Born in Chesapeake, VA Palace was taught by his grandmother how to play the piano at the age of nine. Like most musicians he started his humble beginnings playing the drums at his local church and continues to play till this day. He has won countless amount of beat competitions such as Ultimate Beat battle league and iStandand . He started a music group called Rare Allure with his friends and strives to leave behind a legacy. Andre Palace has worked with a numerous amount of artist from independent to signed across the U.S. He has done work with Illmind (producer for J.Cole, Drake etc), Skyzoo (rapper, songwriter worked with Jadakiss, Talib Kweli, Just Blaze), FATMANKEY, Cutis Williams from Two 9 and many more.
Music has always been a part of AN TY’s life. Being from Virginia, AN TY was influenced by Pharrell, Timbaland, Missy Elliot and others. But most of his musical influence comes from his Dad, who led Praise and Worship in church when he was growing up. The jazzy flow of piano, trombone, and drums reverberated in his ears for years to come and AN TY quickly followed in his dad’s footsteps, playing any instrument he could get his hands on; Trumpet, congas, organ, he tried it all.
AN TY’s first dabble into production was when his Dad introduced him to Cool Edit Pro and Sony Sound Forge in 2007. AN TY quickly learned the craft and started to create records, equating the creation process to completing a complex musical puzzle. The fervor to create had engulfed him like a tsunami and he knew there was no turning back… as AN TY puts it “I was addicted.”
By now AN TY was residing in Maryland, and his taste in music started to widen. Electronic sounds from DJ Tiesto, and hard hitting drums from Just Blaze led AN TY down a path to finding his own sound. Fast forward to present day in Northern Virginia, AN TY has turned his passion and influences into a style he likens to sitting on a Comet hurdling through the galaxy, absorbing all the vibes of the universe. Oort Cloud Music is the brainchild of a kid who really wanted to go to Space, but has to settle on bringing Space, to Earth.
D4, is a talented and invested music producer from Chesapeake, VA. He began developing his passion for music at the tender age of 5, learning how to play the piano. While mastering banging on the keys, D4 excelled in the athletic realm by becoming a household name within the Hampton Roads area, as the star quarterback for one of the most prestigious football programs in the nation. Although D4’s athletic future was promising, his passion for music grew stronger. D4’s influences stemmed from Virginia’s very own Pharrell and the Neptunes as well as Timbaland, Teddy Riley, and Missy Elliot. Other influences that stimulated his interests were Swiss Beatz and Just Blaze.
D4’s powerful drums and smooth, majestic melodies has contributed to a high demand of his work and success. D4 was recently recognized as Producer of the Month for Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta for January, 2017. He has participated as well as been accepted in a plethora of beat and music competitions such as Remy Producer’s and iStandard’s beat battle. D4 has surpassed more than 100,000 views with his productions on Youtube. D4 has worked with up and coming artists such as Levi Carter, Tre Capital, Ant Glizzy, and many renown local artists and Producers from Virginia. D4’s productions cross a wide range of styles, however focuses on rap/hip hop. With a constantly evolving sound, D4 continues to experiment with and cross over into various musical genres.
D-Ryl Vicious is a producer/VGM composer from Alexandria. Who aspires to score music for films and such. So for he’s working with a few local names just to get a sound out. Currently worked with a few artists, Ron Hooker, Flamez Jelani, Sam The Man ( who happen to be from VA as well). Checkout his interview & in studio sit down with us!
(A day in the lab with D-Ryl Vicious)
Emerging out of Newport News, Va., mysterious 20 year old producer Dinuzzo has made a wave for himself by combining R&B, Trap, & Soul with a new feel through 808s. The enigmatic Virginia producer has shared his production with many artists throughout the east coast but has costarred in his biggest record to date in “ONYX” by KR. “ONYX” is only 1 of the 7 tracks Dinuzzo produced on KR’s debut album titled “IT COULD HAPPEN”. Be sure to keep an eye out for Dinuzzo as the next time you see him it may be on billboards.
D.J. Mentos has performed with artists including the GZA, The Jazz Poet Society, Jeru the Damaja, Prince Paul and Black Thought at venues including The Nuyorican Poet’s Café, C.B.G.B.’s, The Village Underground and The Knitting Factory. Mentos has received praise on 2dopeboyz.com, waxpoetics.com, okayplayer.com and egotripland.com.
Behind the turntables, DJ Mentos is known for all-vinyl mixes that pull from his vast library of music. The dusty upbeat grooves of his Flute Funk mix for Wax Poetics Magazine has gained over 30,000 plays online.
20 year old producer from Alexandria, been making beats on fl studio for 5 years now.
Credits: 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Fetty Wap, Zoey Dollaz, Drugrixh Peso, G Eazy, Young Crazy
24 years old from Suffolk has worked W/ A$AP Ferg , Rae Sremmurd , Lex Luger, MikeWillMadeIt, TM88 , BIA, Johnny Juliano , Henna Gwap, Very Rare , Gudda Gudda , Jay Pharaoh. Aside from his success in his producing career HighDefRazjah is starting to focus more on his rap career.
jay.wav is a producer/rapper from Richmond, VA who recently released a string of instrumentals Jupiter Beach, Celia, ZRO.G and a song Don’t You Need Me. He currently is working on his forthcoming project which will be released soon.
ReadyRock James from Hampton, is an well producer/artist that has produced a lot of popular within the 757 area. Including artist like Young Crazy, Doeski, Bobby Blaze, Mackderico & many more.
16 year old producer from Woodbridge, VA who has been on a slightly quick come up but it was all achieved through hard work. He has been interested in making beats since he was about 10 years old but with my family not being in the best financial state growing up he never really had the resources to get serious about it and perfect his craft. He first started making beats and writing music back in 8th grade on my iPod but never released it to anyone but friends… now around November 2016 his father bought him a macbook he took advantage instantly, staying up all night every night and even skipping school to work on beats and perfect my craft. Ever since He linked up with rapper, TrevyTrev, he has been taking off, making a name for himself very quickly. Be on the lookout for my projects with many other artists from Northern VA coming soon and be sure to check out his #NOVA$ide mixtape.
Credits: TrevyTrev, Fontay Montana, Lil Lee, Freaky Flash, King Khal, & many more.
Twitter Handle: @_RealRickyRick
“The more people learn about you, even if you’re an underdog, the more attention you get and the more threatening or dangerous you appear to people. the more people try to knock you down.”
(Producer – Sound Designer)
Troy Giddens, 23 of UPTOWN Newport News brings a new style to the ever-growing brand off the 757. The essence of Trill Troy began in 2010 with his early production for other local talents such as, SLG, SHF, and Don Pe$o of then C’mon Grounds. Even in adolescence his love for music was apparent, taking years of traditional music training at Woodside High School. In a place where creativity and individuality is a staple, Trill Troy brings us beats that are truly one of a kind. Working with underground artists such as Yung Simmie & Spaceghostpurp, Trill Troy’s beats have gained local acclaim. Many of his musical influences stem from the underground style of Rap/Hip Hop commonly known as “Trill wave”. Some more well known artists of the “Trill wave” genre are DJ SMOKEY, TRIPLE 6 MAFIA, Lord Infamous & Dj Paul, Dj Screw, and UGK. Having founded his sound, Trill Troy brings together a vivid balance of dark and ambient sounds along with angelic sample flips paired with hard knocking bass followed up by insane SLAPS!
“Born and raised in Alexandria, Va. Father is a musician so I was born into music. Started playing the drums at 2 and learned piano when I was about 10. Started writing poetry when I was 9 then got into rappin shortly after. When I was 14 met with a childhood friend (D-ryl Vicious) who just started producing and I told him I rapped. We started makin lil parody songs here and there in his basement with a computer mic. Then he showed me how to make beats and from then on I was making beats and rapping on and off.”
Originated in Norfolk, Va born and raised #1DRAFTPICKREEM (22 y/o) started making beats in 2013, after his ex girlfriend downloaded fruity loops on accident and his lil brother Chris CRNZA was already producing for my high school friend Al Doms so naturally he got into the mix. His sound is not having a set sound. He don’t really focus in on one specific sound he create music that simply sounds good and makes you move in some type of way. Currently he’s apart of the collective illPackMobb!
808Frank is a producer from Matoaca Virginia, who has been producing music since 2010. Worked with Katie Got Bandz, Thraxxx, New Era, Eskay, TayF3rd and more.