Mr. Smit - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
My artist name is Mr. Smit. I’m from Louisiana, but have been living in Houston, TX for the last 10 years.
2. What made you start making music?
I’ve always been involved with music, even as a young child. I started in the youth choir at church. I fell in love with playing drums in the 6th grade, so I join the band. This led to me being in the marching band in high school. Also, in high school, I began to rap. A good friend of mine was a fellow rapper and producer. I began to see his process with music production and fell in love with production ever since.
3. Who are your influences in rap?
2 Pac was a huge influence for me. His intellect, energy, passion, drive, and work ethic was unmatched. Another huge influence was Scarface. He was the first rapper, that I saw, rapped, then played the keyboard, then play the lead guitar, then play the bass guitar, then played the horns, then played the drums at one of his concerts. Timbaland has been a big influence in music production to me.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
I think underground artist are slowly kicking the door down. I feel they are utilizing social media and platforms like SoundCloud to get heard.
5. As an artist who has to compete with thousands of others for streams/plays, what makes your music worth people clicking on?
My production is different than what most producers are doing. My production is very unique.
6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be?
My mother. She taught and instilled many values in me that is needed to survive in this crazy world. She was my biggest supporter and knew how to challenge me. Even though she is no longer physically here with me anymore, I can still hear speaking and encouraging me everyday.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
I find a sample, then I began to layer it with other sounds. Then, I lay the drums down. Next, I typically find the hook. Then, l arrange the track. Next come the mixing and mastering stage. Finally, I put it on SoundCloud.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year?
I’m always working new beats. I just released an instrumental album earlier this month. I plan to release a few more before the end of the year.
9. What keeps you motivated and on path towards your goals for music?
I want to be known as one of the best hip-hop producers ever and collab with some of the hottest artist. I’m still perfecting my craft.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I would love to make a positive impact by making people feel good and connecting to them through my music.
11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
My first collab was with a fellow producer Valentin Beatz. We connected on Instagram. He had a sample asking producers if they wanted to collab. I hit him up. He sent the sample to me. I flipped it, layered it, put some drums on it, then put a hook on it. Sent it back to him. He loved it. We put it on Beatstars.
12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I do all of my own cover art. I use Canva.
13. Who makes most of your beats or production?
I’m a hip-hop producer, so I do my own production and beats.
14. What can we expect next from you in 2022?
2022 is going to be a great year. You can expect more beats, more collabs, and more albums.
15. Link the fans to your Twitter & Instagram @ Below so they can follow you!
My instagram is @therealmrsmit and Twitter is @ss2305_sean