Canadian music producer, Sean Ali also known as Blitz of Blitzbeats.com has exploded on to the hip hop music scene and is making some serious noise in one of the #1 music communities online, Soundclick. Blitz is a talented beat maker, internet marketer and producer/entrepreneur who has built a brand known for its quality and professionalism. Blitz was able to take a few minutes out of his day to do an interview with Zee of AFB.
Check the interview below.
Almost Free Beats: Blitz its an honor and privilege to have you interview with Almostfreebeats.com. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. I won’t squander our time so lets get right into things. Please tell me a little bit about your background and how you got started in music production?
Blitz Beats: Music has been in me since [I was] a small child…beating the pots and pans and pretending they were drums…What really got me into the music field is when I started to DJ around 12 years old. For many years, I went hard at that until I was around 18 and came across FL Studio. This is where my introduction to music production came from. For 2 years non-stop I [made] beats and practiced… later on finding Reason 3 and converting over to that which really helped me to see the bigger picture in production.
Almost Free Beats: Wow that’s dope man! I didn’t know you were using Reason to make beats. Why the transition from FL Studio to Reason?
Blitz Beats: I really felt that Reason was a better platform for me. FL Studio was my stepping stone.
Almost Free Beats: I’ve noticed you’ve really been on top of your game with Soundclick lately. Recently, I saw you take the number one spot in the beats and instrumentals charts. What do you attribute to your success?
Blitz Beats: My success with soundclick comes from a few solid years of dedication to learning, understanding, and applying my knowledge to the soundclick system.
Almost Free Beats: What do you feel like your knowledge of the soundclick system consists of? Is it all marketing? Understanding the chart system? Networking? or a combination of things?
Blitz Beats: [It] consists of what type of beats sell, how the charts work in-depth, and how to nearly guarantee beat sales.
Almost Free Beats: Right on man. So let me ask you this. How would you describe the “Blitz Beats” sound?
Blitz Beats: My sound is very versatile for the most part, as I like to be a main supplier of ‘What’s Hot’. I love all types of music which is why I don’t lean towards one genre of instrumentals. However, when I make beats…and freely express myself, what normally comes out is a mix between East Coast & Dirty South sound.
Almost Free Beats: That’s an interesting combination…so with that type of sound, where do you feel like your music influences come from?
Blitz Beats: I’m inspired mainly from Urban and Reggae music. I grew up around Caribbean music from birth so it was always a big part of me. As far as hip hop influences, there [are] so many producers who inspire me.
Almost Free Beats: I dig it man. All of those individuals that you’ve named have made a name for themselves in the music business by having a distinctive sound and marketable records…What type of music production setup are you using by the way?
Blitz Beats: At the moment, I’m using Reason 5, an MPD 26 and a Controller. My upgrade that’s on the way is Reason 6 with a (Yamaha) Motif XF6 .
Almost Free Beats: That’s a great beat making setup. I personally use Reason 5 and it is amazing. I have also heard really positive things about Reason 6. I don’t have it yet, but I’m sure you will enjoy it…
So switching gears, I’d like to ask you a question pertaining to the internet. How do feel like it is affecting the music industry in 2012? We’ve all seen the rise of independent artists and musicians, but I’d like to get your opinion on things.
Blitz Beats: The internet is one of the greatest things we have. The effect it has on music now is incredible. Any one who truly wants to do something with them self can do it online. If one has a deep enough desire to do music, they can learn what to do and market themselves online to an entire globe, from home.
Almost Free Beats: Right on Blitz. We’re running out of time, but we’ve got time for a couple more questions.
What advice would you give to producers or rappers trying to make it “big” in the music business?
Blitz Beats: Be serious. Ask yourself many times if you “really want to do this”. Don’t half ass what you do and call it quits half way down the road. If you want to do this, do this. Because if you’re going to succeed to any amount of greatness, you should really have the desire and know it deep inside you.
Almost Free Beats: I agree with you 100% man. You’ve got to sell out to your dreams in order to make them realities. So one last question, Blitz. How can people get hold of you or how can someone buy your beats?
Blitz Beats: The main website http://www.blitzbeats.com
Almost Free Beats: No doubt man. Thanks for stopping by. It’s much appreciated.