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Thursday, April 29, 2010

WBM Features: TrustBeatz

A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.
-Dimitri Shostakovich

Regardless of the age, gender, background or upbringing; the mission is still the same-- Success. And to 21 year old, aspiring musicproducer/music engineer, TrustBeatz, success is just what he will get. The mindset is there and the talent is definitely undeniable. See the world through New York's own, TrustBeatz and get a closer look at how he holds it down.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

Who is Trust Beatz?

TB: I go by Trust Beatz, my producer name. I am 21-year-old Ecuadorian cat from Queens, NYC who loves to make music. Right now I attend La Guardia Community College then going off to Institute of Audio Research to get a degree and certificate as a Music Engineer. I really like watching videos on interesting topics on Youtube such as science experiments and incredible feats.

How long have you been involved with music?

TB: I have been producing for about 7-8 years now. I would say about 3/4 of my career so far, I use to sample a lot because I looked up to Kanye West, but 2 years ago I decided to start making original compositions using a MIDI controller called Axiom 49. I use to play in the percussion ensemble back in high school for 2-3 years but I backed out of it cause I lost interest as a percussionist. But ironically, I still loved making music. I started from Hip-Hop and then shifted to R&B mixed with a whole bunch of genres. I love the feeling of making a hot track and knowing that I made it without any use of samples. You should see me when I make my tracks. My videos don’t portray it but I get mad hyped, smiling, and just hooting all over my room. It’s a beautiful feeling to make music and letting other people hear it and them loving it!

What does it mean to be a producer in 2010?

TB: Being a producer in 2010 now a days mean you got to bring the heat. Music technology is RIDICULOUS now in the game. So many new ways to get all these programs and plugins and equipment that was never experienced from the older music industry where they had to pay millions to get a setup. Sadly, music now a days is super commercial and artificial and lacks of musicianship. With all this technology, producers should be able to do things on their mix/production that the Analog age musicians wish they could’ve done.

Pro Tools or Logic?

TB: Neither. When fans/producers/musicians ask me what I use, they are always surprised when I tell them I use FL Studio 9. I started producing with Fruityloops 3. You’d be surprised the power FL Studio has. Like what an engineer said at a seminar I attended one day in Harlem, “It’s not about the wand, but it’s about the magician behind the wand that matter.”

How important is innovation to you?

TB: I believe innovation is extremely important, especially in this ever-changing world we live in. Technology that is top of the line today can become obsolete tomorrow. We need to embrace what we have and use it to OUR advantage and not let the technology brain wash us to thinking we don’t have to put in as much work as before. We have to put in the same work, BELIEVE IT, but in a different matter.

What does success mean to you?

TB: Success. Success to me means being happy. If I am happy with what I do and what I did, then I am successful. Being successful isn’t about having the most money or the biggest company.

What inspires and motivates you?

TB: Anything inspires me really. Videos on Youtube of producers making beats to a good song on the radio to a piece of paper on the floor that flies away with the wind. Anything and everything around us can be inspirational. It’s all about how you perceive things.

What's in your iPod?

TB: I just restored my iPod recently so I lost all my music but I usually have my own tracks that I produced along with references the singers I work with send me. I had a lot of Ryan Leslie on my iPod since he is one of my favorite producers. I listen to a lot of underground hip-hop like Little Brother, Murs, 9th Wonder, Exile, etc. I like listening to rap songs that tell a story. You know R&B is a must have on MY iPod so I basically have anything and everything of R&B on my iPod. I also have other artists’ or producers’ mixtapes/albums to see what other people are doing and learning from them.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

TB: Aw man. That is a tough question. I wish I could collab with a bunch of people. I always wanted to collab with Ciara and Keri Hilson. Both talented female singers and I know I could make something special for them.

Current projects?

TB: Right now I am working with my boy Yung Stutz, a singer/rapper/songwriter from Flushing, Queens trying to get reference tracks done and posting them up on the web. I am currently not working on a whole big project but I am dying to!

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

TB: I see myself 100 times better of a producer that I already am now. I see myself working with a team of singers/songwriters/producers and making GOOD music for the people because without the fans, there wouldn’t be any music.

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

TB: The big question of the century: Radio music or music in general needs to be healed and cleansed from so much artificial music that has been circulating for the past several years. Yes, I understand music has to evolve but there is a lot of nonsense music out there. My goal ultimately is to change the music industry as a whole and bring in good music to the public and as well influence other artists/producers to do the same.

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

TB: Follow your dream, even if it seems impossible or far-fetched. Don’t care about what your parents say, your friends, co-workers, or classmates. Just do what you KNOW is right for YOU. Do music only if you are passionate about music, not if your main goal is to make money to be “pimpin” or “ballin”. And to aspiring producers, brothers and sisters: Study your craft. Don’t just MAKE beats. Study your favorite music or the music you produce. Study the professionals in your field and learn as much as you can. Trust me, there is an unlimited supply of information to learn as a producer/musician.

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