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IceBurghSociety.com: Where are you from?
TEE MAJOR: I come from a Jamaican background but I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and grew up and lived for 27 years in the west end of the city in the Jane street area.
IceBurghSociety.com: What got you into production?
TEE MAJOR: Trouble and mishap. Found myself on house arrest, and I don't like video games like that, so when I saw an old friend was making beats on his computer I thought I should give it a try. I got hooked instantly, and with nothing else to do but watch movies, making beats became my reason to rush home from work.
IceBurghSociety.com: Would you consider yourself a beatmaker or producer, and why?
TEE MAJOR: I am a producer first and foremost. I am a part of the song, so I have input into the outcome of the song. If I don't like the vibe, we'll have to work till everyone is happy with the sound of the song, and most times the vision for my beat. Beat makers just make the beat and keep it moving, that's not me.
IceBurghSociety.com: What programs and equipment do you typically use when producing?
TEE MAJOR: FL Studio, MPC, old records.
IceBurghSociety.com: How long does it usually take you to make a beat?
TEE MAJOR: It can take me anywhere from 15 mins to get a good groove going, to days of trial and error with reconstructing and taking away and introducing new sounds or melodies. Truthfully I'm not finished with a beat untill it hits the masses, I'm always touching up the mix or changing patterns or melodies before the world hears it.
IceBurghSociety.com: What part of the production process do you find the most challenging?
TEE MAJOR: Coming up with new ways NOT to sound the exact same as last time because for me, I never want to be thought of as a "copy cat" producer; as in sticking to one sound, in the sense of as soon as you hear a beat you'll know it's me cuz my samples, melodies, or drum pattern. I only want you to know it's my beat because my tag in the intro. I'm just trying to make timeless music you can always listen to for years to come.
IceBurghSociety.com: What led to your style of production?
TEE MAJOR: Just seeing how "copy cat producers" become irrelevant over time, some of them are around for longer than others but they all get shelved. And when I say "copy cat producers", I mean copy yourself, your own sound from the last beat you made, not someone elses sound because that's just a biter. For example people like Swiss Beatz, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy etc. Don't get me wrong what they did for the game was AMAZING but after a while people get tired of one sound and then you're no longer relevant again. Don't get me wrong, you can make a lot of money even residual income and royalties but when you put your money in the right places, it will all be worth it. You won't have the fame you use to but you have the money.
IceBurghSociety.com: How do you think you differ from other producers?
TEE MAJOR: When I first started I was known as a soulful producer (Kanye West style), but now I have no style. I can do East Coast to West Coast funk back to Down South and Trap to RnB /Slow Jams. Also because I went to school for engineering and recording, I have a mind to make music for film, radio shows, and television. A lot of producers have one or maybe 2 of those styles and almost no producer in my realm is thinking about film and television while making beats.
IceBurghSociety.com: Who influenced your style?
TEE MAJOR: Early out in production I looked up to J Dilla and 9th Wonder because when I first started, I was using Fruity Loops and they were using it too. But they were doing beats for the likes of Jay Z with the same program I used, so I use to spend hours on YouTube listening to 9th Wonder beats hoping I could hear a clue as to what he did in FL Studio to make it sound so soulful and professional. l also looked up to Arsonists of the Heat Makers apart from what he did for Dip Set with the vocal samples. I seen him use an MPC 2000 on a DVD and I wanted one immediately. I also looked up to HI TEK and thought he was soo dope because the beats he made were simple but epic. His basslines made his tracks epic, so when I got my MPC 1000 i actually started by sampling him and Talib Kweli's album "Reflections Eternal". The first thing I wanted to learn was how to sample in the MPC, and I figured if I could sample him and break down how he did it through recreating his beats, then I would be on the road to success, at least that's what I thought. Also, I was a Kanye West fanatic, I loved his soul beats so I started to make them just like him. That was the last producer I tried to be like up until he stopped making the souls beats in that sense.
IceBurghSociety.com: What piece of software and hardware could you not live without?
TEE MAJOR: FL Studio and MPC.
IceBurghSociety.com: Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
TEE MAJOR: My dream collaboration would be Fabolous as an artist, and Harry Fraud as a producer.
IceBurghSociety.com: What's the most successful or highest point in your career?
TEE MAJOR: The first time a song I produced was featured on national television and most recently my INSTRUMENTAL album "Listening Session" reaching all the major platforms a vocal artist reaches, as in where it is sold and/or streamed.
IceBurghSociety.com: Any Final Shout-Outs?
TEE MAJOR: Toronto, Canada , my wife and kids, Ethermuzik, Motive Music, Fontana North, The World.
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