Okay, so for those of you who don’t know, I put out a track about 10 months ago, “Made Men” featuring Ca$his (formerly Shady Records), and the production was done by DJ Pain 1. Thru working with him, i’ve had the chance to talk to him on multiple occasions, he’s a real cool dude. Always willing to give advice and share his industry knowledge. Pain 1 has produced Records for Joe Budden, Shyne, Public Enemy, Vado, 50 cent, and his record on Young Jeezy‘s Platinum selling album “Don’t Do It” (2008, Recession) and also Jeezy’s “CTE or Nothing”. Pain 1 has produced for many other artists, this is just to name a few. Not to mention, dude has a Masters of English Degree. Pain 1 eventually started releasing his own free mixtape series, “Painkillerz” to help build a name for himself, having big name hosts like MC Lyte, Black Rob, Big Sean and LEP Bogus Boys. I can talk all day about what he’s doing for the culture, but I figured I’d ask DJ Pain 1 some questions and have him tell you more about himself.
SO, I contacted Pain 1 about doing the interview and he hit me back and told me he would be more than willing to shed some light for you guys, check the interview below:
1. When did you start producing? What got you started?
Boredom got me started. That was back in middle school.
2. What was your first major record placement? How did you get in contact with ______?
About 10 years after I started messing around with keyboards and digital recorders, I got my first major placement on Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” album. That was through Brendan Mallete. He was a Toronto-based producer manager.
3. As a producer and a DJ, you get to travel a lot. For aspiring DJ’s and Producers, how important is networking while on the road?
I think it’s important to know when to network and when not to. Concerts and music festivals for example are way too hectic to be conducive to meaningful networking. A conference or seminar is much better. But at the end of the day, networking should be genuine. A lot of artists mistake “networking” with “shameless self-promotion.” Networking is about conducting business (i.e. commerce) or meeting a person halfway based on a mutual desire for some type of partnership/creative exchange.
4. What are some of the most effective ways to get these major artists’ attention when networking?
Throw mixtapes at them, interrupt their conversations and scream out your Twitter name, take candid photos of them and post them on your Instagram with captions like “I just got the cosign…” No, don’t do that. Just being human is all a person really needs to connect with another person.
5. A magician never reveals his secrets, but are there any tips you can give to these young producers that you’ve learned yourself to help them when making music?
6. Out of all the artists you’ve worked with, who was the most “fun” to work with and why?
My best friend Memory. He’s my session guitarist, my co-producer, my partner in crime (not literally anymore). But aside from that, working with Public Enemy, even though it was all done remotely, was amazing just because they’re my favorite Hip-Hop group of all time.
7. Out of all the records you’ve produced are there any that you would claim as your favorite? Or any that you’re the most proud of?
Not really, I’m just focused on growing and outdoing myself. I like the track I produced recently for DLux and Ace Hood called “Bomb Bomb” though. Also, this project “Death Drive” I am releasing with Sole in June is nuts, some of my craziest beats.
8. For artists looking to reach out to producers on Pain 1’s level, what would you say is most important when presenting themselves to a producer?
Just be upfront and honest about your ideas and your budget. Honesty is always the best policy. The majority of us love making music, we’re not all ruthless.
9. Are there any artists that you have yet to work with but would like to in the near future?
Sage Francis. I’m trying to make that happen now. Also Plies.
10. For Independent artists looking to tour with a DJ, what advice would you give them on getting to that stage in their career?
There’s nothing stopping an artist from working with a DJ right now. Just find a DJ you have chemistry with so the both of you can grow together. It’s fun to perform with a DJ, trust me.
11. What do you enjoy more, DJing, or Producing? Why?
Producing usually just because it’s something that involves creation, but DJ’ing is a direct connection to the energy of people and that’s an unbeatable feeling.
12. For artists unfamiliar with DJ Pain 1, where can they go to familiarize themselves with your work?
13. What is your favorite brand of headphones to use when mixing and producing? DJing? and why?
I use Eartoolz for mixing (they don’t exist anymore) and either SMS, Sony or Senheisers for DJ’ing. Senheisers will never break. Eartoolz just have a great flat sound. SMS headphones are pretty even, not too bass heavy or anything. The Sony’s sound great as well. I have the Simon Cowell edition and they haven’t failed me yet.
14. Before i let you go, is there any last piece of advice you can give to anyone trying to make their mark in the music industry?
Be your own hope.
So there you have it folks, Make sure to check the links out and familiarize yourself on Pain 1’s music, and make sure to Say Somethin’ about the interview!
But wait, that’s not it! (oxyclean voice)
Make sure you check out Pain 1’s soundcloud to listen to some of his music, share the tracks you think are dope! Also, click the Youtube link in the interview to learn more about the music industry from DJ Pain 1 himself.
Thanks for you time DJ Pain 1, Talk to you soon.