Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling producer Sonny Digital is the mastermind behind a slew of the biggest songs in Hip Hop for the past decade. Having collaborated with artists like Beyonce, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Travis Scott, and just about everyone else you can think of, his pedigree speaks for itself. He’s been using FL Studio from the beginning, and he even has our logo tattooed on his arm (see below). We wanted to get to know his story better, and we’re excited to share his thoughts with you here.
2 Chainz – Birthday Song ft. Kanye West (Official Music Video)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
Growing up, I didn’t really know what I was going to do. Certain people already had it kind of set up, and a lot of people just had things figured out. I didn’t see myself doing any of that other stuff, like basketball, or anything else others were doing — I just didn’t fit that mold. My brother brought this little beat machine home one day, and I just started making beats on it and seeing what it would do. It wasn’t anything serious at the time, but I vividly remember that’s kind of where it started. It started becoming a real thing around 6th grade, and I really got into music then, when I was around 11 years old.
I didn’t know at the time how big it would get, and even right now, sometimes I don’t know if some of the things I make are as good as I think they are. It’s not that I second guess myself, but you know, when you’re by yourself in your own world, of course, you’re going to think it’s fire, but what does everybody else think, you know? At this point in my career, I still feel like that sometimes, but I know that’s my job. I know how to take opinions, but ultimately, I’m a professional at my job, just like any other professional. Earlier on, like in 6th grade, I didn’t know what was good or what was bad, so one of my buddies would take my beats to school and show everybody, and everyone was like, this is fire. When someone tells you what you made is good, it makes you want to keep on going, so I kind of figured out what I wanted to do. That’s where it kind of all started. I didn’t even know it could be a job at the time; it was just something that I liked doing.
Sonny Digital – Dance [Official Lyric Video]
Don Toliver – Way Bigger
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
Originally, it was easier for my friends and me to rap…I didn’t know about beats. I just thought beats were there. You could just make a beat on the table, and everyone would start rapping. Everybody had a little rap career, whether it was for a day or up until right now. Overall, it was just easier to do. Once we ran out of beats, though, that’s when I got interested in doing that too. One of my buddies from my neighborhood had told me about FL Studio and was making beats on there. He showed me where to get it from, I downloaded it, and that was that. I remember when I first started, they were only on FL Studio 3.
FL Studio is a heavy part of my production; it’s really the main part of my production. Moral of the story…FL Studio gang for life. I broke into the MPC, but I somehow always bring in FL Studio. I know how to use that program the quickest and the easiest.
50 Cent – I’m The Man (ft. Sonny Digital)
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
You can check my Wikipedia, lol. (here it is)
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
For the environment, it all depends. Sometimes I switch it up…sometimes I like being around people making music, and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I like being at home making music; sometimes, I like being in the studio. It all just depends on how I feel, and I don’t really limit the vibe. The equipment that I use now is FL Studio, Pro Tools, and the MPC.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I’m cooking up some new music; stay tuned!
Sonny Digital – Social media:
Website – https://www.sonnydigital.com/
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Digital