In our latest edition of Gold Rush, we link up with one of Baltimore's best kept secrets Michael J.R. In addition to being one of the cities most sought after audio engineers this guy is nasty on the production side and a champion of the Bmore Club and Hip Hop Sound. Whether its crafting smooth club inspired hip hop records like Greenspan's Cool or Whatever, or Pushing the club music genre forward as 1/2 of Hands Up! with Mighty Mark you can always expect Michael J.R. to bring the heat. Find out a little more about the beatsmith below.
How long have you been producing? - 10 years
Favorite Producers/ Inspiration - Max Martin, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Kane Beatz, Robert Glasper
Biggest Accomplishments - Multiple records on Radio One FM Stations, Major Advertisement Placements
Favorite pieces of hardware/software - Macbook Pro, Headphones, Maschine, Komplete
Any other interesting things about your productions.....
"Since I'm also a mix engineer, a writer, & a DJ, I have a very unique approach to creating a record. I don't look at making music like a robot or a machine that only does one task and then sends the piece to another part of the machine. I understand the whole music-making process, so I make musical & technical decisions based on where the final sound will be, before I play the 1st note or write the 1st lyric. The song is already done & mastered before I even start making it. And the shit is fire."