Interview With 2011 UMA Winner Acestar
Interview With Long Island-based Producer and Songwriter Acestar, 2011 UMA Winner for the Best Emerging Producer Award
Firstly, Give us some background info as it relates to you?
My name is Acestar, I'm a Producer and Song Writer from Long Island, NY. I have been making music for over 10 years and have put out some good music in that time and even some songs that you might know. I recently won the award for Best Emerging Producer at the Prestigious 2011 Underground Music Awards.
What style of music do you focus on?
I work on all styles of music, Rap, RnB, Pop, Dance, and even some Rock. I'm very versatile and it shows in my music. Although at the moment, I've been spending a lot more time and focus on Rap production.
How would you describe the signature sound of your production company?
My sound is very cross over, melodic with heavy percussion. I really enjoy fusing different genres to create styles that may be new to a lot of listeners while maintaining my own sound.
Who or what are your influences?
Musically I have a lot of influences like Jim Jonsin, Kanye West, Max Martin, Dr Luke, Timbaland, Havoc, and really anything that I find super hot. As far as people that have influenced me as a person, I try to keep a tight circle of talented and hilarious people.
What type of equipment do you use in the production process?
Over the years I've worked with a lot of hardware and software ranging from Yamaha Motif, Korg Triton, MPC, Reason, Pro Tools, Cool Edit, Sonar, Soundforge, but what I'm the most comfortable in is FL Studio (Fruityloops). I create my beats in there and even prefer to record and mix in it.
What artists are you working with?
I've been working with a bunch of artists. I did some work with Wiz Khalifa and Nefu Da Don which is getting a lot of attention on the internet. I Just did Cuban Link's new single which has also received a lot of positive feedback and a few others. Also I'm working with a few up and coming artists from around the way like Dre Garcia. We just put out his song "Come Up" and it has gotten a lot of praise. Also I'm working with a few more artists and song writers like Kev Miles, Xodus, and Bliss.
Do you have a publishing deal or are you self- published?
Right now I am self published.
Considering that major labels are less concerned with developing new artists and want a ready made package, who do u think will be primarily responsible for finding and breaking new artists in the future?
From a producers point of view, I'd definitely have to say the producer. Realistically if the labels are not developing new artists, it is on the producer to create and develop and convert an artist's vision into a smash record and break out artist.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be and why?
Definitely, I will reverse the fact that there isn't artist development anymore. It is real easy for anybody to get some buzz now with the right song and push via the internet, which is all good and I applaud the ones who do it and the labels who capitalize off something hot. However, this isn't helping an artist in the long run because there is no longevity in that. There are some stars that break through and shine. Real talent is always recognized.
What direction do you see rap music taking in the future?
I see the emergance of a lot of cross over songs but I do feel like break beats and samples and more of a "hip hop" sound is on it's way back. I think there are a lot of people including myself trying to bring it back in a relevant way and it will happen. I look forward to that.
What project or projects are you working on?
Right now I've been working with a few major labels and submitting to a lot of projects. I look forward to telling the world who I am working with once I get the word that I can. However, projects that I'm involved with heavily are Dre Garcia's debut album and Xodus's 2:22 album dropping appropriately on February 22nd, 2012. I can't wait for everybody to hear the stuff we've done on these projects; it's really good music and will be very appreciated by the listeners and fans.
What are your goals?
My goals as a producer are to build my resume/discography with undeniably good songs that I love with the artists of today, become successful in all I do, and take my team one step closer to all their goals.
Which artists or producers you would like to collaborate with in the future?
I'm very open to working with anyone as long as they're dope in my eyes/ears. But my dream collaborations would be David Cook, Eminem, The Dream, Kanye West, Imogen Heap, Rico Love, Dr Luke, and some others.
How can an artist get in contact with you?
Social Networking. Twitter: @MrCapitalA Facebook: www.tinyurl.com/acestar E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or all business inquiries can go through my management. Erik@MindNMusic.com 631-905-7682
First and foremost I'd like to shout out my management, Mind N Music. Shoutout to The artists I work with: Dre Garcia, Xodus, Kev Miles, Adam J, and Bliss. Special thanks to the dopest engineer on LI, Paulie Monster. Shout out to My friends and family that support me and encourage me to do what I love daily. Also thanks to Borland, Swinetime, and the beard. And a special thanks to Jesse Jess and Urban Threshold for the opportunities they present to artists and producers such as myself.
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