Thursday, December 12, 2013

ASCAP interviews Tec Beatz "On the Come Up"


"On the Come Up" - December Edition

Tec Beatz

Producer Tec Beatz shows "On the Come Up" the pieces to his melodic puzzle.

Where are you from originally?
Tec Beatz: I'm from Gainesville, GA.
What was your first introduction into the music industry?
TB: My first introduction was when I ended up at Zac Recording [Studios] and met a producer/engineer named Donnie Scantz. I was up there to do a session and I ran into Donnie who was working with Polow Da Don. The first session I went to with him I was with Polow and Rich Boy. I was just like, "Show me the ropes." That was the beginning, although I have been doing music since I was 13.
How is your production style different from other producers?
TB: I just have various styles. I'm a multi-faceted producer. I'm not saying other producers aren't, but I don't like to be stuck and confined to one sound. I like mixing genres together. I was on the drumline at Clark University and that carries over into my music. I have a very unorthodox style. I have a musical background and I understand the theory of music.
What are you currently working on?
TB: Right now, I just got the Tamar Braxton record ["Pieces"] on Love and War, which I produced with Bryan-Michael Cox and Kendrick Dean. I'm working with an independent artist, JU1, who's from Chicago. I'm working with different songwriters and just building my catalog. I'm doing workshops and demos for Ableton – a music production software company based out of Berlin. I'm also doing the iStandard Beat Camp tour.
What inspires you to create music?
TB: Movies, traveling and music. I pull my inspiration from just listening. Emotions inspire me to create as well; there's a certain type of vibe I feel when I'm amped, there's a certain type of vibe I feel when I'm mad and there's a certain type of vibe I feel when I'm sad.
Who is your musical mentor and why?
TB: I've had a lot of mentors, but inspiration-wise I would say Timbaland. He was the key figure that inspired my creative style. When I first heard that Supa Dupa Fly album from Missy Elliott, I knew I wanted to make music but not to try to copy or bite. Donnie Scantz was a key mentor as far as teaching me about the industry. Polow Da Don was a mentor and so was NO I.D., Bryan-Michael Cox, LRoc who used to produced for Lil' Jon and Don Cannon. I've had a lot of people reach out to me, people I've been able to get knowledge from. Shoutout to Mike Brinkley who is also a mentor and is my current manager.
What advice do you have for up-and-coming producers?
TB: This industry is crazy! Just be yourself. Be inspired. Create. Be great, be incredible. Stay true to yourself – that's the main thing. Don't let this industry help you lose yourself; be who you are.
For more information on Tec, follow him on Twitter at @tec_beatz.

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