Interview: Jacob & Braeden

The Literacy Course students are pleased to present a series of interviews with SOLE students about their cool projects, experiences, and adventures outside of school.

XanKalibur Interview 

By Braeden McLean 

Today I had a very interesting and inspiring conversation with an up and coming producer from Toronto, Ontario. His name is Jacob and he goes by XanKalibur

Braeden: When did you first start producing music?

Jacob: I started producing music in late 2019 just for fun, but I was really inspired by a bunch of artists I grew up listening to. Like, Mac Miller, Tyler the Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Peep. 

Braeden: How did you get into producing? Friends? Family? Or just interest?

Jacob: Friends, general interest,YouTube videos, and I also watched other people’s interviews on how they started. 

Braeden: What’s your favourite thing about producing music?

Jacob: My favourite thing about producing is probably the creative freedom and the fact that you can create anything out of just a couple notes.

Braeden: Who is a producer or artist you look up to?

Jacob: For producer and artist I would probably say Mac Miller because he produced a lot of his own music and was also skilled at writing. So with those two combined I would have to say that he’s my favourite producer/artist.

Braeden: What is the process you go through to produce your music?

Jacob: I usually start on my laptop not having ideas yet. I kind of just open up the program I use called FL studio. Then I’ll select a couple drum sounds or start with a plug in with a sound that I want. Then I start making chords and melodies and stuff like that. 

Braeden: What are some tips you would give to young producers?

Jacob: It’s kind of discouraging when you start because sometimes you have to find your style but the more time you put into it, the better you become. Which is basic knowledge for anything, but is important to keep in mind when you first start producing.