DRIP DROPS of HIP-HOP from CHATTANOOGA
By Ben Banks
Working with Tha Milk Drop certainly has its perks because I got the chance to talk to premier producer in the area, Payday. He has mixed tracks for rising stars Bbymutha and Yung Skrrt, among other artists. I asked him about what his plans were for 2019 and how he creates his sound. Check it out below.
Where are you from? What area do you feel like you best represent?
Payday: I am originally from Bristol, TN. Is up in northeast Tennessee near Johnson City. I honestly don't know what area I best represent musically or personally. I know where I'm from and everything but I don't try and sound like those places. Maybe I will have a better answer for that in the future as I grow and solidify as an artist.
What/who got you first interested in music?
Payday: My parents were kinda strict on what music we listened to growing up but as my older brother got older, he broke the mold and started finding his own music taste. I would listen to what he did and that started my journey of finding music and developing my own taste. I would search the internet for songs and keep building my music library. I would love to show people new songs, I still do. I was interested in DJing first and started doing that and then I realized that a lot of these DJs were making and playing their own songs and if I wanted to be big then I would have to do that as well. I also got interested in how the songs I played while DJing were made. I actually started out making EDM before making beats, I still make it and am trying to get back into it more.
What instruments do you play?
Payday: I took piano for 8 years and can still play a little bit. I can also play the drums a little bit as well. Most of my music making is done in Ableton on my laptop.
Who are you currently inspired by?
Payday: RL Grime, Baauer, Skrillex, Metro Boomin, Getter, to name a few.
Briefly take us through your creative process
Payday: I just try and make the best beat or song that I can and try to trust my ears and as I go along I try to only make it better as well as keep a list of things that I need to do/fix which helps me not get stuck while creating.
What's something that you'd like to see happen in the music industry this year?
Payday: Lots of more independent artists breaking through. I love seeing people work hard and success follows. I hope the industry is good to everyone this year.
What are some of your goals that you hope to accomplish in the music industry?
Payday: I would like to continue to grow and make better music, make more connections/friends, and just have fun while doing it all. I would like to work with my idols as well but I don't want to make it a thing I HAVE to do, if it happens, it happens.
What themes do you approach in your music?
Payday: I love Travis Scott & Wondagurl and how they have such a dark sound. RL Grime is like that too sometimes, I like dark sounding, eerie music, so I like to make my music sound like that as well.
What message do you want to send out to your audience?
Payday: Whatever the audience is, I would want to show them that they can do what they set their minds to and I want to inspire people and make them happy. That's the goal for now.
What are some struggles or hardships that you've overcome to create your music?
Payday: Of course! Money is a big one, it's hard to build a music career because you're not being paid for your 10,000 hrs to get better, so you have to split your time with a job that pays. It's also tough because people often don't take you seriously at first, but if you're doing it for the right reasons, then everything else won't matter anyway.
Talk about some victories that you've had while in the music industry.
Payday: I have worked with some people that I look up to and I love seeing something I thought up in my head actually come to fruition in real life. I have helped and inspired others and done things that I never thought would happen in my music career.
How would you best describe your brand/style?
Payday: Nighttime cityscape and club scene in Tokyo with bright neon colors and signs, retro 80's inspired as well.
What are some other forms of media that you draw inspiration from?
Payday: I enjoy watching movies, they are such a blend of writing, visual art, music, etc. When a movie is really well made, you get lost in it and it has your full attention. I love when that happens. I'm getting more into fashion as well, it's wonderful and I wish I had gotten into it sooner.
Talk about something that would be a major success for you in music.
Payday: Probably the opportunity to make my music career my full-time job. Getting a placement with a major artist would be a big success as well.
What's an accomplishment that you’re most proud of so far?
Payday: How far I have made it in my career up to this point. People want to work with me, I have friends who love my music. I didn't do it all on my own however, I have had people help me all along the way, most notably my friend Big Bruno, shoutout to him.
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