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I have been making beats since I was 13 years old. At Emerson V.P.A. school in Gary, Indiana my friend Nathan told me about a music program called Fruity Loops. First thing I thought about was the cereal and how could that be a program that seriously makes music. I did most of my work in the FREE demo version of Fruity Loops because I was broke and couldn’t afford anything else. The first few beats I put out were straight garbage but you couldn’t tell me that. They were the shit in my eyes but listening to my old tracks as an adult I agree with though people from middle school. My band teacher Mr. Norman always encouraged me keep making my beats and actually allowed me and my friends to come in during lunch to use the computers to do so. He was our “adult ears.” He looked like an uptight white guy but when it came to music he had so much soul and he had an ear for good music. So when we would finish a beat he would let us burn it to a disc and would listen to it. I remember sitting outside his office like I was in a major label’s waiting room or something like waiting to here from the CEO about a deal. That is also how it felt when he told us he liked something… like we were signed. I had friends I collaborated with and some that listened and gave their opinion. Sean was the kid I did a good majority of my beats with. I was stupid with the drums and he had a piano background so that came naturally to him to drop something ill on the keys. Mr. Norman let us burn our entire collection to disc (which was only like 5 beats) and I let everybody listen to that shit. It never left out of my Discman. I moved down to Indianapolis, Indiana to a bigger school where I wasn’t the only producer there. Kids from better off families had fucking full studios in their house and would look down on you when your beats didn’t sound like theirs. (Sorry touchy subject) I did work with one of those guys and he acted like a fucking know-it-all and really only had a studio so the popular kids that were trying to rap would come to his house. Since I wasn’t that popular he would treat my work like nothing and wouldn’t help out his fellow musician. I met my neighbors Michael and Julian and they were into music. We all used fruity loops and collaborated a lot but never really something I kept up with. This is when I wanted to get away from software based production. I had a little job and making some of my own money so I saved up and copped a used Akai MPC 2000 and worked with that for awhile. It was old and outdated so I couldn’t do much with it but I did make about 4 beats with it and they came out pretty decent. I sold the MPC a few months later and this is where I hit a low point in my beat making. I did not want to use Fl Studio anymore but couldn’t afford any new hardware production equipment. Then in 2009 I read about the Native-Instruments product called the Maschine. I checked this out damn near everyday… reading specs, listening to demos, and hyperventilating over the price. It was everything I wanted in one box, the hardware that I wanted and the software that I was familiar with using. Saving up to buy the Maschine I stumbled across an auction for a used Maschine for about half the price as new. The product had only been out a few months so I figured that it couldn’t have that much wear and tear. (Actually it had none, perfect buy) I received my package, went out and bought a CD turntable and audio card and was in business. Been making beats ever since using Maschine and I am upgrading to an Open Labs SoundSlate Pro in the near future. Thanks for Listening to my Tracks. Much Love