Eric Bellinger is the writer behind hits for Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Justin Bieber, not to mention an R&B star in his own right. In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the singer, songwriter and “Grammy collector” reflects on his gospel upbringing, stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist and the ultimate importance of the hook.
Knox Fortune first broke through via his collaborations with Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, but the Chicago singer-producer admits his music has a lot more in common with Beck and Gorillaz. In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the 25-year-old indie artist talks about the “Chicago Renaissance,” writing jingles at age 5 and being shocked by his own success.
Fat Joe has been cranking out hit after hit since 1993. In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the hip-hop veteran talks about the fighting spirit of the Bronx, feeling underrated his whole career and outlasting “legends” of his era.
In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, Australian soul-singer and beatmaker Jordan Rakei opens up about his social anxiety, the influence of Radiohead and Q-Tip, and why he remixes his own music under the alter ego Dan Kye.
In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, indie trio Sonnymoon discuss their shared love of rapper Jean Grae, studying music together at Berklee and recording the harmonies for their new single, “Root,” on a farm.
Mix Master Mike is best known for winning three consecutive DJ World Championships and joining the Beastie Boys on their final three albums. In a far-ranging Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the turntable legend talks about working on the world’s first virtual reality album, opening arenas for Metallica and learning his warrior mentality from George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix and John Bonham. He also shares memories and lessons from his time with the Beasties.
In 2002, Black Milk sold a beat to Slum Village for $500, quit his day job and never looked back. In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the Detroit rapper and producer talks about his origins growing up in Motor City, discovering his knack for production and working with Jack White.
In a special Conversation with DJ Reflex and Anthony Valadez, genre-bending trio Keys N Krates talk about the long road to their debut album, bringing back the sound of J Dilla and evolving alongside their audience.
In a Conversation with DJ Reflex, songwriter, producer and hitmaker RedOne (a.k.a. Nadir Khayat) talks about his unique musical education growing up in Morocco, learning the art of pop perfectionism in Sweden and crafting global smashes for Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and more.
Cam O'bi has known he’s going to be a producer since he was 11, but it didn’t pan out until recently. In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the Chance The Rapper collaborator and MC talks about growing up in Las Vegas, building his career while being homeless in Chicago and finding his ground with Vic Mensa.
In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, electronic dance music duo GTA (a.k.a. producers Julio Mejia and Matt Toth) breaks down the rich culture of Miami, unlikely influences and ripping down genre barriers. They also talk about collaborating with Vince Staples, touring with Rihanna and bonding over System of a Down. Good Times Ahead.
In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, Mike Parvizi (one half of electronic duo Penthouse Penthouse) discusses the group’s undefinable sound, the philosophy of beat making and the long build-up to their debut album
In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan spills it on process behind his debut album, ‘Rich as in Spirit’. The MC also dishes on the sound of ATL, the way prison boosted his confidence as a rapper and how he still wishes he could be a pro baseball player.
Miles Brown is the hardest working man in show business under 5 feet tall. In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, the ever-charming 13-year-old dancer, rapper, actor and “old soul” talks about looking up to his rapper dad, getting discovered on Ellen at age 4, starring in the hit ABC sitcom ‘Black-ish’ and playing in an NBA All-Star game. Plus, he’s got big ambitions for his music career.
In a Conversation with Anthony Valadez, Vicente Garcia, former lead singer of Dominican alternative rock band Calor Urbano, discusses touring with one of the greatest artists in Latin America and shares the inspiration behind his latest album.