grammy-nominated producer beau vallis goes candid with what’s new in his decorated life.
His success, both as a producer and as an artist, is definitely one to look out for. What’s keeping him busy nowadays? It’s a balancing act between studio time (producing and recording), married life and good ol’ coffee breaks.
Musivv is honored to have him grace us with an interview. Read on. Enjoy!
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who are your musical heroes?
My musical heroes are Stevie Wonder, James Brown, John Coltrane, Jay-Z, Pharrell, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and my father, to name a few.
how does it feel like to be nominated for a grammy?
It is definitely a point of validation, that many of us in the music business dream of attaining as we go about our path. But, as good as it feels, it makes you work THAT much harder to actually WIN the darn thing! Although, yes, it feels great and is a moment I will always remember.
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what’s an ideal
day for you?
Wake up earlier than I would like to (haha), have my espresso, and then jump in the car and head over to the studio. I have been lucky enough to have many clients that require my talents daily, so each and every day is filled with new and interesting music. I take a few food breaks, and a break to see my wife at home, and then I will drive back to the studio to finish off the evening until around 4-5am.
Music is 24/7 for me, but it still does not feel like work, so I am lucky to have energy to be able to do the hours that I need to !
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tell us about your love story. how did you meet leading up to the big day?
My wife and I met and it really was love at first sight, we became inseparable. She would come to all of my studio sessions the first few years while we were dating, and it almost became known in the business, that wherever Beau is, she will be right on my hip.
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Luckily, every artist loved her, and became friends with her, and it made working with everyone that much more fun!
She had a way of bringing a strong energy into the studio,and fame did not interest her.
She would talk to any artist as if she was their mom, or manager, and they all loved that.
It’s always hard to bring your significant other into the room with A list artists, and when I noticed how they would gravitate to her, it grew our love that much stronger.
and how’s life
Exactly the same, haha.
Except now, I am a couple weeks in, and hearing “husband” or saying “my wife” is definitely electrifying. Looking forward to experiencing all that our love has to offer.
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Looking forward to experiencing all that our love has to offer
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what’s the most
you worked on as a
Alessia Cara’s first album was challenging for me ! It was something new, that I hadn’t mixed before, as I was mainly working on Hip Hop & R&B. I eventually got into the mode, and knocked it out without a problem.
BUT what made it very difficult is that I was traveling at the same time back and forth from Miami to LA working on other label mixes, and artist albums.
The Alessia project, went silent for a few days, so I figured I could hop on a plane and get some work done in LA, and as soon as I touched down, of COURSE the calls and messages began to come in, about how the project was due “yesterday”.
Needless to say, I had to hop right back on a plane that instant and get back.
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how is it like to work with kelly rowland?
It is amazing. She has taught me incredible amounts of knowledge, musically, business wise, and in life. She is a great friend, a great mentor, and an incredibly talented artist. Once we get into our vibe, sessions are seamless, and we just create magic every time.
what would you advice young artists and producers?
Learn your craft. Listen to the OG’s. And also study new and upcoming styles to gain an upper hand on the music that is coming out. Never stop creating, and also learn your business. You must know a bit about contracts, and have a hand in everything business wise related to your brand.
Don’t just search for a manager to “handle that”. You must handle it as well. so recap - Study, try something new, and learn your business.
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what do you think of music nowadays?
Music is in a great space. There is so much to listen to, and it can be accessed anywhere. Yes a lot of it is garbage, but it really won’t find its way through.
Everyone can now be a critique and it can really push the analytic of a song, to get it out to the world for everyone to get a chance to hear it. There are endless amounts of records now, all genres, and all platforms to hear a song, which makes it so fun and interesting to see where the future will be.
makes it so
I know, myself would never seek to listen to a Latin Urban record, but artists like Bad Bunny have such a huge social platform, that it will just pop up on my feed, I’ll listen, and jam out. It makes it so awesome to explore things you would never think of exploring.
what would be your ideal project?
Somewhere remote, with an artist/producers that I have a great relationship with, working on MUSIC WITHOUT the labels and A&R’s. Just tuning out, and making MUSIC again, like we all would have in the basements in our homes, just starting out. Keep it organic, and natural, add some tequila and you can come up with something that will either be thrown away, or the greatest project of the year.
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technical advice in
what’s the beau
I never read a book on it. I never took a class. My way of studying was LISTENING to my favourite records, and then seeing what I liked. I would trap myself in a studio and try everything I could think of, and 99% of it would probably be banned in school, as I did not know ANY of the rules, but I just did what sounds good.
My mentor Jimmy Douglass takes a similar approach as well, although his decades and decades as a legend has helped him acquire certain techniques that are “musically appropriate”, he still does off the wall things, which in turn, help you stand out ! I really despise rules, and the need to follow them. If you saw my default EQ , you would laugh.
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Hundreds haha, but my worst moment, was losing an entire song that I recorded with Kelly for an album.
I take pride in always being on point, and being able to be counted on for file storage, ideas, time, work ethic, and this was the only time I ever messed up big.
We spent 11 hours a day for 3 days straight recording this song, and it was a very epic, vocally challenging record, and I blew it. The files were gone forever, and I tried to piece together her rough takes (we record about 100 vocals per verse) and it took me all day and night as she was traveling to come up with something halfway decent to save myself, but of course she noticed right away when she heard.
She was surprisingly nice about it, which grew our relationship, and believe it or not, the record came out so much better when we recorded again.