Growing up listening to rap/hip hop ABM also developed a taste for bass music thanks to his favorite producer/DJ DJ FURY of BASS PATROL. ABM started to make a few beats around 2000 with his djx keyboard. Around 2004 ABM decided to test the waters and released a few bass tracks online at unsignedbandweb.com. To his surprise he had 2 tracks during that year went #1 on the charts and was featured as one of the featured artists of the month.
After a great success on one website Abm decided to release what would have been his 1st demo bass album “4 yo trunk” but somehow got leaked online. Abm fell off the map so to speak for awhile until now, when he released his 1st demo “hittin” with the single “kick a lil sumthin” that can be found on amazon, iTunes, iheart, etc. Abm is working on his 2nd demo”12000 watts of bass” with alot riding on this album with all the hype and buzz that has been created from magazine interviews online. Here is another inside look at the artist who is currently working on his upcoming “1200 Watts Of Bass” album.
1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
ABM: On and off probably for about 8yrs but really didn’t get serious with it until after the last 3 years.I started with one keyboard making beats at home,saved up and started collecting equipment over the years.
2. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?
ABM: Dj fury from bass patrol, Dj magic mike all the bass music that was bumpin from the 90s.
3. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?
ABM: I mostly listen to old skool, I’m listening to Ice Cube, Geto Boys, Scarface, Too $hort, Nappy Roots, Bone Thugs and a lot of bass music like Bass patrol, Dj magic mike, Dj Fury, S plack Pakk, Power Supply etc…Would love to work with bone thugs and Ice Cube
4. Which famous song or sound production, describes best what you’d like ABM music productions to ultimately sound like?
ABM: I’m all about being original.
5. Do you think your music is enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
ABM: For the beats. My music is all about my beats dropping bass.
6. Do you make your own beats and write your own lyrics and which software or hardware do you prefer to achieve your sound?
ABM: yes sir, I do it all. right now I’m using Fruity Loops 10 and Magix. I have Protools 8 but haven’t set it up yet
7. Tell us something about the creation, recording, and production of your upcoming project “12000 WATTS OF BASS”?
ABM: This is my biggest album for me at this time, you could say this is my make or break album. I’m putting in a lot of time and taking my time on making this one. I’m trying to get a few celebrities to be on the album. Right now I got Wu tangs DJ Symphony and Philly Nicks. I also have a few more coming but it’s not official as of yet. This album will be all bass music and I am hoping to bring bass music back like it once was in the 90s.
8. On which of your songs do you think you delivered your personal best performance so far, from an emotional and technical point of view?
ABM:I really can’t say because the album is still in the making.
9. Which ingredient do you think defines you as special and unique as a performing artist?
ABM: 2 personalities. lol. That’s another story.
10. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?
ABM: Passion, I enjoy doing what I do knowing that somewhere out there someone is going to like my music. Someone can relate to what your music is about after putting in long hours of blood sweat, and tears. I’m not in it for the fame and it’s not all about the money for me.
11. Which aspect of being an independent artist, label owner and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?
ABM:You have complete control over pretty much everything. I can do a track the way I want it to be and how I want it to sound, collaborating with other artists is always exciting to me. Promotion is my biggest worries, or trying to get an artist work on his/her album.
12. Tell us something about your songwriting process. What usually comes first the lyrics or the beats?
ABM: The beat.
13. How involved are you in any of the the recording, producing, mastering and marketing processes of your music. Do you outsource any of these processes?
ABM: I pretty much do most of everything. Marketing is what I’m working on next. I’m setting up my marketing as we speak. Sometimes I will get another producer to master a few tracks for me
14. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
ABM: Always be different from everybody else, create your own style and sound, as for not following advice that I am now following, is to take your time and make sure everything is done right and don’t give up on your dream.
15. At this point, as an independent artist, which is the one factor you desire most, and feel will undeniably benefit the your future (for example increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, bigger live gigs etc…)?
ABM: Better quality and more exposure.
16. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and indie music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web, making it difficult for real talent to emerge?
ABM:A little bit of the 1st and a lot of the 2nd.lol.The internet makes it more easier for an artist to get exposure than it was years ago. You can interact with your fans, keep them posted on what you are doing, share music, promote etc. As for the mediocre artists, In a sense let’s say for example, you go to a car lot with 2 million cars to choose from and out of the 2 million cars there is only one good car which makes it hard for you to pick out the 1 good car. it’s the same with music making it hard for a label to find that one real raw talent.
17. Where do you distribute and promote your music (Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Your own Website, Youtube etc…) and why did you choose that particular platform?
ABM: I got a distribution set up that sends my music out to amazon, iTunes, rdio.com, emusic, google play etc
18. Do you think video is important to your music and music in general, and how do you handle your video productions?
ABM:I haven’t done any videos yet and videos will always be important to music. It gives you an idea of what that particular song is talking about or to see your artist in action.
19. What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as an indie artist and label, in your quest to achieve your goals and wider spread success?
ABM: Getting Fans and exposure.
20. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?
ABM: Change who I am.
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