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Mahippy Talks How He Got His First Placement, Working With Thouxanbanfauni, + More!


I got the chance to connect with Mahippy, a talented producer who has been able to gain success through his unique style beats. Mahippy has been able to establish himself as a producer and get placements with artists like Thouxanbanfauni, Chxpo, $teven Cannon, and more! Make sure you follow him on Instagram, Spotify, SoundCloud, and keep an eye out for big things coming from Mahippy in the near future.

Where are you from and what age did you first make a connection to producing music?

I'm from Dayton Ohio. I’ll be honest, I have always been interested in music. From a young age, my dad would always show me all his favorite bands from when he was younger and I loved it. Back in elementary school, I was into artists like Van Halen and Pearl Jam. I am also huge into video games and around this time Guitar Hero 3 came out. I told my parents I wanted to learn how to play the guitar so for my 9th birthday they bought me one and I started taking lessons. I played for about 3 years before I started playing sports. The passion never left me though, I remember back in late middle school / early high school being on youtube watching cook up videos of Lex Luger and Sonny Digital making beats on Fruity Loops and it was the coolest thing to me. After about sophomore year I decided to drop sports and start making beats every day. It’s been about five years since then.

What was going on when in your life when you made your first beat? Was producing always your vision for a career?

I was in high school playing basketball every day, I played for my school and an AAU team year-round. For the longest time, this is what I pictured myself doing as a career. After practice sometimes one of my best friends and I who I played with would come back and try to freestyle over some beats in garage band. After doing this a few times I tried to make my beats for people to rap on, then the rest is history.

What beat program did you start on, what beat program do you use now?

I started on Logic because I only had a mac at the time, then after about a year, I got a pc so I could start using Fruity Loops. Despite what anybody says I would recommend using FL because it’s so easy to learn and fast to use. I can make beats in 5-10 minutes easily, export it, load it into Pro Tools or Logic and record the artist and have the full song done in 45 minutes easily.

What’s your scene? Would you rather be at the crib cooking up beats solo? Or be in the studio collaborating with other producers?

I am usually at the house making beats by myself or with a small group of friends. So unless something is worth leaving for I would rather just stay home. I almost always get my best work done at my house where I can just do my own thing and focus on the little bits of whatever I am working on. It's not like there ever is pressure working in an environment with a bunch of people, it's just different. I would say the best balance is finding a couple of homies who you think are fire and just working with them, bouncing ideas off each other, hanging out, having fun... To me, that's when the best music is made. When you force something like music, it never comes outright.

How/when did you first connect with Thouxanbanfauni? Can you run us through making the "Love Me Or Not" beat? How did Fauni end up hopping on it? Were you with him in the studio when he recorded it?

Last year in LA I was staying with my friend Woods in Long Beach. We had this one studio we went to every night in downtown LA, and there were always a ton of artists and producers there. One night one of our homies who knew Fauni had him and Atl Smook come through. That’s how we made “Love Me Or Not” Smook and I made “Run To The Money” as well. It was a cool ass session. Woods and I had made that beat earlier in the week at his apartment. We had made a bunch of beats that week and that one just ended up being the one.

How/when did you first connect with Jasiah and KyIsTooFly? Can you run us through making the "DROP" beat? How did Jasiah and KY end up hopping on it? Were you with them in the studio when they recorded it?

Ky and I had the same class together at Wright State, this school in Dayton. Neither of us knew we made music originally. Then one day we just got to talking and he told me he rapped so I asked if he wanted to come record later that night. He asked if he could bring his homie (Jasiah) and I had never heard of either of their music but Ky was cool so I figured we’d make a dope song. The “Drop” beat was made probably a week before I recorded the song. I made a little piano melody, half timed it, then added some flutes, and drums then the beat was done. Before I exported the beat I added some sounds from this anime vox pack to give the beat something interesting you might not expect. All my beats I want to stand out so I thought that might give it that unique vibe I was going for. As far as the session went, it was at my house and I just played a bunch of beats I had made recently and that ended up being the one that stood out. We made a couple of other songs and Jasiah and I made some beats as well. Overall it was a really fun night, just making music with friends. It’s cool seeing how far we have all made it just since that song was made, at the time none of us were really doing shit and now the sky's the limit. Dayton has more to offer than what the world sees, it’ll be crazy to see where we all are even in the next twelve months.

How/when did you first connect with $teven Cannon? Can you run us through making the "SUPREME MASK" beat? How did Cannon end up hopping on it? Were you with him in the studio when he recorded it?

I heard about Steve probably my junior year when I just started making beats. I always thought his music was dope. We live sort of in the same area, he’s from Cincinnati which is like 40 minutes from Dayton. Woods and I made the beat when he came to stay with me out here. We made probably 100 beats together that summer. I had always wanted to make a song with Steve cause were both from Ohio. So when Woods and I were going to send some beats out I thought he would fit that one perfectly.

Who was your first placement? How'd you get it? And what's the best way for a producer to get their first placement?

My first placement was Chxpo. One of my friends (BigfaceFlex) who I started making music with had got him on the open verse on one of the songs we made. He knew him from when he went out to LA for a bit so it just worked out that we all could connect for that song. I would say the best way to get placements in general just comes down to networking and having an open mind to work with anyone. Early on, don’t focus on getting major placements just focus on making good music. That alone will take you further than anything. Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, you still have a phone that can reach anybody in the world at any time. Make friends online outside of your city, work hard, release good music and your time will come.

Favorite VST?

Omnisphere, Kontakt and Electra.

What’s up next for you?

Lots of new songs, new sounds, and my best work yet.