Hip hop has so many ways of connecting with people but the factor in Hip Hop and music in general is soul. That sound you hear that you feel in your chest and just nod your head from the soulful sounds, and hard beats knocking out your speakers. A producer who has this sound and mastered it is Jxke Cregxn. We first heard Jxke's work on Willie The Kid's "Going up" record. The production had the perfect storm of glamour and grime that you just vibe out to for a lifetime. Jxke Cregxn was gracious enough to take time to do an interview with us to take us behind his genius. The spotlight is on Jxke Cregxn!
Who is Jxke Cregxn the Producer?
Jxke Cregxn is a producer based out of NYC who has produced for several artists including Fetty Wap, Rich the Kid, Willie The Kid, Smoke DZA, Young Nudy, Project Pat and JD Era. He is also a co-owner of NEXT Records – a music distribution and label services company working with the likes of Stalley, Benny the Butcher, Eto, Harry Fraud, AraabMUZIK, Willie The Kid and more.
How did you get into producing?
When I was a kid I taught myself how to play guitar and piano. I had a small cassette recorder and started recording songs and covers. By the time I was in High School, I got a MacBook and began cooking up on Garageband and flipping beats to artists in school. Soon enough I linked up with Vel – a crazy talented artist out of Chesapeake VA, and I started taking things seriously. From there, the placements started coming in and I haven’t looked back since.
What production software do you use and why?
I’m all about Ableton Live! I’ve been using Ableton for the last 7-8 years and nothing else has compared. I like to use a lot of live instruments and unique sounds in my productions and I’ve found that Ableton is the most diverse DAW and allows me to really push the envelope.
What was your creative process for creating Willie The Kid’s “Going up”?
Man.. When I cooked that one up I think I actually started with the drums. I was in the studio and chopping up some sounds before creating the drum track that carries the record After that I laid down some live bass and added those moody chords over top. The original beat had a guitar solo towards the end but I ended up cutting it out except for some of the more subtle tones. Willie shot me the final stems back a day or two later and that was that.
What was your favorite project to work on and why?
This is a tough one – I have a new record on the way with someone I can’t disclose just yet that is going to definitely make some noise. I also had the pleasure of playing some bass lines on the Willie The Kid x V Don “Blue Notes” EP. That was a fun project to work on and definitely turned out great!
If you could collab with any artist who would it be and why?
I don’t think there is any one single artist that I would want to work with right now. I just want to continue making good music and I appreciate the opportunity to collab with anyone dope.
What’s next for Jxke Cregxn?
The next step is to push out all of this content! I’ve got a lot of new records on the way that I’m looking forward to sharing. I am currently working on a new EP with Downtown Dion – he’s signed to Harry Fraud’s SRFSCHL imprint and is definitely one of the next up out of NYC. I will also be releasing my first solo instrumental project this Spring. Stay tuned!
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