J.L.L. may have credits with Drake (Champagne Poetry), but his music has always stayed true to his roots. The Grammy-nominated Jamaican producer has been using FL Studio from day one, and he was more than happy to chat with us about his background and career. We hope you enjoy learning more about J.L.L. and recommend you check out his music!
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
My name is Jean-Andre Lawrence, born, raised and currently living in Kingston, Jamaica. I got into music through an encounter with a friend in high school actually! He played a “riddim” for me in class one day, and from then on I just developed a new love and interest for production.
J.L.L. Interview on Television Jamaica
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
FL Studio was recommended to me by someone I knew more than a decade ago. Immediately after, I made my first attempts at making music with it I became heavily invested in it. FL Studio has provided me with the canvas to explore my sound to the greatest extent possible. I’ve been able to produce music native to my culture with ease and fluidity. I haven’t been able to find a smooth workflow with any other DAW like I’ve found with FL Studio.
How J.L.L. Produced Govana’s “Likkle Bit A Money”
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
My work spans many genres, styles and sounds that speak to the music and feelings that have inspired me as a youth up until now. I wouldn’t say I have one special sound or favourite genre, but my work is heavily influenced by Jamaican music. I’ve worked with artists internationally and also locally – some of whom include Drake, Masego, Smino, Chronixx, Protoje, Popcaan, Govana, and upcoming artists like Sevana, Lila Ike, Jaz Elise, Courtni, Akina, Royal Blu, Iotosh and Chris Malachi.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
I mainly operate from my laptop which is often connected to 1 MIDI keyboard, an interface, 2 sets of monitors, 4 sets of headphones and a digital piano. I make sure to curate a space for my music so I can be in the right headspace to create, so everywhere I go/move to, I always have a studio room/section that keeps the gears going.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I would consider myself very versed with FL Studio! I mix, master, record, produce and edit in FL Studio, so suffice to say it’s been one of the biggest facilitators for my growth in music and my career.