First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about both of you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?
My name is A-Khordz age 28 I'm from Dallas, TX but live currently in Seattle, WA
What inspired you to start making hip-hop beats? Is hip-hop been a lifelong passion for you? What are some of your favorites artists and producers that help inspire you in the beginning, and are there any new producers and artists that continue to re inspire you today?
I started experimenting with beats at 13 but I was doing a little rap before I decided to take beats seriously. I was influenced by 2pac, BIG, Snoop, Scarface, Outkast, TI for Artist but producer wise Just Blaze, Organized Noize, Kanye, Dr. Dre, Timbo, Pharrell, Mannie Fresh but who made me want to get serious was DJ Toomp and S1. Nowadays I get more influence from different SoundCloud artist and producers.
Each subsequent decade of hip-hop has brought more layers of both technology and inspiration to the game. Yet at the same time, with so much having been done, and with so many programs to make things easier, it can be difficult to find an original and authentic sound. How do you keep inspired to come up with new songs and ideas, and how do you balance inspiration and originality, talent and technology?
Well like every art you create original art through inspiration of the ones before you and the ones ahead of you. Also I can't call what I do talented it's more skillful because of the 10 years I put into my craft. Now with technology it has made it easier for workflow and delivery it's a great way for everyone to express themselves more. With ideas they either flow through and get used or get passed up.
What sort of processes do you go through when making music? Do you have a formula(s) that you follow, or do you feel it out as you go along? Or is it more of a mixture of the two?
I just start with the key I want the instrumental to be in find the sounds that fit the best and build from there.
Do you ever find it difficult to balance the creative and technical aspects of musical creation? How do you strike the balance for the need to craft and tweak your effects and sounds, in contrast to actually just getting the song itself created with structure and melody? What sort of element of creation do you prefer, the sonic shaping or the song creation?
For me it starts with peace. If my mind is calm and not stressed I can create just fine. But as for craft, tweaking and structure it all needs to harmoniously work together or it's no song. And I prefer the actual creative process of the song it's more stimulating but with song creation you have to have it sonically balanced anyways lol.
Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically? What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your musical career?
Biggest challenge is finding time to do the music it's not easy being married with 2 children lol
What would you say would be you short term, and long term, goals for your business?
Short term goal is to do this full time, long term goal is have others doing it full time and providing the opportunity so they can sustain their career.
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