Producer Interviews

Illmind Discusses Beat Tapes, G-Unit, Dilla’s Influence

Emilio Sparks interviews producer Illmind as he discusses the origin of his name, current projects, working with Sha Money XL & G-Unit, and his music production teaching and academic advising work for Harlem Children’s Zone.  Obviously these aren’t the normal activities for producers… then again, Illmind isn’t your ordinary producer. He also talks about being … Read more

Black Milk – Red Bull Music Academy Session

A little bit of an older interview… Black Milk takes a seat on the Red Bull Music Academy couch to talk about his influences, soul music, using improvised production equipment, and making the move to the MPC 2000XL.  He also discusses sampling vs. live instrumentation and what he considers to be the holy trinity of … Read more

Blackout Movement On Ragged Road – Hook Writing + Construction

The Ragged Road series features five students traveling around the country while meeting various recording industry pros.  DJ Don P, Blackout, and Styles of production crew Blackout Movement (UGK, Omarion, Mims) are featured in the Miami episode as they give thoughts on production and hook construction.

Moka Only Studio Tour + Gear Madness

Well… Moka Only gets my vote for studio tour of the year/producer interview of the year.  No promo nonsense… just a bunch of equipment, musical instruments, and sincere focus on making music and exploring sound.  Moka Only actually took the time to show pretty much every device that happened to be lying around his home … Read more