In The Mix with Crews
Scion919.com and SDS radio sat down with super-producer “Crews” the man behind the mix. I had to pull up on Crews and find out the 411 on everything he has going on and coming up in the near future (Crews is a Producer, Artist, and Engineer get familiar follow @mixedbycrews)
What first got you into music?
I was always around music in some shape form or fashion. It wasn’t until I attended a house party with my mom. I was about 7 at the time. Her friend had turned his garage into a professional recording studio. They would send me in there to get me out of the way of the adult festivities, lol. I would sit in there for hours just taking out different parts with the faders on the mixing board of pre-recorded material. I remember thinking I could do the same thing on my home stereo, lol.
Who inspired you to make music?
Not sure that’s a fair question, lol. I’m not sure it’s the who, but the what. I would have to give credit to the era. To watch how music could make people feel, I began to learn that the music was inextricably linked to a moment in time, a certain emotion, a nostalgia, or what felt like something new. So to completely answer the question, it was the Fat Boys beat boxin, the blackness of Public Enemy, the moves and silky voice of Michael Jackson, the Summertime of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, the storytelling of Slick Rick, the unorthodox sound of Wu-Tang, or the street edge of Mobb Deep. I could go on for hours, however, the ones who made it a reality for me, that I could actually be apart of such a culture, is my cousins Quincy IQ Milliam aka Scion919 and Hassan Hot Rob Robinson! Thanks, OGs!
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
My work is typically hip hop rooted. My material can have more of a cinematic feel,
boom-bap elements, or something you just can’t put a label on.
What is your creative process like?
I try to stay out of the way of the music and let it flow.
There are so many variables that I won’t bore you with, lol.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Timbaland, Busta Rhymes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guru (Jay Z engineer),
Damien Marley, The Roots, and f*%kin Wu-Tang, lol.
If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
I’m totally behind the scenes nowadays, so I leave that to the stars to shine.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Guard your spirit with what you feed it. Words are power and forever changing.
What is the most useless talent you have?
A talent that is useless is not a talent, but a hindrance to the progression!
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Yep! Any of them Coming to America joints. Oh, that falsetto shit I’m killing too lol!
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I’m doing it… Family is all that matters. (Family Matters… you see what I did there?)
You gotta find a balance for continuing inspiration, whatever that may be!
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It’s weeding out the blood-sucking corporations as it should. However, it has watered down the value of the creations. An over-saturation of genres filled with lackluster quality material,
but I guess that’s subjective.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Any musician, able to remain relevant for 25+ years. Music typically has a shelf life.
Anyone able to move with the times and reinvent themselves successfully is truly admirable.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Catching a DUI in Ohio. I thought I was Mario Andretti out that bih!
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Be responsible for the words you put into the universe. You never know who or how the effect will be. Life and Death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat it as fruit (Proverbs 18:21).
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Responsibility of what message is being glorified.
What’s next for you?
The next mix and master… What are you waiting for?
On behalf of scion919.com and Shut Down Season Radio, I want to personally thank you for your time and for allowing us to interview you. Off the Record. The people need to know that you get busy on the mic too (laughs) But I’m not gone blow the spot up, We family shout out to DJ Hot Rob and the Woodland Zoo, I definitely wish you much success and may blessings and doors continue to open for you and DaLabGot studios. Shout out to Blackstorm and Jay Rock. I think What people should know about you is. Crews is a student of the music, He’s really from the era, knowledgeable and serious about his craft. Not only will he get your sounds together, but he will also push you to put out the best material
you can make, which to me is dope. I’m a little bias but Funk that (laughs) I’m gone always represent
the home team, My G, My Brother, Peace, and blessings to you and the family. Love is Love thanks