Music Production

Watch the Producers of Lil Tecca’s ‘Ransom’ Explain How They Made the Track

Nick Mira and Taz Taylor, founders of Internet Money Records, recently sat down with Genius to break down how they produced Lil Tecca’s breakout single “Ransom.”

Nick Mira is best known for working with Juice WRLD, and Taz Taylor has production credits for such artists as Drake and Gucci Mane.

“Ransom” is currently No. 26 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and the music video has over 40 million views on YouTube. “Ransom” is also featured on this month’s DJcity Trends chart.

Watch the making of “Ransom” above.

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How Lil Nas X’s ‘Panini’ Was Produced


In late June, Lil Nas X dropped “Panini,” the follow-up single to his groundbreaking smash, “Old Town Road.” The track is currently No. 22 on Billboard’s Hot 100, making it his second highest-charting single.

Its producers, Take A Daytrip and Dot Da Genius, recently sat down with Genius to break down how the song was made. Take A Daytrip are best known for co-producing Sheck Wes‘ “Mo Bamba,” and Dot Da Genius is best known for working with Kid Cudi.

Watch above.

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A-Trak Announces 3rd Annual Goldie Awards

2018 Goldie Awards DJ Battle winner YUTO competes. (Source: Goldie Awards)

A-Trak has announced the return of the Goldie Awards, his annual DJ and beat battle. Hopeful turntablists and producers may enter by uploading a one-minute video to Instagram or Youtube and submitting it via the Goldie Awards website along with a questionnaire.

Eight competitors will be chosen in each category, and are allowed to use whatever equipment they choose. In the past, the battle has been judged by an all-star lineup of artists including Mark Ronson, Just Blaze, Anna Lunoe, and more. The event will be held at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on October 17.

Click here for more info and watch the 3rd Annual Goldie Awards trailer below.

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Serato Releases Full Version of Serato Studio

The Whooligan makes a beat in Serato Studio. (Source: Serato)

After months of beta testing, Serato has released the full version of its Serato Studio beatmaking software. The full release includes features from the beta like Stem Export and Master Deck Waveform, alongside new features such as Master Key Change and in-app tutorials.

Studio users also have access to the Serato Sounds sample library, which is updated monthly with instruments, drum kits, loops, and FX. The Serato Sounds artist series kicks off with a sample pack from legendary producer Just Blaze, which is now available as a free download.

Serato Studio is available via subscription for $14.99 a month or $9.99 a month billed annually.

Learn more about Serato Studio here, and watch the Whooligan demonstrate some of the features below.

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Ben Billion$ Talks All Things Production on ‘Pensado’s Place’

Ben Billion$
Ben Billion$ (Source: Instagram)

Multi-platinum producer Ben Billion$ recently sat down with the Pensado’s Place YouTube show.

Based in Miami, Ben is best known for producing hits like Future‘s “Low Life,” Yo Gotti‘s “Down in the DM,” Maroon 5‘s “What Lovers Do,” and The Weeknd‘s “Often.” Most recently, Ben scored placements on DJ Khaled‘s new album Father of Asahd, including “You Stay,” which was one of DJcity’s most downloaded tracks of May.

Ben discussed a number of topics in the interview, such as starting out as an engineer, his signature “low end” sound, his definition of “strip club drums,” using live instrumentation, the importance of being humble, and more.

Watch the interview below.

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Kutcorners Shows How to Produce a Remix in Serato Studio

Live Evil

Kutcorners, one half of the DJ/producer duo Live Evil, shows how to produce a remix in Serato Studio on a new episode of DJcityTV’s Behind the Beats series.

The Vancouver native rebuilds Live Evil’s remix of Rich The Kid‘s 2014 track “Why You Mad” layer by layer, highlighting the benefits of Serato Studio along the way.

Serato Studio is the company’s first foray into music production. It launched in March and is currently in beta.

Watch above and download Live Evil’s remix on DJcity.

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