It’s really difficult, especially if you’re learning how to play by ear. My favourite is a banjo or ukulele. I don’t know why people think it’s impossible to learn any of them. I’m going to pick just one, but it’s really hard. It’s like, oh my God, my hands are shaking; my fingers are just aching, I can’t get into this.
What’s the most difficult part to learn?
The hardest part is probably just learning to stop looking at a music notation.
What is the strangest thing that happened?
It was when I was in my first year of college. I was so overwhelmed by everything happening. I had to leave class and go to my girlfriend’s place. I was like, what do I do now? I couldn’t even go out. I was like, I need to just be like, ok, that means I’m going to make music.
Were you making music when you were doing this?
Yeah, I could barely make music, I had no music in my life. I was just writing songs. I was starting to like make music. I was making beats. A lot of it was just me writing random songs.
Did you write for other people?
Yeah. I was writing beats for other musicians. I was doing beats for the most random producers, weird dudes that would write for other people, just to make beats and keep themselves in a good mood.
How old were you when you started?
I was 22, just a college kid. I was making random beats out of my room and recording them. I was using a Roland TR808 and playing with this random sampler. Then I started doing a lot of production with Logic and Reason.
You started working with other producers in high school?
I came into school around the time of the summer hiatus. We had three weeks off and all the friends left school. I went to work out for a year, that’s usually how I got my work in before school started again.
When I started writing for others, I started using people’s beats. Just the way that it sounded was pretty much what they wanted to do. I tried to make them sound like songs, it ended up sounding more like music than a real song. I didn’t even know what to write about and I was trying to learn as much as I could and writing as much as