Firstly, briefly introduce yourself.
I’m FKi 1st and I make music. People call me “1st” because what’s better than being first? I’m from Atlanta, home of the sauce. I’ve always looked up to Lil Jon and The Neptunes, so take that and add an ounce of weed and Backwoods… there’s my style.
What would you say are the most popular beats you’ve created?
2 Chainz’s ‘Watch Out’, Jeremih featuring Lil Wayne’s ‘All the Time’, Post Malone’s ‘White Iverson’, Young Dro’s ‘FDB’.
What is your favourite song you’ve worked on and why?
Travis Scott ‘Drugs You Should Try’ is my favourite song I have ever produced. Travis has actually said that it’s one of his favourite songs that he’s ever made. It shed light on both of our lives at the same time, so it’s definitely a song that means a lot to both of us.
Do you think that production software becoming more accessible to just anyone is a good or bad thing for music?
I think all the access is good for people who are already into music because it helps them create easier. But it also makes it hard to be original these days, because literally anyone can download sounds and make beats. Either way, good music will always last. The amazing thing about it is that kids can get into making music so early now. They can be experimenting for fun while they’re young and by the time they get older, who knows where it can lead with what they create.
What influences you as a producer?
Experiences with new people. Positive people who are smart and experts in their field – you can learn so much from being around professionals. And I like traveling, you never know what can happen. Last time I was in London, I linked up with an artist named Donae’O and we made some amazing new music.
This is an extract of an article from Viper Issue 7, The Barely Legal issue. Buy physical and digital copies via Viper World.
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