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Featured Producer K-Drama


Marv
Kdrama what up doc!!!

K-Drama

Enjoying some time off bro!!! My son just woke up, so I’m feeding him some leftover dinner.

Marv

No doubt fam. So who is the dude Kdrama?

K-Drama

Well, I’m a rapper/producer who strives to glorify Jesus in all that I do (easier said than done of course)! I’ve been doing both since 1999 and I am currently signed to Cross Movement Records.

Marv
Ok ok Married? Kids.

K-Drama
Yes sir! I’m married to my best friend Charde & have 1 daughter & 2 sons.

Marv
For the readers name some of the people you’ve worked with.

K-Drama

LOL I feel you bro. Naw I definitely don’t feel that it’s cheating. I have produced for Lecrae, Flame, Tedashii, Derek Minor, D-MAUB, Phanatik, R-Swift & many others.

Marv
Ok aside from being an artist, how did you get into producing?

K-Drama
It was 1 of those things where I was a young dude (15 at the time) & I didn’t know any other producers. Growing up, I used to play the trumpet & the tuba in the school band & I somewhat knew how to play music by ear. I needed some beats for my new lyrics, so I took my church keyboard & recorded live beats onto my karaoke machine. Eventually, my older brother saw what I was doing and knew a dude in Cincinnati who had a real nice recording studio. I started paying for studio time & learning how to make beats on some cool equipment. Some of which I still use to this day.

Marv
Oh Ok so started pretty young then right?

K-Drama
Yes sir! I was a freshmen in High School.

Marv
Wow!!! ok. As this being a full time for you. From the producer side how has it been selling beats and making placement? How has grinding for you to keep things moving.

K-Drama

It’s been 1 roller coaster for real if I can be honest. When I 1st started, I was mainly producing for myself. Then as I started winning people over to my music, some of the people feeling my music the most were artist. Those artist were asking me who produced by my beats. When I told them I was for the most part, they typically would end up buying beats from me. Eventually, I went from producing a lot of up & coming artist to producing for a few majors in between 2006-2010. Then as the sound was changing, Then I got to a place where who’s who was asking me for beats. I would send them beats and they would ask me to hold beats for them. At the end, the beat didn’t make the album & this happened maybe 5 or 6 times. Definitely got discouraging. But the good thing was, I had developed a name for myself as a producer & a rapper, so all of the up & coming artist kept me afloat by buying exclusive. However, now a lot of people want to lease beats and that’s hurting the game. These days, I get a lot of inquiries, but don’t make as many sales.

Marv
Mang first off thank you for the transparency. Producers that are starting out think its easy for us and its not especially when there are sooooo many dudes that are out now. And mang that leasing beats is really bad for the genre bro mainly cause we are still small and everything kinda goes in circles and I believe depreciates the music.

K-Drama
My honor sir! And amen!!! Preach Marv!

Marv

On another note, Do you use loops? Whats your take on producer using them?

K-Drama

Every now & then I do, but for the most part, I try to make things from scratch. I definitely don’t have a problem with them b/c rap music pretty much started with a DJ looping records. That’s like the fundamentals in our genre.

Marv
What gear are you sending these days?

K-Drama
I still use a lot of hardware. I have a MPC 1000, Motif 6, Fantom XA & a Microkorg that I mainly use. I dump all of that into Pro Tools (9). Additionally, I use Reason (4) to produce a lot, especially when I’m on the road.

Marv
Regis bro you got to come into light dude. Software is in bruh lol

K-Drama
LOL yeah man! I had to. I must admit, lately I’ve been using Reason 9 times out of 10 to make beats. It’s definitely easier. But doing certain tricks on the MPC still is more hands on and in my opinion, comes out cleaner. The gripe with hardware is that it’s harder to process after making the beat. Definitely takes longer. Sometimes it’s worth it though.

Marv
Yeah I feel bro whatever it takes to get the job done. What do you think as producers areas we are lacking in?

K-Drama
Amen. I think we lack on the creative side of things. We a lot of times are copying trends rather than developing them. But I think part of that falls on the artist we are trying to produce for. A lot of times, we don’t have much room to be creative. A lot of times, I’m asked by artist to produce a beat that sounds like this or that. And that’s cool, but I think we lose out on the potential to create that next big thing. Artist many times come to my beat page already with the sound in mind that they want from me, rather than being open minded.

Marv
Amen I think we are still tryna find an identity for genre musicially. I think once the artists are told by people outside the genre that they are copiers then there will be a strive to be different.

Marv
Where do you see CHH in you in 5 years.

K-Drama
Amen! Preach Marv. People don’t want that haha! In 5 years, I see CHH in a more creative place. I think you’ll see better music. For instance, I hear a lot of live instruments played on records, but it more so sounds good b/c it’s played live rather than it being catchy or feeling good to the soul. Also, CHH will definitely have more of an impact on the world as we are already starting to see. I think it will be more profitable. I think we will have more role players in our genre that will help evolve our sound such as mixing engineers, managers, etc. I hope this leasing stuff goes away in 5 years LOL (prolly won’t though).
I see myself in my prime at that time. I’ll be 33 years old (uh oh, LOL). I believe I will still be relevant. A lot of my brothers are that age or are older and are killing it like now! Definitely is encouraging.

Marv
Whats is in store for you in the future bro. Amen bro any last words?

K-Drama Jones

I have a new album dropping in 2013 that I’m handling the bulk of the production for. I’m also doing a compilation with D-MAUB, Yaves & Team ZOE that should be crazy! Also, I have a few potential placements, but nothing is official until the track list is revealed. 2013 should be a very exciting year. And all I have to say is keep the beat going.

Marv
Amen bro Hey I appreciate you chopping it up with me dude.

K-Drama
My honor sir! Thanks for having me.

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