We got the chance t chat with Twayne The Kidd. He's worked with artists like Cousin Stizz, and Leano. He produced "Records" by Stizz, that song's a hit, definitely check it out if you haven't already. Keep Twayne on your radar, the kid's got some fire...
Where are you from and what age did you first make a connection to producing music?
I’m from New London, Connecticut, home of the Whalers! In 8th grade, I was recording my own music with a USB “Rockband” mic and my dad’s desktop PC. Eventually, I stumbled upon Fruity Loops 9 from a YouTube video and it changed my life.
What's your producer tag? How did you create it? What's the importance of having a producer tag?
“KIDD WIZZLE!” My tag is an early recording of my voice that I made when I was hosting a mixtape called “GME” to give a platform to the local artists in my area. Around the time Drake & Future dropped “What a Time to be Alive” I became familiar with Metro Boomin’s famous tag. He inspired me so much that I started using “Kidd Wizzle” in all my beats and it became a habit.
Why do you make beats?
It was an outlet for me to express my creative freedom. At first, it was like an escape from the real world where everyone judges you for being different. It felt like a video game for me. I fell in love with video game soundtracks growing up and Sonic Adventure 2 was one of my favorites.
What's your scene? Would you rather be at the crib cooking up beats solo? Or be in the studio collaborating with other producers?
When I got to college I was able to collaborate with many musicians that lived in my dorm. Being able to see their vision and direction opened up an entirely new world for me. I was able to learn, grow, and live with other people who had the same passion as me which was refreshing. In my opinion, the only limit is the sky as far as collaborations go. When you stay in the crib too long you become discouraged, uninspired, and unmotivated.
How/when did you first connect with Cousin Stizz? What was it like working with him on "Records"?
I actually never met him in person yet, but he found me through Twitter thanks to Tee-Watt, a producer that works closely with him. Tee sent him some of my beats I had posted on my page, then Stizz followed me and DM’d me right after. He gave me his email and I started sending him beats periodically which resulted in him hearing the “Records” beat titled “Balenciaga's” at the time.
Can you run us through the process of creating the "Records" beat?
I was going through GoldenUzi’s drum kit to find some loops because I was having a beat block. I stumbled upon the melody I ended up using for the “Records” beat which was actually a clip from Chief Keef’s “Shorties” song. I sped it up, sequenced it out, then added a drum progression to it. All together it took me 30 minutes to come up with the beat and then I ended up sending it out to Stizz.
What's one thing you know as a producer now that you wish you knew when you first started out?
Learn how to get paid from your craft effectively and always keep your brand strong. No matter how many times you think your work is quality it can always be better. In the words of Lord Felix, “you’re one rebrand away from changing your life.” As far as getting paid, learning about royalties, copyrights, and licenses will have you 3 steps ahead of the game.
If you could change one thing that’s wrong with the music industry what would it be and why?
The oversaturation of mainstream music stealing sounds from the underground. There are too many copycat beats I hear from artists I know for a fact is riding a wave. It’s corny as hell and people don’t have an idea of the original creators of these sounds. A lot of music is watered down and it’s hard to find timeless content anymore. It’s definitely still being made don’t get me wrong, but it’s hard to see that when industry plants and “waveriders” take up the market that the real artists deserve to get.
What's one goal you have as a producer?
Producing and recording a full-length project for myself. I have taken a hiatus from recording music due to working on getting better with beats for placements. Now that I’ve reached a level of creativity I didn’t have back in 2011, I can finally come back to the world and release something meaningful and inspirational to people everywhere.
What’s on the horizon for your music career in 2019?
I got a couple of project placements that’s on the way and I’m getting ready to drop a few EP’s with Vzathegreat, Skunkz, Big Leano and many more. All executive produced by me of course. Finally, I’m also dropping an EP titled “KIDD.FM” sometime this year!
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