In Conversation with: Stylan Beats
My name is Gamuchirai Kumire (Stylan Beats), I am a 21-year-old multi genre female beatmaker who is also a Business Management & I.T student at the Catholic University of Zimbabwe.
Where did your passion for music come from?
The desire to follow a musical path comes from many different inspirations, music helps me express my feelings and I feel like I speak better though it.
How did you become a beatmaker?
I started as a dancehall artiste (2011 to 2015) then In June 2015 I felt like something was missing in my sound and I needed to work on it myself. I approached my then producer (Tinashe Chigariro) to help me with music production and he just gave me an overview of how things should go. From June 2015- Aug 2015 I was getting basic training on mixing vocals at Tinashe's Studio (292 Records) and I could record other artistes as well on other people's beats. I felt more comfortable in doing music behind the scenes, so I had to quit being an artiste. Late August Uni started, and I had to make my parents happy, so I stopped music for a bit and focused solely on school until November 2015 when I made Success the beatmaker listen to my first beat. He saw potential in me and offered to help with my beatmaking career and that’s how everything started.
Where do you get the inspiration for your work?
The inspiration comes from different places. Sometimes it comes from how I’m feeling at the time and other times it could be from listening to other people's work.
What is the most important thing you consider when you are making a beat?
I believe the melodies are the heart of the beat so before anything else the melodies have to be nice then the drums would shape them.
If you could give something up for a year what would it be and why?
If I could (but I can't) I would drop Uni for a year, so I can go full time on beatmaking and focus on my craft alone with no interruptions.
What is your greatest achievement in life so far?
Making music is the greatest because I find happiness in it and most of my close friends right now are people I have known from the music circles.
How do you know when a beat you have made has that thing?
If I find myself inspired enough to sing on it, the beat is wavey.
What is your favourite project you have worked on?
My actual fave is not yet out. It features Trace Glow (upcoming Zimhiphop artiste).
Who are your favourite beatmakers?
Well, there are so many of my favourite beatmakers out there, but I’m just going to mention these ones because their work inspires me and they all been supportive in their different ways.
Mczee, Success The Beatmaker,King Kus (Mabeatz Eshumba),Aspya, Akira Slayz, The Mulb, LizzMiribaby, Dj Ishens, Boi Tricky
Where can people access your work?
If you want to have a feel of my beats you can visit my website www.stylanbeats.com
What advice do you have for aspiring beatmakers?
Dear aspiring beatmakers, your attitude is everything in this business.
What are your favourite songs?
Home by Verseless and Immortality by Meyniak (Prod by Mczee).
Who would you like to collaborate with?
Locally I have collaborated with 3 beatmakers so far (Mczee, King Kus & Success The Beatmaker). Given a chance I would love to work with Simba Tagz as well.
Who are your favourite artists that you have worked with?
I can't pick a fave on this one, I like them all.
What are you most proud of about being Zimbabwean?
Zimbabweans are known to be hard workers and I am proud to be part of them.
Describe a typical day in your life.
Waking up at 6am go to Uni, come back home at around 5pm, relax, make beats or study till late and the day is done.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a kind and sensible human being.
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