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Respect the Producer Interview with PopeBeats @popebeatsc

Amanda Giordano

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Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (

What is your Producer name?


How did you get your name?

My friends call me Pop which is short for my last name Popov; In Serbian Pop means Pope, so that’s how my name “Popebeats” came to be.

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How did you get into Producing?

It all actually happened very spontaneously. While I was hanging out with my longtime friends, like usual, we were freestyle rapping for fun. Then, an idea popped into our heads: why wouldn’t we try this for real? My friends wanted to be rappers and I figured I could be the one who made the beats. Despite the fact that I had no knowledge about music production, surprisingly enough it motivated me, even more, to give it a try. I went home that night, installed FL and it was love at first sight

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

In addition to spending countless hours experimenting on the FL studio, I improved my skills by exploring and watching tutorials about everything that I aspired to learn.

What did your first set up look like?

Just my PC, my headphones and FL studio.

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What does your current set up look like?

Aside from new VSTs I bought, my setup is pretty much the same as when I first got started. My creativity has drastically evolved while my tools have pretty much remained the same.

How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

There's no real special back story behind my Artist name. It's a play on my last name and what I love to do which is to make beats.

If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

It would have to be Mac Miller, without a doubt, he was and still is my biggest inspiration. Young Lean or Travis Scott would most definitely be my second choice, I really appreciate how creative and authentic they are. I believe that with each and every one of them, I can create an ‘out of this world’ banger.

What is your goal when you create?

When I create, I aspire to make use of every idea that pops into my head. When I’m feeling inspired, I make sure not to waste any second of it, and to continue working until I feel satisfied with the outcome.

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What's your go-to song right now?

Sold out dates by Lil Baby x Gunna.

What is your dream as a Producer?

As for, generally in life, and in producing, my motto is to keep working on myself, and improving myself in every way possible. In the long run, my dream is to get to the point in my career where I can collaborate with well-known, acclaimed artists, and that one day, “Popebeats” appears on the Top 10 billboard charts.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

In my opinion, the key to success is working hard and staying focused. As long as this is actually your dream, you shouldn’t even consider it as work, but rather as pleasure. Never mind what anyone has negative to say about you or your work, as long as you stay focused on what you dream and believe in, they won’t distract you. It is useful to consider criticism, but only if it’s constructive. It will get tough, but don’t let that bring you down, just keep your head held high, and keep striving.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Youtube channel:






by Dave Noodlez

3 years ago during the month of February I wrote a blog discussing how difficult it was to run Stereotype Co out of my parents basement. As much of a blessing it was, it was difficult to level up in certain ways.

Not too much long after my good friend Christian from Projectivity told me he found us a space to rent. I jumped at the opportunity.

For the last 3 years we have been at 51 Broad St. It has been an absolute blessing being able to have meetings, create and throw events.

Things change over time and it eventually got to the point of us having to pack up and go. All our businesses grew including the organization we were renting the office from. It was just time.

Tomorrow we celebrate the Project Lab Grand Re-Opening1953 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY.

11 years ago I said Don’t Stop Dreaming with my brother Danny Nudelman and Paul Marz on stage. So much has happened since.

Grateful for all the support we received that has got us to this point.

Some things change but having dreams always stayed the same.

Hope you can stop by the Open House and see Project Lab tomorrow.

Respect the Shooter Interview with Jeff Reyes @j.reys_

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into photography/videography?

I started as a film major in college and I wasn’t as a video editor that was when I picked the camera and starting shootings stills and since then I fell in love with photography

What did you first use to take photos?

When I started shooting photos, I was shooting with a sony a5000

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I went to Palomar community college for a year, I have training Premier Pro and I self taught myself Lightroom.


Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

Within the photography Community my nickname is jefe, I got that name from another photography and since then it stuck

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

If I could take photos of three people it would have to be @bbtwee I love her style, I would also love to shoot @smino he's one of my favorite rappers and his style is also super rad. Lastly I'd shoot with @heidiiijane I love the vintage style she has and all her photos are killer.

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

It would have have to be JFK, I would love to shoot Elvis Presley his hair is just amazing, Lastly I would of loved to shoot with my favorite wwe wrestler Eddie Guerrero

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

1. Seoul, Korea

2. Tokyo, Japan

3. Kahului, Maui

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal when shooting is to be able to capture the emotion and have the viewer feel that emotion when looking at it.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I usually listen to Lofi Hip Hop, Or ill slap on some Smino or Isaiah Rashad


What's your favorite app on your phone?

Instagram is where I share my photos and what I use as my portfolio

What is your dream as a photographer?

To shoot for brands

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Don’t even think about it, just grab a camera and start shooting. the point is to START, photography/videography is a skill that is always improving so there is no need to be afraid.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)