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IceBurghSociety.com: Where are you from?
jus beats: Canada.
IceBurghSociety.com: What got you into production?
jus beats: Our Hip Hop group BHC needed exclusive beats and this Soundclick & YouTube shit wasn't doing it. if you want to put something real out you need an exclusive beat but we had no money for beats so i started dabbling into looping and chopping up sounds. Years later it became what it is today.
IceBurghSociety.com: Would you consider yourself a beatmaker or producer, and why?
jus beats: I'm on the producer end of things these days because I don't just throw some drums over a loop and make a beat like back in the day. Now I record vocals, mix and master tracks, compose beats or sample, chop, pitch, and re-arrange a sound til it's unrecognizable in my beats. Also I can edit all kinds of stuff, instead of just being able to make a beat. I'm not saying that loopin shit aint Hip-Hop though because to me that's Hip Hop too, I just take it above and beyond to create something original because i been at it so long.
IceBurghSociety.com: What programs and equipment do you typically use when producing?
jus beats: E-mu 1616 PCi Sound Interface, Samson Studio Monitors, Akai MPC 1000, Native Instruments Maschine, , M-Audio Keystudio 49, M-audio CK-1000 Turntables, MPC 2000XL and an Ion Record Player For sampling vinyl.
IceBurghSociety.com: How long does it usually take you to make a beat?
jus beats: Sometimes shit falls in place quickly and just makes sense and works out, but sometimes it doesn't and it takes twice as long to get something started. But to finish a beat from start to finish there's alot of steps, like picking sounds. layering. making programs, chopping a sample, then recording your patterns EQ, mixing, adding effects and then the mixdown and tracking out all the stems to get the final product, so it takes a few days. I like to go back to a session a few times before it's done to get a fresh ear on it. Could be an hour each session could be two, just depends how I'm feeling or how inspired I am and how things sound.
IceBurghSociety.com: What part of the production process do you find the most challenging?
jus beats: Digging for new sample. Listening to vinyls for that right piece of sound you want then recording and chopping those samples with the MPC or Maschine has to be the most challenging part of the process. Also, getting every chop on point so it sounds right and tweaking it before your able to lay something down that sounds proper.
IceBurghSociety.com: What led to your style of production?
jus beats: When i started listening to Hip Hop, it was that old school 90's boombap sound that always gave me the most energy from a song. so naturally thats where i ventured with my beats. I was never really interested in other genres of producing, but i have a few EDM and Electronic Techno producers that i will be collabing with in the near future.
IceBurghSociety.com: How do you think you differ from other producers?
jus beats: By trying to stay as original as possible and not fall into the trends
IceBurghSociety.com: Who influenced your style?
JUS BEATS: No one really influenced my style as a producer, I just get my energy from boombap style beats and Hip Hop. I can't help but create that type of boombap with those fat kicks and nasty snares.
IceBurghSociety.com: What piece of software and hardware could you not live without?
JUS BEATS: Hardware, my MPC. I'm slowly but surely venturing into the MPC world and trying to faze out the software part of the process even tho it's alot slower workflow on the hardware. I kind of like the feeling of being hands on grabbing records and sampling into the MPC, manually chopping them and being able to grab my MPC and go anywhere with a set of headphones and start making Hip Hop.
IceBurghSociety.com: Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
JUS BEATS: 2Pac & Johnny J., no question, R.I.P. 2Pac's one of my all time favourite artists and of course Johnny J, the man behind most of the beats! To have the three of us in a studio, my choice, 100%.
IceBurghSociety.com: What's the most successful or highest point in your career?
JUS BEATS: No real milestone, every year there's more and more opportunities and accomplishments. I've been in producer mags, radio interviews, sold a bunch of beats, made ill tracks with dudes from all over the world, did production EPs, you name it, each year has something new to look forward to. Be it learning something new or honing the skills or a new artist reaching out and us putting a project together, it's constantly building.
IceBurghSociety.com: What projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in 2016?
JUS BEATS: Dropped a break beat project a few weeks back called "Break n Enter", a free download of a few beats i made with some dope breaks. The next project I'm working on is with the homie, Adam Walsh of the group The First Kings. We got a heavy hitting EP for y'all soon enough.
IceBurghSociety.com: Any Final Shout-Outs?
JUS BEATS: Shout-Out my homie, Eight Measures a.k.a Chapter 7. Dude has helped me out large. My brothers I.B Profit & Sincere, and anyone else who fucks with my music, has purchased beats or helped me out along the way and supported the Hip Hop. Respect the culture. Keep Hip Hop alive!
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