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IceBurghSociety.com: Where are you from?
Jor'Del Downz: I was born in Sudbury, Ontario.
IceBurghSociety.com: What got you into production?
Jor'Del Downz: I was always fascinated with how producers made beats. People like Alchemist, Kanye West and Dr. Dre. Once I got into the process of actually making a beat, I was hooked.
IceBurghSociety.com: Would you consider yourself a beatmaker or producer, and why?
Jor'Del Downz: Probably both. Besides making the beat, I like to contribute to the song whatever makes it better. Make sure it's as close to perfect as it can be.
IceBurghSociety.com: What programs and equipment do you typically use when producing?
Jor'Del Downz: I use a DAW called Reaper. People say it looks like a stripped down ProTools. You can make beats and record a song in the same program. And I make beats with the Novation Impulse.
IceBurghSociety.com: How long does it usually take you to make a beat?
Jor'Del Downz: It varies. Sometimes it takes an hour and a half, sometimes it'll take three including mastering. It also depends how much I decide to put in the beat.
IceBurghSociety.com: What part of the production process do you find the most challenging?
Jor'Del Downz: The whole thing's a challenge for the most part, but tweeking sounds to make them the way I want can be a task.
IceBurghSociety.com: What led to your style of production?
Jor'Del Downz: Probably how I hear things differently beatwise, and how sick I was of people making the same trap beat over and over. I can listen to a dope beat, but as soon as one thing comes in that sounds wrong for me, it almost ruins it.
IceBurghSociety.com: How do you think you differ from other producers?
Jor'Del Downz: Well, I just do things my own way. The way the next person does it, I'll do my best to take a different approach.
IceBurghSociety.com: Who influenced your style?
Jor'Del Downz: Mainly Alchemist and Kanye West. Alchemist is what I get the griminess from, and you can't forget the weird prog stuff that Kanye always does. I also listen to a lot of other genres of music which helps out a lot.
IceBurghSociety.com: What piece of software and hardware could you not live without?
Jor'Del Downz: Probably my keyboard and DAW.
IceBurghSociety.com: Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
Jor'Del Downz: Too many good artists out there to name one.
IceBurghSociety.com: What's the most successful or highest point in your career?
Jor'Del Downz: It hasn't happened yet.
IceBurghSociety.com: What projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in 2016?
Jor'Del Downz: I'm currently working on a street album which I plan to have out by the end of this year, as well as a mixtape with the Iceburgh fam. Also, I've been working behind the boards with other artists, hoping to get their project out this year as well.
IceBurghSociety.com: Any Final Shout-Outs?
Jor'Del Downz: As cliche as this is, S/O my hometown and all my supporters, old and new.
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