Sabrina Sloan - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
I make beats, good ones too. I go by Sabrina Sloan. I borrowed the last name from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Sloan was his girlfriend, I thought it sounded good.
2. What made you start making music?
I started making music because, I saw an ad for a car, or maybe shampoo...? I saw an ad on TV which had this amazing chopped up, synth and bass dubstep kind of soundtrack.
It hit something in me.
I was designing graphics at the time and interested in animated graphics, seeing that commercial made me realize how important sound would be for that, so I set out to start learning how to make sound as well as art.
3. Who are your influences?
Basically I'm influenced at my core by any and all of the producers doing the music for Shady/Aftermath/G-unit in the late 90's to 2010's. That dark, almost cinematic, hard ass vibe is really what I love.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
The underground market online is quite saturated.
It takes a lot more luck than skill to actually make anything of yourself, though I suppose that's always been the case. However, with the accessibility and ease of use with technology these days I feel like standing out takes a lot more than it would have in the past. A small fish in a big pond just ran into a lot more predators, so to speak.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
My goals for 2019 for music are vague yet. I haven't been marketing or promoting my music as much as I could have. I do have an offline website I've been tinkering with for a few months. I want it to be my main "beat store", but also have a lot of free content. Stuff I make and links to things which helped me, tutorials on how I do things, that sort of thing.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
ALL of the credit for my music and who I am now goes to Sean Spiers; none of this would be possible without him. Without his efforts I wouldn’t be where I am.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
My process for creating music is to just smoke some of my medical marijuana, hit a few piano keys and then build layer on layer on top of that, mixing each element as I go. I do have basically a "formula" for creating a beat, but that's probably too elaborate to get into here. I do ALWAYS start with melodies however, which is generally backwards in my experience, most people need to start with a drum loop. I have no idea what kind of sounds should go over drums, but I know what drums fit with my sounds; if that makes sense.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
No upcoming projects in particular. The launch of my website will be cool, I’ve been putting that off for a while. I am always releasing new music however, rapidly adapting and evolving, perfecting my craft.
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
My favorite part about creating music is the "flow state". You get a good drum loop going, then add a couple things and suddenly, wtf it's 3 hours later and your mind never strayed once. It's peaceful.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
Ideally I'd join general relativity with quantum mechanics and create a unified theory of gravity to answer all our questions about physics... That seems perhaps a shade unrealistic however.
I don't have any particular impact which I want to have on the world. I think there is a problem with too many people thinking they have to have an impact. If people listen to and enjoy my music I'm happy.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
My ambitions for my music are mainly to continue trending upward in skill level. It started as a hobby; I didn’t even post anything online for years. I got talked into trying to market my beats for sale though, and now it kind of is a job. There is A LOT more work on the promotion side than I would have thought. I naively thought maybe pure skill would stand out.
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
My favorite artist in the rap game is, was and probably will be Eminem.
The first rap song I ever heard was "Forgot about Dre", and that was that.
I do wish he would go back to a slower, more methodical, story themed style like he used to do but watching his evolution has been interesting. Strictly on a technical level he's probably better than ever, and he always was one of the best.
13. what does the music you create make you feel?
I have "a perceptual phenomenon" known as "chromesthesia".
So music makes me feel and see, colors... It’s like a sort of combination of visuals and feelings.
Indescribable really, like explaining “blue” to a blind person I suppose.
In basic terms it blends the senses, certain sounds, tones, pitches, ect will produce vivid colors and shapes in my mind.
I thought this was normal for everyone until like 9th grade when I tried to describe a song to a friend as "dark green with jagged silver lightning bolts" and the reaction I got was quite strange...
Eminem's "Sing for the Moment" is the most beautiful blue/silver I've ever seen, I don’t think that color exists even… How can I perceive a non-existent color? These are the questions I ask while on the toilet.
14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?
Music is important for me because first of all, I am good at it, so I feel pride in creating it. Secondary would be because certain songs can evoke certain feelings, emotions or in my case, colors. Being able to create my own perfect mental mindscape like that is impossible to not take advantage of.
15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)?
When I run into trouble I just let myself take some time off. It's difficult, I'm a tough boss. Since I've started promoting my music it's become an actual job and sometimes I can't relax because I feel obligated to be working.
I just remind myself that I wasn't posting music for the first 20 years of my life, I can skip a day or two if I need to.
16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
The best collaborations are always the ones where the artist is very clear about what they want.
I don't have any collaborations yet which stand out to me as "noteworthy".
I really need to find someone who really meshes with my style, I think.
17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I make all of my own cover art.
With a ton of custom Photoshop brushes, some basic 3d renders, stock photos and clever use of gradients you can get some great results!
18. who makes most of your beats or production?
I make all of my beats. It's generally been "I'll take that one from the library" type of deal.
There have only been a couple of actual collaborations with rappers.
19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?
Well I think if I could work with anyone it would be Eminem.
As my favorite artist and huge influence on my production he would be an absolute vault of insight into the type of music I like to make.
I've also heard that in person he's got the wit of a stand-up comedian, music aside he would be a fun guy to just have a talk with.
20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?
If I could work with any one producer I think I'd go with Scott Storch.
I'm a sucker for violins, cellos, all kinds of strings and he was the master of those.
He has such beauty in simplicity.
The production knowledge he has is vast, but he could also teach me a great deal about actual music theory as well.
21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?
As a "beat maker" I don't really have shows, unless you consider twitter drama to be a show...
One day it might be cool to play out some melodies live on stage though.
22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?
I think what sets me apart is the effort I put into sound selection and composition.
If I could somehow move over to doing movie scores or something that would be even more in my wheelhouse.
My instrumentals are unique because they can literally tell the story for you, but that can be a hindrance when all the guy needs is a drum track to groove over.
23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?
Music is just a part of who I am I suppose.
It means I have something to do when I'm bored.
It means I have a way to express myself.
It means that if I were lucky and comfortable enough with being POPULAR I could literally influence the emotions and actions of countless people.
24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up?
Redundant question - Re: 21
25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you?
Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud as Sabrina Sloan #SabrinaBeats