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Monday, November 11, 2013
NATE OG @NATEOGDET INTERVIEWS PRODUCER/SONGWRITER ACHICKWITBEATZ
1.Whats good Ms. Jordan and thank you for blessing me with this interview/ Now I have only known you a short while but your extremely dope at what you do for those who may not know you tell the readers more about yourself. Who You Are? What You Do? and Where You are From?
Why, thank you so much! I appreciate the love! I am Achickwitbeatz, I'm from the marvelous mitten
known as Michigan (more specifically Kalamazoo) and as the moniker suggests I am a chick with
beats. I produce instrumentals of various genres, often blending varieties whenever I can.
2,Where did your name come from? its dope by the way and its simple yet effective?
Thank you! When I originally started producing I went by "Wyldkard" but people frequently
asked me what I did..."Do you sing?", "Do you rap?", etc. which became tiring. When I would
explain that I made beats, primarily because I'm female, people would always have that look of
shock on their faces or even if it was an online conversation I'd get "really?!" sometimes with
tons of question marks and exclamations as if the concept had blown their minds, haha.
So it was kind of a running joke or a play off of the shock and responses I received I would
always respond "Yes, I'm a chick with beats" and it stuck. It was a way to simplify things and
alleviate the guesswork as to what it is I do.
3,What was the moment or event that made you say I wanted to do production?
Well, I'd say I don't really have a specific moment. I've always been one of those people that
would be captivated by the melody or rhythm of a song before tuning into the lyrics. Even
back when I was in high school, riding the city bus to my after school job some of the older kids
would ask me to beatbox while they free-styled to whatever I made up. At that point, I had no
idea that I would wind up producing but I kind of feel like it added to the build up. If I had to
narrow it down though, I'd say the closest thing to an exact moment or event would be when I
got my hands on Garageband for the first time. I was playing around with some of the sounds
and I looked up and the whole day had gone by. It was dark outside and I had forgotten to eat,
which was something that NEVER happened to me before because I LOVE food haha.
4.How long have you been producing not showing age but what year did you start?
I officially began producing in 2008. I don't include my teenage years when I had some
"unconventional" tactics as far as trying to make instrumentals which included a karaoke
machine, two mics, a Casio, and a drum machine from JC Penney.
5.Who are some of your influences?
I have a lot of producers and beatmakers that I look up to, a long list actually, but to name a few
(in no particular order) J Dilla, 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Premier, Pharrell, Madlib, Q-Tip, RZA,
M-Phazes, MF Doom, and more.
6.What is the local music scene like where you live?
There is a tremendous amount of talent in Kalamazoo. There are a lot of artists, promoters,
and independent labels working hard, not only in the studio, but also to provide live
entertainment in the area often bringing in well known names to share the the stage with. It's
eclectic, there are artists to suit just about any style of music you're into.
7.Does your local scene affect how you create? What you create? and your output?
What a great question. To some extent it does. I enjoy live vibe sessions in which I create
beats as artists write or freestyle to them, therefore I feed off of the energy that is in the room.
So far, I have only done this locally, so I would say that would be the primary way that the local
scene affects how I create. Other times that I am creating music, my focus is broader as I have
connected with artists outside of the local scene and of course styles, tastes, and demand
varies from region to region so I have to remain flexible to accommodate that.
8.Im a producer as well and was wondering what your lab set up consists of not giving away secret weapons and how has it change when you first started?
My lab only consists of secret weapons (insert maniacal laugh here) haha. Basically, I am a
proud Maschine fanatic, I also have mad love for my trusty Axiom 25 midi keyboard, MBox and M-
Audio studio monitors. I first started with only a Macbook, so yeah...basically EVERYTHING has
changed since then haha.
9.Are you affiliated with any labels or companies if so feel free to tel us about them and how you became affiliated with them?
I am currently a free agent, no official ties at the moment, though as an artist I have an upcoming
single that the good people at Intimate Venues Recordings are releasing in about a week.
10.What is your creative process like as a producer?
My creative process varies slightly depending on the mood I'm in. Sometimes I create based
on melodies or rhythms already in my head or sometimes I just sit at the pads/keys and play
whatever comes to mind.
11. What are your current projects and how can the readers find them?
I'm currently collaborating with various hip hop artists in and/or from Michigan to showcase
some of the talent we have here. "One Day" featuring Detroit emcee Valid can be found