“My biggest advice to give is you have to love what you do. If you even have to question it one time you shouldn’t be doing it. This business is hard and will swallow you up if you don’t have the heart and the love of the music backing you.”
Check out the interview with Producer Public exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Producer Public: Me and one of my childhood best friends were walking down the street and found a snare and a kick drum in the garbage. We picked it up and that’s how I started playing drums at 15. That same year me, my buddy, and a few high school friends started a band called Stray From The Path. We started playing a lot of shows locally on Long Island and quickly became a touring hardcore band.
I always dabbed in digital music during that time, but honestly have only been serious for probably the last five years. I parted ways from the band after putting out a few albums with Summerian Records. I was young and I’ll be honest I was fucking up. It took me awhile to get out of a slump of being depressed from leaving. I have no regrets because it got me to where I am now.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice to give is you have to love what you do. If you even have to question it one time you shouldn’t be doing it. This business is hard and will swallow you up if you don’t have the heart and the love of the music backing you. Stay positive, focused, and set your self-goals.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I always said the music is the easy part. Composing never stressed me out and I’m never nervous about records I’m working on. It’s the hustle that’s the challenge, but also the excitement. You need to put yourself out there. When people start learning that this is what you live for, that’s when you’ll see change.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Simple straight forward answer: social media. But not shoveling it down people’s throats and spamming. Be personable. Don’t just send the same copy/paste DM to everyone. I just block you and never listen, many will do the same.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Like every city there’s great artists and there’s artists that personally just sound the same to me. The fans I would have are probably the artists I work with. I’m coming up just like everyone else.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully getting invited to different studios around the states to work on records with Kendrick to working on records with Deftones.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
It’s really so spread out. I know it’s so typical to say but it’s true. I grew up on bands like Nirvana, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Dillinger Escape Plan, Aphextwin, Radiohead, Bjork, Wu-Tang, and artists like Biggie, Nas and Big L. In today’s world I look up to Kendrick and Drake to name a couple.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I hate when people say “the music nowadays sucks.” Of course there’s always going to be music you personally think is trash. You have to respect new music and genres that come out. It’s just artists being creative and enjoying the new cultures of sound. I 100 percent do enjoy today’s music.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Producer Public