Bio: Garrett Brown aka TrakkSounds is a 22 year old music producer from Houston, TX. Spending time during his life between Louisana and Texas has helped develop his sound of live instrumentation, chopped in vocal samples and a lush sound scape. He has crafted songs for various major and rising artists while co-operating DMG Studios with DJ Rapid Ric in downtown Houston. DMG Studios has become one of the most sought after recording locations in the city and will continue to build its repuation of quality products even higher.
How long have you been a producer? How did you get started?
I’ve been producing for around 8 years but in past 2-3 years really started focusing on it. I just got started basically because my friends rapped and I wanted to be involved. I couldn’t rap so I figured that was the best way.
How would you describe your style or signature sound (if you indeed have one!)?
I’m still working on my signature sound so to say but if I had to describe it I would say 1973 meets 2013. I use alot of live instruments mixed with technology of today. I’ve always had a love for sampling and older music because of how well arranged and emotional their music was. I want to bring that live feel back with the futuristic elements I can add.
What artists have you worked with?
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great artists as of late. 2 Chainz, Bun B, Z-Ro, Killa Kyleon, Slim Thug, Devin The Dude, Chevy Woods, Wiz Khalifia, A$AP Rocky, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, and alot more. Quite a few big placements that should be dropping soon that I’m excited about.
Are you currently working on any projects?
I’m currently working on Killa Kyleon’s new project T.R.I.L.L alot with him. Killa was one of the first artists to really give me a shot and we have clicked tremendously ever since. We probaly have done over 30-40 records in past months between me and him alone. His project is gonna be crazy once it drops very soon and I think it will put us both on another level. Also working on my compilation Intervention 2 with DJ Rapid Ric and Thafixx.com. We did the first one last year and was blessed enough to work with some big names on it but this second one will be even doper.
What training do you need to be a music producer?
To be an actual producer you’ve got to have a vast knowledge of music theory and how to pair musical elements together. I’ve been trying to up my knowledge of sound scape, sound design, and various musical instruments over the years and it has helped tremendously.
Besides making beats, if any, what are the responsibilities of the producer?
The producer is responsilbe as much as the artist, if not more, on crafting on the whole feel of the song. Formulating the ideas behind the song, the sound of the song, arrangement, and alot of subtle things that can make a good record into great.
Lately, i have had friends of mine who have paid for beats and the studio time to create the beat, only to find out that another artist was sent or used that same beat. How does this happen and what can be done to prevent this?
This is one of the most frustrating things as a producer because if you email a couple tracks to an artist and they never purchase them, it’s not their property. There is many cases where an artist will be emailed a track and automatically think they can rap on it. It get’s even crazier when they put it out without your knowledge or permission months or years after you had sent it. The only way to prevent these things is to limit who you send tracks too and help artists realize that until the purchasing and business is done it is not your beat to do with as you please. I haven’t had this happen much but a couple times I have had to deal with artists who put out a track that they have no stake or claim too even up to a year or so after I submitted it to them for consideration in purchasing.
As far as someone making a custom beat in front of an artist and then hearing it somewhere else I can’t speak on. If you get a custom beat with me, you will be the only one who ever has access to that instrumental unless you release it yourself. That is one of my favorite things to do because I and the artist know that this will never be involved in any mix up like stated above.What are some of the struggles and frustrations of being a producer?
Definitely the question above is a big frustration. Artists believe they are entitled to something for free that us as producers have spent countless hours crafting. They think because their mixtape is free or whatever reason that they shouldn’t have to pay for quality production. Meanwhile, they are touring, selling merch, doing features from exposure off the track, and more.
Another frustation would be just being told no multiple times but that is what comes with the territory. You have to have an extremely thick skin to be successful in music because you will no 98% of the time. I just try to pay attention to the people that actually mess with my music as opposed to the ones that don’t.
Where can artists find you? Give us your contact info.
Artists can contact me to work at firstname.lastname@example.org or @trakksounds on twitter. Have everything availble in Houston from studio time, dj hosting, production and more.