Hi Taran Beats! How are you?
I’m doing great thanks for asking! Looking forward to what 2020 will bring and I hope you had a great new year.
How did you get into music producing?
Well, it’s kind of confusing. I actually started music by teaching myself guitar, piano, and drums and eventually transitioned into playing baritone sax in band. I actually started to write sheet music in high school band and I really loved doing that, so in college I got my first Midi controller and started producing on FL Studio. Honestly, I’ve been addicted to producing ever since then.
What type of music do you produce?
I exclusively produce hip hop beats but my favorite genre to make is smooth R&B and soul. The beautiful thing about hip hop is that it allows for so much diversity in sound and style so fortunately I’m able to produce anything from Travis Scott to Bryson Tiller all in the scope of hip hop production.
What the challenges of making a career as a producer?
I think one of the biggest challenges in making a career as a producer is simply just getting your name out there and creating recognition for your music. Compared to rappers/singers it’s not common for producers to put their music on Spotify/Apple music and promote it because most people don’t want to listen to a song without words. Luckily though its become easier to make a living through making beats thanks to people that have pioneered the beat selling business such as CashMoneyAp and Taz Taylor (founder of Internet Money).
Who’s your favorite artist to collaborate with?
Recently I’ve been doing a lot of beat collaborations with Bailey Daniel. He’s getting to be pretty big in the YouTube producing scene but Bailey is my best friend in real life and has literally become a brother to me. It’s always a pleasure making music with him.
Any major placements?
Unfortunately not yet. I’ve had some placements with artists who rack up a couple thousand plays on their music but most of my success has come from posting on YouTube and selling beats on traktrain (both work in hand in hand).
Who is one artist you’d love to work with?
Oh wow I mean there’s so many. I would love to get work with JID and get him on a beat. He’s been one of my favorite artists ever since he dropped The Never Story and I make a ton of trap beats that I think would fit perfectly with his style. But also it’d be insane to do a collaboration with Kenny Beats, in my opinion he’s one of the best producers in the game right now. He’s such a versatile producer and I’ve never heard him drop anything bad honestly.
What are your 2020 plans?
2020 is looking to be an amazing year. Recently, I’ve joined a collective of artists in Madison called CTB (Chase The Bag) and I’m looking forward to doing a ton of work with them this year. There’s so much potential in this group so I’m really excited to see what we can do in 2020. Other than that I want to keep posting as much as possible on my YouTube so I can get to 5k subscribers by summer and 10k by the end of the year. Most importantly, I want to keep developing as a producer which means pushing the boundaries of YouTube producing, pushing myself to diversify in style and genre, and creating my own sound in order to kind of separate myself from other producers.
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