Great Producers Listen to Great Music

Music for me is more than just simply putting together beats for rap stars. I make all types of music. I make blues, I make jazz, country… you name it. I take pride in using live instruments and creating a huge production with the records I create. It adds a certain soul to the tracks. I’m not your everyday, average producer with a limited ear for music.

My biggest influence is Bach. I play Bach, Mozart, Sibelius and a lot of no name composers I draw inspiration from. But it doesn’t have to be a big named person. I just like creativity. The musical background doesn’t matter.

Quincy Jones’ background is different from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ background and Babyface’s background is different from R. Kelly’s background but they all put forth great efforts. It’s really about your artistry and how you put your music together. I like any inspirational efforts that have been included into the music world and I just like listening to music.

Growing up with my father being in an orchestra I was able to observe a lot of different instruments, a lot of operas, a lot of plays, a lot of performances and it exposed me to a lot of music early on. I was able to understand different musical instruments and identify the sound of a trumpet, clarinet, viola, violin etc. I even understood what a conductor did, what the difference between an alto is and a soprano is. It was like a swimming pool of musical talent and art forms and creativity and I was in love with this art as a child.

I feel this has made a huge difference in the way I offer my artistry. I’m able to identify what works and won’t work for a particular record. Becoming a great producer is more than just a “hit” record. It’s about the magic. It’s about putting everything you have into the record and making sure it speaks to someone. You have to give it your soul and emotion.

You could be mad, you could be angry or pissed off at somebody and make adrenaline music or up tempo, dark music. You might have just had sex, so you make a slow groove, something mellow and sip a glass of wine. It depends on a lot of emotions, the whole world of emotions.

That’s my inspiration, what’s yours?

  • oezguer

    I think this is some real stuff you’re talking about.I grew up with the same influence of classical music and it really helped me to step my game up to the next level.Your ear is like your heart and sometimes they replace each other.
    I used to play piano by force of my grandma and if i think back , i am happy she forced me to do it.Mozart , bethoven , chopin and a lot more classical artists helped me really.people that say that classical music is trash and only should be heard by white conservative people have no clue.so with 12 i started singing at the opera , solo artist then i quit with 15 after stacking 6000 euros.(i live in germany )
    and now i rap and sing , i write for a couple of artists and sit in the sony bmg office in germany where i decide which should be the next hit for german rappers…..I am 19 now and i thank God really having this chance to embrace classical music…

    • joe p

      couldn’t agree more

  • Deadly MIME

    I’m a MC/producer in my own group and so is my partner. We both are influenced by those that came before us. We always try to create something different and that takes the artform to a different direction. We notice alot of producers claim that they kno music, but when you hear it, shit sounds like straight garbage. Not sayin that you Drumma Boy is wack, but even you know theres some producers fakin the funk, and are over producing shit thats not necessary. At the end of the day, its all gonna come down to the either composers vs. beat makers. Oh and composers always win.

  • tronthadon

    Im not a producer but hip-hop music in general is my first love..i like everybody from Spice 1 to Jay-z, Gucci shit anybody wit summin to say..but recently i been heavy on The
    Doors, John Lennon, The Beatles and Pink Floyd even got my niggas vibin to it now..all south niggas aint basic and im a example of that..ay Drum i know you read this so i gotta request for u bruh..John Lennon got this song called How Do You Sleep shit is crazy and i think tha chours would make a good sample..listen to it you might have summin on ur hands wit that one..oh and its still East Atlanta Bitch!!

  • Justice4All

    Ditto: I come from a rich musical background, played in the Jazz band, Concert Band and Marching Band in the “A” (Decatur) and then went to Southern University and Played in the “Human Jukebox”-all of that crafted the way I produce music. I can get a spark from a water faucet or a blender it all depends on the moment. I’ve played Dvorjak to Thelonious Monk and one thing is for certain, Music is Music. Now when I make a hip hop song, I can pull in many genres of music for any particular type of feel. I have people that love the songs I produce some of them at times are over their head because they are looking for some cookie cutter track. I’m in to composing lasting music, not just a temporary fix.

  • gaddic

    Any listener or producer that ONLY listens or respects rap as a genre has simply an atrocious taste in music!
    I dabble in rock, soul electronica and alternative from time to time
    And guess what it is SUPER DOPE!
    and yes for the record I love hip-hop but Rock is the best genre!

    • tronthadon

      I dont listen to tha new rock but i like the shit from tha 60′s it was mellow summin to smoke to

  • BossGame

    The Doors, Tavares, Phil Collins, Yes,Mozart a lot of that late 70′s “mellow rock” stuff too. Mozart was a beast! Amadeus (The Movie) reminds me of the obssesive nature some of us have when it comes to our music. When I was stationed in Korea (2003) My “Battle Buddy” would have to come get me and demand that I go to the DFAC (Chow hall) and eat,because I’d be so caught up in creating that I’d neglect the essentials,eating,sleeping etc.I think i read once, that J-Dilla was so caught up in his music that he neglected his health. I understand. I’ve been there a time or two. Appreciate the drop Brah!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    I’m glad that this was written, especially after the backlash of the first blog. I love all kinds of music or just art period. its always something you can get from it. Even the bad art. In addition, there is never enough credit given to the artist and the difficulty behind thier projects. Making a beat is simple but hard…its complex. Finding ur signature style is even harder. so, before you start the hate try first to appreciate a man’s craft.

  • http://misterrickysays.blogspot.com/ Mister Ricky

    No doubt, I’m dating myself with this one, but I miss the expressive bass and horns in music. Seems like computer generated basslines and brass just don’t breathe enough. Could be the Bahamian in me though. LOL And hell!…Let the guitar player get his Ernie Isley/Nile Rodgers on every now and then. Pimp C was a great practitioner of the kind of funk I’m talking about, Outkast too.

    • ri067953

      Yeah, Pimp C and Outkast have some good production. But you gotta check out Quik’s catalog. That guy has worked with an actual orchestra and lets the guitar guys he works with put it down. Quik always uses alot of live instrumentation in his production.

  • Moving Sideways

    Interesting topic, obviously if you only listen or play one kind of music, you miss out on so many sounds.

    Some of my favorite stuff to listen to is jazz from the late 70′s when synthesizers were starting to make an appearance, but before drum machines were common. Vocal jazz, baroque era classical specifically Bach, and any kind of world music. I just like listening to music that doesn’t sound like anything else.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    The Bach Cello Suites come highly recommended by myself: Herbz…

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • http://misterrickysays.blogspot.com Mister Ricky

    yeah! Don’t know how I left them “West Coast” cats out. Between them and them Texas boys, they really put a foot off in it, when it came to that funky stuff. Beats by the Pound (Master P)were nice with it too. A lot of those british groups are bad ass hell too. Jamiroquai (Return of the Space Cowboy)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddnt_upvkFI
    Has the kind of Bassline I would love to see Hip Hop producer experiment with.

  • http://misterrickysays.blogspot.com/ Mister Ricky

    Wouldn’t mind seeing hip hop/rap producers experimenting and unleashing basslines like the one on “Return of the Space Cowboy” by Jamiroquai. That thing is vicious. What the games been missing IMHO.

    • http://www.bboycult.com Don ‘$yk’ McCaine

      “Return of the Space Cowboy” by Jamiroquai

      ^ GOOD EXAMPLE

      • Dee El

        Sky,

        “Too Young To Die” is that hit by Jamiroquai!!! I’mma sample that shit!!

        Dee El Sends
        P.E.A.C.E.

  • http://XXL DJ HOE

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  • these posts are racist

    Better, but you still coming short homey – you gloss over things too much. Dip deep and engage us.

    My biggest inspiration was being in the middle of a West Bank oppressive incursion by the Israeli army. The IDF came in with their tanks, planes and fully armored soilders blasting at children and the people whose very existence threatens their racist agenda.

    The blasts of the bombs and screams and absolute horror of having Alien like weaponry attacking unarmed civilians struck a discontent in my soul that has never been healed. I went home and played Tupac’s “Holler if ya Hear Me…” and felt like he wrote that song and made the beat while observing what I just witnessed.

    So…the sounds of the fight for freedom and justice are my inspiration.

    • Hanch

      Here you go again with your self righteous crap! The only good thing is that this post asks for your self righteousness, so you get a pass for today.

      • these posts are racist

        Here you go again with your dick riding…don’t you ever get tired of riding my dick? Son, it’s getting old…get your own style, why you ridin’ mine?

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol Kid Pistol

    I just have a few things to say…Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, John Williams, Danny Elfman. I love movie score ish, it shows a huge amount of talent from the composer (tempo, key changes, etc.) Check ‘em if you haven’t!

    Post was on-point Drumma Boy!!

  • Von Solo

    And it starts^….

  • Anonymous

    @ Kid Pistol
    I feel ya on that movie score thing. I always tried to start from scratch on the MPC (Dating myselg again?)Never mastered the chopping and sampling, but if I could, I would have definetly went after that Cecil B. Demille’s “Ten Commandments or Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth” scores. Man! the possibilities….sighs! LOL

    @Don ‘$yk’ McCaine

    Yeah, and I know Magic Mike (probably many others) work it, but that “Glide” by Pleasure still gives me goosebumps!

  • http://misterrickysays.blogspot.com/ Mister Ricky

    @ Kid Pistol
    I feel ya on that movie score thing. I always tried to start from scratch on the MPC (Dating myselg again?)Never mastered the chopping and sampling, but if I could, I would have definetly went after that Cecil B. Demille’s “Ten Commandments or Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth” scores. Man! the possibilities….sighs! LOL

    @Don ‘$yk’ McCaine

    Yeah, and I know Magic Mike (probably many others) work it, but that “Glide” by Pleasure still gives me goosebumps!

    • http://www.bboycult.com Don ‘$yk’ McCaine

      Pleasure???

      I quit!

      oska you got comp here homie!

  • El Tico Loco

    Tell me if I’m crazy or extra loco but isn’t this the same as Donwill’s post last week? Or am I buggin?

    • El Tico Loco

      Just add a producer’s twist to it.

  • http://misterrickysays.blogspot.com/ Mister Ricky

    Anonymous says:

    @ Kid Pistol
    I feel ya on that movie score thing. I always tried to start from scratch on the MPC (Dating myselg again?)Never mastered the chopping and sampling, but if I could, I would have definetly went after that Cecil B. Demille’s “Ten Commandments or Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth” scores. Man! the possibilities….sighs! LOL

    OOPS! Left my name off that last one

  • http://misterrickysays.blogspot.com/ Mister Ricky

    Excuse the triple post!

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol Kid Pistol

    I just got co-signed thrice!

  • rockcity

    It´s kinda funny that Drumma-Hoe is asking us a question when he doesnt read the comments. At all.

    ^^

    • http://twitter.com/IAmHopp Yung Hopp

      Funnier is how that is part of the post that stands out for you.

      • these posts are racist

        Co-Sign rockcity. Drumma-Hoe. Don’t ask us questions if you won’t engage us in the comment section. Word to Nada-Hoe and Oj the Juiceman.

  • LexPL

    What up Drumm? I have mad respect for your work on Rocko album, keep makin dat fya bro, holla @ ya!

  • http://www.bboycult.com www.bboycult.com

    @rock city…

    yeah, he reads the comments… he did exactly what i suggested he do yesterday. now ifn he a real nigga, he’ll be fly enuff to dap a nigga who pulled his coat til he buttoned it.

    and he did. this was just what any nigga who in new territory should do… speak on what you know. dont talk about misogyny if you make songs for the bitches! thats called contradictin yourself. it’s a small step away from lying.

    Wagner is my shit. strait hardcore. like one of the violinist stood up and smashed his shit at the end of the song! like the Led Zeppelin of classical! strait up…

    • http://www.bboycult.com Don ‘$yk’ McCaine

      “now ifn he a real nigga, he’ll be fly enuff to dap a nigga who pulled his coat til he buttoned it.”

      ^ LOL

      “Wagner is my shit. strait hardcore. like one of the violinist stood up and smashed his shit at the end of the song! like the Led Zeppelin of classical! strait up…”

      ^ “And I slam it on the ground to make sure it’s broke…”-Rakim

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