Oddz N Endz Interview with JawZJune 14, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Posted in The Source | Leave a comment
Known for there collaborations with Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Game, Pit Bull and just about everybody in Florida, OddznEndZ has been a production force to reckon with. Although they may not be as visually known as other super producer duos, these two talented guys are recognized through there music and they are just cracking the surface! Recently I sat down with the two of them to get the low down for new projects coming out, past projects, and to just about get a chance to introduce them to the public sort-of-speak. So sit back enjoy.
Ok, so first off I would like to say what up fellas how yall feeling?
NINO: WE CHILLIN FAM, GRINDIN..TRYIN TO GET IT YA DIG!?
JAY: WE WORKIN, THINKING BOUT THE NEXT MOVE.
Where yall from?
JAY: NINO IS ORIGINALLY FROM MIAMI, I’M FROM ALBANY, NEW YORK. WE’VE BOTH BEEN IN ORLANDO FOR A WHILE NOW. THIS IS HOME. ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
Great, now I’m very familiar with you guy’s work, but for those who aren’t can you give a run down of some projects that you have been apart of?
NINO: YEZR, WE DID “RED BANDANA” FOR JUELZ SANTANA AND THE GAME, “GET AT THESE NI@@AS” FOR LIL WAYNE/JUELZ SANTANA, “RIDE WIT DA MACK” FOR MACK MAINE FT. LIL WAYNE AND RAW DIZZY, AND “WE REALLY DO THIS” FOR DJ NASTY FT. MIMS, PITBULL, RED CAFE, AND CURREN$Y. LOOK FOR THE VIDEO COMING SOON AND ALOT MORE TO COME!!
Wow that’s impressive, I became aware of you from listening to “Ride with a mack” by Lil Wayne, MacMaine and Dizzy from Weezy’s Young Money Records. How did you guys link up with Wayne?
NINO: WELL, WE FIRST WERE INTRODUCED TO WAYNE THROUGH ELZ ON “GET AT THESE NI@@AS” FOR THE ORIGINAL “I CANT FEEL MY FACE” MIXTAPE/ALBUM WHICH GOT LEAKED AND SINCE THEN WE JUST HAD THAT DOOR OPENED..BUT OUR BROTHER MACK MAINE!!! HE HOOKED THAT JOINT UP..
Cool, So what’s the first record you cats produced that just made everybody eyebrows raise up and pay attention to you.
JAY: DEFINETLY “RED BANDANA” BY JUELZ SANTANA..SHOUT OUT TO NASTY BEAT MAKERS ON THE GUITAR. WE BEEN ON THAT ROCK SOUND FOR A MINUTE NOW.
And were you overwhelmed by the response?
NINO: HELL YEA!! THAT RECORD WAS CRAZY, AND THE ONLY REASON IT DIDNT MAKE THE ALBUM WAS BECAUSE THEY COULDNT CLEAR THE SAMPLE..THERE IS A FULL VERSION OF THE SONG NOT EVEN RELASED, CRAZY!! THEN THE GAME DID HIS OWN VERSION OF IT ON HIS MIXTAPE, AND MURDERED IT TOO.
Now I noticed you two look very much alike, are you cats related or something? If not how did you meet and start producing together?
JAY: LOL, EVERYONE SAYS THAT! NAH, WE’RE NOT RELATED BUT WE’RE BROTHERS, DIG!? WE MET WHEN WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND STARTED OUT RAPPING BUT EVENTUALLY FOCUSED SOLELY ON PRODUCING.
Oh ok I see, another thing, I noticed while listening to your music that It has a signature sound, but at the same time it’s not stuck in that “Florida” or Oddz N Endz category, it’s unique and universal, I can tell you have a lot of musical influences, who are some of the cats you looked up to and studied over the years to develop this sound you mastered?
NINO: DEFINITELY!! WE’RE SUPER DIVERSE, WE CAN FLIP ANYTHING!! WE’RE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ROCK AND SOUL..SOME OF THE PRODUCERS WE’VE LOOKED UP TO OVER THE YEARS ARE DR. DRE, TIMBALAND, THE NEPTUNES, DJ PREMIER..THOSE ARE THE BEST.
Wow, that’s a recipe for greatness I guess. How would you guys go about making a track? Who does what?
NINO: IT REALLY DEPENDS ON EACH SITUATION..SOMETIMES WE GO IN WITH A CONCEPT ALREADY OR SOMETIMES IT JUST ENDS UP WITH SOMETHING TOTALLY UNEXPECTED…JAY HANDLES ALL OF THE PROGAMMING AND I DO SOME OF THE ARRANGEMENT AND ALL THE BUSINESS.
And sometimes does it get frustrating in the industry as up-and-coming producers? I understand you have been apart of a lot of projects but it’s just the beginning of a long and exciting career for you in a sense, do you get to experience any of the harsh politics involved in the industry that sort of blocks the creativity? You know like A&R’s wanting a song to sound like a Runner’s or Swizz Beatz type track?
NINO: IT MOS DEF DOES!! AS FAR AS EVERYTHING ELSE U JUST GOT DEAL WIT IT, ITS LIKE LIFE THERE’S ALWAYS UPS AND DOWNS BUT U JUST GOTTA KEEP GOIN FORWARD. WE JUST MAKE WHAT WE LIKE, WE CANT WORRY ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT FOR OURSELVES, WE’RE NOT GOING TO CLONE ANYBODY ELSE’S STYLE, BECAUSE PEOPLE COME TO US FOR OUR SOUND..YA DIG?!
JAY: WHEN WE GO TO AN ARTIST WITH OUR TRACKS, WE ALREADY KNOW WHICH ONES THEY ARE GONNA PICK FROM THE COLLECTION. WE COULD ALREADY HEAR THEM ON THE BEATS, BEFORE WE BRING IT TO THE TABLE.
Right, I know recently the producing game has become sort of like the rapping game with the easy access to software like Fruity Loops and Reason. What advice would you give to that kid wanting to become a producer but has no clue as to where to start?
NINO: DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND STUDY THE BUSINESS YOU WANT TO BE IN!!
JAY: IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR CRAFT, YOU GOTTA PUT YOUR BUSINESS OVER YOUR PERSONAL LIFE.
Back to the music, any projects you cats working on right now or that are slated to come out any time soon that the public should be on the lookout for?
JAY: WE ARE WORKING ON UPCOMING PROJECTS FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT ARTISTS. JUST TO NAME A FEW, WE GOT JUELZ SANTANA’S UPCOMING ALBUM, THE WHOLE YOUNG MONEY TEAM: CURRENSY, MACK MAINE & BRISCO, UPCOMING LIL WAYNE & THE GAME’S “BLOOD BROTHERS” MIXTAPE, LIL’ WAYNE & JUELZ SANTANA ALBUM “I CAN’T FEEL MY FACE”, RED CAFE, DUECE POPPI (SLIP-N-SLIDE), AND OTHERS. BUT DON’T THINK WE ONLY ON THE RAP SCENE, LOOK FOR UPCOMING R&B AND ROCK TRACKS FROM US. WE DO EVERYTHING.
If somebody wants to get a track from Oddz N Endz, where do they have to go? And tell everybody that myspace page, website or whatever to hear some of your music.
JAY: YOU CAN ALWAYS CHECK FOR US ON WWW.ODDZNENDZMUSIC.COM OR WWW.MYSPACE.COM/oddznendzmusic . FOR THAT SERIOUS BUSINESS HOLLA AT NINO ODDZNENDZMUSIC@GMAIL.COM . BEFORE WE END THIS INTERVIEW WE JUST WANNA GIVE YALL THE HEADS UP ON THE ORLANDO MUSIC SCENE THATS ABOUT TO POP OFF. THERE IS A LOT OF TALENT OUT HERE, AND WE ARE GONNA BRING THAT TO THE FOREFRONT FOR OUR CITY. EVERY ARTIST FROM MIAMI WORKS WITH COOL & DRE, IN CALIFORNIA EVERYONE HAS WORKED WITH DR. DRE AT SOME POINT, BUT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THAT MOVE FOR ORLANDO. YOU HEARD IT HEAR FIRST. I’M SURE NINO WANNA GET THE LAST WORDS IN LOL.
NINO: HA HA, CATCH UP!
Thanks for your time guys.
And we out.