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Respect the Producer Interview with PopeBeats @popebeatsc

Amanda Giordano

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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)

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Lea Anderson - 'Pronounced Lee' Interview

Amanda Giordano


Why did you make this album?
I created my album for people who need authentic, honest songs with pure emotional content. Like me! I took notice in the feedback I was getting from my song “Real Love” --- I heard repeatedly that it was moving, organically beautiful, and made you want to fall in love. I realized, as an artist; it is my responsibility to provide music in that lane. I’m not just a singer; I am a healer and minister, too. Why give you one song when I can give you fourteen? 

What inspired the title 'Pronounced Lee’?

Since my album is my testimony, it could have easily been a self-titled project. But people say my name wrong. ALL. THE. TIME. It’s a forgivable mistake if you’ve read it once. But after a while, it becomes a matter of respect. If someone can pronounce Constantine, or Socrates, or Shakespeare, you can pronounce my one syllable name correctly. I have to teach people how to pronounce my name before I can have a self-titled album or else everyone would be talking about someone who isn’t actually me. You are disrespecting yourself when you allow people add letters and sounds to your name. So that’s who I made the name of my album a lesson.

If you could do a remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

I would love to make “Sistah” a duet with India.Arie. I’d appreciate the Weekend’s spin on “More Than I Could”. Ultimately, if Bobby Humphrey decided to come out of retirement and redo the entire LP, adding more flute and teaching me her game in the process, I would faint. 

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc.

I wrote all of my lyrics and they came first before anything—-I must make that clear. I don’t write to beats. No one writes for me. I invented the melodies and wrote my story first. Once that was set, the climate of the song chose the instrumentalists and producers. It’s not whom you know, but whom you connect with. Who aligns with your vision and decides that they want to be apart of your dream, too. Everyone who performed on this LP, have been heaven sent. I’m honored to have the King, Asante “Tut” Amin produce/compose “Love Yah!” He was born in New Orleans and gave all of that down bottom on this track. It’s a juke joint and sounds like the best parts of the dirty south. “Skin” was perfect for my peaceful and loving homie/producer/composer Brian Fender, who added his Scorpio, island vibes. I wanted something I could meditate to, and he delivered. He played every instrument on “Skin,” too! I didn’t know Warren Fields beforehand, but I knew he was the best I could find when he understood my weird time signature in “Know Me”. He not only gave it what I asked for, but his expertise and pure emotion could match the distress of my greatest heartbreak. It was allowance to practically cry on the track without telling me to fall back in sake of the piano. He enveloped my tone and let my voice lead. Which is what is supposed to happen in R&B music.

What is your favorite track? Why?

Well it changes everyday ---Right now it’s “Inspiration.” It sounds like South Carolina: where I spent most of my life. It’s a reminder of where I came from, where I started, and why I still pursue music as a career. I dedicate that song to the network of supporters that I’ve had since day one: my parents especially. I was inspired by long time, hometown friend, Dane Smith after meeting his daughters for the first time. “Inspiration” is my current anthem. Let your inspiration help you become more inspiration. 

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I saw Mariah Carey perform “Can’t Let Go” live on TV when I was like 4? Maybe? I got chills. I was rather young, and I didn’t understand the content of the song but I knew her voice was a force. Her voice was was larger than Mariah Carey herself. At that moment, I suddenly felt that I had the capacity to move people through music the way she moved me. Overtime, I became obsessed with making people “feel” music that there wasn’t any question of what else I could be doing. Every plan B (other jobs) failed. Plan A (music) always worked out. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

I have so many dreams and tons of ideas. I’m not certain that this dream is complete until I travel afar and perform my music spreading my sounds. Like I said before, music is a ministry. Like every great spiritual leader: Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad—-they all traveled sharing their teachings, touching people individually one by one. An artists dream isn’t fully accomplished until they do the same. 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more.

 Yes. As a black woman I am probably the most stereotype’d demographic. Someone once told me that it’s uncommon for me to be 1. Sweet 2. Intelligent 3. Talented and 4. “That” pretty. I should have something wrong with me because allegedly most black women do have some sort of flaw. But I know plenty of women of all races who are just as sweet, intelligent, talented and beautiful as I am. And just because we are of a certain race, doesn’t mean we cannot be all of those qualities without being angry. It’s actually normal to find black women that are beautiful inside and out based on my experience. Women can work together and we do get along. We aren’t whores: we are queens. Being Stereotype’d is basically what my song “Sistah” is about. 

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

 Everyday. I am leading by example and thriving. Growing more as an artist is breaking my stereotype. I don’t have many memories of a day of Middle School or High School where someone, whether a student or teacher told me that I was ugly and/or that I couldn’t sing. Their bitter advice was that I stay in my small town and just be a teacher. Probably because that’s what people have told them. There’s nothing wrong with being a teacher—-but that’s what was expected of me upon graduating High School. So just by me living in NYC, performing, recording and being my dreams and am breaking the stereotype. Crossing one thing after the next off of my long-term music goal list is breaking the Stereotype.

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Mike Palmerton is Not like the other kids Interview

Amanda Giordano

“What Makes You Not Like The Other Kids?

What makes me not like the other kids is simple. I got caught up with drugs early in life; I am now 5 years opiate free. I know I have made many mistakes along the way but, I own them. The difference is, I always try to learn from my past. I don’t let my mistakes hold me back. I find a way to shine a positive light on any negative situation. Now, I am chasing my dream of succeeding in the music industry with a new, positive outlook. My message through music is important and I refuse to let anything or anyone prevent me from having my voice be heard. In addition to writing my songs, I have been writing daily inspirational messages on my social media that will be compiled for publication in the form of a book. My books will be accompanied with photographs that are specific to the message. As I chase my dreams, I am trying to help others live their dreams.

My original music will be centered around becoming addiction free and being positive. I am in support of Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) as a Face2Face member while promoting the Christopher A. Palmerton Jr. Foundation. The foundation was formed by my uncle who lost his son, my cousin, to a heroin overdose. The foundation has provided a grant to help sustain “Palmerton Place” on the KED Renaissance Campus.

The program is important to me because I have lost family and friends to addiction alongside of almost losing myself. Palmerton Place offers reintegration services for young women who are 14-23. Kids who are at risk by returning home after residential treatment are given the opportunity to go to Palmerton Place where they can remain on campus while maintaining their positive reinforcement. Palmerton Place allows them to pursue new opportunities such as education, employment, etc. I hope to show these young adults that anything is possible, despite their current state.

What also makes me different is that when I was struggling with addiction, I said “help.” I made the choice to attend the KED Renaissance House which opened my eyes to living without opiates. Most people are afraid to ask or don’t like to ask for help but, asking for help is okay. It can open the door to a positive life. Don’t be intimidated to say I need help, be unlike the other kids. Find your solace, find your peace, find your happiness. I learned to not worry about “fitting in” or “being cool.” Life is better when you make the choice to be your own person. If you are struggling with any darkness, seek your way out. Life can be beautiful when you maintain a positive outlook.”

“How do you dream?

I guess you could call me a perpetual dreamer. I dream when I fall asleep, I dream when I’m awake, I don’t stop dreaming. The key to achieving your dreams is formulating a plan and sticking to the plan. My father always pushed an important lesson on me, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I look at dreams as a blueprint to your future, your true needs and wants. Dreams are more than just a figment of your imagination. Day and night, I dream about being a legacy in the music industry, as a performer and motivator with an encouraging message. Your thoughts can be an endless trail of possibilities. When you are brainstorming how to achieve your dream, document every idea. Revisit these ideas to formulate a strategy to make your dream come true. I feel like “nothing is impossible” and “never say never” are more than simple quotes. They are philosophies that I live by. Without dreams, what would we be? As KED states, “through guiding lives and giving hope, we empower adolescents and families to be successful on their journey of recovery from the disease of addiction.” That is my biggest dream, to help battle addiction. Don’t. Stop. Dreaming. #DreamChaser”

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Tobin Osusky is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


When they die, they’re dead. When I died, I came back a Superhuman version of my self, stronger and smarter than ever. Since my actual death in 2003 I have achieved all of my dreams without hesitation.

I broke my neck and back and now I work to Rehabilitate others with Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Head Injuries. 

During my healing process, Amethyst Crystals sped up my healing process; now I work for the planets most successful Crystal Mining & Wholesale company. 

I founded and own a wildly influential Holistic Fitness brand named Qinesis, that has majorly improved the fitness consciousness in Northern NJ/NYC over the last 5-8 years, across the board forcing Industry Leaders to adapt to the change we initiated.

I also design all clothes and products for THNK also known as The High Nature Kids.

I am a board member for several Non-Profits focused on feeding and clothing the Homeless of NJ, also Outdoor Education and Natural Awareness programs. 

I want you to be happier.