Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into producing music?
Well I've always loved music since I could remember, I started producing pretty late but i've always been around it most of my life. I started in 2019, I downloaded Ableton and have been going at it ever since.
What was the first piece of equipment or software that you used to produce music?
My first piece of equipment was the Akai MPK mini and my first software is Ableton which I still use.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and how have they influenced your work?
My biggest musical inspiration is definitely that OVO sound, it has influenced me immensely. Noah Shebib and PND are my favorite producers, along with Neenyo, G.Ry, Noel Cadastre etc.
How do you approach the creative process when working on a new project or track?
It’s different every time, sometimes I start with chords, sometimes with drums or even just a percussion loop. As long as I catch a vibe with whatever it is.
How do you stay up to date with the latest music production techniques and technology?
I like to listen to the new music coming out every Friday and also i watch a lot of youtube videos to learn new techniques.
How do you work with artists to bring their vision to life in the studio?
I listen to the artist catalog and listen to what vibe they like so i can make something similar but with my touch on it so it's not the same all around or sometimes i can envision something different for a artist, for example i'm working with a r&b singer but i could hear her on a smooth afrobeat so i make that instead.
Can you walk us through your favorite project or beat that you’ve worked on and what made it so special?
My favorite beat would have to be on this song called Focus by Dru Nxva. It's special to me because it's one of the first songs that I really loved that someone used my beat in. I listen to it so many times a day.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in music production?
My advice would be to never give up even if it seems like you’re not going anywhere. You never know what will happen tomorrow, just keep working hard and your day will come.
How do you deal with creative blocks or moments of self-doubt in your work?
When I feel like I have a creative block or self doubt I simply close my computer and just go outside, hang with some friends or listen to some new music.
Where do you see yourself and your career in music production going in the future?I see myself executively producing projects for artists and hopefully be a well known name in the game.Check out Tokiowahl's debut Beatlibrary pack right here!