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Music Producer Siba Giba

Siba Giba – LA Vive Productions

Before I became a beat maker and a music producer, I was a music enthusiast first. Growing up in a Bronx apartment with 4 siblings, a mother and a father that constantly played music a high volumes on the weekend. I can remember the feeling that I got when I listened to certain songs that my father would play on his record player, which he forbade us children never to touch. In my apartment, you would be listening to any genre of music and any popular artist or music group. I might come home from school and my father might be playing Jimmy Castor, or maybe Queen, he might even throw on some Frank Sinatra, and then some Kool & The Gang. After my father and mother separated, The loud music came to minimal decrease, but my father left behind his record collection, which I’d sought threw as a young teenager, looking for music to sample on my Casio SK-5 Keyboard. In my teenage years, hip-hop became my passion. I knew that I wanted to be apart of the culture in every way. b-boy, mc, dj, whatever it was, I was ready for it. As I became an adult, my views and opinions when talking about music had changed drastically. I know longer had that same feeling that I’ve felt all my young life. What happened to the feelings? Did radio or video change how I felt about music? Or, was it that I was just tired of artist putting out microwave music? Or was it all of the above? Only in my most recent years has my feelings for music been somewhat restored. I began putting out my own music and promoting it independently and started for music lovers, but mostly for the music producers and aspiring beat makers worldwide. This is how I was able to connect with music producers worldwide that work with talented artist around the world that I might have overlooked if it wasn’t for the internet. THIS STORY BRINGS ME TO the NEXT Producer to shine the spotlight on. His name is Siba Giba, music producer, mc, label owner, and one 3rd member of “Get Open” a rap group based in New York City. Siba Giba has worked with a lot of notable artist and his beat making skills vary from dope to classically dope!!! Siba Giba is our next interviewee and our most recent producer to share the spotlight. Read his entire interview below.




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

Siba: My name is SibaGiba and I’m originally from France but live in Brooklyn for more than 20 years.

 Inst: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing? 

Siba: I’ve worked with Daddy-O (Stetsasonic), Sadat X (Brand Nubians), IAM & Faf LaRage (Marseille), Vinia Mojica, Freestyle Fellowship, Produced 2 tracks for Evelast’s  triple platinum & grammy nominated LP, “Whitey Ford Sings The Blues”. And with my Hip-Hop group Get Open.

Siba Giba and His Members of Get Open

Siba Giba and His Members of Get Open

Inst: How did you get started beatmaking-producing?

Siba: I started making beats in 1990 back in France. As I’m originally a drummer since the age of 3 years old, so making beats on a drum machine was almost a natural progression. But my first track, I sampled “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder.


Inst: Of all of the artist that you’ve worked with, do you have a favorite artist that you work well with? 

Siba: Yes, I worked with Sadat X on a couple of occasions and an easy cat to work with. Easy going and always prepared.

 Inst: What equipment and or software are you using? 

Siba: Protools, Started with Akai s950, then Akai 6000 then moved to MPC 2000, MPC 500 and now MPC Element.


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

Siba: I do both. But sampling is my favorite way to create.

Inst: Has anybody influenced your style?

Siba: The Bomb Squad (P.E.), Marley Marl, DJ Premier, A Tribe Called Quest.


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

Siba: I’ll always make beats ‘til I reach the grave.

Inst: Do you feel that there is a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?

Siba: Absolutely, the word producer has been misused in Hip-Hop.

There is a difference, a producer doesn’t automatically touch or program any machines although he can, a producer advises, suggests and make decisions on sound, musicians to use, style to approach and direction.

A beatmaker makes tracks and that’s pretty much it.

 Inst: Do you have any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?

Siba: I work with kids for the past 4 years and I always tell them be Original, think outside the box, that’s how you create your own sound. You can copy to practice but you must be unique to be noticed.

I also advise all beat makers to use sampled drums which are much warmer in sound than any sound bank you can find online or in stores.

Sample is the key to Hip-Hop production, less these days but it will always be the basis of the music. That’s what made and makes Hip-Hop unique.


Inst: Where can we hear your work?

Siba: You can hear my track for Everlast here:

Track with VonMeista ft. Sadat X new project with Get Open (Free Album):

Some beats right here:




20130324-212908.jpgBronze Nazareth is a beatmaker-producer and lyricist who has strong ties with the Wu-Tang Clan and affiliate members. His body of work can be heard on various Wu projects from RZA, Raekwon, GZA, etc. Bronze is a master of sample flips and beat illusion meaning, just when you think that the beat is going one way, it actually switches and goes another route. Beatmakers-Producers and Music Lovers, without further due, I present to you, Bronze Nazareth!

INST: Let the world know who you are and where you’re from?
BN: Many of you know me already, for those who don’t, I go by the
name of Bronze Nazareth, hailing from Westside Detroit, by way of
Gun Rule/Grand Rapids, MI. I been affiliated with Wu Tang since ’02
and also built my own platform with my Black Day In July Productions. Worked
with a lot MC’s and I’m also respected by your favorites.

INST: Who have you worked with & how long have been beat making or producing?
BN: I’ve worked with Wu Tang Clan – RZA, Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, Royce 5’9, Canibus, Immortal Technique, Copywrite, La The Darkman, Willie The Kid, Kool G Rap, Buckshot, Sean Price, Ras Kass, Roc Marciano, Planet Asia, On and on. I spilled blood on Raekwon’s ”Butter Knives”, and got current projects with Willie The Kid, and my bro Boldy James.

INST: What equipment and or software are you using?
BN: I use various means man, I play with the MP here and there, and the ASR-10 is still my favorite as far as getting that muddy sound, but alot of the time I’ll throw a sample into protools and add on from there right on that. I also use Cool Edit heavily for chopping etc. I will be getting the Maschine soon tho. definitely!

INST: What made you want to create beats?
BN: I was always into the melody of songs, so I guess innately I’m tuned into music. My father collected and played a lot of music, soul, funk, jazz, folk, so it was ingrained even more. When I started rhyming, it was over other dudes instrumentals. But eventually, in my quest to find my own music to rhyme over, I taught myself how to make beats. So really rhyming made me want to make my own beats.

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

BN: I wouldn’t say I prefer either. Live instruments are great because it becomes something that is totally yours. Also, there’s no comparison between, for example a real guitar vs. a keyboard guitar sound. With sampling, its all about your ears. Some of the melodies usually have instrument layers that even a live band can’t recreate. So to catch those small moments and make a composition out of them is what hip hop was built from. Both techniques are essential.

INST: Who influenced your style?
BN: Life. The trials. My family, Grandaddy’s jazz, my pop’s Teddy Pendergrass or Grover Washington, my mom’s Beatles. Then of course the greats – Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, who led me to listening to Prince Paul, to Marley Marl, to Premier, to RZA, but also I just feel it in my heart and soul. Something just feels good about certain sounds and they can affect emotion. So that’s why I say life.

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

BN: Producing? No, I don’t. I’m not just a producer, I’m a musician. After hip hop, I’ll probably get into another genre that fits my life and direction. The music will continue to spin for me.

INST: Is there a difference between being a producer and being a beat maker?
BN: Indeed. A beat maker just makes beats, then people rhyme on them. A producer, makes a piece of art. He molds the sound, he directs the vocalist, he glues the whole project together.

INST: Any tips, tricks, or advice that you’d like to share?
BN: Nah man, all that is out the window. If you are supposed to be doing music, you’ll know. At that point it’s up to you to be your own driving force. Even if you signed with the greatest label, they can’t do everything for you. Just make sure you walk your dogs if this is what you truly wanna jump into.

INST: Where can we hear your work?
BN: Where can we hear your work?Google me! or go on itunes, amazon,, emusic, etc etc etc….but the best way is

INST: Thanks Bronze Nazareth for doing this interview with us.

BN: Thx Much G!

Check out School For A Blindman Album By Bronze Nazareth.

Check out Butter knives By Raekwon, produced by Bronze Nazareth.

Checkout the Bronze Nazareth Produced: