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Beatmaker from Hamburg, Meet B E N B A D A B O O M

What first drew you into music?

When I was a teenager, I listened to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. My first contact with hip hop was through my older brother who listened to a lot of German rap. I started listening to groups like The Pharcyde because I simply loved the beats. I’m from Germany so I didn’t understand every English word, but I fell in love with their rap flow and their beats. Years later I realized that Dilla, one of my biggest idols, produced a lot of the beats. I am also a big fan of G-Funk and West coast producers like DJ Battlecat and DJ Quik. They are among my favorites. I found it impressive how they told stories with the beats alone. This ultimately drove me to build beats. That was 15 years ago.

Listening to your music we can tell you love incorporating interesting new sounds and techniques within each track! What inspires you to experiment and evolve?

I think in music there are no rules you have to follow when producing. I deliberately exclude the technical requirements. When I sit down at a beat I usually have no idea if something will be created in the end. You can spend hours and days to discover new sounds and put them together like pieces of a puzzle to a piece of music. Sometimes this happens all by itself and you put brick by brick and have a solid beat at the end. But mostly you turn buttons wildly and hear certain things that inspire you. That’s what I love about music. It never gets boring because you have unlimited possibilities to realize your ideas.

It seems like you already found your signature sound 😊 Do you have any tips for upcoming musicians that can’t seem to find their own sound?

After more than 15 years you inevitably get your own sound. There are so many super talented producers that I know that leave me completely perplexed. How do they get their sound so clean and rich, creative and innovative? It helps me to be more creative myself to listen to a lot of music from others. Thinking yourself into their work helps you to refine your own pieces or build them up differently. I’m not talking about copying. Listening to fresh beat makers will help you to recreate beats from their idols. You learn a lot about the arrangement, the mix and the elements that were used for the beat. This automatically results in very own works, which ultimately define the sound of a musician more and more.  

Your track “Outset” is your best track in our opinion! From its artwork to the Incredibly powerful sound we absolutely love it. Could you tell us more about the story behind this track? Also, what is your creative process like?

Outset was created 4 or 5 years ago when I worked on a collabo with my homie Evil Needle. The beat was ready in a few days, but it was slumbering on my hard drive until the release last year. Evil Needle has been a great source of inspiration for many years and I love his synthetic pads and powerful drums in his beats. I think we harmonized quite well. Our second project, Wavey, has become a very complete beat in my opinion. As far as the creative process was concerned, we sent stems back and forth, edited and expanded. And that went fast. The beat was ready, but we needed 4 years to release it 😀

What are your musical goals for the future?

In the future, I want to expand my knowledge of music theory to improve my skills in mixing and mastering tracks. Otherwise, I will continue to produce beats and tracks and try to bring them to a higher and higher level. Because even after 15 years, the fun hasn’t been taken away from me. I will probably continue to work on beats in my studio for years and years. I am glad to have found such a timeless hobby like music. I also try to get in contact with other producers and collaborate with them. I also try to reach as many people as possible with my music. Maybe something completely different will develop out of it. To have a Grammy on the shelf would be something nice – I’m just kidding. But especially in the last 10 years you can reach more and more listeners through the possibilities of the internet through Spotify, Soundcloud or Instagram, which is also a great motivation to keep going.

What do you have planned for the coming months? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

For the near future some publications are planned. I have already finished a new album which is just waiting to come to light. Apart from that I will be on the latest Chillhop Records sampler in March, which I am very happy about. I feel honored to be on a vinyl record with so many great producers – so shout out to the people at Chillhop. Apart from that I am currently working on an album with a very talented singer. Her name is Jae Franklin. I’ve been working with her for several years now. Check her out. As I still have hundreds of beats on my computer, I will surely release new beat tapes and the like in the coming months. As you can see, I still have a lot to do, but I am happy about every listener who is interested in listening to music. I’m also grateful to every listener who has ever listened to my music. Thank you.

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