Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NateOGDetroit! @NateOGDetroit Interviews Ace Duce aka Ann Arbor Michigan Beatologist JB Swift

1. Whatupdoe Fam, thanks for blessing me with this interview. Now i know that you are dope beyond dope at what you do but for those who may not be familiar feel free to intrduce yourself, Who are you? What do you do? And where are you from?

No doubt bro. I appreciate that, and thanks for reaching out. Man, where can I start? I'm JB Swift. Dj/Producer born in Ann Arbor, MI raised in Inkster and Ypsilanti, MI

2. Jb Swift, thats a dope name does it hold any specific meaning and how did you come up with it?

Not really too much to it. 

My government initials and my nickname from high school. Back in 90/91 in Ypsi, everybody had a nickname pretty much lol.

3. What is your earliest recollection of music?

That's hard to say say really. Probably around 2-3 or so. My mom was always playing some kind of music. I'm a 70's baby, so I know it was all good music.

4. When did you fall in love with hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?

Man, I'd have to say in 84-85 when I went to the Freshfest concert in Detroit with my big cousin. I was like 10. I just remember that being the best thing that I had ever seen or heard. Run- DMC in their prime with Jam Master Jay. I was hooked after that.

5. Who are some of your influences and how have they influenced you?

I try not to pattern myself after anyone, so I really don't have a lot of influences. It's just the music for me and how I'm feeling when I'm making it. 

6. What inspires you to create? 

It's just in me I guess. But I could say my family though. They definitely inspire me the most.

7. What is the local scene like where you live?

Not as live as it used to be in the 90's, that's for sure. From what I see though, Detroit still has a few lanes open.

8.Does the local scene where you live affect how and what you create?

Not at all. All I do is work, spend time with the fam, make beats and sleep. I'm in the house a lot.

9.What are your thoughts on the analogue vs digital debate? 

I understand both sides of the issue. Digital will always have it's place. But there is a certain pureness to the analog sound. It's hard to explain. All I've ever had was analog equipment.

10.What are you thoughts on crate digging vs e-digging?

love them both. Sometimes, you don't have the time or resources to go out digging. It's only a couple of spots that I go to. But if I find song/sample a online that I'm looking for, I'm never mad.

11. Not to show age but when did you start producing? 

I started producing seriously when I was 19. But I was  making pause tape mixes in high school  too, so maybe 14.

12.When  was the moment you realized you had a talent with music that you wanted to pursue?

 When I bought my first MPC in 98. It was a lot of money for me back then, so for me to spend it, I had to be serious about it.

13.How do define your signature sound? 

That's a hard question. I just do what feel good to me and I hope that whoever hears it, feels how I meant it.

14.What sets ypur brand of music from everyone else? 

Basically, I just try not to sound like anyone else.

Everyone has their own style. I'm just trying to do me.

15.Im a producer as well but what does your lab set up consist of and how has it changed over the years? 

Not much really. Macbook Pro w Pro Tools,Mpc 2500 and 2000xl. 2 1200 Technics and a Roland VS-1680 mixer. I started with a Boss SP-202.

16. What is your creative process consist of? 

I usually start slow when I make a beat. I try to listen to the entire song that I'm sampling before I start chopping. It depends on if I already have a drum pattern or not. 

17.How do decide what tracks to send to which artist when submitfing tracks?

You have to look at tempo. If your beats fit an artist's usual flow tempo and style, send it.

18. If You could pick five artist or producers to collab with who would the be and why would you pick them?

Dilla(RIP) of course, Pete Rock, Kev Brown, Roc Marciano and Sean Price(RIP). Simply because I love all of their music.

19.What are some of your current projects and where can we find them?

I have three projects out.  Reinvented is available to stream on Dat Piff. Reinvented 2 and my joint album" From MI to PA" with my man Rye-Bread, out of Pennsylvania are both on iTunes and Apple Music.

20.What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?

In December, we're dropping The Preservation with Rye-Bread and K7, Reinvented 3 in April, then From MI to PA 2.

21. Do you have any jewelz for people aspiring to pursue music as a career? 

If you're gonna pursue music as a career, stay true to it. Practice your craft daily. Even when you don't feel like it. You'll be better as an artist.

22. Do you have any shout outs or special thanks?

Thanks to God, first and foremost.My wife and kids and family. I also gotta give a big shout of respect to the artists that I've worked with. My man Bub Bizzle, Rye-Bread and K7. My day ones, K. Forbes, K. Holmes and G. Hall. Diz and Smurf(Gualla Game), Mocab, Alphounce Wolfe, Kamoni Khem Cook, Nick Neech, Rill Ill aka Sonny Dulphi, C-Will, just to name a few. I'm sure I'm missing some folks. Shout out to you as well Nate OG.

23.Do you represent any companies or labels if so how long have you been afilliated with them?

Foley Ave/JB Swift Productions.

24.Anything that we didnt cover feel free to do so here? 

Ummm, I think we covered all bases, bro.

25. Any final thoughts for the readers? 

Always be true to yourself. One.

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