After working with some of the biggest names in the business as an engineer at Atlanta’s Icon Studios, artist and producer Bless’Em’Bless has released his exclusive artist Loop pack on BandLab! Brimming with exclusive beats and bass, you can grab the pack right now and start using it on BandLab or with BandLab assistant, drag the samples straight into your DAW of choice.
Introduce yourself and tell us about your journey into making beats and your Bless’Em’Bless artist alias.
Well, long story short [laughs], I started rapping, like a lot of producers do with my friends and older cousin. Later, I found out about SAE Institute in NYC where I got my first introduction to big studios, music production and beat making. I finished my classes here in Atlanta as I transferred my last quarter. I really fell in love with the creative process it was like painting, I’ve always looked at music as colors so it just made sense to me. After I finished my classes at SAE Institute I began engineering and interning at ICON Studios and the rest history!
You’ve worked as an engineer and as an artist at studios in Atlanta for a while, what are some career highlights so far for you?
I’ve been fortunate to have worked in quite a few studios in my short career, but my biggest highlight has been appearing on B.E.T’s Sunday’s Best television show. I engineered the sessions of the last three finalists for a competition part of the show. It was kind of surreal and also of dream of mine to be on TV, especially B.E.T and doing what I love most, it was a dope experience.
Working at Icon Studios, I’ve been able to work with many major artists, Sean Garrett, Jacques, Young Thug, NBA Youngboy, Suede The Remix God, Jhonni Blaze, That Girl LayLay, Fatboy SSE, Montell Jordan, Bobby V, Mase, Musiq Soulchild, Drummaboy, Q Parker of 112, Syleena Johnson, Azalea Banks, Prophet of Nappy Roots, Case, Epic Records, Sony Records, B.E.T, Project Pat, Avery Wilson, Ginuwine, Sole, Professor Griff, Keith David and many more!
What can people expect from your new sample pack?
Hits!!! But a few different vibes too, I’ve gone from Latin, to trap, and hip-hop I feel inspiration from everywhere and I wanted whoever downloads the pack to be able to do the same and tap into that inspiration.
Tell us about your own sound, and how it fits with the authentic sound of Atlanta. What makes Bless’Em’Bless beats unique?
From what I’ve been told by artists I’ve produced for is that I really don’t have an exact sound. I love the ATL Trap Sound, but I’m sometimes able to tap in and create other vibes. I also use various DAWs to produce music including MPCs, Fl Studio, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, depending on how I feel at the moment so that also gives my beats a different sound every time. I just to be able to be creative and create new music.
Tell us about some of the studio gear, software and techniques used to make these loops and sounds.
I used the Akai MPC X, which I got from Drumma Boy, so shoutout to the big homie Drumma Boy! and FL Studio For the particular sounds and of course Omnisphere we all know ‘bout that! I used the pad perform feature on the MPC X for the melodies, and used both FL studio and MPC for the drums.
How have you been coping during lockdown? Any advice for producers and artists looking to make it?
Fortunately, we have email so I’ve been able to work from home doing mixes and sending off beats. I’ve had a few in-person sessions, but not as much during the lockdown.
What’s coming up for you?
All of the above, me and my business partner EL FUSER, who is also an artist, just got a studio in the city downtown WestEnd area. We’re looking forward to making it a creative hub for all creators in Atlanta for photography, videos and music. I am really excited about the future. Also looking forward to work more with BandLab!