After producing countless instrumentals and songs, producer Vio Beats tells us what is most important for an artist or producer to become successful.
Today we are interviewing the record producer behind many catchy songs, and even more sales on BeatStars. Vio Beats has been making moves in the industry and now they are starting to pay off. See what the young producer has to say.
Hey Vio, what’s good? It’s good to have you on our blog. How are you?
Hey, what’s up! I’ve been doing great lately. Thanks, and yourself?
I’m doing great as well, thanks. Let’s get started with the first question.
How did you come up with the name Vio? Is there any special meaning behind it?
The name Vio has developed through a few circumstances actually. It never really was planned at first. I was listening to an amazing German artist named Cro who had his own clothing merchandise that went by the name VioVio and I thought it sounded cool, but only without being doubled. Then after a while, I was thinking to myself that the “V” could stand for Virgo since that’s my zodiac. It’s short, simple, and has meaning to it, that’s why I ended up using it as an artist name.
Did you grow up listening to Hip-Hop since you are mainly producing in that genre?
Yes. The first time I was exposed to Hip-Hop music was around the age of six. I still remember Eminem’s Lose Yourself running on MTV and jamming to it. Usher’s song Yeah! was also a big hit I enjoyed listening to a few years after. For some reason, those things just stick with you, even after all this time has passed.
When did you produce your first beat?
I believe I was in 12th grade at the time, which means in 2014. To be honest, I didn’t really know too much about making beats. Most of my friends weren’t into the modern type of rap or weren’t into producing music themselves. I just figured, hey what’s it like to make your own beats, and gave it a shot. At the time, I first used FL Studio and didn’t know anything about mixing or mastering. The creativity was there but everything sounded awful.
Did you continue to go to school after high school?
I did. I went to study General Studies at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach from 2016 to 2017 and got my Associate’s degree. Then, I decided to take a break for a year and went to Germany to get my certificate in Audio Engineering. As of now, I am still continuing my studies and trying to advance my knowledge as best I can. I’m currently studying for my Bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering at the London Metropolitan University.
Is there anything you regret doing since you started?
Yes, of course. For the most part, everything went pretty decent, but you realize that a lot of people you hang around with aren’t your actual friends. You honestly receive more support from the people you don’t know, then the ones close to you.
What’s the story behind Vio Beats and Turtle Boy Troy?
Nice, you’re actually the first to ask about that. We met on a music website named Clowdy (now Twine) back then. We exchanged information and started talking and working on some projects from there on out. After a few years, things just got a whole lot more serious and his popularity started rising. We are still working together on songs and plan to do so for as long as possible.
Are you signed now?
Yes, under an independent record label. Major Vibe.
We have seen you offer kits for producers. Do you plan on releasing more in the future?
Most definitely! I love making kits! There will be many more to come.
What do you think of BeatStars?
BeatStars is a wonderful platform for producers to unleash their talents, no matter what age or income. They offer free membership, so you don’t even have to spend a dime. I think they have helped lots of producers from all over the world make a living.
What would you like to tell upcoming producers?
Wherever you are, no matter your income, or the circumstances you are facing, remember that you can do what you desire if you put your heart and passion into it. Stop looking for new gear online. Trust me. A lot of new producers make that mistake and believe that buying new gear will make your music so much better. It will improve your sound but not by the amount you’re expecting. Rather use the money for marketing and your brand. You will benefit way more from it. Success comes from hard work and it takes consistency, even when you are feeling down and are facing issues. The question is what is stronger, your passion for music, or the urge to give up? You decide.
That would be it. Thanks for sharing with us!
Absolutely! Thanks for having me.
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