Prasana Gnanemdrarajah A.K.A Legacy is a Hip-Hop and R&B music producer from Slough in the UK. Legacy agreed to discuss with us at Essential Pop how he came into being a music producer, his musical background and education, the artists he’s worked with and how he collaborates with artists to produce the beats we love!
Q: What is your musical background?
I started composing music on my piano at the age of 10, most of the time just playing any sorts of melodies of existing songs and incorporating my own flavour into them, this enabled me to find an interest in composing music, at the age of 15, I was introduced to a beat-making software by a friend of mine who was a DJ at the local youth centre, from there onwards I developed my skills and started producing R&B, pop and hip-hop beats. With my mother’s support for my love of music, I went on to study music technology at Reading TVU. And I’ve just been keeping up with music production since then.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 has been really great for me so far, I just released a new single called ‘Drop it low’ which I’ve produced for Hip-Hop artist, M.Fazz. I’ve previously released two other tracks I’ve produced in December and November, a Hip-Hop track called ‘Hate me’ & a R&B track ‘Through my eyes’. 2011 is looking pretty good for me since I will be releasing couple of singles in the coming months which I’ve finished mixing/mastering in 2010, the finished projects include U.K R&B singer, Monique’s EP, a number of singles with Canadian artists such as Caprice, Estilozz and Vindetta and the list goes on. Overall a lot of work has been put in 2010 which eventually will be paid off for 2011.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Dr.Dre and Timbaland.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I listen to various Hip-Hop and Pop artists, so there isn’t a particular name to mention but I follow Akon, Lil Wayne’s music quite closely. I also listen to a lot of Timbaland’s productions and the artists he works with, since my music style is similar to his in terms of the vibe.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would love to work with the legendary Timbaland and the Hip-Hop production duo called ‘The Runners’ one day, that is my dream.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
At the moment I am going through an electro-pop vibe so there are a lot Black eyed peas, Akon, Lady Gaga and other pop artist which I am listening to.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I start off by listening to songs which recently caught my attention and I always try to catch the same vibe and feeling, once I get a certain feel for them, I start off composing the drum pattern using Redrum on Reason, once that’s finished i move onto the melody and everything else just generates from there onwards, When it comes down to recording sessions with an artist, I start off by playing them beats which I’ve produced according to their genres, once they feel certain vibe from my beats they choose one that particularly interest them and start writing to it, that normally takes around 30-45 minutes to finish off, after that, the artist jump straight into the booth, record and thats done. when it comes down to the mixing /mastering process, I usually take one week to finish one track, but if I am in the right vibe, I will have 2 tracks mixed in a week. I have a good working relationship with my artists so we tend to finish 2 or 3 tracks in a day, I have a good work ethic of finishing my productions quick but with 100% satisfaction quality.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Personally I would say its a 50/50 situation when it comes to music, a hit record always consist of good lyrical content and a good melody, so I believe it comes from both sides.
Q: Where are you based?
Slough, England, United Kingdom.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Slough is a town packed with lots of talented artists and producers, a musically flourished area I shall say.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on Monique’s upcoming EP. The songs are almost ready, the singer has to record six or seven more tracks and then it’ll be time to mix. You can listen to what we already have on my youtube page: -- www.youtube.com/legacyismusic
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being able to work with various artist across the globe from U.K to Canada, this has put me on the music map to a wider audience.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Making good music, getting more fans, climbing up the music industry ladder and just keep doing it.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Me and the artists I am currently working with have planned couple of music video shoots and live performances for the summer of 2011, big plans hopefully if everything goes according to the plan.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I listen to classical music or play snooker.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
there are lots of other upcoming artists from Slough this year coming out with amazing songs, artists such as Monique, M.Fazz, Queeni, J.C and Young Sten, so watch out for these upcoming talents straight out of Slough.
Editor’s Note: Legacy is definitely a producer on the up, the demand he’s generated for collaborations is proof of that. We want more of Legacy’s beats to listen to and we’re sure you do too!
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Legacy, follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/Legacy_is_Music
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/legacyismusic
Anything else: http://www.orayon.net/category/music/legacy-songs/