We had the good fortune of connecting with Memz Beats and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Memz, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I’ve had a continuing passionate fire in me that’s never died down for creating music. My heart and mind’s been set on creating. If I decide to stop making music I honestly feel that I would become physically ill. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should ‘Give Up’ on making music, or even ‘give up’ trying to pursue a goal or business idea that the average person would find impossible. The average day to day person seems to have limited themselves. It almost seems like their minds are in a ‘corporate box’ where the only thing we can do in life is to follow the flock of society. I encourage everyone to challenge themselves and think outside the box and live. If we don’t LIVE then we’re only existing.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is my music. I am open to experimenting with different genres. Right now I’m more focused on making Soulful or Grimy Boom Bap beats along the lines of old school classic hip hop. I lease and sell beats through the Beat Stars platform where I have a catalog of mainly old school boom bap type beats. Other styles that I create are Trap and Pop. The genre I hold near and dear to my heart is Extreme Metal. I have unfinished projects that I will soon be working to finish. I started my journey playing drums and (electric) guitar for Metalcore / Hardcore bands with a group of close friends where we evolved our sound to more aggressive Melodic Death Metal then turned Black Metal. I’m not limited to any genre and am open to experimenting with genres I’ve never tried. My love for Hip Hop came from my 3 older brothers and older cousins who were blasting Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Wu-Tang when I was a kid and I guess it subconsciously grew on me while I was growing up. In my mid teens I got really into Heavy Metal where I thirsted for the fastest and heaviest music I can find. When I found Death Metal and Black Metal I basically just dropped everything else. My love for hip hop never really died out. It felt more like I was exploring the world of music while Hip Hop was left on the back burner. Somewhere down the line I randomly got into 80’s Synthwave and inspired me to make a small beat tape currently streaming on Spotify: Memz Beats 1985
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m not much of a going out kind of person. I like to have small intimate get-togethers with family and friends. But if I had to choose a place to eat I strongly recommend a small gourmet burger joint located in the heart of Pleasant Grove called Griff’s Hamburgers. If one of my best friends were visiting the area I’d have them over for a Carne Asada, a few shots of Tequila and a long deep conversation about music, life, and philosophy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When my paths are unknown, Christ lights the path in the darkness. My fuel and fire my wife and kids! Saludos para mi Ama y Apa por siempre apoyándome. Shout out to important men in my life Eric, Aaron, Chris and Rick James, my blood Joe, Luis, Juan, Raff, Mario, Matias, Rick L! My Laredo family I love yall! Shout out to all the Music Makers who I’ve connected with who’ve organically felt inspired by my music. I’m grateful to have been part of their musical journey! Showrocka from CT he dropped ‘I grew up on Wu’ last year, I produced the entire thing y’all check it out! Yo!! My guy Young Drew214, Black Foxx, Flotation, Moon Magic Flow, Quen10 Quarantino, I’ve got some unreleased songs with some artists I’ve been closely working with – so big shout out to Selina Elise, Low Tone and D TALL ! I might also start working with Anonymous Culture. Hey I might already be working with him. Stay tuned! Much love to y’all , and BIG should out to Mperial Beatz for being organic!
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