midi controllers (Akai mpk 49, m audio oxygen 49) for my monitors i use Ferrari gray edition krk rokit 8’s and i also do a lot of mixing through my kns krk 8400 headphones the software i use to make beats is fl 10 and pro tools. nexus 2 and sylenth are 2 of my main vsts.

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INST: What made you want to create beats?

SB: This artist i knew around my area had a copy of fl studio 3 so he installed the program on my computer and that was really my starting point i was going to a couple studio’s and i saw the setups and process of creating beats that really pushed me to start investing in my own equipment.

INST: Do you use or prefer sampling over playing live instruments?

SB: I do a lot sampling but if i knew how to play live instruments i would definitely incorporate the 2.

INST: Has anybody influenced your style?

SB: I have a lot of influences i would say my uncle o dig was a major influence for the hip hop i grew up listening to and being around him. Video game music composers like Akira Yamaoka who produced the music for silent hill and Nobuo Uematsu who produced the music for final fantasy also hip hop producers like alchemist, just blaze, the heatmakerz, kanye west, drumma boy, dj premier, justice league, the inkredibles (lee major), the list goes on.

INST: Do you ever see yourself quitting or retiring from beat making?

SB: No. Not anytime soon i’ve decided this is what i want to do for a living. the average person retires 60 to 70 so i have a long way to go lol.

INST: Do you feel that there is a difference in the role of being a producer and being a beat maker?

SB: Definitely, the producer helps with the song writing, song structure and concepts, beat makers do exactly that make the beat.

INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?

SB: Producers, do not spam people,other producers and artist’s just make your music available and think of creative ways to draw traffic, get tags recorded and throw them over your beats and release music don’t hold your beats for ransom you want to be heard. Study mixing, if you want your drums to knock start with volume control lower instruments and samples to give your drums room.

INST: Where can we hear your work?

SB: ProdBySerious.com
SeriousBeatsTV.com
Follow @SeriousBeats

Here (Hear) is a remix I did of two legendary game changing rappers, the late Notorious Big and the late Tupac Shakur. WE all know the rap war that Big and Pac went through that lead to their tragic ending, as murder was their cause of death. My first mixtape entitled: Blend:inn (A Remixtape) is a two-part series that captures that feeling of hip-hop revived as I blend my production with old accapella songs from some of your favorite artist.

You can download a free copy of the blend:inn series at: verseall.bandcamp.com

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Legendary Producer/ Lyricist/ Recording Artist Pete Rock checking out drum machines.

As a music producer, selling beats should be you primary concern. Sitting down at your keyboard to use your reason 5.0, Fruity Loops, mpc, or pro tools is fun… But if you don’t sell those beats you can’t pay the bills and really live.

To find out how to increase beat sales visit http://www.liveoffbeats.com

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J Dilla making a beat in empty room!

“Do what you love, and love what you do!” -James Yancey aka J Dilla.

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Since the beginning of Hip-Hop, women have gotten very little credit for their roles and contributions to the art form. We often hear stories of how femcee’s have taken the backseat, in order to stroke the male ego. Although a few women in hip-hop have broken through the barriers, there are a lot more women in hip-hop who’s legacies go unnoticed. This is especially true when it comes to production. In a male dominated field of producing, women are starting to emerge and putting their stamp on hip-hop production. I caught up with PHB, cleverly known as ProducHerBeats who is a beatmaker-producer residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her resumé of artist that she has worked with is impressive and her production is full of soul, giving you that good ole boom bap feeling again.
Beatmakers, producers, and music lovers, get to know ProducHerBeats.

INST: Let the world know who you are.

PHB: I am ProducHerBeats.

INST: How long have you been beat making or producing?

PHB: I have been making beats for about 4 years now.

INST: Can you name a few artist that you have worked with in the past or currently?

PHB: I have worked with Lil Fame (MOP), Termanology , STSquad, and R.E.K.S.

INST: What equipment and or software are you using?

PHB: I use LogicPro, Fl Studios, ProTools and turntables, I am a big Fan of the Vinyl world.

INST: How did you first get started making beats?

PHB: I was out of touch with radio and t.v. for a while and when I came back from my little get away, music had changed. The big group was D4L and when I heard their song laffy taffy, I knew I could make better music. So I decided to give it a try and ProducHerBeats was created.

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INST: Do you use or prefer sampling over playing live instruments?

PHB: I prefer sampling all day. The feeling you can create out of a record that already moves you is a priceless sound if you ask me.

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INST: Who influenced your style?

PHB: Dj Premier , 9th wonder, Dj Statik Selektah, Kanye West, RJD2, and Jake One.

INST: Do you ever see yourself quitting or retiring from beat making?

PHB: Never, It’s what I was born to do! You can never give up on something that’s in your soul, it won’t let you.

INST: Is there a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?

PHB: Yes, when you’re a beat maker, all you hear is the beat. When you’re a producer, you hear the beat but can also picture an artist on it and new instrumentation to bring out the beat more. A producer can see the bigger picture.

INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?

PHB: Don’t ever stop working. There will be a lot of people with advice and opinions and you can take some of it and help make you better, and some of it will be crap. Know how to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good. People will saying things to get you down but it’s the will in the soul that will keep you going. Everyone has a story continue to build yours

INST: Where can we hear your work?

PHB: You can hear my work at: soundcloud.com/ProducHerBeats

PHB: My website will be up and running by end of this month. Which is PHBeats.com where you will be able to listen to new music as well as lease or buy songs of your choice.

PHB: I will have my first album out by June called
“We Never Heard Of You Either”
Ft by Lil Fame (MOP) Termanology,
Dj Statik Selektah, R.E.K.S. Focus Entertainment, and Lil Glen.

Thank You for the love and stay blessed

PHB

Peep PHB’s Production!