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DreadpooL the Music Producer Exclusive Interview
DreadpooL the Music Producer Exclusive Interview
DreadpooL Music is the home of a network of great Music Producers and Sound Designers. You’ll find high-quality beats, sound packs, software, hardware, merchandise, and we’ll soon be hosting beat battles. Quality over quantity is our mission. This network will not be filled with material that we wouldn’t use in our own projects.
How did you come by your brand name?
Dreadpool is actually my Music Producer name and was created by my nephew DeShaun Brown. Because I have locs and my brand colors are black and red, he jokingly said that I should go by Dreadpool as a play-off of Deadpool. I found it catchy and it stuck with me.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I’ve known that I had a love for creating music since I was in elementary school in the mid 80’s. I began playing the clarinet and saxophone at that time. My parents felt that I had a gift so they placed me in all of the right places to pursue it. As I prepared to attend high school, they encouraged me to audition to attend Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I later attended Clark Atlanta University where I studied Music Education.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My father and uncle loved all types of music so I grew up listening to all types of music. But if I had to name a single person, it would be Quincy Jones because of his diverse catalog. I’d also have to accredit my high school jazz instructor, Davey Yarborough. He educated and exposed me to musical legends!
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My music background exposed me to the comradery that you gain from playing in bands and I feel that we’ve lost some of this in today’s music. This is why I’ve established an online platform for music producers and artists, in hopes of bringing back the collaboration efforts that once existed within the music industry. Social media has allowed us to network and meet other artists from across the world, but there aren’t many platforms where the focus is specific to the music community.
My goal is to provide a community where artists can meet other artists, producers, and engineers. Not only can they share their recent work, but reach out to connect with others. Lastly, they can browse the online store for their next VST’s, sample packs, beats, and pro audio gear.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
One of my greatest challenges is TIME. There never seems to be enough time in my day to complete all of my goals. I dream big so each day, I want to produce more content, more music, and more avenues that allow my fellow producers and artists to succeed. I’m a one-man-band so I am responsible for uploading all of the products, maintaining the website, networking with new vendors, producers, and artists, as well as advertising and promoting this new platform.
There’s also the challenge of introducing something new. Everyone loves what is comfortable and what they know. We’ve grown accustomed to sharing our art/craft on existing social media platforms, but it often gets lost between posts that aren’t music-related. This is a ground-breaking platform so the challenge is getting others to notice and utilize it.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I will never claim to be the best at anything. There is always something to be learned and someone that can do it better. The difference that I can offer is my level of commitment. When I commit to a project, I demand perfection, results, and will see it through until it is complete. When I recognize someone that does it better than I, I use that as an opportunity to learn from them or I’ll reach out to see if there is a way for us to collaborate and create something bigger and better.
What are your plans for the near future?
My plans for the near future are to take a step back from sitting behind my music control desk and manage this new platform. I’ve been creating beats since 1998 and at this stage of my career, I would prefer to provide an outlet for others to follow.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I’d like to thank my parents for their guidance and for not letting me quit. I’d like to thank my wife Shantrell for her encouragement and support, and of course, I cannot forget my nephew DeShaun Brown for the infamous name! Last but not least, a huge shoutout to my boy Supreme. He’s taught me to get out of my own head, stop thinking so much about what I want to do, and just do it. As he’s always said, “keep it simple”.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Find your own sound. Many will tell you to sound like something that is already hot, but that is a cookie-cutter method and as long as you sound like someone else, you’ll never be able to travel in your own lane. Know the trends, study them, and then create your own sound around them. Also, get out of your own way! You are your biggest critique and if you are constantly making excuses or finding a reason not to take the next step, you will remain where you are.
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