Harris Interviews (DJ) CHILL BEATZ
I'm here with my dear friend and future ex-husband
Chill Beatz"You got the 1 and only Chill Beatz
in the building; get your asses out your seat and
on your feet"
You're so silly baby but let's get down to it
you have your own label?
I do actually have a production company, we don't
actually have a full fledge label. I am apart of J.O.B.
ENT. Which is a label but I'm not the owner. There
is a CEO, there is a president and there is also a
co-founder...I just so happen to be the president
but I am the CEO of Chill Beatz Productions.
What are some main themes you use or what is your
Really and truly I feel like music is a love for me
because it allows me just to be free. It allows me
to connect with other people, when I see them on the
same type of vibe of music I'm on
that lets me
know that they're cool and I can party with them.
Music really allows me to express who I am and what
music is just all about life in a vibe for
What's your biggest challenge with being independent?
CB: The biggest thing right now is just, back
in the day it was like you go in the studio, make
an album, you sent the album out to the mom and pop
stores, you would send it to the small radio stations
and then you would hit the road
bang out shows,
sell your cds and make a damn good living. But now
everything is digital, everything is done through
so it doesn't matter how good your
music is, if you're not on the internet 24/7 and have
people liking your Facebook page or following you
on Twitter, then you're kind of losing in the game.
Do you have a music making process or ritual that
helps you get your beats done?
CB: Naw not at all, when it comes to making
tracks, man to me I just love to get in there! It's
all about the creative process and that what makes
me excited. I like to go in the room and have the
ceiling fan runnin' and all I hear in the room is
the ceiling fan but when I walk out the room
I hear is the gotdamn banger! Know what I'm saying
what I like about music, it depends on my mood
just live off of life man!
What is the direction that you want your music to
CB: Real talk this year I decided to be true
to myself, my music and all that I do. I can honestly
say that there is good music being made but it feels
whack because everybody chasin' a hit and to be honest
everybody chasin' white folks. Ima just gone' say
it, everybody wants to be a crossover artist. Which
I don't mind because I've done everything from country,
rock and pop
so I ain't ever tripping off a challenge.
But my thing is when it comes to me and my music,
I feel like people wanna hear real shit and truth
of the matter is rappers aint 20 no more! The cds
people are buying right now are Rick Ross, Lil Wayne
and Jay-Z and they're all 30 and over
wanna hear real music and that's why they're still
relevant. That's why Soulja Boy and all these other
young cats make their hits and get the fuck out the
way! I'm headed back to making real music that feels
good to me
fuck what everybody else going' through.
Do you feel as if the recession has hurt the music
CB: Ima be honest with you, not at all for
the simple fact that if a person wasn't buying music
then they aint buying music now. But
on the other end of that people support who they feel,
they support who they fuck with and that's why real
music is where it's at right now because at the end
of the day, overseas and in the US
if you wanna
eat, you gotta make real music. And that's what these
boys aint understanding, yeah you see the glitz and
the glam but real music is selling albums
fake shit don't sell albums, so that's what it is
believe, recession or no recession!
What keeps you going
what keeps Chill on his
CB: Real shit, Ima be honest the thing that
keeps me going and I aint knockin' nobody that believes
in God or whatever your religion is. I always hear
people talk about hope, faith and belief but at the
end of the day what I understand is that hard work
supposed to bring income
simple as that! I know
too many folks around me that don't have shit to show
but they're good people
they don't have the grind
to get up and go get it but I do! So the thing that
wakes me up every morning is knowing that my I have
a cousin that I love, who can't afford all her medical
bills but she do what she can to do to make ends meet.
I do it my homeboy that is going through a divorce
and his ex-wife is sending him through the ringer
and trying to ruin his business but he's a good dude.
I do it for the underdogs but they just been beat
down so much by life, that they just don't have a
way at all! God blessed me with a talent that's not
so I go out there and get it for everybody
I wanna see live good and do well. I just wanna see
everybody do well!
How do you define your success or success period?
To me I feel like I'm successful in the industry for
the simple fact that I get paid to do what I love
and it's not even about how much I get paid
the simple fact that I get paid to do what I love
and I don't ask for a lot. All I want is to have enough
hustle on how to turn that love of what I do into
getting paid for what I do and making it do what it
do! I love the industry for the fact that if my son
comes to me and wants a birthday party that will cost
that I have enough hustle to call around
and say, "hey put me on that comedy show or put
me down to do these shows for whoever on tour".
I just love the fact that I have the ability to be
able to do that
that measures my success. I don't
have to break down a brick and sell it to get what
I don't have to take those calculated
risks. Last year for my 29th birthday I said that
I wanted a BMW and I did that off telling jokes and
so that's success to me, I'm successful!
If you had to change something about your music, what
would it be?
CB: Real talk, I think I would focus more on
going harder for the person that has the positive
message and not always the negative. The negative
message is so easy to produce, it's so easy to get
the publicity, it's so easy to get people to dance,
and it's so easy to get people to buy into the negative.
I have so many talented young people that are trying
to do the right thing and make positive music. They
have nothing but a positive message and nobody wants
to hear it
we thrive off of negative energy.
At the end of the day, time is money and I can only
dedicate so much time towards that because it doesn't
make money, unfortunately. If I could change something,
I would change the fact that me having patience to
kinda eat crow on not making the money to push the
positive stuff more often because we're dying as a
race. And I think that's the only way we can save
our race is through the media, it seems like we tend
to imitate what we hear and see.
What can people expect from one of your shows?
CB: To have a good muthafuckin' time, straight
look I'm not blind to the fact that I aint
the tallest, the sexiest or have the prettiest skin.
People fuck with me because I make them feel like
I make them feel like they've known me
for 30 or 40 years. But they just love to rock with
me, people be like "man, I feel like I've known
you forever". When I do my comedy shows, I'm
not "Hollywood" and I don't give a fuck
who I'm doing a show with. Ima heckle you in the audience
and then buy you a drink and kick it with you for
the rest of the night. Everybody that comes around
me sees I'm a genuine dude, I'm all about having a
good time and living in the moment because I work
so much. So I have to cherish every fun moment I get
and work is fun for me
I never consider it as
working. You're gonna have a good time
guarantee you a good memory.
What is the impression you want to leave or what is
it that you want people to take from you and your
CB: I would want the world to see me the same
way my kids do, as their "hero". My kids
tell me all the time "daddy I like basketball
but I don't want to be like LeBron, I want to be like
you" or "I like listening to Jay-Z but I
want to be you". And it's not because of what
I do or what I give them but it's because at all times
of the day I am the cleanest, most positive person
you'll ever meet. My thing is for all the little kids
in my life or the people around me to be like with
all he has been through and done
if he can do
it, then I can too. I would just want the world to
follow my positivity
put the guns down, cut the
bullshit and just love one another. We're dying as
a race, we're headed for extinction
I want to
help people care about who they are. In 2000 we made
up 20%, in 2002 we made up 16%, in 2007 we made up
14% and right now we make up 12%. We're dying, we're
becoming dinosaurs and no one is even noticing. That's
what I want for people to see from me that I am a
that believes and cares about his
people and did everything to bring his people to a
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