PRODUCER INTERVIEW: Introducing Platinum Selling Hip Hop Beatmaker Majestic Drama
Abdoulaye Diop AKA: Majestic Drama is a hip hop music producer and songwriter who lets his African origins influence his diverse sound and set himself apart from the crowd.
At the age of fourteen, Drama moved from his home in Dakar, Senegal to Albany, New York where he ultimately graduated high school and moved on to producing music.
As a producer, Drama has produced projects for Wale, Kid Ink, Twista, and French recording artist La Fouine for his hit record, “Toute La Night”.
Drama’s big picture goal is to establish a worldwide legacy and to contribute to the success of many artists.
The following interview will give an insight into the secrets of Majestic Drama's success. He also shares tips on his music production process and provides some great advice for up and coming hip hop beatmakers.
At the bottom of this page you will be able to listen to a collection of Majestic Drama's hottest beats and will be able to purchase any tracks you like.
Majestic Drama, Tell Us About The Time You Made Your First Beat?
Everything started in 2005 when I was 15 years old. I was browsing YouTube and came across Reason. I was not able to use it because I didn’t have a midi keyboard, plus it was way too complicated in my opinion. Upon further research I came across Fl Studio and it was love at first sight. My first like anybody else’s first beat was bad.
Which Artists Or Producers Inspired You To Start Making Beats?
Timbaland, The Runners, Kanye West and Scott Storch inspired me the most when I first started.
Which Digital Audio Workstation Are You Using?
I use FL Studio 10 and an Axiom keyboard
What Other Equipment Or Software Do You Use To Make Your Instrumental Tracks?
I use the Axiom Midi Keyboard, Omnisphere VST, and Electrax VST.
How Long Does It Take You To Make A Completed Track On Average?
On Average it can take me 30 minutes to compose a solid beat. I mix and master as I go so it makes the process much faster.
Do You Use Samples? If Yes, Where Do You Source Your Samples From?
I used to use www.looperman.com and Splice but nowadays i believe it's best to compose ideas yourself so you don't share the same sounds with other people.
Tell Us About Your Process Of Working With Sounds /Samples And Building Beats...
The melody is always first for me because the drums revolve around the melody.
What Is Your Greatest Success As A Beatmaker?
My greatest success thus far is going platinum in France. My brand has evolved over time, with Instagram branding and sponsorship. I believe Instagram is the new TV so being seen by everybody there is like running a commercial on TV. You must assure you advertising yourself the right way.
Which Platform Do You Use To Sell Beats?
Airbit and Beatstars.
Have You Ever Dreamed Of Being On The Top Of The Charts? Or Is Hip hop Production More Of A Hobby & Passion Project For You?
Billboard Hot 100 is my goal and I am working on that everyday.
How Do You Manage To Fit Beat Making Into Your Daily Routine?
Music is all I do everyday so IT IS my daily routine.
What Is Your Single Biggest Challenge As A Hip Hop Beatmaker /Producer?
As for any producer the challenge is always getting placements and having that 6th sense for the next hottest thing to blow.
Have You Ever Thought About Quitting? If So, What Made You Continue With your Grind?
I never thought about quitting because music is all I see when I close and open my eyes, nothing else!
Is There Something That You Do To Stay Inspired To Ensure You Keep Make Music Day After Day?
My hunger to achieve more, earn plaques and awards keeps me driven and inspired everyday.
Do You Have Any Advise For Up And Coming Beatmakers Who Are On Their Daily Grind For Beat Sales?
My advice is to work with your peers and always keep developing yourself and your sound. Don't follow the crowd, be yourself.
Are You Open To Potential Collaborations With Other Artists And Beatmakers? What Style Of Artist Is Best Suited To Your Style Of Production?
I am always open for collabs with artists or beatmakers and I work with all genres.
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