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Interview With Risingson


 

OL
What up Rising Son! Thanks for getting wit me! Hope ya had a good weekend!

Risingson
Yeah, no doubt. The weekend was good. Chilled with the fam and even got in some time for beats!

OL
Dope! Could you introduce yourself to whom may be reading this…..who is Rising Son and what does he do?

Risingson
I’m Risingson, I’m a follower of God, a husband, a and father of 3. I’m from Seattle WA and I got my start as a producer from a competition called Red Bull Bigtune where I won the competition for Seattle.

OL
Whoa that’s dope! Tell us about your experience there and of the Rapzilla Beat Battle…bet you were facing some heavy weights….If I’m not mistaken you were apart of it right? A few years back……..

Risingson
Yeah man! Red Bull was a great experience because it opened a lot of doors and gave me a lot of exposure. I got second place for Seattle in 2008 and first in 2010. Both years going on to compete in the national finals against some of the best in the nation. I think those battles actually opened the doors for Rapzilla. Steven Solis, one of the editors over there hit me up on twitter and asked if I was interested in competing in flavorfest where they held the competition and I gladly agreed. That was probably my favorite battle I was in because I got a chance to go against giants in the CHH game like Black Knight (now BrandonP.) and Dirty Rice. I ended up getting second to Dirty Rice that year. Dude is dope! That opened a lot of doors as well.

OL
No doubt, you got a lot cats who are ill on the boards! Shout out to em…..you mentioned that the Red Bull competition was a start but not the beginning……how did you get into producing? Who were producers or what was it that made you say “I wanna do that!”

Risingson
I got my start with one of my best friends in highschool, (shout out to Richard Mullen, by the way). His pops was the pastor of the church we went to and he was a singer on the praise and worship team. He was working on an album at that time so I would tag along with him around the city to all these different producer’s studios. I would just sit and watch the producers do there thing and one day it just clicked, I thought, “I could do this too”, plus I was already taking piano lessons in highschool and in college as well. Some of the Producers that inspired me in the beginning was Just blaze, and 9th Wonder…those were the guys who changed the game for me personally. I started out copying their styles a lot in the beginning until I started to create my own sound. 9th wonder is the reason why I bought FL Studio. He made it look so easy back then…plus it was waaay more affordable than an MPC. Lol!

OL
Word! That’s dope, cool to hear it started in that lol I did an interview with my compadre Anthony Clary and he said similar answer lol made me laugh cuz’ he said FL Studio looked like someone cooking up the ingredients for rocket fuel or something like that lol aha. Just Blaze and 9th are still killing it! Lol in a producer convo Marv said that you can buy a used car for the same amount of an mpc lol man certain gear can be expensive! Speaking of which what do you use to make em bangers? You part of the FL Gang?

Risingson
Lol!!!!! That rocket fuel comment is comedy! It’s actually really easy to use once you get the hang of it. At first, looks it seems complicated but it’s not. Yeah sight. Just and 9th are still giants in my eyes…hip hip producer hall of fame! If there was a such of thing. Lol. I still use FL studio as my primary DAW of choice. But I can used a lot of other stuff too. I dabbled in Reason for a minute too. I didn’t know which one I liked more at first. FL won my heart though! And its a lot more advanced since 2004.

OL
True…..maybe FL 5 or so then….I started on FL 7 and yeah man lol T-Rock is silly boy aha shout out to em. Any drum machines, Moog keyboards or things like that in your studio?

Risingson
I have a Yamaha Motif 6, MPD 24, and an MPK 49. I’m not really big on analog keyboards because of space and a lot of that stuff has been emulated as plugins and sound pretty close to the real thing so I can just use those instead so my set up is mostly in the box. I don’t even really use my motif much anymore. I sampled all of the patches that I liked out of it and turned them into soundfonts that I can use in FL studio. I do a lot of sampling from records and using plugins in my beats.

OL
Word! You dig in the crates? I never thought of transferring sounds that way from hardware……that’s actually brilliant! Who have produced for?

Risingson
Yep! Crates are the foundation! It’s time consuming but it pays off when you find something truly dope. I have produced for Redbull, PMP Worldwide, Xzibit, Kurupt, Eshon Burgundy, J. Johnson, Jered Sanders, and a lot of other established and up and coming artists from Seattle. Jered Sanders and I are actually working on the follow up to his “Hope is Dope” EP that he put out back in early March. He’s one of my favorites right now. He’s An MC’s MC, with a lot of dope lyricism great beat selection and just overall quality music that further solidifies CHH as genre. Definitely an up and coming artist artist to watch. Check him out if you havent already. Hope is dope is a free DL on Rapzilla.

OL
Bruh! That joint and Daylight Savings Time are on repeat and constant rotation! J. Silas aka J. Johnson and Eshon Burg as well, I think I herd your beat tag on a joint off of Blood Rushin 2 My Head. Wow! Xzibit and Kurrupt?! Ahaha makes me wanna throw my w up and be like wwweeessssttsssiiiidddeeeeee!

Risingson
Lol! Yeah that Xzibit placement was due to Redbull. His Manager was at the battle and heard some music that he liked. At the time, he was managing DJ Quick, Xzibit, Snoop, and a few other west coast rappers. I sent him a file of beats and they picked one for Xzibit’s single and the rest is history.I’m really Excited for Jered’s music though. Daylight savings is my joint too!

OL
Yo same, I’m fienin for more hope hop! Who are artists you plan to or would like to work with one day?

Risingson
Man Im really trying to be intentional about working with more artists who have a positive message and faith based music. I would love to work with Dre Murray, Lecrae, Datin, Bizzle, and Tony Tilman.
Those are a few cats that I keep in rotation. They really inspire me these days.

OL
Yeah man they have all dropped dope music recently. What is in store for you in the future and what advice or knowledge nuggets could you give to up and coming producers and beatmakers…..one thing I also wanna ask is how do you go about navigating and producing for artists who are not believers?
Is that kind of thing for everyone or something to consider? I’d love to hear your perspective on it…..

Risingson
I’m thinking about dropping a beat tape this summer, that is if I don’t sell all the beats, Lol. I did one in 2013 that I released with Rapzilla, entitled Risingson presents: Rise 1.0, that received a great response, so I may take another shot at it. Besides that, just continue to build with the guys that I’ve been working with and whoever else God puts in my path. As far as working with secular artists vs Christian, I try to keep it cleaner and listen to music that has good content or a message of some sort. I definitely want to honor God with my gift as well as make music that sonically can compete with the best secular rap. And I think I’ve done a decent job of achieving that balance with the artist that I have been working with of recent. It’s really been a blessing from God to line me up with these artists. I look forward to the future and whatever else God has to offer.

OL
Alright Rising Son, thank you so much for chopping it up with me! God bless one love!

Risingson
Yes sir! Anytime!

 

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