R.D. Congo-born and Belgium-based producer Asaiah Wala, better known as HOTTRAK, makes music without boundaries. He’s crafted songs spanning genres like Hip Hop, Pop, Afro music, and even Gospel, and has worked with major artists like J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, and Jul. He also launched his own label AFRICA ISSA VIBE to highlight music styles originating in Africa. Having made all his music with FL Studio as his tool of choice, we’re thrilled to welcome him as an official FL Studio Power User and enjoyed learning more about his background.
Kekra – C’est bon (prod. by Hottrak)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I cannot do anything that I’m not passionate about. I quit my first job after 2 days. Basketball was the first love of my life. It was my plan A…music was my plan B. Life kind of chose for me.
I was good at music right away. With little knowledge and skills, I was making noise in my community. I took it more seriously around 18 years old when I heard about Rodney Jerkins, aka Darkchild. He made me want to pursue a career as a music producer.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
My big brother got into using computers long before I did. While I was still experimenting with synthesizers and sequencers, he introduced me to FL Studio. I instantly fell in love with the drum sounds compared to the ones I had on my synths.
Bas – My N***a Just Made Bail ft. J. Cole (prod. by HOTTRAK, Hamza, & Dolfa)
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
Playing keys has allowed me to explore various genres. Despite being recognized as an urban producer, I’ve collaborated with artists spanning Rap, Pop, R&B, Gospel, and Afro genres from around the world. From Wiz Khalifa in the USA to Jul in France, and many more.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
I like to keep things simple. I have a rule that I must lay down an idea in a maximum of 15 minutes. I rely on FL Studio (of course), Analog V by Arturia, Serum, and drums from packs or custom-made ones, along with an SSL 12 interface, Yamaha HS8 monitors, and my Sony MDR 7506 headphones.
Hottrak’s FL Studio Setup
What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?
Take the time to learn all the options, tricks, shortcuts, stock sounds and plugins in the program. You’ll be surprised by how creative it can help you be!
Keep learning, stay hungry, never lose sight of why you started making music!