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Respect the Producer Interview with PopeBeats @popebeatsc

Amanda Giordano

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Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

What is your Producer name?

PopeBeats

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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Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

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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Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

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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Photo credit: Robb Entertainment Corporation (robbent.com)

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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCACZzobPRiiK-9Od4KMl3Jw

Souncloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/popebeatsc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/popebeatsc/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/BeatsPope

Respect the Producer Interview with Ed Talenti

Amanda Giordano

How did you get your name?

My full name is Edoardo Talenti, shortened to Ed Talenti. It’s actually my name! 

How did you get into Producing?

Producing is, funny enough, the newest of my musical interests. I started playing drums when I was around 12 years old. At 18 I moved to LA to attend the Drum Program at Musicians Institute and I graduated two years after that. For the following two or three years I was a full-time session drummer, and during that time is when I got into producing. I discovered artists like Flying Lotus, MNDSGN and all the electronic jazz hiphop guys from LA. From there I started messing with that stuff myself and feel in love with it. So long story short, it’s been about 3 years now. 


What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I spent a LOT of time in the studio. With all said and done I still think that there’s no better way to learn something than to just do it as much as you possibly can. I’m not really the sit down and study type of person, I like to get right into it and learn from my mistakes as I go. I always try to lead with my ideas and sort of “reproduce” them in the DAW. Whenever I hit a wall with something that I can’t do yet or I don’t know how to do, I hit up YouTube and learn that skill. This way I’m able to immediately apply what I learned and solidify it, rather than learning it out of context and never really using it. 

What did your first set up look like?

Not that different than my current setup at its core. MacBook Pro, an Akai Mpk Mini and Ableton. I only mixed in headphones for the first while. 


What does your current set up look like?

MacBook Pro, Akai Mpk Mini, a combination Launchpad Pro/Push 2, Ableton Live 10 and a pair of Samson ResolvA6 monitors. I still do a lot of mixing in headphones to be honest, I use the monitors as a reference point for the most part. 


How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

Haha nothing too creative there! It’s just my actual name. 

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

If we’re talking hip hop, Travis Scott or Post Malone. I’d give anything to be in a room with J Dilla or Flying Lotus though!


What is your goal when you create?

To make something that gives me that “bass face” for as long as humanly possible. Also, to make something that I can’t get out of my head when I walk out of the studio, that’s how you know it was a good track!


What's your go-to song right now?

I’ll give you three. Inter-Are by the Mark Guiliana Quartet, Sicko Mode by Travis Scott, Camelblues by MNDSGN. 


What is your dream as a Producer?

Honestly, it's to make music for the rest of my life. The dream is to make really good money doing something that I’d be doing for free anyway.  I’m addicted to the process of creating music and this profession allows me to do that all day, everyday. Overseeing a song from a blank Ableton session to a finalised track is something I love, and I wanna do as much of that as possible. 


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

Spend all your time in the studio. If you have a 9 to 5, get into the studio as soon as you get off work. Make tons of music and don’t be afraid to put it out there. There’s never gonna be a perfect moment when you feel you’re good enough, so right now is as good a time as any. Just make tons of music and put it out. If you wanna do it as a profession also make sure to study social media marketing and basic business management, it will go a really long way if you start seeing your producing as a business right away. Pretend you wanted to open a store in your town, what would you do? Market research, product development, advertising, business accounting… This is no different! 

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

Mainly three places.

Beats and services (mixing, 1on1 sessions, collabs) are all available through edtalenti.com.

Instagram is the social media I use the most, so if you wanna ask me something or hit me up, that’s the place to do that, instagram.com/edtalenti.

My Youtube channel is where I post beats, marketing and production tutorials and things like that, youtube.com/edtalenti

Respect the Producer Interview with MP Beatz

Amanda Giordano

How did you get your name?

A good friend of mine told me it’s sounding cool. So in the first place it wasMPBeats, but it was taken, so I tookMPBeatz

How did you get into Producing?

I play piano for 15 years now and 8-9 years ago I wanna to record my own songs and arrange stuff like that. That was basically how it started.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I feel like making beats everyday definitely help me to grow my knowledge and besides that youtube tutorials about music theory and stuff like that. There is so much free content out there about how to make it…

What did your first setup look like?

I would put in a picture but don’t have any… it was a normal desk with an old computer on the table thats it.

What does your current setup look like?

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

MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!


What is your goal when you create?

My goal is to get the best sound possible to guaranty the listener the full emotional experience 

What's your go-to song right now? 

Startender - A boogie wit da Hoodie

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What is your dream as a Producer?

Scott Storch, Darkchild

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

If u really want to become a full-time producer u have to be patience. Its long way.

But all in all you can get to the point for sure. Staying focused,consitent and hard working.


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

► Facebook: https://facebook.com/mpbeatzprod

► Instagram: https://instagram.com/mp_beatz

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/mpbeatzprod

► Youtube: https://youtube.com/mpbeatzprod

► Website: https://mpbeatzshop.com

Respect The Producer Interview with Yael Bermudez

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into Producing?
I was in an orchestra in middle school where every student had to learn an instrument and be a part of the school orchestra. All of my friends played percussion, so I naturally gravitated towards the percussion section. I already knew how to play congas, but over the years I became one of the drummers who played the drum set. This is the point of my life where I developed a love and passion for playing and creating music. Fast forward to high school where I took a music production 101 course and we started off using Reason, a DAW where you can produce music using your midi keyboard. This was in sophomore year and I became so curious about this specialized art that I asked if I could major in this when I started applying for colleges. The answer was yes, and all I did was apply to colleges who had Music Production or Audio Engineering as a major. Ever since sophomore year of high school, I’ve been creating beats and songs from my laptop and sharing it online.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
Aside from going to a four-year university where I was taught in an academic setting the ins and outs of audio engineering, how to navigate pro tools and logic, and learning to record live instruments, YouTube has been a huge resource in my search for trying to find new ways to approach music production. I look up videos of all of my favorite producers and study what they do to each song they do, I look up new and creative ways to use VST instruments I already own, and lastly I search for new music and really listen to how the song was crafted and mixed to create a certain feeling.

What did your first set up look like?

My first set-up was literally a beats audio laptop from HP that I won from a writing contest in high school and a portable midi keyboard from Akai that I could take with me anywhere I went. At the time I was producing on Reason because that was the DAW I was most familiar with and knew pretty well.

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What does your current set up look like?
My current set-up is now a gamer laptop from ASUS where I now produce exclusively on Pro Tools using various VST instruments I’ve acquired over the years. I also now have a 25-key midi keyboard from IMPACT and a MOTU audio express audio interface alongside a UAD satellite to run all of my UAD plugins. I recently acquired some Avantone Mix cube speakers so I can reference my mixes of beats I’ve produced to make sure the balance of all of my sounds translates well onto speakers.


How did you get your Producer/Artist name?
This is going to sound corny, but I am a HUGE J. Cole fan and when I was thinking of a producer name, for some reason I thought about how J Cole’s artist name is literally his name but only using the first letter of his name and then his last name. I found that to be so simple yet effective. Also, I know he’s a huge fan of Jay-Z who also has the short first name. Growing up my nickname was always Ja, so I wanted to incorporate that into my producer name and emulate J Cole and Jay-Z with the letter “J” at the beginning of their artist names. So I came up with Ja-B, which is my nickname, “Ja” (short for Yael), followed by the first letter of my last name.


If you could be produced for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would definitely want to produce for J.Cole. His music was so relatable to me growing up because he didn’t rap about having all of the cars, money, and jewelry. He rapped about crushing on girls in his neighborhood, being in debt off of student loans, paying rent in NYC, and so much more realistic things that I could relate to and actually feel the emotions he felt during those times. His rap flow along with his rap voice is so cool and really evokes a unique feeling of nostalgia that I love.

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What is your goal when you create?
I look up to this producer named !llmind, who I’ve actually had the pleasure of interning for back in 2015, and he says when he creates the music he wants to feel goosebumps every time. Like its his first time making a beat ever. I want to capture that feeling when I produce records and have the finished product give goosebumps to whoever is listening to it. Whether it be the artist who’s on the record, my producer peers, or even someone who may not be into the specific genre of music. I want to capture emotion. I want you to create at least three different facial expressions by the end of the record.  


What's your go-to song right now?

Currently, at this point in my life, my go-to record right now is this song called “Adult Swim” off of Jon Bellion’s new sophomore album. The song was produced by this producer named Tuamie whose drums swing like no other. The beat changes three times throughout the course of the song and it's beautiful.

What is your dream as a Producer?
My dream as a producer is to create records that allow me to travel to different parts of the world I’ve never been to and to create music that people 20 years from now will listen back to and say “ Who made this?” ( in a good way lol).

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer? 
A piece of advice I would give to someone with a dream of becoming a producer is to try and find an internship where you can surround yourself with like-minded people and network. The creative side of producing is really important as well, but having connections and contacts with people who are also on the come-up with you or even already established is equally as important in helping you rise to the top!


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)
Follow me on Instagram: @therealja_B
Listen to some of my work on SoundCloud: Ja-B