Interview x Loagz Beatz | Music Beats Artist
Let’s delve into the psyche of Loagz Beatz.
1. What is the start-up story behind your sounds & recording journey?
“My parents had a big role in my influence in music. My mother introduced motown, soul, and R&B and an appreciation for it at a young age. Growing up in the North East I listened to the infamous “HOT 97”, Funk Master Flex etc. I taught myself guitar around the age of 13, and piano after.
I used to record on a blank WAV. file with a small mic on my desktop computer, first clapping and making a beat on the table and beatboxing *laughs* then playing a bass and rhythm on the guitar to make a beat.
It got around to a lot of friends up in the Poconos and one day a buddy of mine said “Why don’t you just try to get serious with that already?” So I did.”
2. Describe your sound concepts, what is it like? What are three words that best define it?
“I try to go back to the basics. I like 90’s style hip hop drums, ya know, something with a good beat? I throw in my love for reggae in a lot of my tracks and focus on leads a lot.
JewFro and some other engineers kind of knock me for my older sounding syths sometimes but it works for me.
I listened to a lot of Sublime from an early age so I like that west coast old school funk hop. 808, guitars, all that. I do mainstream too but there’s something about that old sound I don’t think I’ll ever give up.”
3. In three words, characterize who you are.
“OM. TAT. SAT.” *smiles*
4. What’s something that’s always running inside your mind lately?
“Just traveling again. I don’t like being in one place for too long. I was living in the Grove (Miami) for a bit last year before I traveled most of this half of the country. I went out to Nashville, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Mississippi, Louisana.
Pretty much everywhere in between. But I’m alright for now here in Naples FL.
5. Being in your position, I’m sure it can be overwhelming with the workload.
How do you achieve balance in life?
*laughs* Yeah it can get a little nuts sometimes. I’m working with 2 artists from Jamaica now, Mozart Jones out in Cali, people in NY, Miami.. Everywhere. I read the Vedas, The Bhagavad Gita, and go to the beach a lot.
I need that calmness in my life, ya know? I think everyone does. I recently got a part time job 2 days a week to get me out of my head for a bit, just to get out of my room and whatever studio I’m at. I feel satisfaction from working hard and getting a paycheck.. Music or labor.”
6. What’s one incident that would serve as a turning point to your life?
*Sighs* “Wow. There are so many. But in all honesty the last time I went to (Jail) was an eye opener. Drugs & alcohol were a major problem for me for most of my life. Like they say ‘It’s only fun until it isn’t’.. I decided to clean up and it’s been amazing ever since.”
7. What three pieces of advice would you give to others when it comes to life & career?
“Jim Carrey said ‘You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.’ That is so true. If I never took chances, traveled, kept my eyes and heart on what I love, I would never be who I am today. I refuse to live life just accepting mediocrity or settling. Just for today, anyway. Life is your blank canvas. What will you paint?”
8. What’s a typical day in your life like?
*Laughs* “I really don’t have a ‘typical’ day. But for the most part it’s waking up, laying in bed and checking my e-mails for leases or full rights buys, then Twitter, then Instgram, then Facebook.
Gotta’ keep the people happy *laughs*. Taking a shower always gives me inspiration for beats, why I don’t know. I’m thinking about putting a recorder in the bathroom like Prince.. You know he does that?.. Oh you didn’t? Well he does.
Just to hum or say ideas while I’m in the shower instead of trying to remember it then run half soaped up to my room and lay it down. I talk to artists I work with throughout the day, CONSTANTLY advertise on Twitter, and mess around on my Akai.
Sometimes I’ll be making a beat for 6 hours and it will sound alright. Sometimes something hits me and I lay down a simple beat and piano pattern in 20 mins and it’s a hit. Funny how the mind works. Night time is always researching, reading, and talking or skyping with my girl. Then I wake up and do it all over again!” *laughs*
9. What’s one of the highlighting moment in your career? Why is it so?
When I first started doing the whole online producer thing with SoundClick.com back in 2009, things just came real quick. I mean REAL QUICK. Within the first 3 months or so I did background music for Jay Cutler’s ‘A Day In The Life’ Mr. Universe DVD out in Cali, a song that somehow ended up on a big name mixtape, heard a beat I sold on a Verizon Wireless commercial, it just came real fast.
That’s when I decided to go more the route of the internet and social networking. 5 years, 25,000+ twitter followers and contracts later, I’m glad I decided to do so.
10. What stops you from throwing in the towel and giving up during those frustrating days of being in this industry?
*laughs* “Because music is like my crack! What’s Wrong with you?! (in Chris Tucker Voice) *laughs* ..Music (to me) isn’t something you can ‘quit’. Even if I stopped doing it commercially, I’d still be playing instruments, local bars, and scenes down here in South Florida.
It’s in my blood. I always know when I want to break everything I have in anger to walk away, smoke a cigarette, maybe have some coffee and just relax. It’s amazing how much a small break can help. There’s always tomorrow, and more to be done. It never ends.”
11. Biggest risk ever taken?
“My biggest risk is when I don’t take it.”
12. Who has influenced you most and been your greatest inspiration?
I think just seeing people in daily life inspires me. Seeing people struggle, work hard, and don’t complain. I’ve traveled a lot and saw people from many walks of life. They keep me going. Also seeing such young producers today makes me feel (old) and makes me put that work in harder!
13. How do you go about marketing your business or yourself? What has been your most successful form of marketing?
Twitter has been the most successful. Hands down. I think I have 25 or 30,000 followers on there. People are always retweeting the Loagz Beatz posts, sharing, and it’s the only place where artists follow me on the daily.
All I have to say is “Hey, we should work” and it goes from there. I’ve paid my way across the country literally from artists following me on twitter. It’s crazy how much technology helps.
14. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
Just doing what I do, living comfortably. A few grammys wouldn’t hurt (laughs)
15. What’s the first thing you would say to the world if all attention was on you right now?
Put God first, and whatever you want falls into place.
SXH: Brilliant answers Loagz! You’re a truly dedicated individual to the sound arts development. Those Grammy’s will soon follow.
Listen to Loagz Beatz Music & his works at his website.