A Conversation with Robbie Anthem

We had the opportunity to get an interpersonal view with Robbie Anthem, producer of “I Get It,” from Adrian Marcel’s new mixtape Weak After Next.

Robbie anthem interview

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Working with artists like Adrian Marcel, Fred the Godson, Dashious Clay, C Plus and more Robbie Anthem has developed his own sound in this industry.  As we get to know him, we can find his unique approach to his style. Listen to what he has to say…

  1. You mention on Twitter that when you are not making beats, you do not listen to rap music as much.  Can you expand on that a bit? What type of music do you enjoy?

I dj so I gotta have a vast knowledge of all kinds of records. I may have to play records all night from the 60s or the 70s. I listen to every genre from pop to jazz. It gets boring listening to rap all day. And the majority of rap now is all about the same thing its no originality. 

2. Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration from other great producers and songwriters. For example Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles all those records inspire me to be great like them.

3. What type of training helped you achieve your sound?

I played the snare drum and bass drum from jr high through high school. I learned how to read music. I play the drumset too I took lessons. I play the keys as well I learned from my dad.
4. Has Premium membership at BusyWorksBeats.com changed your production skill for the better?

It has helped. I learn alot of mixing techniques from it. I also learn about sound design. The beatmaking tutorials are helpful as well.

5. If you had to pick one album that you love the most, which would that be?

The College Dropout

6. Where do you work primarily? Do you collaborate with artists in the area?

I work out of my studio in upstate new york. I dont collab with local artists anymore. I used to when I first [started] making beats. Im trying now to expand my sound internationally.
7. Do you find tag teaming with artists is important?

I do, you learn from others and you may make something completely different than if you were to make something dolo. You also learn how to compromise and how to be open minded.

8. Great work on Adrian Marcel’s new mixtape “Weak After Next.” How did you go about the production of the record “I Get it?”

The label kept telling me to give them another I’m still. (Thats the first song I produced on his first album) It has a familiar sample thats catchy that I liked. It took like 20 minutes to make. My guy gave me some drum breaks he recorded from vinyl. I chopped them and made my own break out of them. It took me like 4 days to mix because sometimes samples are hard to mix.
9. Out of all your tracks, which record stands as your favorite production?

I think, Prisoner Poetry. It’s a record I did with Fred the Godson.
10. Do you plan to release any more instrumental mixtapes?

Probably not now I’m more into making finished songs than just beats 
11. If you had to take one plugin to a deserted island, which would that be?

Waves complete 
12. What is your favorite instrument?

The drums. Its something about making people move to a beat I create.

13. Which genre do you prefer producing the most?

RnB, thats what I’m into the most at the moment. Its so many things you can do with RnB as far as complex chord progressions and tempos. Rap now doesn’t really have chord progressions like that,its more about the syncopation which is also cool.
14. Crate digging or e-digging?

I do both. I have thousands of records and I have external hard drives full of samples. Alot of the producers today e dig. My homie V Don put me onto some blogspots with crazy samples. I like crate digging too because of the high sound quality that comes from vinyl.

15. If you had to pick the most influential producers on yourself, who would they be exactly?

Pete Rock, Timbaland, Pharrell, 
Kanye West, Dj Premier, Alchemist, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Dr Dre, DITC Crew theres more but those producers for sure.

16. What are your thoughts on the future of the music industry?

I think its gonna stay where its at for a while. I think if your going to succeed you need to be innovative. I.E. Jay Z with his last release through samsung or Beyoncé dropping out the blue with no promo and videos for each track. I also liked Kanye’s strategy for Dark Fantasy with Good Fridays. 
17. More specifically, where do you see hip hop going in the next 5 years?

It always changes every few years so its hard to say. One year Lex Luger’s got the sound of the industry then the next year its Mike Will Made It with the sound everyone wants, now it’s DJ Mustard. I want it to be my sound that changes the industry over the next 5 years until I’m gone. And even then, I want to keep dropping joints like they doing with Michael now.
18. “ Slow it Down” by Dashious Clay has an incredibly smooth sound. What inspired you on this track?

I made that beat a while ago so its hard to remember what inspired me. But then, I was trying to make abstract beats. I remember though at that time I was just knocking out mad RnB joints. You can tell cause its gotta RnB feel even though its a rap song. I used weird sounds across the board from the kick to the leads on the verses. 
19. Where can we find you and keep up with your latest releases?

You can follow me at RobbieAnthem you can check out my youtube too at https://m.youtube.com/user/Jrbeats5 be on the lookout with my new mixtape with C Plus Born Alone Die Alone Vol. 1 thats dropping soon.

 

Wow, getting to know music producers on the rise is refreshing.  Not only do we get to see the perspective of another music producer, but we get to understand the thought process in his many decisions.  It’s great to hear real music slowly resurrecting in the industry.  With Robbie Anthem putting in so much work, we can be proud and support the producers who are making their mark.

Time to make your mark.

 

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