Grammy-winning American producer, DJ, and artist Mustard likely needs no introduction for you. Over the past decade-plus, Mustard has become a certified hitmaker as the man behind massive records from artists like Rihanna, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Roddy Ricch, and countless others, and is also an accomplished artist and DJ himself. We’re thrilled that he chooses to use FL Studio for his productions, and are excited to welcome him as an official FL Studio Power User. Read on to learn more about his background and experience with our DAW.
Jeremih – Don’t Tell ‘Em (prod. by Mustard)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I would say I fell in love with music because of my uncle. He would DJ at many events in LA, and one day, left me by myself to DJ a party when I was 12 years old. After that, the rest was history, and I knew I wanted to do something with music. That led to music production, which I actually learned from Ty Dolla $ign, who was producing before I started. One day, I just shadowed him, then took it into my own lane and created my sound.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
I started using FL Studio because one of my friends used it. He showed me the ins and outs of the DAW, and from the first day, I fell in love and never looked back. FL Studio means everything to my production, from how I draw my notes in, how it sounds, how I layer my drums, how I mix everything together, and most importantly, the finished product.
Rihanna – Needed Me (prod. by Mustard)
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I’ve worked with all types of artists, from Rihanna to Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch, and many others. I would say I created my signature sound though back in 2013 while working with YG, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tyga. Every artist is different and unique in their own way, so the process of working with each was a bit different from one another. One thing about me, though, is that I’m in the studio every single day, literally. Whether I make one beat in a day or 15 beats, I feel more productive when I’m consistently going to the studio rather than only going a couple of days a week. That is why I never take any breaks — because you never know when you’ll get some sort of inspiration at any point.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
My studio is loaded with a lot of equipment. I have multiple keyboards, including a Moog 1, Mellotron, & Motiff X6. I have all these around because sometimes I don’t like how the piano sounds on certain stuff, and I’ll either replay them over or call somebody to replay them.
Mustard with Roddy Ricch
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?