Hey, I’m B. I am a producer & DJ.
Born in LA, but currently living in Germany.
Tell us a little about your new release. Is there a story behind the title? How long did it take you to make this single/album?
2017 was a bit of a growing phase for me creatively. That year, I was blessed to have some unique gigs, working as an engineer at OWSLA and as an assistant for a well-known songwriter, but I wasn’t quite satisfied with the music I was making. I experimented with so many different things, Trap, house, hip hop, and nothing felt natural and consistent enough for me to make that my lane.
One day I was fishing around on SoundCloud and heard a crazy remix of Daniel Caeser that combined everything I loved - hip hop, house music, and Brazilian funk., and that brought me to the world of Soulection’s future beat scene. (if you haven’t heard of Soulection, they are an LA-based music community, making some really genre-bending stuff). That was my moment and I decided to challenge myself and make 10 remixes of my favorite songs in this futur beats style. I finished all of the tracks in the first month of moving to Germany.
Which bands/artists are you currently influenced by?
The golden question. It’s tough to pin it down to a few, but at the moment I am enamored with what Sango has been doing. He’s redefined what is to be a producer and artist at the same time and has truly created his own lane. I mean, who is bold enough to put out a 10 song album of just beats? It’s great and there is a lot inspiration in his music for me.
Mura masa is also a huge favorite of mine.
What do you enjoy most about your artistry? I.E. Creating music, the process, the fame, the recognition, co-writing? Etc.
The process. There is nothing like that feeling when you find yourself immersed in what you’re creating. It’s this weird in-between realm of reality and spirituality. It’s difficult to describe but if you’ve been there, you know what I am speaking about.
Who or what most inspires your song-writing?
Multiculturalism. My upbringing was a crazy mesh of cultures and languages and I think that interest has carried over into my music. There is something about a song in a different language, or that uses an instrument in a way I haven’t heard that can really inspire me. I think it’s the newness of that experience, and I a try to create that unique experience for whoever is listening. I am deeply inspired by creating a new world and a new sound.
Are you working on any collaborations? If not, would you like to? – With who?
As a producer almost all I do is collaborate. Right now I’ve been traveling quite a bit and working with a group of German rappers. It’s been an amazing experience to work in another country and see how universal music and the love of music is. German sounds crazy in rap too. I also have some things going on back home and in the UK at the moment.
What are your upcoming tour/performance plans?
Right now I am in the works of setting up a small European tour.
How much do you let critics affect your music? Do you find it hard to focus on the positive side of things, and if so – how do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?
It’s a tricky balance. Sometimes the opinions can be very valuable and other times they can be destructive to your confidence. You kind of have to decide what is valuable to listen to. At the end of the day, your art is for yourself - if you created something that you are proud of, then you’ve won. The rest of the world can decide how they interpret your work, but if you are happy with what you are making, then that’s all that matters. Someone out there will appreciate what you do.
How important do you feel social media is in your career? Do you enjoy it? Please expand upon your opinions, and what you’ve learned while making music in 2018.
It is crazy how vital social media is. I think it is almost as important as the music itself as it’s the platform behind your voice. I’ve witnessed things work on the inside of big artists and labels, and really nothing goes viral anymore. It is all carefully planned and implemented. Social media is a powerful too though and has opened the doors for so many. It blows my mind that now you careers can be created just via a laptop and iPhone.
I tend to be a little more of a private person, so there has definitely been a social media learning curve, but I think I’ve struck a good balance and it has now become a really positive experience. You just have to know when to shut off the notifications and be present with the world.
What else does the year have in store for you?
I have plenty of more remixes coming down the line and I’ve also started to upload a bi-monthly DJ mixes to my SoundCloud page! These are fun because I get to share all the music that has been inspiring me. I am also starting on some original stuff to .. :)
Finally, where would you like to see yourself five years from now and what's your ultimate ambition as an artist?
Touring is a must for me! Hopefully by five years time I would have visited almost every country in the world. Ambitious I know.
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