26 Jan Antjuan Johnson
I had a blast interviewing this young man. He really knows his history when it comes to music and is very passionate about it as well. I always love when my interviews become a conversation with an old friend. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did. -Mz. Fierce
Fierce: For those who are not familiar with you can you introduce yourself?
Antjuan: Well my name is Antjuan and I am born and raised in Nashville, TN. I trained in Jazz while attending college and played with the orchestra. I am very passionate about what I do and more passionate about people.
Fierce: How did you get your start in music?
Antjuan: Like everybody else I started out in church. My granddaddy was a minister and I learned how to sing in church. We sung even when we weren’t in church and that was and still is a big part of how I got started. My Uncle C was the first person to introduce me to an instrument and from there it spiraled. Someone gave me a computer and I had a friend that rapped and I started to record him and then the orchestra in school and it was a domino affect from there.
Fierce: How would you describe your style of producing?
Antjuan: Eclectic. When I produce a song it is based off the energy of the person that I am working with and what they convey. I do produce Hip-Hop; soul is in everything that I do but everything else around that is basely what we are aiming for. Yesterday I produced hip hop today I produce country I don’t have a box. Whatever you bring to the table is what we do.
Fierce: Reading a little about your background it was very eclectic in regards to the music that you were introduced to from the classical music and the hip hop. How do you feel that played a part when it comes to your producing?
Antjuan: Because I have such an eclectic background it’s my biggest production tool. I can’t do just one thing. I can meet anybody and I promise I can deliver. I can step out and do a country record and clear my head and then go do a track for Waka Flocka. That plays a big part in my production.
Fierce: Who or what inspires you when it comes to producing, songwriting, etc.?
Antjuan: Songwriters I am a big fan of are Bobby Womack, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Dr. Luke and his team came out of the 80s, I love Timbaland and his whole crew, and Teddy Riley. I am a big Michael fan but my biggest influence was Bobby Womack. Those guys they wrote from the gut and they did not hold any punches. They gave me the license to do this. They were successful with it so why not me.
Fierce: Now I read that you sing as well, do you have any projects where you will be showcasing that talent?
Antjuan: Actually I do have tracks up of me singing up on my reverb page. My next project I am thinking about releasing some of those songs.
Fierce: Now you are going to be releasing EP’s ever month with tracks that artist can you choose from? Where did you get this idea from where can artist go to check out these tracks?
Antjuan: Actually I am releasing one every quarter. I just really wanted to have an open ending project with no strings attached unless you are going to do something commercial with it. I just want to connect with people and vibe out together. I want to be able to connect with people like that so yeah Free Lunch will be released each quarter.
Fierce: From a producer stand point, how important is the beat, the production of a song?
Antjuan: It depends on the artist. If it is a really strong unique singer less is more but if you are less of an artist the beat may need to be elaborate. If you put something to complicated over like Lorde you will miss her unique voice but if you have a good singer or rapper build around it.
Fierce: What words of wisdom would you like to share to anyone who is thinking of becoming a producer?
Antjuan: It’s a lot of hard work. It’s not a 9 to 5 job, it’s a 24 hour job and you have to go above and beyond. The return does not come as fast as you think it will. You have to fight through, you have to consistently push, you have to perform at the same level every single time and it will work out. It is not easy but stick with it. You have to be strong minded and really know what you want and have realistic goals. You have to stand out as well. It’s a fight and the strongest fighters win.
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