MEET CXSMO: PRODUCER
This is Cxsmo.
Cxsmo, tell us more about how you got into producing?
I got into producing when my older brother first introduced me to the EDM scene back when I was about eight years old. He introduced me to different genres of music from rock, hip pop, to hispanic rap.
One that genuinely caught my attention was EDM.
I truly liked what I was hearing and quickly fell in love with the genre.
I started to research what is needed to create harmony and coming from a non-musical background, I didn't know how to start.
On one of my birthdays, I was gifted a piano that plays classical and modern music. It was one of those pianos that replayed a popular song and lets you follow along with the keys.
I started to use the keyboard to understand how it works, but I quickly became uninterested. I was playing it freehanded without any instructions or anything that taught me what was right or wrong in regards to the keys.
Later on, I researched what program was needed to make music and I realized that I needed a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
I saw many producers at the time that use this to create their music.
Since I honestly didn't have anything else to look forward to during that time, I started to learn more about the program.
After seeing countless articles and reading manuals, I found out the program was quite expensive and no one would be willing to buy it for me since I wasn't serious about music.
So my trail went cold from there until middle school.
I received a computer from a program that my school was sponsoring.
We got ourselves an old Windows XP computer dedicated for educational purposes.
It came along with games to keep us up with what we were learning in class.
After using my computer for a while, I noticed that it had a program called DAW FI Studio.
At first, I thought it was some sort of a game like a Minesweeper rip-off or puzzle game.
After messing around with it, I realized that it was meant for production.
Seeing how it was functioning and how it came with sound packs and other virtual instruments, I then knew this was a DAW used to create music.
I was lucky to find this on that computer.
I would say its a coincidence that it just happened to be there at that time.
I started to dive deep into the program and understand how it works and what I can make out of it.
By the time I got to high school, I’ve learned how the program works but I was a little outdated.
Seeing that it was a demo version of it, any projects saved I couldn't export, so it was more of a learning phase for me.
During high school, I was confident about what I truly wanted to be in the future.
I was not too fond of school.
I wasn't looking forward to my older years spending time at school doing something that I truly hated.
I figured not only is being a producer a gateway out of school, but I'm learning something I genuinely love.
Being a producer wasn't something natural from the start, there were many roadblocks and learning curves I had to overcome.
Seeing this from the present day, I knew what I had in mind as a kid is precisely how I imagined it.
Over the years, I've been nothing but learning and challenging myself to be better than what I expect from myself. Producing helps my mentality in a sort of way.
Whether it is a good or bad day, I truly pour my heart and soul into music to express what goes on.
Music is art, and art is what I love creating.
All this goes back to how I started producing since day one. If it weren't for my older brother's music, I wouldn't be here today doing what I love.
What is the most difficult aspect about producing music?
The most challenging aspect would be having constant battles with yourself.
I cannot tell you how many times I've been depressed and put myself down for not knowing what I'm doing.
I've had moments when my idea sparks and then dies down because of me having zero knowledge of what I'm doing.
I've had moments where I put myself down for not having any musical background or knowledge on any instrument.
There’s nights that I get zero sleep due to the negative reviews of how bad my music is and also having little to no support from people I’m generally close to.
Producing has a real dark side to it. It’s more than just creating a song, getting millions of plays and being rich and famous and traveling the work.
I had dark moments where it involved me trying to quit and see if it's not too late to apply for community college.
I gave up school after graduating high school.
I didn't want anything to do with school and decided to dedicate my time to work on my music more fluently.
When I see others in school that are trying to achieve their profession and know what they want to be; I question myself and ask if this doesn't work, where would I go from there?
Trust me, being a producer has its darkest corners, and it haunts me till this day.
But I always tell myself that if I continue to pull on my demons and continue putting excuses on everything, then I won't get anywhere.
My parents are my guide, and they keep me motivated to continue.
Seeing how they've put so much effort to get here and being where they are today is a constant reminder not to let anything get the best of me and to continue running the marathon until I achieve my goals.
How would you describe your style/sound & how is it different?
My sound selection varies.
I usually go for a more melodic, pure, rich, and vibrant sounds.
Building emotion from bad to good is something I've always loved and wanted to do.
For me, it shows the beauty of someone within.
We all have bad and good pasts.
My way of reflect this is to cope with our lousy history and have it remind us that not every day is good nor bad, but if we can combine both, it creates a sort of feel to it.
Pretty much, it turns your negative into a positive.
If I can somehow with my music, help you turn your bad day into a a better one, then I know that what I'm doing is on the right track.
It’s always a constant reminder that everyone matters and has a purpose; you reading this matter, and I genuinely thank you for taking the time of the day to read this.
I come from a deep past, and my goal for sound and style is to speak to people with my music about cherishing what we got.
Do you have anything new or upcoming that we can expect to see from you?
New music, an upcoming clothing brand I'm currently working on, and soon to have music handling DJs, having the first gig at a club, and having more interviews like this.
My checklist goes on and on until I accomplish everything on my list—I'm not one to always look at it and brag about what I've gotten done.
I let everything fall into place and be patient about everything.
Pretty much letting my work speak for itself.
I'm still getting started with my career and barely climbing my first steps.
Everything will happen at the right place at the right time.
For now, I'm truly blessed for what I've achieved at the moment.
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