This month we talked with D'vyne, Owner and Operator of Mooshoo Beatz, about creating beats for 4 Streams original Netherlands, the creative process, and more.
It was essential to Co-Creator Jayla Grace that the creative team was staffed by as many Black & Female creators as possible. It was this direction that led us to MooShoBeatz.
Q: How did you get started with our music production?
That's a story. I started making beats around the age of 10. I remember making my first beat and going to my mom, like yo look at what I just did like that's crazy. It was the way I coped with my trauma. The reason I love it so much is because it gives you the creative space to really just do whatever.
Yeah, music is freedom.
Yeah, music is freedom, whether you want to listen to it or make it. Its freedom and the feeling that you get behind something that you did, whether it's music or anything else, it's an amazing feeling.
Q: How did you learn how music production?
A: It was an app called Music Maker Jam. I literally learn how to do it all. I think it was on Samsung. All the instruments I just put him together. So I was just putting loops together. I was just putting sounds together, and then I made something that I thought at the time was really, really dope. I was like yo look what I just did, and then it just turned into me tapping into everything. That's why I hold a whole bunch of different titles. I produce, write, rap, I engineer. I want to learn everything.
Like I said, I was on a journey. I could take my first beat and then put it next to my latest one, and it's like you can hear the improvement, and you can hear the difference.
I still get that same feeling that I got when I was ten. Like yo. That was it's crazy.
Like every time somebody asked me why did you start? What made you get started? Whether it's production or writing or whatever the case may be, why did you start? It was a life or death situation. I was dealing with very sensitive topics such as depression and suicide, and it was the art for me. I still deal with that type of stuff every now and again.
If it wasn't for music, there would be no D'vyne and I wouldn't even exist. I wouldn't be having this conversation with you right now, and I take that very, very, very, very seriously.
Feel things off of just my words or just off of a sound.
Q: Ownership, I know you own all your own stuff. Let's talk about why you believe that ownership is such a powerful thing.
A: Oh, it's a lot of reasons. I currently am signed with Bentley Records (but) I still own all of my music. I take pride in everything I do. I'm one of those people. I'm not gonna let nobody just take control of something that I did. Yeah, like that's like giving away you. I'm never gonna do that. Never. I don't care if you offer me a billion dollars. It'll never happen because art doesn't have a price on it. My art is me. It came from pain, emotion, trauma, love, hardship, everything that doesn't have a price. Yeah, I love what I do. I'm extremely passionate about what I do. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Nothing you could not offer me anything. I encourage all creators to own. In this age, it's starting to become popular to be independent.
Q: So, let's transition. What was it about the Netherlands project that made you agree to be a part of it?
A: The way it happened was so dope it was literally because of a platform called Girlboss. I was like, yo, an all-black cast. I'm a black advocate. Anyway, that's the first thing that caught my attention. I'm like all black hold on. Then just the originality and the creativity. I read the whole script maybe 10 times. I sent it to my independent contractors and Mooshoo Beatz. It was like yo, we gotta get a piece of this 'cause this is just so beautiful the way it's created. It's sci-fi. I'm a bit of a sci-fi fan myself. And like I said, all black. You barely see that like, especially when it's involving people around my age bracket. It's like I have to be a part of this. I was like, it's an honor. I'm humbled for this woman who is creating this piece of art. To say, you know, what D'vyne, I want you to be a part of this like it's a humbling feeling that I got behind that. I was like, wow, I really just did that, and I really just was able to get my company that I've been building since 14. I was able to get our first sync placement that's a sync synchronization placement. That's our first major one.
Q: What is your process for a project, like, Netherlands.
A: The process of making the beats for the Netherlands has been very up and down. First and foremost, just because me and my independent contractors have the busiest lives. But as far as my process of making the beats, it has been getting examples, and I'm gonna leak something real fast. Real quick. My reference track was Black Panther when Killmonger came out on the scene. Shout out Michael B Jordan, who was fired. Killmonger, he was fast-paced. He was aggressive. He was angry. I'll use that reference track. Is used those elements, and I took elements of that track. I am a huge Kanye West and Jay-Z fan. That's what I grew up off of. So just taking those different pieces and being able to create my own sounds from scratch.
Q: So, you got a. You have a lot of first that are coming up at the end of 2021.
A: Yeah, 2021 has been a phenomenal year as far as opportunities and artistry and just working with different people. And along with that, I got some features that I'm about to be featured on a couple of people's projects. Really soon, I have an album coming out, and I'm super excited about it. Bentley has been great to me. They have offered me some of the best opportunities that I've ever had come, and I'm grateful just to be a part of that organization. And also, along with that, a music video will be coming out.
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