We were lucky enough to get the chance to link with KP Beatz. Having produced for artists like: Thouxanbanfauni, UnoTheActivist, Nessly, and more! He produced "X-Men", one of my personal favorite Fauni songs. Go check that song out and all the other stuff he's put out. Trust me he's fire.
Where are you from and what age did you first make a connection to producing music?
Yo, I'm KP Beatz, I'm 22 years old and from Los Angeles, CA. The earliest memory I have of being involved in music is probably around middle school, I started playing the drums which eventually lead to being in the band. I downloaded FL Studio around late 8th grade but didn't really know what I was doing or how to use the software so I stopped messing with until about my senior year of high school when I decided to give it another try, and now here we are today.
What's your producer tag? How did you create it? What's the importance of having a producer tag?
“K-k-k-kp beatz,” I made my tag at the studio one day just bored, and that's actually my voice saying it just pitched up and with effects. But, having a tag is really important especially nowadays where the producer is still not given the recognition he/she deserves all the time. The tag basically serves as your trademark, it's your identity it lets people know that this is your beat. So always make sure to have some kind of indication in there that it's your work, whether it's a sound effect a voice tag anything.
What made you want to start producing? And what keeps you motivated to keep putting beats?
Honestly, 56 nights had a huge role on me wanting to produce. I had already had some interest in getting into it, but after hearing that mixtape and the production from Southside and 808 Mafia, I was like yea this is definitely something I want to do for the rest of my life. Really, hearing all the new music coming out is what keeps me going because I hear what's new and find certain things that I like from what's out and try to incorporate it into my stuff just so I can keep learning and making the best music I can.
How did you build your credits connections with artists?
Instagram is really your best friend as a producer. As a producer, you should definitely be using it to build/maintain relationships with artists. If you can't get there a number to keep in touch then Instagram should 100% be your best means too keeping in contact. A lot of my placements have come from reaching out to artists through dm and asking if I can send some beats for them. That being said though, don't go overboard constantly messaging them because then at that point you could mess up the relationship.
How/when did you first connect with UnoTheActivist? What was it like working with him on "Glad You're Back"?
I met Uno back in like 2017 at this old studio I used to go too. I had always wanted to work with him, his hooks and flow are just amazing to me so getting to do a song like “Glad You're Back” with him where he can show a whole other side too his style was definitely special.
That's my brother right there. I met Fauni the same day I met Uno actually. Our first song together was, "Benjamin Blue Benjamin Button” and that was actually my very first placement also. I had seen him preview it on Instagram and I remember just being so excited to hear someone who I've listened too since high school on my beat. Working with him is always fun because I know we'll always make some good music when we get together.
What's one thing you know as a producer now that you wish you knew when you first started out?
One thing I wish I knew was how important relationships are. You could be the best producer in the world right now but if you don't have any relationships with any artists or aren’t out there networking looking for people to work with then you're gonna be stuck at home just sitting on beats. Go out there and connect with artists that's my best advice.
Beat program you would recommend to someone starting out?
FL Studio all the way. I've tried using Logic and Reason in the past, but FL Studio has always just been the simplest for me to understand and use. Logic is definitely a good one too though I won't lie, I would really recommend FL always.
If you could change one thing that's wrong with the music industry what would it be?
Producers still not getting the credit they deserve. I think when artists start to realize that a lot of these songs would not be happening if it wasn't for the producer, then everyone would stop focusing so much on the making sure producers are credited side which can cause relationships between artists and producers to be ruined. So everyone would be able to just focus on the music.
What's on the horizon for your music career in 2019?
I'm definitely trying to make 2019 my year. I got new work on the way with a lot of people, my brother Nessly about to drop his new tape and I got one on there so really looking forward to that and everything else that's about to come out too. Just really trying to keep the momentum going all year.
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