Studio CarryOnHarry : Blacque Byrd Music as he’s known in industry circles, is known for the limelight shone on his excellent production abilities.LA-based producer who went from playing guitar for the likes of Bruno Mars & Britney Spears to being in the Grammy pool.
Today meet Rocky Allen Byrd on Studio CarryOnHarry . We are glad that he is here with us to share his thoughts and experinces in various aspects of life and journey of achievements.
“I learned sound creation and was twisting knobs making my own sounds synths and all” – BBM
Tell us about yourself ?
My name is BBM derived from BlacqueByrdMusic. Im from St.Louis MO by way of Los Angeles CA. My one main goal in life is to become a timeless hit-making producer on the level of Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, and Quincy Jones and Niles Rogers.
How long you been in performing arts ?
I started as a piano player…..as a child I was diagnosed with ADD and it was the only thing aside from medicine that would hold my attention so my parents put me in piano lessons. My dad played guitar as a teenager and that dusty old acoustic fell into my hands and it never left. I am more proficient at guitar than the keys at this point I could probably use a little crash course to tighten up my chops….
In high school, I became obsessed with music production after being turned on to a group from VA called N.E.R.D. (The Neptunes Top 10 list is actually playing in the background as we speak!) From there on I saved and bought my first workstation which only had an 8 track sequencer, But I made it work to my advantage to my dismay all of my tracks were influenced by Pharrell LOL! but I soon garnered my own style in the following months/years to come.
I learned sound creation and was twisting knobs making my own sounds synths and all. I’ve since then upgraded from hardware to software and have become dependent on my Macbook Pro loaded with Logic and my trusty Machine Studio.
What was most attractive part for you to be in this industry ?
Well all of the above are the most attractive parts! The glitz and glam are nice sure, but in the end I want to be recognized for my ability to maintain consistency in my craft and for people to know that I can be counted on to help create amazing records every time. I have had my fair share of hurry up and wait which is exactly how the game is played in the industry, and you’re only as good as your last hit! So in mean time while your waiting on the emails and phone calls is to KEEP CREATING and KEEP STUDYING!
Being a student of your craft and creativity are always important so is keeping all your tools sharp that way you’re always ready when they ask for more because with any luck its going to happen!
Share some experiences ( good or bad ) any that made you grow in life or profession ?
My parents are were supportive but my father was strict on us so I did the college thing (in case music didn’t work out) which was his advice….My success happened late in life so I guess his advice wasn’t all bad because you have to be able to keep the lights on right…?
I didn’t have anyone special as far as a GF or anything that made me one way or the other, Im just thankful for the people that were there for their support. Of course I had haters…. I mean who doesn’t??? and I heard plenty of NO’s but I kept pushing until I heard YES!!! My first opportunity was given to me by an A&R from Universal. I was to take on a remix for an artist named Natalia DaMini. What they didn’t tell me is that there was a feature on the record as well and it was Nicki Minaj! So I did the remix hit the record out of the park!!!
Well based off the portion of the publishing I was to receive I was offered a publishing deal. Well I was totally green and had no idea what I was doing. I called the record label requesting paperwork for weeks and all because I didn’t have my business in order, the offer was taken back from the publishing company from that point I swore to make sure I knew everything there was to know on publishing and paperwork and splits and all that comes with being in the industry as a writer and producer. I’m not aure if they still make this book, but at the time there was a book called “The Big Book Music Business” and there was another one called “The Music Industry For Dummies” those are two books that helped me in my journey.
Who inspired you ? How do you work on creating your own signature style ? How do you analyze all this to be known as you and BE YOU ?
My main influnences are always will be Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, Timbaland and Quincy Jones. I had a mentor through my entire journey and his name is Ryan “Ghost Music” Bowser his diligent teachings helped me master my art and while I’m still learning through different avenues he remains a constant aid in my growth. I try to stay from using loops although they can be useful when you encounter writers block which is normal.
As stated earlier I learned the importance of sound creation and manipulation, which creates endless possibilities at the end of the day. All things I’ve learned from engineers,writers, other producers, artist, even management has all culminated and encompasses my knowledge of the industry.
My advice is to listen! Studying market trends and the direction of music is a MUST for producers as it enables you to stay current in a constantly changing world of music.
What do you want to convey through your music?
What I want to convey through my music is that, it is a language that everyone speaks and is universal in bringing people together.
Story behind making of your new track / Album?
Currently I am working on a music soundtrack for a movie called “Yasuke Descendants” with ByrdOwens we’ve worked together previously on another movie and have come together once again to make music for this movie as well. My inspiration having never seen the film but knowing the writer and film maker is really the script we only have so much to go off of but using our vast imaginations (as creaters of art and music usually have) we have to come up with our own version of what the music should sound like and most times our imagination and the script is enough…..
Any interesting trivia about making of song ?
Well…….Most of the time people look to you as the producer for all the answers….It’s nice when an artist brings in a skull and bones draft for you to build on….That doesn’t always happen. You might be in a co-write situation that way everyone’s creativity is introduced into a song “two heads are better than one” Nothing worth making comes easy if you don’t jump thru hoops and go through trials and tribulations then you didn’t work hard enough on the song!
People who you would like to thank ?
Again just everyone including my parents, my management, my true friends and family , And where would I be with out haters and people that didn’t in my dreams! We all need them to keep pushing thru!
People who you would like to work with and people you idolize to be like professionally ?
Ha! I’ve mentioned those names one time to many in this interview already!
Where do you see your music 3 years from now ?
NO INPUT NECESSARY! I see my music on the charts again in 3 years
How would you like to stretch your boundaries of genre in future projects ?
The boundaries are stretched every time I sit down to create!
Message for Fans and listeners.
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