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This Month Featured Producer is Octavia Harris.


Marv

Octavia!!!! Whats going Sis.

Octavia

Hey bro! I feel like this is a year of acceleration! Just trying to enjoy it! Thanks for having me by the way!

Marv

My pleasure. I’m sorry it took me so long to get with you.

Octavia

Hey I know you too are a busy man!

Marv

Lol! Lets get right into it. How long have been a Believer?

Octavia

July 2005 is when I made a serious commitment to Christ and a few months later was baptized. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.

Marv

No doubt. Married? Kids?

Octavia

Single and Sold out! No kids on deck
but you know if God sends love I’m open to it
AMEN!!! LOL

Marv

How long have you been producing?

Octavia

Off and on since around 99’… started on the ASR-10 lol

Marv

Ok OG! A lot of youngsters probably never heard of that.

Octavia

Right! What they know about loading up sounds one by one on a floppy disc lol!
Those were the good ol days

Marv
Yeah they were. In a industry that is mostly dudes, are odds high for you as female producer?

Octavia

Nah, not really. I look at being a female producer an advantage. Now if I wasn’t attractive… that might set things back a bit lol
I joke a lot, my bad! lol…

foreal tho, it’s awesome because I tend to get a lot of love from the fellas and respect.

Marv

Thats whats up. Are there any other lady producers that you know of in CHH?

Octavia

Sicily is nice. Kiwi has some nice worship / soul stuff too

Marv

Duh… Sicily does produce. I didn’t know Kiwi produce though.

Octavia

Yea she gets down and plays live piano too during her sets.. pretty ill. I know a lot of female producers.. not just in CHH but like Debbi Verbz (DanceHall).. Estee (several genres)

Marv

Ok Ok Real quick who are some of the people you have worked with?

Octavia

Tons of independents and I have a nice placement on my brother D-maubs new CD.

Marv

Ok congrats! Whats your process in making a beat?

Octavia

Funny because every time I sit down to make a beat the process is pretty different depending in the mood I’m in. Sometimes I start by laying down the drum pattern first… Other times I start by manipulating a sample … Or laying down a melody.. So just depends in what creativity is flowing at the time.

Marv

Cool. I see you do lease beats. Does it work for you?

Octavia

Our team of producers provide both exclusives and a leasing option which has worked really well for our clients.

We did a lot of testing early on and found for our model both options work.

Marv

We have talked before about it a while back. I don’t personally care for leasing. But if it works for you and your team then dope. But I got to ask you Sis, I seen you had some for .99 cents… I was speechless! Is it a marketing strategy for the reason of the pricing?

Octavia

Leasing has been extremely beneficial for BBO. We have over 250 beats in our catalog with 4 producers so the model is perfect for us. Of course we also sell custom tracks and exclusives. And yes sometimes when God is blessing the team… or me personally I get moved to give radically For instance one weekend I ran a $1 lease sale and we sold 278 beats in 3 days it was insane. Can’t do that all the time but when God blesses us we roll that onto others. Not the typical production ministry that’s for sure!

Marv

I feel you Sis. I just think it puts artists in a mind set of getting dope beats for cheap. And then thats all they start wanting you feel me.

Octavia

Not really. In my opinion we are just in a unique position to provide quality production for extremely affordable prices. Gotta go with what works for your business model. The leasing option opens you up to an unlimited earning potential on auto pilot month after month with the same hot. It’s crazy dope!!! Also Christian artists lease from secular producers all the time. Why not get it from the kingdom?

Marv

I can dig it. I think to because, I don’t make a gang beats of like that neither. So Sis whats your future plans, bigger placements, do an album what?

Octavia

Right now I’m finishing up my new CD “Be Myself” which is BBO produced. First single is called “Never” feat D-maub. Also would love to expand the team a bit and add 2 more producers this year who specialize in East Coast and Soul beats. Would love to run more contests and give away some nice cash prizes.

Marv

No doubt any last words to the readers?

Octavia

I love making music and am blessed to be a steward over my production ministry. Shout out to the team: Heir, Doc Sizzo, PLM and CJ! And thanks again Marv for doing this interview! Hopin to collab with you in the near future! You dope br

Marv

Sis Likewise Fam. Thank for your time

Follower her on twitter @beatsbyoctavia

and checkout her website beatsbyoctavia.com


Marv

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