It’s always impressive in today’s day and age when a vocalist produces their own instrumentals and achieves commercial success. It’s even more remarkable when that artist is still a teenager. When we recently learned that American rapper and producer redveil was an FL Studio user, we were immediately intrigued and wanted to learn more about his story. Have a listen to some of his most successful songs, and read below to hear how he got started.
redveil – shoulder (feat. Mekdelawit & Renaissance Mic)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
My name is redveil, and I am a rapper and producer from Prince George’s County, Maryland. I was always into music, but that spark for creation was lit when I heard Tyler, the Creator and The Internet for the first time at eleven years old. I was obsessed with how they made music and I wanted to try it myself. I started using FL Studio at eleven, making only sampled beats, and then quickly branched out into original beats as I learned more about music. A year later, I started recording myself rapping for fun, and the rest is history. From then on, I worked on my craft every second I could and developed my artistry as a rapper and producer.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
I started using FL Studio after watching my older brother use the DAW as a child. When I would watch him make beats, FL Studio seemed powerful enough to get your ideas out, but simple enough to learn quickly. When it was time for me to try making music, that was the first and only software that I tried, and I immediately fell in love with it.
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I have been putting out music since 2016, originally starting with instrumental mixtapes that I put on SoundCloud. Shortly after, I started putting out self-produced rap projects on SoundCloud and YouTube for a few years, trying to find my lane in Hip Hop. I began putting out music under the name redveil in July of 2019. At that point, I knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted to represent in Hip Hop. I wanted to make carefree, jazzy, & soulful rap music and I wanted to attract a fanbase that would be happy to see me grow and evolve as an artist. All of my favorite artists shared these qualities.
redveil – pg baby
As redveil, I have put out three rap albums that all have my production on them. I put out the first, “Bittersweet Cry” as a junior in high school and fully self-produced it. The second, “Niagara”, came out the next year in 2020. This project did unexpectedly well on the internet and is what caused my fanbase to begin to grow. This album was not fully self-produced, but I produced 7 of the 10 songs on it. The standout track, “Weight”, was self-produced and is my biggest song to-date. I followed this project up in 2022 with a fully self-produced album entitled “learn 2 swim”. This album showed major growth in my production skills as I continue to push the bounds of FL Studio and the sounds it can create.
Since I started making music, my first real collaborator was my good friend KA$HDAMI. We frequently rapped on stuff together, but I also produced for him. I have production credits on two of his projects and another loosie of his called “No Gas” that came out in 2018. Since then, I have collaborated with artists like AG Club, Kenny Mason, Overpade, Marlon Craft, Shane Eagle, Fly Anakin, Chris Patrick, D’mari Harris, and more talented artists. I have produced mainly for myself, but producing for other artists is a lane that I am excited to explore more in the future.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
I have been working out of a home studio since the very beginning and still do. Prior to 2021, I recorded vocals on an AT2020 and a Blue Yeti. I now use a Rode NT1 mic. I have a Focusrite Scarlett Solo interface and the same Akai MPK Mini MKII that I got for Christmas when I was twelve years old. I use just this equipment and FL Studio, and I’ve been having a lot of fun making music. I’ve never needed a lot to have fun with it because I love it so much.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?