Speechless Beats [Prolific Profile]
Surrey, B.C. – Speechless Beats is a young producer who has been involved in music since a tender age. An inducer of self-described “genre orgies,” he’s been working with a variety of musicians on the West Coast scene and can be heard on albums from across the province. The kid’s got some hustle to him, so we here at HipHopCanada decided to feature him as the latest Prolific Profile.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Speechless: Hip-hop can be anything you want it to be. It can be jazz; it can be rock; it can be soul, reggae, funk or classical. Hip-hop is a beat, hip-hop is a melody, hip-hop is poetry. Words are not always necessary. Neither is a beat for that matter. The genre is infinity, because its possibilities are endless. I am here to expand on what rap has already done for me. I am here to show the world how I perceive the music. While dipping my paintbrush into every genre I can find, I will coat every canvas with the magnificent art that is hip-hop.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Speechless: I am driven very minimally by money, and I’m not too worried about the competition. What keeps me motivated is the music and the people.I know that people enjoy quality music, so I keep on writing it. As long as my fans are smiling, I’m smiling. And if they stop smiling, well…I better write a happy song.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Speechless: I’m always on the move, but we’ll say my home base is the beautiful province of British Columbia.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Speechless: Well, there’s a certain lifestyle that goes along with BC, more specifically the Greater Vancouver Area. For one, it has got to be one of the most gorgeous areas in the world (scenically). We have sizeable mountains, flourishing forests, beautiful oceans accompanied by lovely beaches and wonderful architecture. Our communities are strong, and our attitudes are fairly laid back. Everyone seems to stay quite happy. There is a great music scene which includes a world renowned jazz festival and very successful artists of every genre. I’d say all of that plays quite a role in the way my music sounds.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Speechless: I would have to say that there is something for everybody within the songs that I compose. If I had to pick an age group, I’d say 15-60.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Speechless: Be yourself. Don’t get caught up with trying to make what everyone else is making. Just do what feels right. Oh, and always keep learning. Take lessons on whatever your craft may be. Go to school, watch videos, read books, it all helps.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Speechless: Shows, social media websites, just being out and about talking to people.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Speechless: Having a recording studio at a very young age I’ve had the opportunity to work with many musicians from different genres including jazz, rock, metal, punk, pop, soul and reggae. I’ve worked with many hip-hop artists including Wordsworth, Shade Sheist, Mark Deez, The Scale Breakers, Shottas, Matt Brevner, Justin Hanna (Does Richard Exist?) and Attikus (Groundbreakers) definitely helped to mould the sound I have today.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Speechless: Broken Social Scene, K-OS or Shad.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Speechless: My new album “Pickled Beets” is my best work to date. I recommend that everyone check that out. It is a genre orgy infused with live brass, flute, violin, guitar, accordion, keys, drums and bass. It features all sorts of guest Canadian vocalists and a few notables from south of the border. The Shottas debut CD “I Am The V” features about 11 songs produced by myself including singles “Space” and “We Don’t Dance.” The Scale Breakers “Leftovers” album also features a few Speechless production credits as well as mixing and mastering the majority of the album. Currently the focus is on production for numerous artists around the continent. Also there are a couple of collaboration projects on the horizon including an EP with Subs of The Scale Breakers. As for the future, we have a Western Canada tour scheduled to begin in November and sooner than later you will see a live band featuring myself on the drum kit playing your favourite Speechless jams!
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Speechless – Take Care ft. Does Richard Exist? and Kieran Mercer