Interview by MissCallMe Cris,. Edited for clarity.
This week we sat with music producer and creator, NOBRAKES MIXX to talk about the vision of his latest release “Bang My Line” and how he saw the perfect artist combination to make it all come together.
Can you tell us who is NOBRAKES MIXX as a producer and entity?
I’m a producer and consider myself a creator in general. I’ve been producing for a long time, making beats since the age of 16. I started off producing for my friends who were artists, and began branching out to independent artists who really took their craft seriously. It all hit a fast-track when I started a production and marketing company called SOCAL Radio, where we started grass-root branding and marketing for different artists. But yeah, I’m a creator! I kind of move to the beat of my own drum. I make music I want to hear and stick with what I feel.
What was your role in the creation of “Bang My Line” featuring Pretty Pape$ and G-Funk Supreme? How did it all come together?
Me and Pretty Pape$ work closely together. I’ve known that he’s been wanting to work with G-Funk Supreme, and I’ve wanted to get a track with them together. So, I was like, I’m going to make a sound where I know both of them can fit, with them both having their own lanes. So, I made the beat, sent it over to Pape$. He loved it and came to the studio and recorded his part. After he was done, I called G-Funk and was like, hey, I have one for you! I sent it to him, he hit me back 20 mins later like “I already have my verse. Let me know when I can come in and record it”. What’s crazy is, the night he came to record it, I rushed to my studio and I left the charger for my laptop. I literally had 12 percent battery left on my MacBook. I had to turn my brightness down and disable everything in order to get his verse. As soon as he got done with his verse, my computer died. But, that was the premise of getting both of them on the track.
What was your process in completing the vision of the collaboration? How did you know this was going to be a perfect fit?
Their styles! G-Funk is from Long Beach, Pape$ is from Orange County. Pape$ is like rah-rah, in your face, while G-Funk is more laid back, cool, and collected. I knew that the two would mesh very well together. They typically don’t make the same type of music but, the sound in their voice and the way they approach music, I knew it was going to be a good mesh. Knowing their sounds individually, I just had to make the right sound for them to team up on, and it was a done deal from there.
How important do you feel collaborations are as a producer?
Anyone who follows me on Twitter or on social media, I’m yelling that all the time. Collaboration is key! The more eyes you have to look, the more eyes you’ll have looking. You can’t do everything by yourself. You’ll burn yourself out. Especially, in the field we’re in. There’s nothing that I’ve been able to do by myself. Everything has been team-oriented. I’m a big team guy, I want everyone else to shine. That way, you bring more people to the table and we all eat at the end of the day. So, collaboration is a big piece of what I do.
How difficult or easy was it to make the collaboration happen during a pandemic?
It’s a change. Back in the day, we had our studio and was just like, I’m going to be here on these days, just come through. Nowadays, you have to plan around it. I’m not so much recording in the studio with people right now. I’m kind of keeping my distance, working from home. It’s a challenge but, you have to roll with the times.
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