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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WBM Features: Will Cyprian of MBW Productions

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.
-Sergei Rachmaninov

It is said often that music is what thoughts sound like. So imagine if you will the thoughts of Will Cyprian, Musician/Producer and also head of MBW Productions from Detroit, Michigan who has a paassion for not only making music but has a great time while doing so.

With years of experience under his belt and quite an array of influences, Will plans to continue making a significant contribution to the music community and industry with his innovation and zeal for creation. So with some time to share with the WBM commnunity, Will provides a remarkable and insightful look into the mind of the musician/producer as an artist, businessperson and what's next for MBW Productions.

Get to know him a little better.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

Who is Will Cyprian?

Well, I am a Producer/Musician who is in this crazy industry called music/entertainment. I am here trying to do something great in this industry, with integrity, and have fun while doing it. I have a million ideas to make my vision come to pass. I am a good guy, with a good heart, talented, and just fun and positive. That's me in a nutshell...

Where are you from?

WC: I am From Metro Detroit


WC: Besides music and the music business, I love Football and Basketball. I love to laugh, have fun, and live life to it's fullest. And I do own an XBOX 360 so any challengers out there in Madden, Bring It!! LOL!

How long have you been involved with music?

WC: Since I was about 10 years old. I started playing sax and writing when I was in junior high. And my mother always kept me involved in every facet of music. From Tchakovski, to Earth, Wind, And Fire. I didn't get into keys and organ until high school. But I have been involved for some years now.

Do you play any instruments?

WC: I play Sax (my first love), Keyboards, and Organ.

What do you like most about being a producer?

WC: The ability to create my own music, and my own sound. To make my ideas a reality. It's fun, and though there is a lot of hard work involved, it's easy because it's my love, and my passion. There are highs and lows, but the lows make you better at the craft, and the highs are like nothing that you can imagine. I also like the ability to make others dreams a reality. I have people come to me with an idea, and to see the look on thier face when it comes into fruition is priceless. I also love the fact that when I produce music, I always take it to the people. I love my music, and believe in everythign I do, but I also know that people need to love what you do as well to make it in this business. I am not afraid for someone to tell me it sucks..which a lot of people are. I take criticism and use it to mold perfection. But most people love what I do. and I am very humbled and grateful that people love the gift that I share with them.

What does it mean to be a producer in 2010?

Honestly, being a producer to me means Versatility. If you have noticed, music is merging into one big mega genre, meaning, you have your top producers, singers, and groups doing more pop-mainstream things. A good example is Timbaland. He is still Timbaland, but his latest works are more main stream. There's more money in it. Think about it, what is the number one genre in music..COUNTRY! And it's been like that for years. But over the past few years, Hip Hop and R&B have been on a major decline as far as sales and popularity. No wonder Snoop Dogg was trying to do a country album. And now, everything is on a level playing field as far as digital media. So Now is the time for a producer to be as versatile as ever. Trying to conquer one genre or field of music is truly limiting yourself on many levels. I have learned so much about how to get into many corners of the industry, from movies, to commercials, the world market, licensing, everything. So I would say, if you are really trying to make it, don't limit yourself. Capitalize every opportunity you can get. You will be suprised how well you can do as a producer, and how many ways there are to make it in this industry if you expand your horizons.

Pro Tools or Logic?

WC: I am a Pro Tools guy, but I have heard so many great things about Logic. I will be trying it soon, check back with me later..LOL

How important is innovation to you?

WC: I try to be as original as possible. Imean we all have influences, but you hav to be willing to explore and see what you can do to stand out and be different. This is how music continues to grow and move. To be cookie cutter may help get you by, but innovation, and originality will keep you in the game, and will help to get you
established within the industry.

What does success mean to you?

WC: Success is a great thing, but it is not the only thing, and it is not the most important thing to me. You have a lot of people who will seel their soul, and do horrible things to not only be successful, but be relevant. I had an industry producer (I don't name drop) talk to me one day, and it really opened my eyes. He said there were certain artists/producers who had a hit, made it big for a minute. Got the money, way the top dog for a short time, then as quickly as it hit, it all got taken away. And now they are still searching for the next hit, years later, just to get that success back. In debt up to their ears, doing whatever comes their way. I would rather have moderate success and be happy, than have great success, lose who I am, and be miserable. So Succes is a great thing, but my integrity, faith, and who I am is more important.

What's in your iPod?

WC: My playlist isblended with everything known to man. I mean I love all forms of music. So you will find Pop, R&B, Classical, Hip Hop, Gospel, Country, Sountracks, Rock, All forms of Jazz...just a lot ofeverything.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

WC: Honestly, I would love to work with Quincy Jones, and Stevie Wonder. Just to gain that knowledge, and do something with them would be once in a life time for me.

Current projects?

WC: I am currently working on 3 Projects, getting ready to release two. So Keep your eyes open.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

WC: Why don't we see in Five years..I will say this, it will all be great, that's all I know.

Biggest accomplishment?

WC: I wrote a song a few years ago that I have yet torelease. And a lady who was in the hospital heard this song (only a few people had this song in their possession). She wasn't doing well, and hadreceived some very bad news from her doctors. She asked me to make a copy of that song so she could play it every day while she prayed and meditated, because when she listened to that song, she knew she was going to be okay, and get better, despite what doctors said. That to me, out of all my accomplishments was one of, if not the greatest musically.

What type of impact would you like to leave with your music?

WC: I want my music to reach people. I want people to feel everything from the rhythm to the words. Music can touch someone. I want people to be able to relate, or be inspired, or be touched, uplifted, I want people to really feel themselves in my music. I want to leave a positive impact. We have a lot going on int his world, and I want my music to be a part in helping people
get through all of what is happening.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their goals and dreams?

WC: Simply put, don't stop, keep pushing, be versatile, stay positive, trust God, live, move, and breathe in what you do, continue to follow your dreams and if it is your destiny, you will make it.

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