Sean Garrett & Bangladesh: Focused On Hits

Bangladesh and Sean Garrett appear in-studio to give their thoughts on the need to create hits, the fallacy of having hundreds of beats, and delivering emotion in your music.

“So I always try to make hit records.  If it ain’t important I’m not even gonna do it.” – Bangladesh

“The label is focused on the money and they’re focused getting that smash record so they can get their engine moving, and we’re focused on that.” – Sean Garrett

[via HHM]

35 thoughts on “Sean Garrett & Bangladesh: Focused On Hits”

  1. I heard all that and tought myself…is this artist can produce a smash hit?…do me a favor..produce something original…your song sound like 80´s stuff…and go to practice your vocal skills…that´s my point of view…sorry if you don´t like it…peace

    ps. bangladesh? lol

  2. “If they act too hip, you know they can’t play shit.” -Miles Davis

    Have you ever noticed how when someone tells you that they are funny, they usually aren’t? Same thing goes for when someone tells you they are creative.

  3. I like Sean Garret’s enthusiasm, but the approach bothers me a little.Dilla wouldn’t let these guys in the room!
    That idea of making music just to make hits is exactly what has fucked up the game in the first place. Always glad to see guys making money doing what they enjoy, but popular music is suffering from these attitudes.

  4. I don’t see nothing wrong with what they doin i wish that was me. I ain’t gonna hate im gonna congradulate. its what the consumer wants.pretty nice beat too! love the drums !

  5. I can’t hate. Sometimes simplicity works towards your advantage as long as you have a creative song to put to it.

  6. These two brothers are dope in terms of there presence in pop music. I can’t stand some of these “Dilla-esque” comparisons…let that dude stay in his own lane. He lived his life and craft. Pacasso ain’t DaVinci…but they are considered great artist of their time. Same applies to today’s producers. Stop fucking hating and find some thing that you do great and make the world notice. Or get a fucking life. Music is art. Art is a rebellious discipline. Stop trying put everybody else’s work in a box and say what it ain’t” It is what it is. Art. GTFOH.

  7. these dilla worshippers
    If you dont love dilla you dont love yourself regardless when that milli beat drops at waynes show the crowd goes bat shit.

  8. all of you need to stop riding dilla’s ass. what about rza and everybody ealse out dilla .but damn. he wasn’t the god of production.he thrilled the backpackers but I listen to everything. GET OFF DILLA’S NUTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. It’s not about Dilla, what da….
    It’s about music, and of course, that’s subjective.
    If you like a beat that has a pitched down voice of someone saying “A MILLI” over and over, a bass drum, and a snare drum. then you probably are a huge *****.

  10. Damn, I got pounced on for the Dilla thing, and understandably. I thought about it after I wrote it, and it was surely the wrong choice of words. Although I invoked the name “Dilla”, I could have substituted for it the name Premier, or Organized Noise, or Alchemist, or countless others. I agree that there are way too many Dilla worshipers, and people who portray him in a weird way. What I meant to imply was that an artist who really cares about art for the sake of art, would want little do to with someone who is into art only when its profitable. Dilla was the case example of a guy in our realm – hip hop production – who was into music for the beauty of it. It just so happens that he was talented and driven enough to make some dough from it. That was why I invoked his name, but it came out like I’m one of these kids who wear the “dilla changed my life” t-shirts. I love all sorts of hip hop production. I have heard beats by The Runners that blew my gourd off. Occasionally I hear top ten shit that sounds pretty good. But you have to admit, attitudes towards music have changed. Now more than ever, I meet young beat makers and rappers who are obsessed with the idea of stardom and big money, without putting an equal amount of obsession into the honing of their craft. American culture is more materialistic than ever, so its only fitting that people pursuing music would have more materialistic goals. All I’m saying is – music is a divine gift of some sort. Its boundaries go way beyond that of earth’s treasures, and although we all need to make a living, and we all want to be rich, with music we gotta pay special attention. Its gotta be, MUSIC FIRST, MONEY SECOND.

  11. Fuck everyone else, I’ll make music that reflects me and what I aim to be. It’s my choice, that’s what makes me different to all of you and those two jokers on the screen.

    And if you got a problem, TOUGH SHIT.

  12. yeah it does amaze me how many internet bloggers get hyped over “dilla” like he was the “dj premier” of his generation.

  13. @KILLAH J Thats what im sayn. i know a cat out here in VA named NOTTZ

    ya’ll might know him ..he has produced for alot of cats in the game. Simular style but underrated.

    I didn’t reallyknow ho dilla was till like almost a year ago. Then I copped a beat cd of his beats kinda a tribute thing that pete rock hosted ‘ Cant think of the name off hand .

  14. Let`s be honest. If there were no money in this game,half of us would not do it. People have been making music to make hits for decades.How do you think legendary labels like Motown or Alantic are still in the game? We can`t blame them for doing the same thing we are,but getting paid for it. We really don`t know how far their knowledge of music really goes. We see some 5-10 min. video and we are quick to judge. I may not be a fan of these guys,but I gotta respect them right along with Dilla,Premo,Alchemist etc… Just resect your cre4ativity,and let them do theirs.

  15. Some good discussion on this thread.. Benjamino, Ill One, Marcus, Tony…all good points. I can’t even see the video, but I don’t need to b/c I can imagine what kind of “swagger” these dudes are projecting. I just wanted to say that it’s important to note that as far as the high-level, commercial-industry world of hip hop goes (the world that these dudes are focused on exploiting), displaying a certain type of attitude can be tantamount to good marketing. That’s all it is. These dudes are marketing themselves as “hitmakers,” not ill crate diggers or sample manipulators or whatever. And if you think Primo or Alchemist or Exile or whoever are not using resources at their disposal to market themselves (in a different, but also very calculated way), you’re wrong imo. While that braggadocio, “I’m the man” shit is lost on many of us, trust me, it goes a long way in this smoke and mirrors music industry. I’m not defending or shitting on these cats. i’m just making an observation. Don’t take them so seriously, but understand how they’re promoting/positioning themselves. Re. Dilla. There are a lot of post-humous Dilla stans around nowadays. If he had this kind of support and following while he was alive he’d have died a very rich man. But if you think Dilla would’ve turned down working with Keri Hilson or Wayne or some shit b/c they are commercial artists, then you don’t know shit about Dilla. Creatively Dilla was who he was and could/would never have compromised his style for a check, but if someone was going to give him a check for his style of production, he wouldn’t be on some, “Nah, i only wanna work with Frank n Dank,” shit.

  16. it’s interesting to see their “working chemistry” in the video… they both made points in how they work off one another to create their music.

    yes, we all have our opinions as to what’s considered a “hit,” who’s doper than who,… in the end, society influences what we consider cool.

    it’s only in the last few years (since technology has made urban music creation very accessible) every aspiring mc, beat-maker, or producer criticizes one another. yeah, it happens with bands too… my band is better than that band, etc. etc.

    did the public care if Ellington was throwing down, or if Basie was?

    it’s the simple appreciation of music.. some are fortunate and creatively open to seek out new/old forms of music… it’s up to us to try to expose individuals who may not otherwise take the risk(s) to try something out of their ‘comfort zone’ and understand it…

    focus on your art and craft… if it makes you happy that’s all that matters. everything else follows in time.

    peace yo.

  17. yall should check the resume of both these ppl b4 you say anything…16 number once records sound nothing like fallacy or any of the negative things you all have to say.


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