WHO GOT BEATS? Presents:
IceBurghSociety.com: Where are you from?
NVS: Born in Germany. Raised in and rep the 705 (Timmins). Even though my passport says dual citizenship my heart resides in Canada.
IceBurghSociety.com: What got you into production?
NVS: Fate would be the short answer. The longer version is that I started out as an average skilled MC. My passion to write faded when a group member Little King passed away. I still felt like I wanted to be part Hip Hop because it was a big part of me but it took awhile to find my position within it after that. Turns out I love producing.
IceBurghSociety.com: Would you consider yourself a beatmaker or producer, and why?
NVS: Beatmaker all the way. The thing is to accept a title you need to be able to be a master of that craft; to excel in all the nuances and aspects of that field. I feel "Producer" to too big a hat for me at this time. I'm not great at mixing and mastering but I kick ass at making sampled boom bap music.
IceBurghSociety.com: What programs and equipment do you typically use when producing?
NVS: My process starts with Digital and Vinyl crate digging. When i find my samples I bring them into Adobe Audition. Extract them from the song do any minor tweaking needed like EQ'ing, etc. Then I create on the MPC Renaissance til completion. When I started out I used Fruityloops and When the REN came out I knew that was gonna be my world because It was the first MPC to be not an analog stand alone but to have that digital interface. For me it was a perfect fit.
IceBurghSociety.com: How long does it usually take you to make a beat?
NVS: It depends on the sample and how OCD I wanna get with it. On average maybe a day but if I'm not happy with the way the sample flip is sounding it can take up to a month.
IceBurghSociety.com: What part of the production process do you find the most challenging?
NVS: Keeping it fresh and different. Switching up the drums a lil or just creating a different soundscape so all my beats dont listen like clones of each other.
IceBurghSociety.com: What led to your style of production?
NVS: Growing up an 80's baby I feel the Hip Hop of the 90's; that raw Boom Bap sound is what moves me, is what i fell in love with. So I always wanted to carry on that tradition, that vibe in my work.
IceBurghSociety.com: How do you think you differ from other producers?
NVS: I feel like in reality Boom Bap is dying. It was born in the USA, but after a couple generations its been overshadowed by new styles and directions that threatened to extingush its fire. So naturally its gone survival mode and moved to Canada & Europe. Cause we're very similar (Canada & Europe) in that we have never been a hurry to move on from the 90's lol. Rightfully so i might add. I guess What I'm getting at is while 95 % of beatmakers and producers today make beats in the style of modern trends like trap music I'm keeping it ol school boom bap with my own lil twist to it. I'm trying to keep that era of hip hop music alive to be heard by a new generation.
IceBurghSociety.com: Who influenced your style?
NVS: First and foremost Chapter Seven is the reason My production and Skill set is where it is at today. When Little King took his life Die By The Mic was essentially gone with him. Various members left the group for personal reasons leaving Chapter Seven & I standing in the aftermath. As i mentioned prior my passion for writting was gone and I wasnt sure what direction to go. Chapter Seven suggested Beatmaking which I was dabbling with in Fruityloops but well I was pretty shitty at lol. He mentored me and most importantly shared his beatmaking knowledge with me which is almost unheard these days with the competative nature of the hip hop scene. Without that influence not only wouldnt my sound be what it is now I might not be involved in the Hip Hop Culture anymore period. So my utmost repect and thanks go out to him. Now as for influences outside of that I'm inspired by the likes of Dj Premier, Rob the Viking, C-lance, Classified.
IceBurghSociety.com: What piece of software and hardware could you not live without?
NVS: MPC Ren. That thing is like Fruityloops had a rowdy one night stand with an MPC 2500 and this is their bastard love child. Never feeling like it belonged til it meet me. Ren is my future I'ma be in a rocker on my porch telling stories to my grandkids about our life together (**wife slaps me across the head**)
IceBurghSociety.com: Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
NVS: Truthfully I've pulled off most of my dream collabos already in one form or another. Now that I'm focused on strictly beatmaking tho, I'd like to someday have Vinnie Paz, Merkules, and some Wu-Tang members spazing out on my beats.
IceBurghSociety.com: What's the most successful or highest point in your career?
NVS: You know when you get really drunk and you say some shit that no one takes too seriously cause no one thinks you are ACTUALLY gonna do it. Well I said it AND i fucking did it man. lol. Die By The Mic was just Chapter Seven and me at this juncture and we tossing out ideas on how to get a buzz going for the company. We just couldnt really seem to expand our visibiity far beyond the Timmins boundries. A week or so before this I had hooked up a Snak the Ripper feature for my homie Northson for his iNorth album. So without too much forethought I yell "Fuck it! I'ma buy a Camper, We are gonna travel across the country to Surrey BC to film a music video with Snak while SDK spray paints the camper! Hows that for promotion!" They looked at me said i was drunk and go home" lol. Thing was though, that this was a turning point in my life. I was gonna pull this off or I was gonna quit Hip Hop. I saved every dime I had spare, invested all my energy and made that shit happen man. I proved to myself that we could do anything as long as I kept at it and never gave up. Motherfuckers still shaken their heads in disbelief at that one. lol
IceBurghSociety.com: What projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in 2016?
NVS: I'm putting together an NVS album which will be various artists on my beats, I got some major features involved such as Sean Strange and I will be enrolling the help of many 705 artists as well. Theres no release date/deadline on that one though, this is my first album as a beatmaker so im not rushing it. Mostly I'm focused on getting my music out there this year, get my name better known in the Beatmaking field, keeping the Die By The Mic brand relevant.
IceBurghSociety.com: Any Final Shout-Outs?
NVS: Shout outs to Chapter Seven & Secret Alcove Beats. Shout outs to Sean Strange, Merkules & Killah Priest. Shout outs to the 705 and to you Chezza for this interview.
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