Today on our Hot Seat we have music producer BoomBox Massacre with us.Let’s have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers.
BoomBox Massacre : What’s good? My name is BoomBox Massacre. I’m a hip hop producer living in Everett, WA which is north of Seattle.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
BoomBox Massacre : Ever since I was a child I’ve always been a music connoisseur. My dad was a big Rock, Blues and Metal “head” so by default I am heavily influenced by those genre’s. But picked up a love for Classical music along the way as well. Then when I was really young NWA & Public Enemy came out and my head exploded. I fell into hip hop instantly. So from there as the years went on I decided I’d give DJ’ing a shot which, thanks to my father in law, progressed to getting into composing music. After I got my first experience with DAW’s (music software, I was hooked. My Father In Law had Sonar by Cakewalk and that’s what I made my first beat on.
Once I started to get to a point where my music was good enough to put artists on it, I elected to mostly do collab projects where I could work with them directly versus sending beat packs out. I almost always have to work with the artist for the most part if they want to use or buy my beats.
Twist Online : You have recently released lead single ‘From the Mud’ from your Forthcoming album: Everything, tell us more about that?
BoomBox Massacre: With this track, and all of the tracks on my album, I was very deliberate in who I selected for each song. This is a song about working your way into a better life, out of the “mud” which is really a metaphor for our statistical socioeconomic “trajectory.” Most of my life, I have always had to work for everything I have, as did Tim. 2xTim is a hustler and had always been out on his grind so I knew he could translate my vision well.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
BoomBox Massacre : Everyone that has heard it, has had nothing but good things to say about it. It’s obviously not the “current” sound but it’s HARD as F—K, so to me that’s what’s important. Keeping to my influences and throwing in heavy rock & classical infused sounds, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Twist Online : So what about your forthcoming album, what makes it so special?
BoomBox Massacre : Well first off it’s a “Producer” album which no one really does any more. Also, I wanted to make an album that were entirely my concepts. It was important to let the artists and even the musicians work within my ideas but do “their” thing. I wanted to be able to put those pieces together into a cohesive project that showcase the many sides of me. As the Outro states. I have a light side, a dark side, anger, competitiveness, love etc…so this is a very personal project.
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music producer?
BoomBox Massacre : I’m always trying to get better so to BoomBox Massacre that I’ll say the creative freedoms that come with it. The ongoing debate of Producer vs Beat Maker has always inspired me to work towards being a “producer.” I have my areas that are in need of improvement but being able to have creative license, being able to work with the various other creatives I can’t think of anything better…
Twist Online : Any particular artist you would like to work with?
BoomBox Massacre : That’s a BIG Twist Online. But since the sky’s the limit I’d love to work with major artists such as E-40, Snoop, ASAP Ferg, Griselda (Benny, Conway, WestSide), Ice Cube, Brotha Lynch, Missy Elliott, Rapsody, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Etta Bond….man the list goes on.
Locally/regionally , it would be dope to work with Avatar, Isabella DuGraf, Travis Thompson, King Leez, Cool Nutz, MacNTaj to name a few….
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
BoomBox Massacre : Yes. Me and the homie Stefo are dropping an EP called “Roofless” that may already be out by the time this publishes. Also, working on a project with Shao Sosa & Nobi that happen to be from the Tri-Cities (Eastern Washington) area which is where I was raised.
Also, I’m working on a Producer collab project with the homie Agent M. So I have a lot of stuff on the works…