American producer Matt Cap comes across as a humble guy, but he’s had a tremendous amount of success in his relatively short time on the scene. Having produced hits for artists like Future, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and Logic, he’s made an indelible mark in Hip Hop and seems primed to continue that streak. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with him, learn more about his process, and hear him tell us his background with FL Studio. Read on!
Logic – Juice II (prod. by Matt Cap)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I come from a small town in Massachusetts but was lucky to have a grandfather who was very musically inclined and owned a guitar shop. He was always playing guitar and writing songs. My brother is a little older, so he introduced me to rap at a young age (Eminem, DMX, etc.), and from there, I fell in love with the production behind my favorite songs. I started listening closer and hearing all of the little details the producers were adding that I never noticed before and realized how talented these people were.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
I was at a friend’s house in the 7th grade, and he pulled up FL Studio 3 and told me he was making beats to rap on. I didn’t even know the average person could make music, let alone at their own house. We made some of the worst beats known to mankind, but I finally had found a way to express myself through music. FL Studio has been with me every step of the way since day one, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. There is definitely sentimental value tied back to my earliest days making music.
Future – Crushed Up (prod. by Matt Cap)
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I’ve been fortunate enough to produce for some of the most popular rappers in the world. Musically, I pride myself on making catchy melodies that get the listener hooked. My first single ever was the song “Crushed Up” by Future, and it has since gone platinum. I’ve also worked with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Logic, Rich The Kid, Myke Towers, and many others.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
My favorite place to make music is at home. I do best in a quiet, stress-free environment where I can make mistakes and try things out with no pressure. Typically I use FL Studio, a UAD Apollo interface, Yamaha HS8 monitors, and a MIDI keyboard.
Matt Cap in the Studio
What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?
Learn all of the shortcuts so you can maximize your time being creative. Also, read up on the functionality enhancements with each new version of FL Studio — they are being added for a reason!
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Never give up!
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