Hip Hop has come so far. We're way past the days of Hip Hop being just a New York thing. It's now a worldwide thing and you can hear some good music from anywhere in the world, including Kazan which our featured producer Nathaniel Wing is from. Nathaniel Wing has a sound that knocks and gets your attention as soon as you hit play. Nathaniel was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us. Below is the interview, the spotlight is now on Nathaniel Wing.
Who is Nathaniel Wing the Producer?
I'm a Russian guy. Yeah, I was born here and I live in the city called Kazan. It's about 550 miles from Moscow. My real name is Vlad and I took the nickname Nathaniel (or Nate) because of the Nate Robinson. He was the smallest guy and he won SDC 3 times like no one. Seemed like he got less chances than anybody to dunk at all but he did something that no one could do having all the abilities. Same about me, I have no music education, I was born far from any great hip-hop industry, it's not developed here at all. Especially beat selling business. I had no money to buy any equipment. But I still started and trying to reach my goals that are pretty high. And "wing" is a symbol of the flight and height.
How did you get into producing?
I loved all this music making software since I was a little kid. Dance ejay, Hip-Hop ejay. That's the ones I had. When I was 15 I heard how one guy from my hood made crunk beats. I was like "maaan it's so dope where you do it" and he told me about FL Studio. I started to make beats for myself and never thought it will become a full-time job for me. At some point artists started to grab my beats and after 4 years of working for free I finally sold my first beat for $15. That was 2015 and I still developing.
What production software do you use and why?
My DAW is still FL Studio. I love to stick to one thing. I know FL pretty well and most of my favourite producers use it and they are very successful, don't see any reasons to switch. I love iZotope's software for mixing & mastering. Omnisphere is definitely my favourite plugin for melodies.
What’s your creative process for creating beats?
It can be different. But as most of the producers I'm trying to start with a melody. Sometimes I build chord progressions first and sometimes I just put some notes trying to find a nice sound. But in most cases when I starting to make drums I change instruments on melody or make a new melody at all. I don't know why it happens so often, but I'm just trying to match my melody and drums perfectly. That's why I can change both things many many times. Usually I make one beat in 2-3 hours. Sometimes I can mix & master for beat for 2-3 hours only. It really can depend even on the mood because in some cases I'm in the mood when everything sounds bad for me and I'm trying to make it perfect for a long time. And sometimes I make something pretty fast and think "oh this is fire".
What was your favorite project to work on?
Papa Reu's "Born 2 Win" album. I didn't spend a lot of time working on it but I did produced a song there with Paul Wall on it and it's the thing I'm still excited about.
Which artist would you love to collab with and why?
I think there are a lot of artists but if you want to know my dream it's a song with Travis Scott on my beat. He is my favourite one and having him on my beat would be just awesome. Just because I like his music and style so much.
What’s next for Nathaniel Wing?
I'm trying to establish my brand online before trying to enter the industry because I understand how long it can take to make good money from the industry. When my brand will be strong enough I'm definitely going to try to produce for major artists and get placements.
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