Urban Acoustics [urbanacoustics]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
Well, basically in its simplest form I am an electronic composer specializing in Hip Hop music. I love all genres of music, and typically listen to folk and acoustic music in my free time.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Majority of my work is done alone. I do consult with a fellow artist/composer Mikal Townsend a long time friend and business partner. Mikal Townsend and I review each others works and give critical feedback. As far as entertainers I have working relationships with Gud Grief (@gudgriefva) & BigBody Braxton. On the promo side I connect with Sky (skylynjr06) from enigma and Sequence Entertainment (www.SequenceEnt.com).
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Majority of my works are available on Vatalent.com search Urban Acoustics. I also have several other sites such as Reverbnation.com/urbanacoustics and Purevolume.com/urbanacoustics.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I began making music way back in 1991 back when I lived in New York City. I used to travel often to Flatbush and mentored under producer MSKE for many years learning how to shop for records, chop up a sample, and build a drum pattern. He provided a foundation for me to get started and develop my own style.
What was your musical education?
Being that I do not have a discipline form the groundwork of music education I am enrolled to begin classes in the spring to become knowledgeable on the importance and comprehensiveness of music theory. I will influence myself and learn cumulative music theory and harmonic concepts. I do not want to underestimate basic musicianship skills, as well as knowledge of scales, triads, and intervals.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
Early on in life I enjoyed music so much that I wanted to recreate it. It was one thing to listen to it but another to hear the different elements and decipher the songs itself. I really enjoy music from the 60's and 70's for just the creative process that entailed.
What is your creative process?
I usually look for sounds or harmonies that will move someones imagination. I try to combine elements for many different areas around the country when it comes to hip hop to create a song that hopefully anyone can appreciate.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
I can work at any time, I specifically don't have a mood time but I will say that even when I travel I have some sort of portability to move ideas from thoughts to production.
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
I always want to add more to music. When I listen to songs from other era's there was so many layers and stages in the creation as if they wanted to jam all night. Alot of the time just by ear I feel unsatisfied with some finished products cause its just that gut feeling that you didn't give the consumer all of what your abilities can offer.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
My least favorite part is when I do not have an artist to record I enjoy doing collaborations with different styles.
How often do you practice?
Everyday! I at least try to make or put down an idea before I forget the theory I was working with that day.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Definitely "The Roots", its just that inspiring moment to see hip hop musicians and real instruments. I appreciate many artist that are versatile and can apply their style to almost any genre of music.
List three songs that are key to your life.
Wow, 3 songs that are key to my life...Pete Rock & CL Smooth - T.R.O.Y, Common - I Used to Love H.E.R, and tie between Big Daddy Kane - Ain't No Half Steppin or Eric B. & Rakim - Eric B for president. All these songs kept me grounded and inspired to make a classic they are timeless and forever will be enjoyed.
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
Currently I like the persona of Mac Miller, Kid Cudi, and Joel Ortiz. If I had to choose someone over the span of my career I would say Fat Joe. What I appreciate about fat Joe is he always finds a way to stay relevant even though rap as we know it changes everyday.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Basically to invest in yourself. No mater what you decide to do in life you have to acquire resources and or time to develop your trade, but for some reason when it come to rap everyone thinks its free!