German producer FIFTY VINC has an eclectic background, having produced many highly successful Hip Hop tracks for artists based in various parts of the world, while also building a large portfolio of scoring and composition work for major TV, Film, and Video Game projects. From the beginning, FL Studio has been his tool of choice, and we were pleased to get the chance to catch up with him recently to talk about his career and experience with our DAW.
MiZeb – WEITER 4 (200 Bars) (prod. by FIFTY VINC)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I started making music back in 2007. My father was a DJ in his younger years at various clubs in the United States, spinning Funk, Soul, and R&B music. Accordingly, my father gave me a feeling for music and a sense of rhythm in the cradle. When I was a kid, I always dreamed of owning a drum set. One day the dream came true. My parents got me a drum set made for children that I could play on in the garage. I used to have guitar lessons at school and was allowed to play the piano in music lessons from time to time. I quickly realized that I enjoyed making music.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
One of my biggest hobbies was break dancing. I used to train a lot and listen to the same songs over and over again. Then I thought, what if I create my own music for training, because who knows best what music I like than myself? I quickly came across many different programs on the internet with which the creation of music was possible. One program that won me over right away was FL Studio. I immediately realized that it’s not as impossible to create music as I initially thought. So I tried my hand at creating the first songs for my breakdance training. Quickly, breakdance music became Hip Hop and Rap beats. Many of my friends thought the beats sounded good and that I should upload them to the internet, so I started uploading the first beats on Youtube. I got more and more clicks until, finally, I received some requests for custom beats. FL Studio has endless possibilities that I can use to realize my vision, and to this day, I am always learning new features.
FIFTY VINC – Scoring Trailer Music
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
Over the years I have created many songs for artists all over the world, including D12, Slaine, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Liquit Walker, Mrs. Nina Chartier, King Magnetic, Saigon, Rapido, Tauz, and many more. Because of my biggest role model, the composer Hans Zimmer, and my passion for epic orchestral and trailer music, I started early to combine epic sounds with modern Hip Hop beats.
At some point, I started transitioning into creating more scores and compositions. For some time now, the focus of my music is on TV, Film & Video game trailer music and scores. To date, I have been able to place my music for a wide variety of TV, film, and game productions including for the NFL, NBA, UFC on ESPN, Battle Of The Year, RTL, MTV, SkySport, Red Bull, BET Jams, NTV, ProSieben and many more.
FIFTY VINC’s Studio
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
My equipment consists of a customized laptop, 32 inch Curved 2K Display & 32 inch Flat 2K Display, an iCON Qcon Pro G2 DAW-Controller, a Dynacord MC 16/2 Analogue Mixing Console, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd Gen Audio Interface, KRK RP6 RoKit G3 Monitor Speakers, Sennheiser HD 650 Studio & KRK KNS 6400 headphones, a Rode NT1-A microphone, a Novation Launchpad Mini, acoustic, electric, & western guitars, a Swissonic EasyKey, M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 Keyboard, and a Korg nanoKONTROL Studio MIDI controller.