How I became a hip hop songwriter.

Music was something that I loved for as long as I can remember. The melodies, the rhythm, the way the bass hit you, I loved every single aspect of it. My mother and sister told me that sometimes I'd beat box in the crib and that it was easy for me to replicate drum beats that were playing on the radio. Rhythm and timing, percussion, repetition, these were the elements that stuck out the most to me when I started writing music. I used to write so many rhymes as a kid while every other child was outside playing in the sand box, I was in love with writing, that was what was truly fun to me. I would fill up notepads like nothing, in a matter of weeks, but I knew that I had to figure out some way to get the rhymes recorded.


So...I stole my mom's tape recorder and a few of her blank tape cassettes and started recording my very first rhymes.



My mom always had an eye on everything so it was always strange to me why she never confronted me about taking her recorder and tapes. Maybe she knew making music was something that I was that passionate about. I continued recording until I realized that my rhymes would sound so much better over some beats, so I started using a website called beaterator.com (which was an online beat maker back then, now it's a beat making game for the PSP).



Beaterator definitely couldn't compete with the likes of an FL Studio or an Ableton Live but it got the job done in those days. I just needed a kick, snare, hat loop, a repetitive melody and I was going ham, sometimes I wouldn't even add a melody if the drums were hitting hard enough. I even uploaded some of those wack beats I made back then to YouTube but I'm not going to share that link because it's embarrassing, if you manage to find it hit me up aha! So, I managed to make the beat, write some dope (or so I thought) rhymes and then record, but then I realized I needed to get the level of the beat to be loud enough to pickup through the tape recorder but not be too loud that it overpowers my voice. So, the last step that I took was to export the beat from Beaterator, burn it onto a CD (for the babies reading this, that was something files used to be stored on), and then play it through my mom's speakers while recording through the tape recorder. I eventually learned how to set the speaker volume and stand the correct distance away from the speaker to get the right volume balance. My breath control and overall tone probably developed so quick from being forced to control my voice to not distort the recording! This was not like recording into your standard modern USB mic or Zoom recorder, you could barely move, but I loved doing it because it was my own art, I created it. Now I had to find a way to keep improving.


After a few years passed, I levelled up (barely) and bought a USB XBOX Rockband mic, installed Audacity, and started uploading my content to Facebook for my high school fans (ha...). They all thought I was dope, so I kept making music and started taking it much more seriously. A year or two passed and then I invested in an Apex 440 USB condenser microphone. This mic was much better than my previous Rockband Mic so my listeners definitely noticed a difference in quality. This simple change really showed me the importance of quality over quantity. I started researching new microphones I wanted to buy in the future, and things like frequency ranges, eq, vocal levels, side chaining, I was looking up everything music related to improve my craft. Not too soon after I purchased a Rode NT-1A, MXL 990 and lastly a Shure SM7B, which is the microphone I use today.



For those of you who don't know, I also go by the name Tru Lyrikks. That was the very first name I created for my music when I started recording on Audacity with the Rockband mic. Tru Lyrikks is my brand for releasing and selling my own music and my Northside Nate brand is strictly for working on writing music for clients. I focus a lot more of my time and energy on Northside Nate because I feel like I'm helping so many people who have the dream to make it big in the music industry. I can write my own music any time I feel, but it doesn't require much effort anymore to think of concepts for myself and I need a challenge. I feel like I've developed even more as an artist writing for others because when a client gives you a specific concept and style they're looking for, it makes writing music challenging again. So, to answer the main question, I became a songwriter to be able to share the emotion I get when I express myself with someone else, I want to be able to paint a picture that my client may have had a difficult time trying to convey in a lyrical form, I want to be able to point you in the right musical direction. I can build strong relationships with this career path and that's another thing I love. I've spoken with so many different people from all over in such a small amount of time it's amazing. I love being able to help people, and as much as I could focus on writing and recording my own music I'd much rather help you guys out.


If you're interested in building a relationship with me, sharing your story, and encouraging others to do the same then feel free to hit me up on any of these links:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | SoundCloud | LinkedIn


If you feel you've gotten to familiarize yourself with myself and my brand and are interested in working with me feel free to check out the services section of my website and then send me a message using the contact page with any additional details you may require. I look forward to hearing from you!


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