As a lover of Hip-Hop and R&B/Soul, and a huge fan of both Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z and Neo-Soul crooner Maxwell, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a few weeks ago that a Miami-based, twin production team named Urban Noize made a mixtape featuring songs from Jay-Z’s American Gangster album blended with various Maxwell hits. The end result is what is known as a blend tape, or a mixtape that has beats of one genre combined with the vocals of an artist or group of a different genre. I was fortunate enough to come across this project titled Jay-Z & Maxwell – American Summer’s Night. After listening to the project, I was so elated to hear something so original derive from creatively producing and masterfully mixing the sounds of two of the greatest musicians of my time, that I knew I had to pick the brains of two of the most underrated up-and-coming producers. Urban Noize is composed of twins Steve and Steven. I recently had the opportunity to question Steven on the creative process of crafting a blend tape, his inspirations and his influences among many other things. This is what he had to say.
@Arteest1: So I know the two of you are twins. How does it feel to work with your brother making music?
@UrbanNoize: It feels great working with my brother because he understands me musically. As well as I do him. Most importantly, we share the same vision when it comes to music, which is progression.
@Arteest1: How long have you been making beats and who or what inspired you to start?
@UrbanNoize: We’ve been making beats for maybe about 8 years now. What inspired us was just being a fan of music. Whenever we’d listen to songs we loved, we’d always envision ourselves playing alongside our favorite artist. lol.
@Arteest1: You make some dynamic beats and are an amazing production duo. I have listened to your Jay-Z, Rihanna and Chris Brown mixtapes and I am very curious to know what influenced you to put your beats over big name artists songs and also create mash-ups/blends?
@UrbanNoize: Being fans of those artists definitely influenced us to remix their material. As well as just having a love for creating music and trying different things with it.
@Arteest1: What is the inspiration behind your beats and mixtapes?
@UrbanNoize: The inspiration comes from the production of the records, down to the performances that the artists give.
@Arteest1: Describe the artistic process in crafting one of your mixtapes.
@UrbanNoize: Well, when crafting mixtapes the ideal thing is to a create story and an experience. Not just throwing music together and calling it such and such. But bringing the listener and fan into the world of the artist.
@Arteest1: Name some music artists you have worked with.
@UrbanNoize: We haven’t worked with anyone yet, but we’re hoping to very soon.
@Arteest1: Who are some artists you would like to work with and possible producers you would like to collaborate with?
@UrbanNoize: One of the artists we’d like to work with would have to be Chris Brown. Honestly, because I feel like his mixtapes haven’t been his best. lol. But if we came together with the right vision, we could create a classic. As for producers, we’d love to learn from and work with danjahandz. Hands down, he’s one of the best in the game right now.
@Arteest1: Name a few projects that Urban Noize has already released.
@UrbanNoize: Some of the projects we’ve released are Jay-Z & Maxwell – American Summer’s Night, Chris Brown – Man In The Mirror, Rihanna – Last Girl On Earth Tourtape, and Beyonce and Lady Gaga – Fierce Fame.
@Arteest1: Where do you vision Urban Noize five years from now?
@UrbanNoize: Five years from now, we hope to be working with some of our favorite artists doing everything from producing songs to executive producing projects.
@Arteest1: What is the overall goal of your music?
@UrbanNoize: The goal of our music is to give people something different and to share the love we have for it.
@Arteest1: Where can people find and download your mixtapes and other music?
@UrbanNoize: One of the places you can download our mixtapes is Datpiff. We have many more all over the place. lol.
@Arteest1: What would you like to say to any current and prospective fans of your music?
@UrbanNoize: Thanks for continuing to support and spread the word of our music. Without God bringing these people into our lives, we wouldn’t be who we are.
MESSAGE TO URBAN NOIZE: Thank you Steven for the interview! I appreciate you allowing me to share my love of Urban Noize’ music with the rest of the world. Thank you Steve for partnering up with your brother to create genre-bending masterpieces. I wish both of you much success in the future.
MESSAGE TO MY READERS: If you are looking to download all of Urban Noize’ blend tapes, just Google them and you will see tons of websites that are currently hosting their projects. To stay up-to-date with them, follow them on twitter and don’t hesitate to show your appreciation with a tweet to them and a download of their music.