Mokeacchino & Boyette
is a music production duo
, who are currently working on a double album of half hip hop beats
and half EDM tracks
that will be out in a few months... Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Mokeacchino & Boyette. Tell us a bit about yourselves, your names, ages, where youíre from and an interesting fact if you like...
We are a production duo from Connecticut. Our name is Mokeacchino & Boyette (our real names are Mark Simoes & Michael Boyette). Mokeacchino is 31 and Boyette is 20 years old. Mokeacchino has studied Jazz Guitar Perfomance at Western Connecticut State University. Mokeacchino has also been playing guitar longer than Boyette has been alive. Mokeacchino also plays keyboards and synths. Boyette is naturally gifted on the drums and has been playing them for about 5 years. MUSIC What genres of music do you produce? What's your favorite?
We primarily make hip hop beats but our music also ventures into EDM and dubstep. How long have you been producing?
We have been making beats together for a little more than 2 years. What first got you interested in becoming a music producer?
Being a fan and following both hip-hop and electro music inspired us to have the drive to create our own original sound. What/who are you inspired by?
The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, along with a wide variety of producers from both hip-hop and electro. Do you use samples or compose your beats from scratch?
The official duo of Mokeacchino & Boyette started out sampling the Tron Legacy Soundtrack, also some of our beats contain samples from theatrical soundtracks such as Dark Knight Rises, Transformers 2 and Skyfall. More recently we been making producing a sound without samples that is more original and have more of our expression in them. What software and hardware do you use to produce music?
Akai MPD 24, Akai LPK 25, FL Studio
, along with Adobe Audition for mastering. Over the past two years we've acquired a variety of VST's, sounds, and generators. The ones we like the most are the Native Instruments VST's such as Massive and Pro-53. Hypersonic 2 is also dope. Do you see music production as a career or as a hobby?
We both see it as a career and a hobby, although it did start as just a hobby. What are you trying to do with your music? Do you want to help your community? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?
We are big on pleasing people's ears and we enjoy putting that glow of someone's face when they hear something incredible. To us itís not about the money, itís about injecting good quality product back into the mainstream. Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
No, no, and no. We are self sufficient currently, but if the right manager or opportunity comes along, we may take it. What are some accomplishments that you have achieved and are most proud of?
Our beats have been on 11 Coast 2 Coast Instrumental Mixtapes and 1 Coast 2 Coast Mixtape EDM Edition. We are very proud of these achievements but are more proud of all the future achievements we will accomplish throughout our music career. Have you ever made any contact with big time people in the industry and do you keep in contact with them?
Yes we have, but nothing major placement-wise has occurred yet. Although, every day doors are opening for new opportunities and we are getting close to achieving our goals. What one tip would you give to other aspiring music producers?
If you really are an aspiring music producer, then what you need to do is do your best to put everything you have into every single beat you make. Reputation is everything and you are constantly in the position of maintaining it. What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?
The industry is moving more towards a digital audience. Also, it seems that there is opportunity arising for indie musicians on the web. We hope that good music continues to be appreciated throughout the evolution of the industry. CRAZYPELLAS / INTERNET Can you tell us how you found CrazyPellas.net?
Through Google Has this website helped you at all in your musical journey?
Yes, there have been email posts about artists needing beats that have definitely helped us in our path towards success. Do you feel like the internet is helping you as producers?
Yes definitely, it has helped us spread our music at a remarkable rate. How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
If there was no such thing as Facebook or Twitter, there would be a higher standard of judgment for music producers. Itís very easy to purchase "likes" and "followers", but much harder to make a quality musical project that people will like. Where can we check out your beats online?
All our beats can be found on our soundcloud site: http://soundcloud.com/mokeacchino
for all inquiries IN CLOSING What projects are you working on at the moment?
We're working on a double album of beats containing half hip hop and half EDM tracks it'll be out in a few months. We're also digging through the Tron Uprising soundtrack and other movie scores. Some original beats are also in the works. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
Making music, and hopefully working with many major artists as well. Do you want to give a shout-out to anyone?
Thanks to our family and friends. Also a shout-out to D-Boy our silent partner in crime, at this moment he may have a fist full of diaper, but itís all good. Thanks again Mokeacchino & Boyette for doing this interview.