Tantu Beats

Tantu Beats

Dutch producer Tantu has recently garnered attention for some highly viral videos (including this FL Studio-related one), but he also boasts a successful and diverse catalog of music credits. Not only does he sell his Hip Hop beats, he’s also had successful releases in Latin music, and even a dance/rap track that went #1 in Germany (“Friesenjung”). Having used FL Studio from the beginning, he’s more than earned his place among our Power Users. Read on to learn more about his unique background and perspective.

Joost, Ski Aggu & Otto Waalkes – Friesenjung (prod. by Tantu)

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

People call me Tantu; I’m a music producer from The Netherlands. Ever since I was a kid I’ve always been a fanatic skateboarder. When I got a year-long knee injury back in 2008, I was homebound and someone told me about FL Studio. I was hooked right away and started making beats for my homies’ skatevideos. I still do. Skateboarding and making music is actually pretty similar, you know? You get fascinated with a trick, dive way too deep into it, and accidentally become fluent at it.

Joost Klein – Europapa (prod. by Tantu)

How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

When I started out on FL Studio 8 I quickly figured out that I could download any old song from YouTube, and flip it into a hip-hop beat with Fruity Slicer. That was insane to me. FL Studio has always been that one friend that’s up for any weird adventure. It’s my favorite fruit.

Cosculluela – Sigo Rico (prod. by Tantu)

Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.

After years of making rap beats; selling thousands of them online, I decided to branch out a little and explore different styles. This resulted in multiple platinum records and a couple of super viral videos online. I’m no good at explaining my style, but another platform described it as playful, experimental and transcending established norms. I think that’s pretty accurate.

Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.

One thing that’s very important to me is my field recorder. I love noticing musical patterns outside, in daily life. I guess I’m notorious for my use of strange samples. Other than that, for the gear junkies: I love my Prophet 6 and Oberheim Matrix 1000 analog synths.

Tantu in the Studio

What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?

For those using SliceX to chop their samples: Click the ‘Run’ button, go to ‘Regions’ and click ‘Play to end’. Every chop you made now has the ability to run all the way to the end of the sample. This makes it a lot easier to play around.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Every creative process is similar: Whether it’s making a beat, editing a video, or coming up with a cool gift for your spouse. Don’t limit your creative brain to music only…apply it to life.

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