Music producer Mista Kingz (real name Charlton Stevens) is making big news with his first major track placement on the new Triple C’s album Custom Cars & Cycles (Island Def Jam Records), featuring Rick Ross and Magazeen. After placing third in P5audio.com’s year-end beat competition, we got a chance to speak with this Tallahassee, Florida based producer and ask him what it felt like to get that coveted first major album placement…
P5: First off, big congratulations to you on the new Rick Ross / Triple C’s album placement. That’s huge!
MK: Thank you.
P5: This is every up and coming producer’s dream. How does it feel to land a track with someone like Rick Ross?
MK: Well first off, it felt like Christmas! To hear something that you work so hard on being used by artist of that caliber means a lot.
P5: Tell us a little bit about the process of how you landed the Triple C’s placement?
MK:It all started with a friend of mine named Black Bo who works for the label (Maybach Music). I sent him a bunch of beats to use for his artists. The track was originally going to be used for a mix tape for one of his groups; however, Ross heard the track and wanted to use it for Triple C’s album. Well the rest is history.
P5: So, has dealing directly on the phone with a major label like Def Jam, changed your perspective on the music business at all?
MK: It is exactly what it is: business. They analyze every piece (and) part of your music down to the slightest guitar lick. For instance, I had to replay a sample drum roll live to insure they would not be sued for sample clearance.
P5: Tell us about your track ‘Bless Me’, which appears on the Triple C’s album. How did you make this beat? What sounds and gear did you use?
MK:Nothing really inspired me. It was just another day at my keyboard. However, I wanted to make a track that was a mixture of soft jazz and hip-hop. I pretty much use FruityLoops 9 to program all my beats.
P5: And what are some of the P5audio sounds you used to make this track?
MK: I used P5 Billboard guitar licks, which had the mellow vibe I was looking for, plus a few other sounds I had collected over time.
P5:So when you finished making this beat, did you feel like you had a hit on your hands? Or is this typical of the Mista Kingz production style?
MK: I knew it was a hot track and it was a favorite of my friends. This beat created a phrase between my friends and me called “feel good music”. This is one of the many styles of music that I now create.
P5: Job well done. It definitely has a feel good vibe to it. And as a music producer, what do you consider to be the most important tools in your production process? Is it good recording equipment, a piece of hardware like an MPC, great music software, a huge arsenal of sample sounds? What is most important to you?
MK: The most important to me is the program and sample sounds. It also has a lot t do with ones mixing ability.
P5: You hear that kids! You gotta have hot sounds if you ever plan on producing for the majors!
P5: Sorry, had to throw that in there…
MK: It’s all good…
P5: Now you mentioned you are from Tallahassee, FL, T-Pain’s hometown. Has T-Pain left a huge imprint on the production style from that region?
MK: No! He was a great friend of mine before he was famous. Nevertheless, I walk my own path and try to keep it original and create a name for myself.
P5: And who are some other artists or groups you’re working with who we should keep an eye out for from the Hassee area?
MK:Hassee? We call it T-town or Tally…lol. I work with a few people. One upcoming artist would be Tripp. He is a young artist out of Jacksonville Florida. Also, August Hansen, he is a very talented producer and songwriter. Both of these artists are very talented and I feel privileged to be working beside them.
P5: We will definitely keep our ears out for them. And what’s next for you? Any other projects your working on at the moment?
MK: I am looking forward to working on my own EP very soon and still grinding to create that number 1 joint!
P5:Keep grinding dude. You’re definitely there. And if folks want to keep up with you and get the latest news on your developements, where on-line can they follow you?
MK: For beat information, people can find me at: Soundclick.com/pottiemoufmuzik
You can also check out my music at Reverbnation.com/pottiemoufmuzik
In addition, people can follow me on facebook “Mistakingz” or Twitter “@Mistakingz28”
P5:Mista Kingz, congratulations to you again. We wish you continued success. You are one sick producer!
MK: Thank you very much and big thanks to P5audio for always bringing those fresh sounds!
To listen to an audio clip of Bless Me, as well as other tracks from the Custom Cars & Cycles album, visit Itunes at: