Name: Donald Manns
Alias: Legitski Syndicates
Hometown: Spring Hill
Web Site: www.legitskisyndicatesproductions.com
Facebook Fan Page link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Legitski-Syndicates/371355996267619?ref=ts&fref=ts
Today we introduce to you our featured upcoming producer Donald Manna aka Legitski Syndicates.
4EM: How did you first get into producing music?
Legitski: I was born into music. My father, who was a big influence of mine, has been a drummer his entire life. I took on drumming when I was about 6 years old. After years of not having the opportunity to practice enough I resorted to making Digital music with MIDI on Fruity Loops when I was about 14-15 years old and haven’t turned back since. With hard work I know that my goals will be reached and I will become successful in the music industry.
4EM: Do you remember the first track you ever made?
Legitski: Yes. It was complete garbage. I used so many loops and just layered sounds on top of others. I knew nothing about making music and it sounded like a video game soundtrack which WAS NOT what I was going for.
4EM: How long have you been producing tracks?
Legitski: I have been producing since I was about 14 years old. It all started on Fruity Loops until I pursued furthering my education with Full Sail University. Now I am stuck on Pro Tools and Logic. The quality and possibilities of these programs are like no other in my opinion. Yes great tracks could be make, but once you become certified in these programs music almost becomes TOO much fun!
4EM: Do you think there is a difference between a producer and a beat maker? And which do you consider yourself?
Legitski: Yes absolutely. In my eyes a beat maker is someone who aimlessly makes beats to either sell or just be heard. Producing is a creation of ideas put into music. Not just throwing a kick, hat and some sick snare on a track. I believe in order to be a producer you must be able to feel your artist out and see where he wants to go with the track. Its then your job as a producer to come up with an ultimate production. Just production from scratch, composing, recording, mixing, mastering is all parts of the production phase. As far as what I consider myself, Both. I work with artist on their overall production, and I also make beats and just sell them for the artist to do what they want.
4EM: How would you describe your sound?
Legitski: My sound is in no way specific. Sounds that come from me can be what I’m feeling that day, what an artist is looking for, or just a beat of inspiration. There’s no one way to describe the sounds of “Legitski Syndicates”. There’s a beat for everyone to enjoy!
4EM: What inspires you to create when you’re in the lab?
Legitski: You guys! The fans! The artist’s! People! Everyday someone says “nice beats” or “you suck” and both of them inspire me. More so though, My girlfriend inspires me. She pushes me everyday to strive for small goals and she is a major part of why I am where I am today.
4EM: What other producers do you respect or admire?
Legitski: DJ Hoppa of Funk Volume. I met him and he is one DOPE and seriously talented dude. DJ Premier, Lex Luger, AraabMuzic, Dr. Dre…. There really is a ton. Especially if you say respect or admire…. I respect all musicians, and admire most.
4EM: What equipment do you prefer to use? Hardware or Software?
I like to combine the two. Hardware such as my M-Audio Keyboard, DM10 Drumpad with software such as Logic or Protools
4EM: Is there one genre you like to produce for more than the others?
Legitski: I like to focus on Hip-Hop, But my ultimate goal is to be able to produce a wide arrange of musical genre’s and have a studio full of all types of instruments at my disposal
4EM: What other producers/songwriters do you see as inspiration?
4EM: What do you think about 4 Eight Media?
Legitski: Awesome site! Really a lot of great stuff! Looks very professional and I believe it is just a matter of time before this site is a top media site. The presentation is amazing! Also I want to thank 4 Eight Media for the Interview!
4EM: Is there anyone you would like to shout out to?
Legitski: I would like to give a shout out to my Girlfriend Alyssa, my Dad, my lil sis, Kim, Scott, Carol and the dog “Poopy”. All of you are huge inspirations of mine and I know you guys will support me 100% until the end.
Also on a artist level, I would like to give a shout out to someone that is a friend, I have worked with, and someone I really have a lot of faith in. “S.Burley” with “TBJR Ent.” This kid has so much passion behind what he does, and deserves to be heard. Go check him out!
4EM: We would like to thank you for taking the time out to answer a few questions for us today. We wish you much success.