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Interview With SoundNami


 

OL
What up Shamir, what’s good Scott!? Thanks for taking the time to do this!

K. Shamir C.
It feels better like this lol

Scott H.
No problem, Were humbled by the opportunity.

OL
No doubt, so why doncha introduce y’all selves? Who is Scott Harrison and Shamir Constanza? What is the Light District or SoundNami?

Scott H.
Im Scott Harrison, My Solo name is GreatScott, I’m 1/2 of Whats now known as SoundNami. Formerly known as Joyful Noise

K. Shamir C.
And I’m the other half of SoundNami they call me Shamir which is my middle name.

OL
Orale fellas, how did y’all come together and how did y’all get into production?

K. Shamir C.
Go ahead Scott

Scott H.
I Started back in 2010, Production was something I was interested in, I grew up around music, My Dad was in Radio and worked for some record companies and things like that, So around that time I was just talking with my neighbor one day and he actually made beats and the rest is history.

K. Shamir C.
I got into the music at a young age started off rapping and transitioned into producing so I’ve been producing for about 10 years. I was heavy influenced by 90s rap at a young age coming out of Bronx NY. That played a major role in my music. My boy Nicktunes and Murc taught me the art of sampling and making beats the rest I learned by researching and just around the right ppl.

OL
How did the Light District or SoundNami form?

Scott H.
SoundNami was just something we came up with one night, Like 3 or 4 in the morning just brainstorming. The word “Nami” Means Wave and we feel like were making the wave in Music. We dont try to be like anybody else. Always want to be ahead of the curve.

K. Shamir C.
Well the official group name is SoundNami…Light district is more like a company my boy is starting up like a media type of company but as far music what we focus on is SoundNami.

Scott H.
Yes sir. Hopefully in the next couple weeks it will all be official. Logo’s Website, LLC etc…

OL
Word, I would say production crews are becoming more prevelent in the hip hop genre…what would y’all say are benefits, pros and con’s of being in a group?

Scott H.
Well first off, Me and Shamir got a brotherhood. Thats my brother. Secondly, Its dope to have somebody equally as dope to bounce ideas off of and create good music everytime we make a track. Cons….If I’m honest its Money. We split everything. its 50/50 So we sacrifice there but the music comes out so much better with 2 people. Wouldnt trade it for nothin.

K. Shamir C.
The pros is we knock out beats pretty quick and whatever we lack in we pull each others slack we make each other better I have a high standard so I will that’s simple or trash or it’s ok but it’s because I want us to be the best at what we do. The cons can be the direction of a track but we manage to find a way to make it work.

K. Shamir C.
That’s my brother. From another mother but the Same father lol

Scott H.
Yeah hes not shy about saying a beat is trash. Lol I’m not either, but it doesnt happen much between us. Our standards are high…Yeah no, Shamir and I have honestly never had any arguments or butted heads in 3 years. We dont always agree, but we always find a common ground. No egos over here.

K. Shamir C.
One of the best things is if I make a track I still use our name because we fam and a team.

OL
I would think in a scenario like that maybe y’all would butt heads, but its good to know y’all go into it with harmony. Whom have y’all worked with and who would be yall’s influence in music…..

K. Shamir C.
Music influences as far rappers or producers?

OL
Yeah, I feel the good vibes and yeah influences be it producers, MCs or DJs….

Scott H.
Yeesh, So many. Give me i’ll try to limit to 5

OL
Ahahaha don’t matter y’all lol

Scott H.
GO ahead Shamir lol

K. Shamir C.
My influences in music Dr.Dre, Kanye west, Timberland, Noah 40, Just Blaze, Boi 1 Da, Puff Daddy, Mike Dean, Rick Ruben, and more.

Scott H.
Id probably have to go with Dre, Kanye, 40, Boi 1da, Seven. Mike Dean, Everybody at TDE as well. Dave Free, SoundWave all those guys. Love that intricate sound.

K. Shamir C.
I’m influenced by all types of producers Issac Hayes legend…

Scott H.
J. Cole is really underrated as well. Love his sound.

K. Shamir C.
J. Cole in my top 6

Scott H.
We have alot of the same influences, but you wouldnt have heard any type or Soul or Samples from me when we first started.

OL
Word….so individually and as a group, how yall go about making a track?

K. Shamir C.
I might start something and play it and Scott will say pass the rock. But then we bounce ideas around and I’ll say this person would sound fire on this track and then we start structuring the track.

Scott H.
So, Normally we have artists hit us up, and we try to come up with something different for them. Something in their lane with our twist. One of us will start the track whether it be composing or a sample and we’ll pass the track back and forth until its ready and then generally Shamir will mix the beat.

K. Shamir C.
Yeah I’m real big on the mix we came a long way when it comes to mixing and post production.

Scott H.
Definitely. It can make or break the track or be the difference between a placement or not.

K. Shamir C.
First impressions is everything…

OL
Yeah I feel y’all, a beat can be dope but if it ain’t sitting well, mix wise…it can go to crap lol. What’s in y’all arsenal? What do y’all use to produce?

Scott H.
FL Gang. We cant give all the secrets away, but recently got the Waves complete to get that crispy mix.

K. Shamir C.
We both use FL 12 I use waves complete to mix.
But we’ve use nexus, komplete, kontak, and a few other stuff.

Scott H.
Yep.

OL
Any midi controllers or drum machines? Anyone running an asr-10 or something ahaha…

Scott H.
Yeah I got the Akai keyboard, I think thats what shamir uses too. Think Im about to get the MPK.

K. Shamir C.
We have midi keyboards…

OL
Nice nice, whom have y’all worked with? I’ve also noticed that y’all had worked with ESPN in some form or fashion…

Scott H.
ESPN, BET, Paul Wall, Kelechi, Canon, Bizzle, Tragic Hero, Surf Gvng, Ki’shon, etc.
Yeah the Canon record was played on ESPN a few times…Selah the corner too. So many to name…

OL
Speaking of which, individually or as a duo, who would y’all like to work with?

K. Shamir C.
Honestly Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Chance The Rapper, Laura Daigle, Kirk Franklin, Christon Gray, And more.

Scott H.
Same here. Pretty much the exact same list. Kanye too on Some old Kanye…

K. Shamir C.
Lol old Kanye

OL
What’s in the future for SoundNami? Any Lil nuggets y’all can share?

K. Shamir C.
Well we’ll have a flash store and website up in a few weeks were we’ll be able to service the artist for tracks so stay tuned for that. We’ll be working on some beat tapes in the future.

Scott H.
We have a record coming out this Friday premier in on DJ Booth by Phay Feat. Kelechi who’s worked with Bj The Chicago Kid, Trinidad Janes etc called “Everybody” Hopefully more placements as well and Glorifying God with what we do.

K. Shamir C.
We would love to incorporate our music with tv one day God willing. We want to continue building with artist and providing the canvas that they can paint pictures on.

OL
Alright, Scott…Shamir thanks so much for your time and for chopping it up with me.

Scott H.
No doubt we appreciate it! God bless.

K. Shamir C.
Thanks brother God Bless dude.

 

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