Charlie Heat

Charlie Heat

6-time Grammy-nominated American producer Charlie Heat has had a heck of a journey in the music industry. Having originally been discovered by Kanye West in 2015, he has collaborated frequently with the enigmatic superstar, including most “famously” on the controversial smash hit “Famous”. Additionally, this prolific producer has collaborated with everyone from Lil Uzi Vert, to Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, Madonna, and more. Despite a brief hiatus during the Windows-only FL Studio days, Charlie has been a longstanding fan and user of FL Studio, and today it continues to be his DAW of choice. Read on to learn more about his story.

Vic Mensa – U Mad feat. Kanye West (co-prod. by Charlie Heat) [explicit lyrics]

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

I started off playing drums in the church. In high school, I begin working on production and helped produce for some friends. After high school, I went to Clark Atlanta University and it was there that I really fell in love with the environment and culture of the music world.

How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

FL Studio was actually my very first DAW, but then we had a bad break up when my mom got me a Mac for college (when FL Studio was only available on Windows). We reunited once FL Studio 20 came along and have been attached at the hip ever since! Haha

Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.

I recently executive produced the Bryson Tiller self titled album. I also produced for Kanye on “Life of Pablo”, as well as Madonna, Kehlani, Travis Scott, Denzel Curry, Jesse Y Joy, and a few others.

Kanye West – Famous feat. Rihanna, Swizz Beatz (co-prod. by Charlie Heat)  [explicit lyrics]

Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.

I try to do my best to infuse analog hardware with what I do in the box. I like taking vintage equipment with the warmth and analog knock and then making it HD with in-the-box programs like FL Studio. One of my favorite combinations is running the MPC 2000XL and bouncing the drums, then boosting using the native FL Studio effects on them. Also, I use a lot of hardware synths and keyboards like Oberheim’s new OB-X8 and even some of the 90s stuff like the Roland JD-800 and JV-1080

What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?

My top tip is to find your own flow and never stop learning! Don’t use tutorials as guides — use them as ingredients. I have snatched plenty of methods and incorporated them to fit my style, but I would never try to mimic a style as it can limit your greatness.

Charlie Heat

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