Draconic is an 18-year-old producer from Morocco that has been making beats for a little over 2 years now. Growing up in Morocco has allowed him to listen to various types of Arab music and instruments that still inspire his sounds today.
Q: How did you get your producer name?
A: My friends suggested the name "Draco" in the beginning but I wanted to make it more special - it led me to making it into Draconic.
Q: What was your first record placement ?
A: Slimelife Shawty, who is an Atlanta artist signed to Alamo Records and Lil Durk's Label Imprint "OTF". It's cool to see snippets here and there with my beats from big artists. Some of the artists that I would want to work with would be Tory Lanez, Dababy, Lil Baby, Polo G, and Jack Harlow!
Q: What is the biggest lesson you learned while working in the music industry?
A: The biggest lesson that I learned would be patience. In the beginning I wasn't patient and that discouraged me when I wasn't seeing any results. Patience allowed me to really focus on making good music and enjoying the whole journey. Making great music, contacts, and going out of your comfort zone while staying patient is the key when it comes to the music industry. Also, there is always room to grow. Humbling yourself is a big factor to succeed.
Q: What inspired your name?
A: Nothing really inspired my name - I just didn't think that "Draco" was enough!
Q: What is your favorite record you placed and why?
A: As I said, I still don't have any confirmed placements, but I have a favorite moment when working with artists. My favorite moment would be working with West. West is a Moroccan producer, engineer, and artist. It was my first time being in a real studio and I still remember the moment when West went crazy when he heard my beats. He turned to me and said that I have crazy potential and that I should never stop. He recorded on some of my beats but nothing is out for now!
Q: Where are you from, and how did it mold you into the person you are today ?
A: I grew up in a city called Fez in Morocco. Fez has taught me so many things that I use every day. It made me face many challenges that allowed me to grow mentally. Morocco taught me how to be humble, caring, and have a sense of hospitality. It's a very different country because I see it as one big family. It's a very social environment that strengthened my social skills while allowing me to become more independent. Whenever I got out of my comfort zone, the first people to encourage me and show me love were my Moroccan brothers and sisters and especially my family. This encouraged me to always work harder and push myself beyond my limits to make them proud.
Q: What is your favorite DAW and your favorite plug in to use? Also why?
A: I work on Logic Pro x - my favorite plugin would be Kontakt and all the various types of banks and sounds that it has. There is so many sounds you can choose from and tweaking them / adding your own touch just makes it perfect.
Q: What makes you a hot producer?
A: You gotta love the process of making music to make great beats. I always tell my fellow producers to make sure that they enjoy what they are making and not rush through their work. Music is also a very collaborative process - making music just from your room is cool but for me, I love making beats when I lock in with producers/ artists in studios and when I travel. This makes me different because I feel like it's not just my talent that is helping me advance but also my hard work. My drive and hunger to travel to studios, meet new people, and to go out of this ordinary circle puts me ahead of many talented producers - it's not just about talent but also how much you're willing to do to make your "producer dream" into a reality.
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