My name is Curtiss King (aka Dwan Howard) and I am a Music Producer, Author, Dad, and YouTube mentor to thousands of producers around the world.
I’ve been in love with music ever since I was a kid listening to Earth Wind & Fire, Sade, George Clinton, and Quincy Jones with my parents. I first got my start in music as a rapper and songwriter. I didn’t get into beat making until I was 17 years old and I accidently came across a video game that allowed me to make my own beats to rap over on my Playstation. Ever since that moment I’ve been making beats.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
Around the time I started to really master that Beat Making video game, a friend of mine named Victor insisted that I try out FL Studio. At the time, I was hesitant because FL looked a little overwhelming to learn. But after growing frustrated with the limitations of my video game, I finally decided to give FL Studio a chance. 17 years later, and it’s still the only DAW I use to make music.
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you worked with?
I create what I like to call emotional cinematic Trap inspired by Boom Bap. My influences range from J.Dilla, Timbaland, Sade, Just Blaze, Outkast, Pharell, Erykah Badu, 9th Wonder, and Jill Scott. Through the music I have created on FL Studio I have been able to land major placements with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Ab-Soul, E-40, MURS and well known brands such as MTV, Levi’s, and VANS.
Tell us about your production environment & toys?
I nickname my home studio The Chill Palace because it feels like my own little music making resort. It’s the studio space I’ve always dreamed of having: small palm trees, LED lights on the wall, waterfall tanks, and a sofa for morning meditation. In terms of equipment I’m pretty minimal in my approach: CLX Desktop Computer, FL Studio, Alesis v49 Midi, Yamaha HPH-MT7 headphones, KRK Rokit 8 monitors, and boxes of Thrift Store instruments and kids toys for sound designing.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I would just like to say how grateful I am for the staff, creators, and programmers at Image-line. I’m supremely grateful for not only the program FL Studio and being honored as a Power user, but I’m also thankful for you allowing producers like myself the space and opportunity to right our wrongs. I’m sure most FL users know me more for my YouTube video discouraging software piracy than my actual music, but that doesn’t bother me, I’m glad I spoke my truth. You all have worked so hard to create the world’s greatest DAW and I’m a proud owner and now Power User of it.
Sound Design Website: slapexperts.com