WHO GOT BEATS? Presents:
IceBurghSociety.com: Where are you from?
MARK JORDAN: Toronto, grew up in the east end but been all over the GTA.
IceBurghSociety.com: What got you into production?
MARK JORDAN: As a rapper, I had a natural ear for beats. Things I liked, didn't like etc. Started playing with beat making software, and it just grew as a hobby from there.
IceBurghSociety.com: Would you consider yourself a beatmaker or producer, and why?
MARK JORDAN: A Producer. I don't just throw drum loops on samples. Almost all my beats are played and layered from scratch, sample free.
IceBurghSociety.com: What programs and equipment do you typically use when producing?
MARK JORDAN: FL Studio 10. I have used FL12 and Maschine as well, but I generally use FL10. Sometimes A USB MIDI Keyboard as well.
IceBurghSociety.com: How long does it usually take you to make a beat?
MARK JORDAN: I've had beats take me as little as an hour, and as long as days to get right. I tend to go back on beats I've started and finish them later, but it really depends on the mood. I find I'm more motivated and quicker when the artist I'm making the beat for is present in the studio. Most producers I find are the opposite and are most creative alone in their own space.
IceBurghSociety.com: What part of the production process do you find the most challenging?
MARK JORDAN: Percussion. As a rapper, I tend to lean towards beats with less percussion, hard hitting kicks and snares with minimal interfering besides melodies. As a producer, I'm forced to look past that as other artists aren't all going to have the same taste as me. Whether it's intricate R&B percussion, or trap beats where you have a vast array of airy percussion and SFX, I have to adapt.
IceBurghSociety.com: What led to your style of production?
MARK JORDAN: I mostly just produce what comes out. A lot of my production is brass and orchestra influenced. Choir, strings, trumpets , etc.
IceBurghSociety.com: How do you think you differ from other producers?
MARK JORDAN: I haven't found my true production style yet, and the beats are already dope, so who knows what I'll come up with.
IceBurghSociety.com: Who influenced your style?
MARK JORDAN: All music I've ever heard!!!!
IceBurghSociety.com: What piece of software and hardware could you not live without?
MARK JORDAN: Kontakt.
IceBurghSociety.com: Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
MARK JORDAN: As a producer, Boi-1Da.
IceBurghSociety.com: What's the most successful or highest point in your career?
MARK JORDAN: Having my homies and fellow local rappers on my beats and shoot videos to them.
IceBurghSociety.com: What projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in 2016?
MARK JORDAN: In 2017 I've released a few EPs of music as well as some production. I co-produce a joint on my upcoming mixtape "23 - A Collection Of Greatness" , As well as a few songs on Tommy Gunnz upcoming LP "Multiple Seasons". Both worth looking out for.
IceBurghSociety.com: Any Final Shout-Outs?
MARK JORDAN: Everybody actually supporting and creating growth in the Canadian music industry.
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