The end of the year is always an interesting time. In one regard, you’re reflecting upon all the moments you’ve lived in 365 days, while at the same time looking to the future with excitement and wonder – hoping you can top it all again next year. That’s the exact feeling I have right now.
2017 was an incredible year for me creatively and musically. It had its fair share of set-backs (don’t they all) but it had just as many set-ups. It brought me around the country from Toronto to Atlanta, and introduced me to new friends and collaborators that I’ve been building with ever since. I captured some special moments in my art- sometimes on my own but often with several collaborators and as usual, I feel very blessed and fortunate to do what I love to do. To end the year right, I wanted to do a recap of all the music and video releases that I was a part of as a producer, engineer and mixer.
Atlanta spitter Jonah Cruzz dropped his “Just To Get By” mixtape featuring 5PiECE production and engineering- which ended up on popular blogs like 2DopeBoyz, OkayPlayer, HotNewHipHop and more (to name a few). I produced 2 songs on there – “Sometimes” and “Bill Cosby“- with SLWJMZ and I mixed/mastered both records on my own.
Staasia Daniels drops the seductive single “Hanky Panky” just in time for Valentines Day. The song was produced and mixed by myself with co-production from SLWJMZ. Sounds like something you’d hear on a 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack and is still one of my favorite records from her (but maybe I’m biased).
New R&B crooner Romeyo Wilson shot and released a cool video for a record SLWJMZ and I produced for him called “Waiting For You“. The video features him serenading his love while shooting footage camcorder tourist-style in Toronto’s Dundas Square.
Also in June, Ridgeway ambassador Gudini dropped the first single for his upcoming EP entitled “Tornadoes“. The record was produced by myself, Hurricane Jamal and SLWJMZ. I spent a lot of time engineering this one with Gu, recording all the vocals at New Toronto Street Studios and later mixing and mastering it on my own.
Romeyo Wilson dropped his “7/30” EP- right at the end of July featuring 3 songs produced by 5PiECE and SLWJMZ – “Don’t Come For Me“, “Friends” and “Waves” featuring Fame Holiday. The 4 song project was mixed and mastered entirely by myself.
Toronto rapper LeftField Keele debuted his brand new sounds “Faded” featuring rising star EverythingOShauN and 5PiECE on the beat and the boards. I spent a lot of time with Keele working on this record- handling everything from production to recording to final mixing and mastering.
VICE premiered EverythingOShauN’s visual for “Closing In“, one of the standout tracks from his “AlmostEverything” EP that was also released in August.The song was produced by his longtime collaborator (and brother) XpressakaDJXP and mixed/mastered by myself.
LeftField Keele returned with a 2nd song for 2017 called “Do Dat“, produced by myself as 5PiECE. Like Faded, this bouncy stripclub anthem of a song was recorded, mixed and mastered by myself.
Gudini also returned in September with the hypnotic single “Like This” – his 2nd offering of 2017. “Like This” was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by myself.
LeftField Keele returns with a visual for the 5PiECE-produced stoner anthem “Faded” featuring EverythingOShauN. If you pay attention to the video, you may even catch a cameo or 2 from me.
October also saw the release of Romeyo Wilson‘s EP “Angela Vibes“. The project was primarily mixed by myself- specifically the songs “Angela”, “On The Low”, “In The Bag” and “Club Rome”. I mastered all 9 songs on the project as well.
Gudini delivered his long anticipated 5-track EP “Back 4 Blood” featuring recent hits such as “Like This‘ and “Tornadoes“. The entire project was recorded, mixed and mastered by myself. I produced “Like This” and “I Need More” on my own, “They Know” with Hurricane Jamal, and “Tornadoes” with Hurricane Jamal and SLWJMZ.
Finally, to close the year out right….songstress Staasia Daniels returned with the lead single to her forthcoming Mood Roulette EP entitled”Nowhere“. The song was produced by myself, SLWJMZ and XpressakaDJXP and mixed and mastered by myself.
Thank you for an amazing year. I wish you all the best in 2018 and beyond! Happy New Year.