Hailing from the vibrant city of Sydney, Australia, Wayv Beats is a 19-year-old music producer who's already making waves in the global music scene. His journey into the world of music began at an early age, and he's now fortunate enough to be living his dream, dedicating himself to music full-time. While he's primarily known for creating captivating samples that inspire fellow producers, his talent knows no bounds. Outside the studio, Wayv Beats embraces the joys of life. His favorite pastimes include hitting the gym, soaking in the sun at the beach, and channeling his energy on the football field. Notably, Wayv Beats has left his sonic mark on the tracks of renowned artists such as NBA Youngboy, Nicki Minaj, Rod Wave, No Cap, and many more. His ability to craft and shape sound has not only earned the respect of his peers but also made him a sought-after name in the music industry. As he continues to surf the rhythm of life and compose the soundtrack of the future, Wayv Beats stands poised for an extraordinary journey in music.
Tell Us How Did You Get Started In Music?
From a young age I always took a keen interest in music, playing the drums and guitar from the age of 5. I was really into it back then but fell out of love with it at around 12, and it was really only during lockdown a few years ago where I found my love for it again. I remember coming across Nick Mira tutorials and feeling super inspired, and it was from there that I downloaded FL Studio and got properly started.
What Is The First Lesson You Learned Entering Into The Music Business?
There are 2 that come to mind. Firstly, it's that the business side of things is complicated. Labels are gonna give you a headache, there are going to be difficult-to-understand contracts etc. When starting out, you're going to feel overwhelmed dealing with these matters, which is why having a manager help you out is crucial. Having someone assist you with getting paid, sending invoices etc. means you can spend more time on the music without stressing over these complicated matters. Without Wade I don't think I would've been paid for my first placement 2 years ago. The other lesson I learned which is crucial for anybody starting out is to remember that music is a game of opinions, nothing is going to be universally loved by anybody. That one person you sent loops to who didn't respond, doesn't mean your music isn't at a high enough quality - they might not of been in the mood to use it on that specific day. Don't be discouraged by small shortcomings like that, instead focus on what you can control and always looking to improve.
Is Branding Important For Music Producers?
100%. With almost everything being on Instagram, you want to do everything you can to present yourself in a way that makes other people want to work with you - and this can be achieved through branding. Instagram is pretty much the 'LinkedIn' equivalent for music producers, so having a presentable page is only going to be of benefit.
Where Are You From & How Did It Shape You?
I'm from Sydney, Australia. I don't know if it's really where I'm from that's shaped me, it's more the people I surround myself with, my beliefs, ambitions, etc. that have a major impact.
Tell Us The Moment Where You Started Taking Your Music Career Serious?
The moment I graduated school there was a lot of pressure on me from my parents to get a job. And I couldn't think of something I wanted to do less than get a job. So I made a promise to myself that I would go as hard as I could for a year and see where I'd end up. It was then that I took my music career seriously. And it was the best decision I've made.
What Has Failure Taught You?
I believe that every loss is a lesson, and that when you shift your perspective and look at a situation where you have failed, and identify where you went wrong, then who's to say the next time you try you won't succeed? As humans we have to fail, it's what comes with success and nobody should be ashamed or scared of it.
What Is Your Best Quality?
I'd say my best quality is my attention to detail. When it comes to making samples for example, I'll be a massive perfectionist and won't stop until everything is sounding exactly right to me. Often I'll export 7-8 different versions of the same sample , with minor tweaks each time until I'm satisfied. This is my best quality because it allows me to feel confident and proud of the work I'm sending out.
What Advice Would You Give Up And Coming Producers?
I could go on forever about this but I'll keep it vague more or less. I'd say network horizontally, keep learning (there's always room for improvement), stay up to date with what is popular and what isn't, learn from the best people in your niche (eg, if you're a guitar sample maker, download a pack from the best guitarist and learn the licks they're using, how they eq etc.) and finally be critical of yourself - always consider what you should be doing better.
What Has Success Taught You?
Success doesn't define you, you're still the same person - you've just done a successful thing. It's important to stay grounded and look for the next moment of success. That's not to say don't enjoy it when it happens, just don't take your foot off the break. The music industry is very competitive and there are alot of new people coming through every day, the last thing you want to happen is to have your moment of success and then be forgotten about because you didn't build off the momentum you've created. It's not one moment of success that is going to pay your bills, it's the culmination of multiple successes that will.
What Is Your Favorite Song You Produced And Why?
"Slow Down" by NBA YoungBoy, not only because it's a great song and I love the beat me Benji and Dissan did, but also because I really locked in to get on that album, and making it was super rewarding.
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