1. When did you move to the city of Houston?

I moved to Houston in 1991.

  1. You have a career spanning over twenty years. How did you get started in the industry making beats and producing music?

I got started in the industry as a DJ when I saw Jam Master Jay and RUN DMC on Soul Train and I knew I wanted to be a DJ. I got into DJing and that made me develop a desire for production.

  1. Did you want to become a producer or is it something that you fell into by chance?

DJing evolved into production.

  1. The work you have done with Southern artists has helped build some of the most iconic sounds of Southern hip-hop and R&B. What is the achievement you are most proud of?

I would have to say the H-Town record since that went Platinum and then second place would be Scarface since that went gold. 

  1. Who was the first artist that you started producing once you got to Houston? 

Unofficially my cousin but that is who connected me with the person who eventually became my manager which was Richard Simpson, he is deceased now. This is when my learning process of the administrative side began, you know, I was just raw talent and I was a DJ and transitioned to production. At the time, I was making beats on my SP-1200 drum machine and used my turntables to fill the records out. The first artist was my cousin but my first client in Houston was Rap-A-Lot records.

  1. What kind of sounds do you tend to gravitate towards when youre producing  a record? 

This is a good question because I don’t designate the sounds. The Almighty does. I have nothing to do with that. All of these songs come to me from the spiritual realm. I never had a piano lesson, none of that so I’m just going to put it all on the Almighty. I just learned to translate what I hear inside of my head. Ear pleasant is what I go for but I always try to put something in my music that you haven’t heard before. Anomaly’s is my lane, thats what I like to do. When an artists comes to me for a project, I ask them to listen to the whole project for the reason being I am going to be the guy that gives you what you don’t have and thats always been me.

  1. What goes through your mind when you are making music? 

All emotions, everything because I’ve learned to construct the music in a way that will tug on some strings emotionally and sets the mood. I am trying to develop it down to a science where I can make a track so you know that when it first comes on, you know this dude is mad or you know he’s happy or you know if they are even thinking of either one of those. 

  1. Is it safe to assume that when you start working with an artist you know which ones will have an impact? Is there a certain quality they all possess that makes them stand out?

Oh definitely, all the time. What I do once I listen to the artist, especially if I know the artist, I am going to give them something similar to what they had but exceedingly better. Just like if I reproduced an old record from a famous artist, I am going to put the record together keeping in mind how I want them to be proud of the remake. I don’t want to take somebody’s work and mess it up, a lot of people do that. I want to enhance it and make them say “what didn’t I think about that”?

  1. In todays music landscape where people are exposed to so much music, it can be argued that it is more difficult to retain interest in an entire album. What are your thoughts on the way music is generated nowadays? Do you feel that it can be problematic or do you think it has evolved for the better?

In a general sense the music business has declined and left the artist to figure out other ways to make money. Especially with COVID-19 going on right now. It has changed but it’s declined because there are more artists that are suffering from loss of show money.

For me, as I explained to you earlier, anomalous is my shit. I look at it as a big open door, because I give the industry and the listener something they haven’t had in a while or haven’t had at all. With that being said, I am a “hold out”artist; I can hold out until the right thing comes along. With that you develop a mindset and you only demand what you need or request.

10.   Have you had artists come to you where you turned them down?

All the time because it is not about the money with me. Being that I have survived and figured out a way to still be relevant and last in this business, I am not going to throw my name on anything anymore because that potentially could be a loss and I don’t want my name attached to that.

11.   Which of your songs went Platinum? 

“Keeping my composure” by H-Town.