Introducing T Boogey, a music producer who is making waves in the hip-hop scene with his unique style and beats. We speak to T Boogey about t his inspirations, the journey behind his latest project “More Than A Dream,” and the artists he collaborated with. T Boogey also shares how his father’s passing influenced his music and why he decided to pursue his dreams regardless of the outcome. We’ll also learn about his creative process, the theme of his latest album, and the story behind his popular track, “God’s Gift.” So, let’s dive into the world of T Boogey!
What inspired you to pursue a career in music production and when did you realise you wanted to become a producer?
My inspirations are driven from wanting to creative and innovative in the music industry. In the hip-hop scene, the music and lyrics are powerful movements and emotions. A great melody can give a song light or complement a lyrist. I wanted to bring my own style and not replication what has already been done before or what is current. Boogey Beat is its own type of beat.
Can you tell us about your journey in creating ‘More Than A Dream’ and how your father’s passing
influenced your music?
Producers are known to release an album similar to “More than a dream” to showcase their work. While recording a song by Dave Ready title Deja Vu in 2020, we spoke about possibly putting a project together. I initially wasn’t ready because I was still learning what my style was and what my signature sound would be. So over 2020, I created beat after beat, seeking feedback from various people. I would later find my sound, which always sounded dark, as Dave Ready would say. Then, those dark sounds would become cinematic, bringing a completely new vibe to my craft. I would later meet T Don and Dope Gurl Dolly during the journey in Chicago, where we would work on our first singles together. Life’s Perception with T Don and Adding Up with Dope Gurl Dolly. I told them about my project idea, and all three were in. I did reach out to some previous contacts I had with other artists, but once they received their beat for the project, they would never send their lyrics so I could mix it, except for Rahc Wilson that came through on two tracks. Dave, Don, Dolly, and I spent nine months (March — November) in 2022 working on the album. Most of the time was spent on me changing the beats to most of the songs. The originals sound completely different from what was released.
Besides my Wife, my father was the biggest supporter in my family. Once he got diagnosed with cancer, I stepped away from music. Most of 2021 were filled with a lack of creativity. I just didn’t care anymore. We would talk all the time, and we would ask, when is your next son coming out, song? I would always respond; I’m working on it. Toward the end of the year, we spent a lot of time talking about going after what we wanted and not regret missing out. Those conversations stuck with me. After he’d passed in early 2022, I made a promise to myself to go after everything I ever wanted, reflecting on our conversations regardless of the outcome.
How did you come up with the name ‘T Boogey’, and what does it represent for you?
I didn’t come up with the name T Boogey, Dave Ready came up with the name. We’d games online all the time, and we would make up dumb names to call each other. For a while, he called me T‑Spot. But, after I started making beats, he would call me T Boogey, and I went with it. But, now he doesn’t call me “T Boogey”. It’s either “Boogeymontana” or just “Boog”
Can you walk us through your creative process in producing beats for the artists on your album?
The sounds I produce and based on feeling. I find a nice sample that matched how I felt that day, and I would build around it. During this process, I know I am going to change it the next day, but I build on it anyway. When making this project, I would give usually give the artist creative control of the song, but I would my instrument, melody, and temple to guide them. In other formats, I provide information about what I envision the context to be. I honestly do not have a go-to structure, it is basically how I feel the day I first start on a beat, and then I fuse hip-hop into it. Sometimes I feel a little country, and sometimes I feel a little jazzy.
‘More Than A Dream’ features some talented underground artists, how did you go about selecting the artists to collaborate with?
Over the years, I have come across plenty of underground artists. Some with a lot of talent and a following, some that are just starting off, and some that just don’t take it seriously. Dave Ready is a no-brainer, as he has been there since day one of this musical journey. For the others, I need artists that would focus on the lyrics, artists that have something to rap about instead of repeating themselves over and over again on a track. I needed artists that didn’t want to conform to modern sounds just to be heard. I need them to be themselves on the tracks. I also needed artists that were willing to work, because I wanted the main talent on my project to also be on my label.
Can you talk about the theme of the album and how you approach songwriting for it?
The theme of the album is an intro to my label Wired N Entertainment, which is currently three artists and myself as the producer. It’s meant to have a cinematic opening with music that starts to transition as you move from song to song. My idea is that it’s like a show that you are listening to. As mentioned before, I would give context for the artist to write about for the tracks that are being used to guide the listener. That approach would showcase versatility in the artist’s skill set and my production.
‘God’s Gift’ has received a lot of attention with over 188k streams, what was the inspiration behind this track and what do you hope listeners take away from it?
The beat used for “God’s Gift” was used for the previous release by Dave Ready and Myself called “Pain Killers”. T Don and I spoke about different ways a beat can be used, as I was sending beats that he felt were too dark. I spoke about how his content doesn’t have to be dark just because the beat is, and I use “Pain killers” as a reference. I designed the beat to be a love song, and Dave Ready took the song in a different direction. T Don said he could write a song to it, and I told him, if he wrote a song to it, I would release it.
I wasn’t worried about the beat being used prior because it was all on my project. T Don stated, “I wrote god’s gift because of my wife. She’s, my inspiration. We’ve had so many ups and downs and disagreements, and at one point, I felt like she was gonna leave me, but she didn’t; she used to tell me our signs are compatible, that we belong together, and she was right she’s my true love, and that’s why I married her I don’t see me being with nobody else but her so when I heard the beat I knew then that I had to make this song about her because she’d appreciate it”
How did you start your independent label Wired N Entertainment and what is your vision for the label?
I started the label by myself with one goal. To help independent artist achieve their goal in the music industry. If their goal is to be known as a songwriter or create an album, I wanted to provide resources to help. The current resource is exclusive beats because we know those do not come cheap, paying for studio time, marketing, and some management while helping them build a fanbase. My vision is to have a heavy focus on the business side of the music. I can see us have three more artists and two more producers, a PR team, a marketing team, and extended resources that I am working toward today.
Your album ‘More Than A Dream’ is packed with different styles and genres, can you talk about the versatility you bring to your production and what sets you apart from other producers in the Hip Hop space?
I have a huge focus on being different. While some elements may sound similar, I want to make my own impact. Sounding the same doesn’t make you stand out. I focus on fusing different styles together, like cinematic and drill, that is represented in my first three tracks. I look for the beats themselves to carry their own emotions and not just something you can nod your head to. They make you think, and that means my beats won’t be for everyone, and I’ve accepted that. What sets me apart is my focus on being different.
When an artist sends me a track and says, “Make a beat that sound like this,” I say no. If you contact me for a beat, it’s because you want a Boogey Beat or Boogey Production. Do not contact me for a ‘Hitboy’-type beat. That’s why I choose to show versatility, so they know I have a wide range of talents to seek my sound.
What is next for T Boogey and what can fans expect from you in the near future?
Fans can expect three things from me:
• Shows with my artists.
• Three full artists’ albums all produced by me for (Dave Ready, T Don & Dope Gurl Dolly)
• A follow up to “More Than a Dream” with a variety of new artists that I am already working with.
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