Whats good homie and thank you the opportunity. First off for those that don’t know me, I go by Well Known Tone. Im from upstate Kingston, New York, currently residing in Lafayette Indiana near Purdue University. I am a sample based hip hop producer and full time Computer Information Systems student.
I officially started producing in November of 2012, so a little over a year as of right now. Back in 93 after listening to the first Wu-Tang record is when I knew music was what I needed to be doing. I started off emceeing and always had a fascination for rare beats. I collected gigabytes of rare instrumentals and was always intriguied by the construction of sample based beats.
My major influence was The RZA. I think I get a lot of my darkness in my beats from him. Pete Rock, Preemo, RJD2, Nottz, Dilla, Alchemist, Black Milk, ya know….the usuals.
Here in Indiana, my style of production doesn’t really have a place amongst the Trap Heavy scene. Not to say cats out here are not doing there thing. Lotta dudes out here have great work ethic and drive. Lots of local dudes doing shows on the regular.
I started off with an akai mpk25 (which is still a staple in my setup) I didn’t wanna start off spending a ridiculous amount of money on gear and then lose intrest, but once I got in the groove and I fell in love and slowly started upgrading. I bought a lot of used gear to start off with. Now my studio consist of Maschine Studio, my MPK25, custom built desktop computer with all the trimmings I need to do what I have to do. I also have an ION iLP usb turntable that I use to play my samples on. KRK Rokit 8 studio monitors and a Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 interface. Im slowly progressing.
Ususally I listen to old records all day, or when I learn something new I’m always anxious to get in the lab and try it out and of course that always gets my creative juices flowing. I pay attention to a lot of other artist and feed off their energy
Well, don’t discredit anyones crative process. Everyone is different and however you get it done is how you get done as long as the end result is dope, I tip my hat
Don’t follow trends create your own sound. Every style has to be unknown before its hot. Perfect your craft and don’t be afraid to try new things
Right now I represent myself. Really just focusing on building my brand as a production company. I am an in house producer for NO PEACE MUSIC GROUP and that’s my squad all day.