We were lucky enough to catch up with hip-hop producer FrankDownNorth following the release of his superb album, ‘Forever’. Read the full interview now!
Hi FrankDownNorth, tell us about yourself?
I’m a Dominican music producer from Philly. I’ve Been producing for 15 years but started taking it seriously in 2016. I’m currently 29 years old.
What is your songwriting process?
Whatever I’m feeling at the moment Is what comes out!
Tell us about your latest release ‘Forever’?
‘Forever’ is my 3rd instrumental album. I named it that because everything I do is for my legacy. I want to produce timeless songs. Create a product that will shift The world. Be amongst the greats.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
Most of my beats bring out the passion in artists as my main sound as of now is for spitters. People who tell stories. Of course, I make trap beats too because I love the bounce and being versatile is a must.
Who are your musical influences?
My musical influences growing up were Kanye West, Just Blaze, Boi1da, Justice League, to name a few. The way Ye & Just Blaze killed samples really pushed me to start making beats. You felt everything they did.
Who are your non-musical influences?
The first person who came to mind was Kobe Bryant. Nasty on the court, but it was his interviews that really made me love him as a person. He always had gems to share. Super motivational.
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
It’s always a mixture. I’m still on Snoh Aalegras last album. Sade. Drake & Meek stay in rotation. I just found out about an artist named Baby B. She’s ill.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
I’d say promotion. I see some upcoming artists put a lot of time and money into recording, but their rollouts are rushed. I’d also say finding their sound.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
To producers: if you truly love making beats, just do it every single day. Watch tutorials on YouTube and apply what you learn right away. Watch interviews. Get in studios. Soak up as much as you can. Invest in yourself (buy drumkits, equipment etc.). Take breaks when necessary. Learn the business.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
For the next two years, my hopes are becoming a household name in the game with multiple major placements that have the game in a chokehold. Really getting my brand and vision out there. I have big plans.
FVMusicBlog February 2021
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