If you haven’t heard of American EDM producer ACRAZE, you’ve likely heard his biggest hit “Do It To It”, which as of the time of this writing has surpassed half a BILLION streams on Spotify. After its release in 2021, “Do It To It” quickly became one of the most successful Tech House songs of all time and has been heard on festival stages, clubs, and concert venues in every part of the globe. The best part? ACRAZE created this major hit, and all his other music, using FL Studio — read on to learn more about his story.
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
Hi, my name is Charlie — mostly known as ACRAZE. I’m a DJ, producer, and songwriter living in Orlando, FL. I first got into music back in 2016 after I attended my first music festival. I was taken away by the music and all I could think about was how I was going to get on that stage.
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How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
When I was trying to learn how to produce, I saw everyone on YouTube using FL Studio so I wanted to try it out. I ended up loving how everything looked inside the program, and it made learning how to make music a lot more fun for me. I became more familiar with everything in the DAW over the years, so with all the upgrades, producing music has become both more exciting and simpler.
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I really can’t say too much about the people I’ve been working with at the moment, but they’re artists I’ve wanted to collaborate with my whole life.
ACRAZE – Do It To It (feat. Cherish)
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
When I’m on tour, I’m usually working on my laptop with headphones wherever I can. When I’m not on tour, my production space is my bedroom, along with a desk, laptop, and Yamaha speakers. When it comes to my studio gear, I’m a super simple guy, especially since I’ve never had much time to buy and learn new hardware, but I’m hoping to upgrade in the near future.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Some advice to all my young producers coming up: LEARN the native plugins. There’s so much useful stuff inside FL that’s already there; there’s really no need for many 3rd party plugins.
I always tell people to master what they’re given first, then move on to new stuff.