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Here’s an interview with Nix DaStunna
Q. So Nix DaStunna, how did it all begin for you?
A. The first time I ever tried to make a beat I was trying to help my cousin who was an MC. This got us nowhere and I gave up after a few weeks. After I was accepted to college in 2009, I was enjoying music produced by Drumma Boy and Kane Beatz. I was listening to alot of rap and I figured I started to pay more attention to the beats. Somehow I became able to filter out the lyrics and focus on the composition of the instrumental. Until one day I decided to get some software and try to compose my own beats again.
Q. What was your first beat machine?
A. My first and current beat machine is my dear HP Laptop dv2617. I do have a pretty well equipt studio, including a OO3 mixing table, some KRK studio monitors and all that. Regardless of what equipment I purchase, somehow I keep coming back to my little old pc.
Q. What programs do you use now?
A. I use FL Studio Producer Edition. I tried Reason but FL Studio is definitely the one I’m more confortable with.
Q. When was the first time someone used one of your beats?
A. The first artist to ever use one of my beats is BIG TIM From Niagara Falls (NY). He really inspired me to get out there and take my music to another level throught his movement called Project Mayhem, which is basically a group of young artists and producers. They get alot of love from their city because of their music.
Q. Were you always into producing or were you a DJ or MC?
A. Around 2005, before becoming a producer, I was an Mc, but I hardly wrote songs. I would just go from school to school, killing as many MCs as possible in freestyle battles. Freestyle battles was my thing. Then, my cousin who was actually a real rapper at the time consistently needed beats. So I decided to learn beat making to be his producer. It was an epic fail.
Q. Where did you get your passion or drive to be a producer?
A. In 2009, I was listening to alot rap music and some tracks really made me feel like I wanted to produce music. Such songs as “Tuck ya Ice in” ( prod by Kane Beatz ), Birdman – “Pop Bottles”, Lil Keke – “Im a G”. Also, that man called Drumma Boy was on and he still is. He is the very one who made me believe I could be a producer.
Q. What was your first instrument?
A. Only one year after I really got into producing music, I decided to buy myself a M-Audio Keyrig 46 Keyboard. I didn’t know how to use it back then. I’m part of that new generation of producers who can’t really play any live instrument. That was until I met an A&R from Sony music who told me that it’s very important to know at least one instrument. Since then, I have been taking piano lesson on youtube. lol
Q. you working with any artists now?
A. Im working with 9 indie and unsigned artists like Jerry Wess (Brooklyn), NEFFY (NY), FITZ (Brooklyn), Kylyntea (Ohio). They helped me get out there and be more creative. I also got me a taste of that much demanding music industry where there is no time to sleep.
Q. What accomplishments have you accumulated and when did you consider yourself a professional producer?
A. I started considering myself a MUSIC PRODUCER in october 2010 when I created my website (Soundclick) www.dastunnabeatz.com. Since then, I have realeased a 15-track mix tape called “PLAYGROUND The Mixtape”, featuring 8 recording artists all performing on my beats the project reached 2000 downloads in just a few days. Recently, I created a Facebook Fan Page and got almost 800 fans in about a month. We are already working on the next mix tape “Fucking Focused” (December 2011). I know it could take 2 to 3 years to any other producer to do what I did during this year. This is just how hard I have been working.
Q. How many tracks do you have under your belt?
A. I don’t count them, but I know I have produced over 35 tracks in about 8 months.
Q. Where are you from?
A. Currently, I’m living in Houston Texas. I’m from a country called Gabon (MidWest Africa ). I grew up in its capital city called Libreville.
Q. What is your production and real name?
A. As a producer I go by the name of Nix DaStunna and my label is DaStunnaBeatz. I was Born Narcisse E. Eva
Q. Who would you like to work with? Artist and production company?
A. First I would like to work with more artists from Houston Tx (the city I live in) like Slim Thug, Bun B, Killa Kyleon or Marcus Manchild. Just the mere fact thay they are hard to reach for an upcoming producer and if I can make that connection, It would be a major achievement. If I’m going to build a name in this game I have to start in my city. Besides that I would like to work with Lil Wayne, Eminem, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Jessy J only to give a few, the list is so long.
Q. Who would you like to give thanks to for you getting to this point?
A. Definitely Kylyntea, he was the first to make an official video off one of my tracks, also Jerry Wess, NEFFY and FITZ who is currently “killin it” for my next project.
Q. What should we expect from you in the near future?
A. You cant really know what to expect from me, but I would say expect good music, hits songs, major projects and a massive buzz.
Q. Any web links, web pages, and/or shout outs to any one?
A. Website ( soundclick ): dastunnabeatz.com
Facebook Fan Page: facebook.com/dastunnabeatz
My Youtube Channel : Youtube/itsdastunnabeatz
My Twitter: DaStunna Twitter
Playground: The Mixed Tape: Listen to Mixed Tape
Q. Besides yourself who is your favorite producer?
A. Im strongly influenced and inspired by Drumma Boy and Kane Beatz, but I dont know if people can tell that by listen to my beats.