|Featured, Indie Focus Published: February 17, 2012
KuayBeatz – Bang Dat Shyt ft. Meezie Doezit
Check out the new song from KuayBeatz – Bang Dat Shyt ft. Meezie Doezit
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Oakland Cali, the Bay Area if you prefer, I used to sing in a singing group back in high school which lead me to producing. Back then, everyone either overcharges for their beats or if it was affordable it was probably whack. So I saved up, stepped back, and scoped the game real good,. Through trial and error is how I really got here to be honest. At the same time being hard on yourself and committing to it almost day in and day out. You got to really want it. STMT is a movement.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Tell the radio to “bang dat shyt.” My current new single is “Bang Dat shyt” which can be heard out here on one of the Bay’s top hiphop/r&b station 106.1 KMEL. Its a club banga that’s fun, fresh, and full of swag. It’s one of them tracks that just makes you want to “bang dat shyt.” Turn it up LOL. I can assure you never heard a sound like this.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
As of right now we’re just out pushing this new single “Bang Dat Shyt,” that just hit airwaves, keeping the streets flooded, trying to hype the buzz. Really trying to push as hard as we can and look for a mixtape to drop soon featuring Meezie doezit, Goldi f, Young Lucky. Shout out to nu swag, bang bang music, new money ent. STMT is a movement. And I’ll probably drop one of my own “2kuay12.”
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
That would have to be proving myself in a game that’s missing what I am. Being Asian/American, my folks are from Thailand but were not Thai – nor we speak it. We’re some MIEN folks that I’m sure only few have heard of. Long story short … So you can safely say it’s always been about a movement,with my people, a tribal quest. Just being a color the game is not used to seeing automatically puts you up front and forward, the underdog I suppose, but at the same time it’s what drives me to put that extra on it because I know there’s no room for errors, no excuses, yellow kid with swag got the game on check.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
When I realized that I had to just step back for a bit and really find myself, my sound, and my swag. I turned away from music to clear my mind, but when I came back 6 months later I had a fresh head to start with. My mind was clear for once and I approached it in a way I’ve never did and pinpointed every little loose end I can find. No tolerance for excuses. Like I said trial and error for the next 6 more month z and that’s how I developed what my sound is today. Ever since then I just ran with it and I just think the more I read and understand what I used to overlook, it really just gave me a whole perspective on the game. Every artist will eventually go down that road especially if you are still finding your sound. Just be ready and never let anything discourage you.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Probably contracts, any artist will tell you. So don’t jump on it and be quick to signing anything before really looking over it real good, that’s what lawyers are for or someone with contract knowledge. Paying for promotions, especially online promo, how everyone claims they can blast thousands of emails to their followers and what not. We’re all on a budget, unless your rich for no reason. So money spent to promote is pretty crucial, spend it wisely, and never let anyone take advantage of you.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
To just keep pushing hard, believe in your craft, and never let no one tell you different. On the other hand take criticism, rejection, all that bad stuff and turn it into something that can motivate you to help pushing forward to better yourself. Truth hurts, but that’s how we all get better. Also never try and sound like what’s out there already, if its been done you gotta come even harder or don’t even try it; you’ll just end up being disappointed. Always stay true to your team, yourself, your music; step back and listen to your own stuff from time to time. Put yourself in the listener’s chair, judge for yourself. You’re your own worst critic.
What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
Back in the days before social networking, it use to be at shows and out of the trunk. With today’s technology you can sit at the computer and run a campaign, sell your albums, shirts, brands, whatever that you got going. It’s just that easy now to reach a lot of people. That’s how powerful the internet is. Don’t get me wrong, selling at your shows is still a must and even out the trunk if you can. Also promote, promote, and promote; stamp everything you have on everything: flyers, cds, hats, shirts. STMT is a movement and we got to keep it moving in the streets and online.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
As much as I love the internet it’s still my number one way to promote and get it out there, but I love going into the streets with a team, with flyers, and posters, cds, and just interacting and actually meeting people, and try to market yourself. If I met you in the streets for 5 minutes we chop it up, create a god vibe, most likely at the end of the day or when you have time you’ll check it out because I seemed like a cool dude. Compared to the internet, where it’s so much spamming that most of the time it’s overlooked and it’s hard to convince someone to listen through just text and words. Everything has its good and its bad, but I prefer the streets.
Where can people visit you?
My Official page is: www.kuaybeatzslap.com. Free beats, video, pics, chat, exclusive songs, studio sessions, ask question about programs such as protools, reason..etc
Follow us: @kuaybeatz and @meeziedoezit