This past week I spoke to multi-platinum producer Amadeus who has worked with everybody from Trey Songz Keyshia Cole, Trina, Diddy, Danity Kane and more. During the interview I spoke to Amadeus about his upbringing in producing and being one of Trey Songz to go to producers as well as being apart of Diddy’s Bad Boy team and more. Check out the interview below.
1.You played drums and the piano in a school band and at your church, when did you first get your big break into music?
I was about 15 years old when I got my first break, it was with an artist by the name of Nucci Reyo who was signed to MCA records at the time. Don Pooh was his A&R and he was also management for Foxy Brown. He selected a few of my tracks he liked in an A&R meeting and sent them to Nucci. He chose one which we recorded & mixed in the studio. It was that night I got a chance to meet one of my mentors & BadBoy/Hitmen producer Deric”D-Dot”Angelettie, Manny Halley who managed Keyshia Cole and a few other executives. That was the start of my career as a professional music producer. Unfortunately the album was never released so the world never got a chance to check out the masterpiece we created so I credit the 2 placements I had with Foxy Brown as my big break. Foxy recorded 2 songs to my tracks one titled “Get Off Me” which was a record dissing female rapper Eve and the other record titled “Cradle 2 The Grave”, which was the titled track featured in the DMX & Jet Li’ movie “Cradle 2 The Grave” and soundtrack. This being my 1st release. The soundtrack sold over 500,000 copies which allowed me to receive my 1st Gold Plaque.
2. You are apart of Diddy’s production team The Hitmen how did that opportunity come about?
I was always an extended member of the BadBoy family being that one of the original BadBoy/Hitmen producers Deric”D-Dot”Angelettie was one of my mentors. He put me direct contact to the Director of A&R Bobby Springsteen who for 2 months put me in the studio producing alongside the late great HeavyD. It was in those sessions I got the chance to meet the boss Sean”Diddy”Combs, Harve Pierre and the rest of the BadBoy family. A few years passed by and I became more of an accomplished & established sort after record producer, producing for over 50 major recording artists. Adding BadBoy recording artists Cheri Dennis, Danity Kane & Donnie Klang to my production resume brought awareness to BadBoyManagement. At that time I was looking for new management so we sat down at the round table & came up with a plan & an agreement that everyone was comfortable with. Here I am today, an official BadBoy/Hitmen producer.
3. You’ve produced for artists such as The Game, T.I, Trey Songz and Keyshia Cole to name a few, who has been your favorite working with so far?
I appreciate working with all the artists I’ve had the chance to work with. It’s pretty hard keeping track being that I’ve produced for over 50 artists. God has been great to me and I value & appreciate every minute of what I do & every opportunity that comes my way.
4. When growing up who inspired you when it came to music to want to start producing?
Growing up I was privileged to be introduced to various artists and genres of music so I had an appreciation for it all. The moment I was of age to listen to hip hop music I gravitated towards the style & sound of Diddy & The Hitmen producers they had a unique style & sound flipping samples & playing various musical instruments on top of the samples, I thought that was genius. I was also inspired by producers such as Dr.Dre, The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins, Scott Storch, Timbaland, Kanye West and Just Blaze to name a few. I must add that I’m always inspired to create great music even with some of my colleagues such as Hit-Boy, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Pop Wansel & Lex Luger to name a few. They’re on fire right now & we are the future.
5. As a producer you have the opportunity to introduce artist and music listeners to a new sound, can you tell us how your sound has evolved since you first started producing ?
I pretty just do me when I create music. I definitely keep an ear to the streets & to the radio because music is always evolving, I don’t believe in copying anyones style or sound. I believe in being inspired by something or someone and basically adding my own twist to it. I’m a musician so that gives me an advantage to produce in all genres such as HipHop, R&B, Pop, Gospel and etc I’ve definitely grown as a music producer. When I started I was only producing hip hop tracks.
6. With being a Multi-platinum producer have you ever though of managing and producing your own artist or having your own label like a lot of other producer’s have done?
Yes, absolutely. I have Platinum Boy Music Inc., my production company. We have a female R&B artist by the name of Tiffany Mynon “The Angel of R&B” along with producers and songwriters. I’m in the process of finishing up Tiffany Mynon’s album right now as we speak. She has 2 singles out titled “Dance The Night Away” featuring Fred TheGodSon & “I Know How To Love You.Com” both produced by myself. Be on the look out for her project and be sure to follow her on twitter @TiffanyMynon
7.If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing now?
Working extremely hard for someone at a major corporation by any means necessary, being sure to provide for my family.
8. Who have you been working in the studio with that we can expect to hear coming up soon?
I’ve been working on Fabolous, DJ Kayslay’s album which features my production with various artists such as Jadakiss, 2 Chainz, Trae The Truth, Vado, Joell Ortiz, Papoose, Nina B, Gail Gotti and many more. Chipmunk from UK, Platinum Boy Music’s own Tiffany Mynon “The Angel of R&B”, Dave Hollister, Universal Italy Artist Fabri FIbra and more. I’m always creating new music & sending it out to all the artists working on projects for possible placements, so definitely stay tuned. A lot more artists will be added to the list by the end of the year. Be sure to check out our website http://www.platinumboymusic.
9. What advise would you give to an upcoming producers?
If you are not passionate about creating music this is not the career for you because the politics of the business is unbelievable. The only thing that will keep you in it is your passion to create music. I only speak from experience. Research is very important, along with getting an understanding of the artists you would like to someday produce for. You must know who you are producing for. Definitely take advantage of the social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Reverbnation & more. It allows you, as the producer, to connect with the artists and managers directly to possibly produce on projects. I would also recommend producing music for local artists which will build your name & brand as a producer wherever you are from. In regards to creativity do you its ok to be aware of the music thats on the radio & in the streets but never imitate what you hear. Always do your best to create music in your own way. I could go on & on but these are definitely a few good tips on how to get started & move forward in your career as a music producer.