Beat Author Interview with 3Stripe

3Stripe recently opened up to Beat Author in a new interview about his upcoming projects and his creative process when songwriting.

How did you come up with the name 3stripe?

3Stripe came up in Miami. Veronica always called me 3Stripe because I rock Adidas jackets everyday. It was only fitting.

Where are you from?

Toronto Ontario

Why did you decide to pursue music?

I was always around music growing up. I loved listening to it, and I loved performing it. The live show feeling. I could be dying but the minute the lights went out and the music started, all my problems just disappeared. It was like a drug. Later my interests shifted into the world of music production. I decided I would help build the careers of other driven creative beings. That live show feeling exists in the studio for me now. When were in the zone and were feeling the music and writing the right topline. In that moment I am truly lost. It gives me enough reason to stay in music.

What other producers, songwriters and or artist do you see as your inspiration?

Rick Rubin, Max Martin, Kanye West, Radiohead, Skrillex, Jimmy Iovine, Classical music is refreshing.

What is distinctive about 3stripe’s production ?

I’m not trying to fit in. I continue to create outside the box. I think its boring to sound just like everyone else. If you do that, you are not being innovative. Your just feeding the consumer the same watered-down shit they hear everyday. The listener should be challenged and they should ask questions. It’s been super fun to dabble with real instruments again. Incorporating real drums, guitar and bass has been super fun. I fall in love with new sounds everyday. I continue to evolve and challenge myself to top what I did yesterday. If it makes my body bounce then I know we have something special. I’m ahead of the time. Always 10 steps ahead.

What is NTG?

New Toronto Grunge is a music collective me and a few other creatives have started. I can’t say too much about it now but there are details to come 🙂

What projects are you currently working on ?

I’m currently working on the Veronica V2 mixtape, My final original production of the year comes out with CINDË a day after my birthday NOV 28 2017 ‘Trap Queen’ It’s such a punk rock attitude project. I feel that many people will relate to it. I am always writing on catalogue with my team for major label artists, The crew is getting bigger. We have many talented individuals like 5STAR, STEREO GUNS, OMAR JABER, CINDË, KYLIE, DALLAS and more who are all getting ready to release original content in 2018. Im executive producing on a lot of material these days. The roll is different but my ears are trusted. Management positions await and I am exploring these opportunities.

How did you start working with Veronica?

She showed up to the dojo (studio) with coffee. I knew it was special because nobody has ever come into their first session with a gesture like that. It was a sign of respect. @lohocams discovered Veronica at a restaurant and suggested we have a meeting. The rest is history.

Can you describe briefly how the two of you work together creatively on a project?

I can confidently say I put V through the most songwriting sessions one could go through in a year. I would challenge Veronica to write verse, pre, hook to ONE CHORD. No boundaries. I said ‘lets build’ Sometimes people say ‘it needs more’ No. It needs less. Focus on the melody. You should be able to write a song to a the sound of a doorbell. We pass the ball back and forth. Some say ‘its like having sex through the music’ because – sometimes she’s in charge, sometimes I’m in charge but at the of it we both put in the work and make something special. There are times we write to fully written beats. Sometimes its to a chord progression via piano or pad. Once that melody is solidified I build the production around that.

Is there any artist you would like to work with , that you haven’t already work with?

I’d like to throw OVO some trippy sounds. Getting in a room with (Self Titled Blink 182) Tom Delonge, Diplo, Skrillex, and Trent Reznor would be rad. Ultimate goal is to be in the same room as Rick Rubin. I want to explore his mind. I sometimes feel that when Im closing my eyes in studio, Im channeling the man. I know that sounds really crazy but especially now that I have an engineer working with me. I get to do what I do best. Listen. Thanks mom.

What can we expect from 3stripe in 2018 ?

2017 I put out a ton of remixes. 2018 we are releasing a lot of original material with the artists in the camp

What do you like to do for fun outside of working on music ?

To be honest, I don’t have much time for anything outside of music. Things keep getting busier and busier. I love it though. I am around music 24/7. When I do have the time. I enjoy researching different perspective on life. Reading is important. I love listening to classical music. I feel like it refreshes my brain from all the music I create during the week. I love my family, It’s hard for me to see them. This is all for them anyways.

Anybody you want to give a shout out to?

Shoutout to my family. I love you guys. Thank you for supporting me and trying to understand me. Were almost there. Wedding in the tropics Loho? Major shoutout to RYZILLA for teaching me, guiding me, kicking my ass and making sure nobody takes advantage of what were doing here.

Thank you to all the artists I’m working with. We cookin.

Beat Author Signs Heavy Metal Band Burial Park

Beat Author Records signed their first artist/band called Burial Park from New York/New Jersey on October 5, 2017. Burial Park known for their explosive performances and hardcore sounds are going to be what everyone is talking about going into 2018. Burial Park starts off this new deal with Beat Author releasing their first single on November 11, 2017 called Horror Heart and will be performing at the Beat Author concert that same night to kick it off.

Burial Park members Rich “Rampage” Ryan (Vocalist), Giorgio LaCorte Jr. (Lead Guitarist), Dave Colliton (Drummer), Jesse Colliton (Bassist), John Keene (Rhythm Guitarist) are insanely talented musicians and writers. The combination of catchy, creative lyrics and explosive sound that not only metal heads will love, gives Beat Author Records the upper hand in pushing Burial Park to the top. With the first 3 records already done, Burial Park heads straight into production with engineer/musician Jonathan Comis in the studio to create their first album.

Burial Park has two shows coming up on November 11,2017 at the Beat Author Concert and on December 16, 2017 at the Rock’n Roll Christmas Show and charity event for Toys For Tots by Tripsquad Records both at the Blue Room in Secaucus, New Jersey. Burial Park’s Horror Heart single will also appear on the Metal on Metal compilation cd by MOD’s Tim McMurtrie’s Tripsquad Records out of Northern New Jersey coming out late 2018. Keep your eyes and ears out for Beat Author and Burial Park on this epic journey we invite all of you to join us on.

Beat Author Concert

 

Tickets on sale now $20 – https://www.eventcombo.com/e/beat-author-concert-29238

Tickets are now on sale for the Beat Author Concert on November 11th at The Blue Room  in Secaucus NJ. Come and enjoy performances by Beat Author artists Melanie Munoz  with her Hit single Breathe , Artofwarr , Los Wonders , Burial Park 50 Racks.
Also performances by Brooklyn Kakez ( Cake Music Ent) Eruza Five ( ILLIONAIREZ ), Stephen DoomzDay Jodun, James D Samuel ( TDS ), Aaron McBride ( Megastardvd &films ), Dawnyluv Blue ( Xtreme Music Management )

This show includes music from multiple genres , Hip Hop, Pop, Rock and R&B.

The Rise of Trap Music

Music is often a reflection of life and the complex journey it takes us on. With every decade or so, we get a new subgenre of popular music that embodies the world of one or multiple cultures. Popular in American clubs is defined by its portrayal of gangland culture, as well as its grim atmosphere for mixing and mastering. Often considered the heavier, dark side of hip-hop.

 

Origins

Originating in the early 1990s, Trap music came out of the inner city environment of southern United States, particularly in Atlanta, Georgia. Rappers such as Three 6 Mafia and Waka Flocka Flame are often seen as the pioneers of the subgenre. In classic hip-hop style, Trap music is a unique collage of various musical elements. It is a child of both hip-hop and dance music, creating a new sound for both the party and concert scene. It has been criticized, much like other subgenres of hip-hop, for exploiting violence, sex and narcotics. However, the genre itself was meant to be a cathartic emotional expression of the troubles that the inner city brings, particularly in Atlanta Georgia. The hard-edge mixing and mastering only enhanced the cathartic message of the lyrics.

 

New Millennium

By the early 2000s, Trap music was at its prime with new artists such as Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, and T.I., as well as producers such as DJ Toomp and Shawty Redd, who orchestrated a new rhythm from both the Rappers’ hard lyrics and the MCs’ Mixing and mastering.

 

Today

Trap music continues to evolve, with new subgenres such as EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Trap becoming popular in the club and party scene. Certain rappers and singers outside the genre have incorporated Trap’s style, into their acts, such as Katy Perry and Beyoncé. With Trap music already being an evolution of early hip-hop, it is exciting to see what comes out of Trap music itself.

 

Sources:

http://runthetrap.com/what-is-trap-music/

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/trap-rap-edm-flosstradamus-uz-jeffrees-lex-luger/Content?oid=7975249

https://djmag.com/content/trap-music-under-lock-key

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/t-i-speaks-on-trap-music-genre-says-he-created-it-news.3805.html

 

Essential Keys to Mixing Vocals

Sound mixing is both a precise and complicated process that often goes over looked. It is more than just making volume adjustments; it is the polishing of a song’s vocal portion(s). Sound mixing is the process of taking all of the elements of a track (i.e. bass, drums, etc.) and adjusting them so that they are each at their proper quality and position in the song. Naturally, Mixing vocals is the process of adjusting the audio from the singers/rappers to the ideal condition. The mixer adjusts the aspects of the recorded vocals in order to make sure it is both in its proper quality and position in stereo. This can include anything from erasing sound blemishes to changing the volume to its proper position. Mixing is a complex process with many hidden tips and tricks. To help you get an edge over your vocal mix, here are a few essential keys for mixing vocals.

 

Essential Technicalities

It is easy to get caught up in the natural feel of a mix that we forget that we have to establish the structure of the tracks before anything else. We have to first organize the tracks. To get the most accurate sounds, you have to the speakers and headphones that are properly accustomed to your mixing station. Make sure each vocal track is placed in an identifiable bin and name. If there were any bad tracks be sure to separate them but not delete them. You never know where you’ll find a unique sound for your track that the singer did not expect.

 

Foundations of Creative Flow

Once we have the structure of the song ready, now is the time to step back and actually judge it artistically. We balance the song as we judge the proper levels. One way to start the balance is though having an instrumental as a background reference. Even though this does not have to be the final beat, it is a good idea to have some kind of foundation for the balance between your singer and instrumentals. From there just be sure to make sure that your reverb, compression, and equalizing is on balance with how you aesthetically want to hear it. Sometimes we can get so into it that we have to take a break and come back to the mix later in order to hear the whole mix with fresh ears.

 

Sources:

http://modernmixing.com/blog/2013/08/31/13-steps-take-mixing-vocals/

http://modernmixing.com/blog/2014/05/15/how-to-balance-a-hip-hop-song/

https://www.productlondon.com/audio-mixing/how-to-prepare-your-track-for-audio-mixing/

 

Why Hip-hop beats are important for artists

When aspiring Hip-hop artists are practicing their music, they think that the most important thing to work on is their lyrics. How hard and fast can they rap on a dime? But what really sets great artists apart is how well they work with the instrumentals. Hip-hop beats allow for the rhythm to give structure to the lyrics, so that the listener can ride easily with the story the Rapper is unfolding. Here are a few ways that the instrumental beats greatly affect the final song.

 

Out of the two elements of hip-hop music, the lyrics (rap) are certainly the most noticeable. But the instrumentals (beats) are what give the lyrics their place of being. Hip-hop is practically founded by the idea of taking a mix of existing things and putting them together to make something new. This is not only the case with the subject of the lyrics, but also with how the lyrics blend with the instrumentals.

 

Notice how lyrics in Hip-hop flow wildly back and fourth the while the instrumentals are often repetitive and relaxed. For an example of this technique, take a look at our music videos from Cypher. This is a necessary technique for most songs since you don’t want the instrumentals to overshadow the creative impulses of the rapper. Rappers have been known to freestyle, so they have to trust that the MC will not pull a fast one on them and keep the beat flowing as expected.

 

Now that does make the Rapper seem more impressive than the MC, but imagine for a second what it would feel like without the Beat. It would sound kind of weird, right? Occasionally this can work, but generally the rapper needs the instrumental beat as much as the MC needs the lyrics. Even rappers that often imitate the beat on their own point to the fact that a beat is necessary for the song to have its full effect.

 

Now it might be easy to assume that one can create a generic Hip-hop beat and just use it for any song. But that couldn’t be further form the truth. If you look at our catalog of instrumentals, you’ll find that each beat is a completely unique song. Every song a rapper writes requires a different beat from the last, so the style of the lyrics needs to match the beat. Yes a Hip-hop beat is not too complicated, but it never boring either.

 

Sources: https://importanceoftechnology.net/the-role-of-technology-in-making-hip-hop-beats/

 

http://www.articleseen.com/Article_makehitmusic-elements-of-hip-hop-beats_90417.aspx

 

The Equipment you Need to Create a Portable Recording Studio

Portable recording has been around a while now but the quality that came out of it wasn’t quite there. This was a blow to a lot of artists that had the drive to create music but not the funds to build an entire studio or rent a professional studio. Today, there’s a lot of exceptional equipment on the market that allows artists to record a track from just about anywhere. Here are the basic things you need to create a mobile recording studio.

Computer

Today’s laptops are more powerful than desktops producers used to work with years ago. In fact, a lot of professional studios use a laptop as the center for all their recording. Get a laptop that has a lot of RAM and a good battery life. If you want to get even more portable with it, a smartphone or tablet actually aren’t bad options.

Headphones

A must. Without the sound protection of a studio, you’ll need a good pair of monitor headphones to block out noise and let you focus on what you’re recording.

Audio

Audio interfaces are getting small. Small enough to take on the go. If your music is based on virtual instruments and effects or leased or purchased beats, you’ll have a couple options. A quick search online will reveal some great audio interfaces with just one or two inputs.

There are some great portable recording microphones available. some even come bundled with shockmounts and pop filters.

Software

You’ll need some software to bring everything together. If you’re using, for instance, a hip-hop beat bought online, you’ll need the software to add your vocals on top of the track and mix everything. Software can get expensive. Do your research- get the program that will work best for what you’re trying to accomplish. We recommend getting some software that lends itself well to a mobile situation- one that will allow you to use a computer keyboard as triggers.

Do Artists Need Record Deals to Make it?

The music business of today is vastly different from the industry we knew 10 years ago. The days of the all mighty record label are seemingly coming to an end, leaving today’s artists with hopeful visions of their future. While record labels have traditionally been the bootstrap that unknown artists pulled themselves up on, the internet has given artists a new avenue to promote their work- without sacrificing a portion of their loyalties or creative control.

The role of a record label is to advance funds to an artist so that they can get their work out there to the public. The record label invests millions in finding their new star. They give them money, time, producers and coaches to further develop their artistry- they nurture and promote them. The problem for artists is that when they sign with a traditional record label, the label then owns the rights to their work. Record deals overwhelmingly favor the label over the artist, but the internet has allowed some major changes to this formula.

The internet has given birth to a new kind of star. Burgeoning artists can put out their own original tracks or purchase a beat and make it their own. If an artist puts out a track on social media and it blows up, they’ll have an instant following waiting to hear what they put out next. They can get offers to perform at clubs across the country and cement a career in the music industry without a traditional label.

The new model in the music industry is to retain the rights to your music while partnering with a “label” that will help promote and distribute your work. This model is great for artists and is built on the idea of fairness. Artists own their work and have 100% creative control. It’s a great time to be in the music industry.

Hip Hop Beat Musts

Crafting a hip hop beat is a labor of love.  You feel out what’s right and what works with the music, and it takes a certain X factor to really begin to make something beautiful.  Yet, there is definitely a formula, a list of must-haves, for any successful hip hop beat.  At Beat Author, we aim to create hip hop beats that are ready to use for you, with all of the formal elements that you expect.

Consistency

There always needs to be an underlying, consistent beat for people to follow in your music.  Whether they’re aware of it or not, listeners need a pattern to latch onto so that they know roughly where they are in the song.  It’s comforting, fulfilling, and if the beat is as good as it should be, you want to hear it for the duration of the song.  Consistent, however, does not mean boring.  Variations on a theme is the key to a good beat, as you provide people with the safety blanket that is your underlying beat, while exciting them and entertaining them with little riffs on that theme.

Simplicity

Let the music speak for itself.  Trying to do too much with a beat serves to overshadow its best and most important elements.  Distracting listeners with tons of different sounds makes it seem like you’re trying to hide the fact that your underlying beat can’t hold up on its own.  When trying to record a song over a purchased hip hop beat, this is especially true.  Because you know that you’ll be adding to our hip hop beats, it’s essential that we start out simple to really let you and your lyrics shine.

Familiarly Different

Taking inspiration from contemporary popular acts isn’t only okay, but necessary in making an appealing and inspiring beat.  There’s a reason that popular culture is popular, and trying to be completely original in everything you do could result in some beats that are a little bit more experimental than they are enjoyable.  At Beat Author, we try to produce beats that have a similar flow to what’s popular today, while putting our own spin on it so that you know you’re getting an original and unique product.  We stay familiar while being different.

The beauty of hip hop is that it doesn’t have to be as formulaic and prescribed as other genres of music.  You can really take license with it and use instrumentals that inspire you to step away from familiar forms and make something amazing.  Trust Beat Author to produce the hip hop beats to back your next track, and visit our website, beatauthor.com, today.

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