Brall Beats [Profile]
Coquiltlam, BC – Grinding to pop off in a scene that he admittedly has a long way to go in Coquiltlam based producer Brall Beats is riding on his motivation and passion for the game. His hard work is starting to pay off but for this up-and-comer it’s just the tip of the iceberg. He has recently been linked to Choclair and has a number of other projects on the go. Check out our latest Prolific Profile on Brall Beats after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Brall Beats: Hip hop is a religion and a lifestyle that continues to evolve. I started as a fan and after so many years of being infatuated with it, I feel blessed that I get to be involved with hip hop after all these years.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Brall Beats: I’ve always been very passionate about music, period. That passion translated in to making beats, and the moment that I produced my first song I was addicted and I’ve never looked back. I think if your initial reason for creating music is to make money, than you’re wasting your time. I started doing it because it was an obsession, and eventually the money came. I still have long ways to go. I set goals for myself and try to accomplish them. So at the end of the day, trying to achieve that next level is what keeps me going along with my passion for music in general.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Brall Beats: I am based out of Coquitlam, British Columbia.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Brall Beats: Specifically living in Coquitlam hasn’t influenced my sound, to be honest. I think as a whole though, the sounds that have come out of Vancouver and Canada have influenced me. You look at what the Rascalz did for the city and Swollen Members, they’ve influenced every hip hop artist/producer coming out here, and a lot throughout Canada. However, any song that’s ever sparked interest in me has influenced me.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Brall Beats: It really falls along with the artists I work with. Their fans always appreciate what I do, and hopefully I can continue to get my records out to the masses.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young producers and artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Brall Beats: I’d say if you’re going to do this, put your blood, sweat and tears in it. I mean, producers will send a track out to one or two artists, and get upset if they don’t bite. When I started I was sending my stuff to hundreds of people consistently. The minute you get discouraged, will be the same moment you drop the ball. Stay consistent and persistent and you will see progress. I guarantee it. That applies to producers and artists.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Brall Beats: I basically lock myself in my house and put in work most of the week. I try to stay connected with the outside world via Twitter and Facebook during that time. Social networking is so important now, and it’s a great thing. Keeps me in the loop with what’s going on in the city and elsewhere.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Brall Beats: That’s a tough one, because there have been so many that have left an impression on me. There’s this emcee from Milwaukee named M-Nat, who I’ve been working with for years, and I’ve seen him first-hand grow from a kid with a decent flow in to a great artist and how his fan base is rapidly growing with him. To see something from the ground up is truly remarkable. Then there are artists, who have had major released albums, and you see their approach to recording and writing, and it shows you practice makes perfect.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Brall Beats: I’d love to work with anybody talented enough to keep up on one of my tracks. There is so much talent in Vancouver, and even more throughout Canada. Then there is the obvious, Drake (laughs). I think anybody and everybody wants to work with him.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Brall Beats: I had a few major records out in Europe years back when I started to actually sell my tracks, and that was big for me, and gave me that taste of success that never really left me. One of the projects went Gold, so I strive to bring that success over here. I got a lot of tracks circulating the music world, whether it’s Canada, USA or Overseas, and each song is a personal success. I was really proud of Jdiggz dropping his first original music EP in years, and to be a part of it. I got him signed to our now American family at Big Ego Ent/Warner last year, so I am looking forward to that coming out next year. Hopefully this record I did with Choclair featuring Bishop Brigante and Darryl Riley will be released within the next month. That was another great opportunity, considering it’s planned to be one of the first singles off Choclairs first album in 8 years I believe. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I got a lot on the way in the next 12 months, so I won’t go crazy name dropping just yet. But I assure you, you will hear a lot more Brall Beats productions in the near future.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Brall Beats: Thanks for taking the time to get to know me, and I hope to stay connected with all of you for a long time. I put together a little sampler of some of my work which is available on the Hulkshare link below. Feel free to reach out to me at any of the web links below; I’m a nice guy and love hearing from people, especially the hip hop Canada community. Talk to you soon.
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