Platinum Boy Music producer duo Buda Da Future and GrandzMuzik produced "We Gon Fly" for Fred The Godson's x DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz mixtape City Of God a few months ago. Today, Fred drops the video with the help of long time collaborator Taya Simmons. Shouts to TBM/BlokWork
Side Note: Happy Birthday Buda!!!
Platinum Boy Music CEO & Bad Boy Hitmen Producer Amadeus will be in attendance tomorrow for the Official Power Is Industry Showcase hosted by Curt Flirt and Power 105's DJ Whatevva. Check the flyer for full details.
Special shout out to James Walsh and Joseph "JP" Patterson for the interview.
As a musical director and drummer for Trey Songz, a producer signed to Bad Boy's production arm, The Hitmen, CEO of his own company and owner of beats laced by the likes of Foxy Brown, 50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, Redman, Game, Trina and T.I., New York’s Antwan Thompson knows a thing or two about music. The Wrap Up's James Walsh spoke with the workaholic, better known as Amadeus, to get the inside scoop on his many musical endeavours...
The Wrap Up: Amadeus, tell us, who were your earliest musical influences?
Amadeus: Well, both of my parents loved music and it was always playing in the house. My dad loved R&B and soul, and he was a massive fan of the Bee Gees. My mum loved hip-hop, particularly Grand Master Flash and Gospel. There were always lots of different genres playing in my household and I took all styles on board.
TWU: So, how did you first get into producing?
Amadeus: I went to a Catholic school and had an amazing opportunity to learn an instrument. The trumpet or sax was my first choice, but I was off the day that everyone got to choose. When I came back, all of the spots for those were taken so I had a choice of violin or percussion. At the time, I didn't know what percussion meant – I just knew it had to be something more masculine than the violin at that age (laughs). It was in those classes where I gained an appreciation for the art of drumming. I grew to love it and it was a smooth transition into producing hip-hop beats from there.
TWU: How did you get your break into the industry?
Amadeus: A family member, through marriage, was actually good friends with Foxy Brown's brother – who, at the time, was A&R at Interscope Records. A meeting was set up and he loved what he heard. He then sent me to Foxy to play her some tracks, she picked six or seven and I got a call the next day saying that she was writing to three of them. She recorded two, one being the Eve diss song 'Get Off Me', and the other was the title song to the 'Cradle To The Grave' movie. That was my first official release and my first gold plaque! It was great hearing it in the movie, but the most exciting thing was seeing my name on the big screen in the credits at the end – I was only 16/17 years old at the time!
TWU: That’s a big achievement! How did your career progress after that to signing with Bad Boy's The Hitmen?
Amadeus: Before I signed to Bad Boy as a producer, I had produced for over fifty artists, including Chris Brown, Marques Houston, 50 Cent, Papoose, Bow Wow, Talib Kweli and Fabolous. The opportunity to work on Cheri Dennis and Danity Kane's releases came up and raised the bar as to what I could bring to the table for Bad Boy. I sat down with Harve Pierre and we came up with something that worked for everyone. It's an honour, but I earned my stripes before connecting with them.
TWU: You’re a CEO of your own company, Platinum Boy Music. Tell us about that…
Amadeus: Yeah, that's right. As a young one, I always looked up to the Andre Harrell's and the Diddy's of this world and wanted to do something big. It was just me at first, but it's now a whole collection of creative people: producers, writers, web designers and our own artist, Tiffany Mynon. Keep a look out for her.
TWU: How did you become a musical director for Trey Songz?
Amadeus: I met Trey through producing for Mike Jones. I flew in to Houston to record six tracks with him and we needed a dope R&B cat to jump on. We went through some names and decided on Trey. The studio he joined us in had a drum set. I told them both I played drums and they were like, 'Nah, you don't play drums, man.' So, I showed them what I could do and where it all started for me. I could see then where Trey's career was heading and joked with him that when he needs a drummer, he best call me. Then a year later, I got the call from his manager asking me to be just that and to also build the band. The rest, as they say, is history.
TWU: For those who don't know, what does the role of musical director entail?
Amadeus: It's to take Trey's vision; the show that he wants to put on for his fans, and oversee all of the production, lighting, sound and song selection for particular cities, amongst other things. It's a massive job, but we were his first ever band and it's been great that we've all been able to learn and grow together.
TWU: Finally, what else does Amadeus have in store for 2012?
Amadeus: Touring obviously takes up a lot of time, but I've been back in the studio with Tiffany finishing her album and was able to spend about 3-4 months producing last year, so watch out for new releases from French Montana, Red Cafe and Machine Gun Kelly that I've produced, as well as new music with Trey too!
Stay up to date with Amadeus on Twitter – www.twitter.com/ProducerAmadeus
Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)
Platinum Boy Music CEO & Bad Boy Hitmen producer Amadeus will serve as a judge for the Faces In The Crowd Showcase this Tuesday, May 22nd at the legendary SOB's. Check out the flyer for further details. Shouts to Reality and Chalant.
This Sunday, May 20th, Monse's Hot 97 Sunday Night Showcase will take place at Club Amnesia. The Voice of NY FunkMaster Flex will be in attendance to listen to the latest crop of unsigned artists along with a panel of industry judges that include DJ Webstar, Tat Wza, Platinum Boy Music producer Buda Da Future, and just added as the 4th judge, Platinum Boy Music CEO and Bad Boy Hitmen Amadeus. Check the flyer for full details:
Multi-Platinum BadBoy Hitmen and Platinum Boy Music CEO Amadeus Interviews With Empire Radio Magazine
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jacqueline Wah and the entire staff at Empire Radio Mag for this interview
When I hear the name Amadeus I think of Mozart. What made you choose that name?
That’s exactly who I had in mind. Amadeus was a famous classical composer who created thousands of masterpieces in his time. He was young and very well respected for his musicianship and his compositions. In grade school, I had the privilege to watch the movie in my music class and didn't really pay attention, but I got the idea. His name I always remembered because I thought it was a weird name. I never knew that one day I would become a record producer and use the world famous name of Amadeus.
Growing up, what drew you to music and what made you want to become a producer?
As a child, I was always exposed to all genres of music. Every Saturday my mom and dad would get up early, put on music nice and loud, and clean up the house. I heard everything from The Bee Gees to The O'Jays to Grandmaster Flash to Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship choir, so I developed a love for music at an early age. I also had the privilege to attend Catholic school which allowed me to study a musical instrument; and that instrument just happened to be the drums. My story being similar to a few others, I thought I was going to be the next big hip hop artist; but one day I had a moment of reality in which I realized it was not going to happen. With some great advice I transitioned to behind the scenes and pursued a career as a record producer.
How did you get connected with BadBoy and The Hitmen?
I was actually connected with the BadBoy family through one of my mentors, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, who was one of the original BadBoy/Hitmen years ago when I sold my first track to artist Nucci Reyo, who was signed to MCA Records. D-Dot took me under his wing and guided me in my production career. He kept me with him in the studios, at events, the office, etc., introducing me to Harve Pierre who was the VP and to Bobby Springsteen who was the A&R at that time. I built relationships with them both, earning me an opportunity to go into the studio to work alongside the late, great Heavy D for about 2 months. In that time I met pretty much everyone that was behind the scenes at BadBoy Entertainment and maintained the relationships. Years later after producing for over 50 artists, I got the attention of Dalton Hernandez who worked for Fran Spero and managed all of the BadBoy/Hitmen producers. At the time I was looking for new producer management, so we all sat down and came up with a plan and strategy that got everyone on the same page. We were all excited to move forward and on that day I was made a BadBoy/Hitmen producer.
When you were starting up your production company, Platinum Boy Music (PBM) what were your original goals and vision for the company?
Platinum Boy initially was the name of my publishing company under Ascap, and as I grew as a notable record producer it transitioned into a production company consisting of artists, producers and songwriters. I wanted my company to be a team of extremely talented, motivated and passionate individuals who had a dream and wanted to devote their time and energy towards making the dream one day reality. I want us to be one of the most successful companies ever known for creating superstars, creating amazing music, and inspiring the world.
I was checking out your Twitter and saw that you posted a picture of one of the greatest rock bands, Jane’s Addiction, concert. What other recording artists in that genre, or any genre outside of hip-hop and R&B are you into?
I love all types of music. I listen to artists such as Cold Play, Mute Math, David Guetta, Adele, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Evanescence, and The Doors to name a few.
You’ve worked with artist such as 50 Cent, Tyga, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and many more. How do you keep the creative juices flowing to deliver a fresh new sound for each artist?
It’s simple. I just do me! When I create music, I create totally off of feeling however I’m feeling at that moment, and that’s what you get. If I’m pissed off you will hear it in the track I create. I believe that’s why artists get on my tracks and talk that real talk because the emotion in the music inspires them to do so. I always said to myself I have to love the tracks I create in order to be able to convince the artists and the audience to love the music as well.
Are there any new artists that you’re interested in working with and why?
Definitely interested in working with Machine Gun Kelly, Frank Ocean, Marcus Canty, Kendrick Lamar and Asap Rocky to name a few. I feel they’re extremely talented, unique and passionate about their artistry, and I love creating music with artists like that!
When you produced Foxy Brown’s “My Life” for the Cradle 2 The Grave soundtrack, what mind set were you in back then compared to your mindset now?
WOW great question. I was in a great space creatively back then which was probably about 10 years ago because I wasn't really dealing with any politics at that time I was just able to do what I loved to do which was to create good music. Now the game has definitely changed and not for the better, but because I love music and I love creating music I stay in it regardless. I’m an adult now, so life has definitely changed. I have a family in which I love very much and that I must take care of so it’s serious for me now. It’s more than just a hobby – it’s my life and my career so I take it sooo much more seriously now.
Who are some of your role models and why do you consider them to be role models?
My Dad, my grandfather, President Barack Obama, Sean"Diddy"Combs, and Shawn"Jay-Z"Carter to name a few. My dad and grandfather gave me that work hard and take care of your family spirit that I have. Our President is black and showed the world that you can do anything you want to do in this world; you just have to work hard and never give up. Diddy proved that you can grow up in the hood, not have a father and still make it in life and become one of the wealthiest people in the world. Jay-z proved that you can start off bad by selling drugs, living a street life and not doing the right thing, but make a change in life and end up being another one of the wealthiest and most successful people on earth.
Everyone has his or her opinion on the state of hip-hop. Some artists who have been in the game for years say that it’s dead, but the new group of artists say that it’s evolving into something great. What is your take on it coming from a producer aspect?
Music is expression so I feel people have a right to do and say as they please, so I respect it all. Now from a producer’s standpoint, the state of hip-hop is not in a great place on the business side. So many people are making beats, calling themselves producers and working for free so now instead of artists investing and actually paying producers like they use to do, they go ahead and take beats from the up and coming producers and from us for free. Now we have all artists putting out free music on mixtapes and not paying producers but doing shows off of these records and making money. I’m not mad at mixtapes, I just feel like we took it too far. I consider mixtape albums for artists because they can tour off of mixtapes. I feel that we need to get back to the artists and the labels respecting the producer because that has gone out the window.
What are your top ten favorite records that you produced?
This was very extremely difficult but here you go!
1. Justin Bieber "Christmas Eve"
2. Foxy Brown "Get Off Me" -Eve Diss
3. DJ Kayslay featuring Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Jim Jones, Papoose & Rell "Men of Respect 2"
4. Tiffany Mynon featuring Fred The God Son "Dance The Night Away"
5. Lil Mo featuring Miri Ben-Ari "Yeah Yeah Yeah"
6. Fabolous "Raw"
7. 50 Cent "It Is What It Is"
8. Young Jeezy featuring The Clipse "Im Illin"
9. Keyshia Cole "Where Would We"
10. DJ Kayslay featuring Lil Cease & The Outlawz "Bury The Hatchet"
What advice do you have for up and coming producers?
Only go after this if this is something that you love to do and are passionate about because if you’re not this is not the business for you. Become a producer to give the world amazing music, don't chase the materialistic things such as money, cars and jewelry because it doesn't last – but your name on album credits will last forever and go down in history. On the creative side, keep an ear out to the streets and the radio to get an idea of what’s happening musically and what sound is hot at the moment. Don't mimic what you hear but create your own version of what’s hot. It took me years to do that, sometimes being too different will have your tracks sitting in your computer instead of being on albums and you don't want that LOL. BE YOURSELF. It's the best way to be.
You’re a CEO, producer, music director and drummer for Trey Songz. When do you have time to relax?
I have to force myself to stop working from time to time, but even as I’m resting my mind is constantly in motion thinking about the next move. I'll relax when I know for sure my kid’s kids and their kids are taken care of because of my hard work and labor. I do NEED a vacation though. I probably will be taking one soon LOL.
What new projects are you working on for 2012?
Since being back home from touring with Trey Songz, I’m back in the studio creating that new heat so stay tuned to hear some new Amadeus tracks on some of your favorite artists. I’m also in the process of finishing up my artist Tiffany Mynon "The Angel of R&B" album as we speak! She currently has 2 singles out right now, “Dance The Night Away” featuring Fred The God Son and "I Know How To Love You.Com", both produced by myself. So stay tuned for Tiffany Mynon's project coming soon and to all the readers out there stay connected with us on twitter @ProducerAmadeus & @TiffanyMynon. Also be sure to check out our website daily for updates http://www.platinumboymusic.com
While on the Cleveland leg of the Trey Songz tour, Amadeus got the chance to stop by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Check out some pictures from Amadeus' personal collection, including Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket and wolf mask, and The Notorious B.I.G.'s infamous leather baseball jersey with "Poppa" on the back. Enjoy
While on tour with Trey Songz, Amadeus gets to visit one of his sponsors, DW Drums, and gets a tour on how a drum is created from start to finish. Check out a couple of pictures from Amadeus' personal collection below:
Right before Platinum Boy Music CEO and Bad Boy Hitmen Amadeus went on tour with Trey Songz, he came out of his office over at the BET Studios to judge Freestyle Friday. Check out a few of Amadeus' BTS pics from that day below:
We would like to thank Melanie Cornish and the staff over at Hip Hop DX for this opportunity.
Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson has crafted the soundscapes for the list of urban artists, including Young Jeezy, Mike Jones, Cherri Dennis, Danity Kane, but his recent role, which he utilized his Bronx hustler mentality to secure, is what has him racking up the miles. The role of music director to Trey Songz has seen this family man travel the globe, not only with the Atlantic R&B crooner but with the likes of Usher and Jay-Z.
Able to bring his creativity to a live audience in such a role is an extension of what Amadeus has always advocated. Paying homage to the crews that he hopes his Platinum Boy entertainment can replicate in this interview, this genuinely appreciative and hardworking New Yorker is living proof that the good guys really don’t finish last.
HipHopDX: What exactly is a music director?
Amadeus: It is my job to take Trey [Songz'] vision for his shows and his performances and bring them to life. It’s my responsibility to choose band members, schedule rehearsals, choose the songs we are going to need and to work in conjunction with production and lighting, in regard to his ideas, entrances, exits and what songs we are going to perform. It’s very intensive and hands on with Trey and the band members. It’s about building the entire show you see when you come and see him perform basically.
DX: How much preparation goes into the tour before you actually get on the road?
Amadeus: Definitely a lot of management, from the production to the booking of shows in the various cities; that is the first thing of course, which isn’t necessarily my job. Once there is a green light in regards to the tour happening, that’s when I come in to discuss the vision and what we are looking to do. On this last tour, which was the Anticipation Tour, it was all about showcasing songs from his mixtapes, so we chose a variety of songs from the tapes which we thought the audience would want to hear live and combined those with the hit songs everyone around the world knows, that’s the first step. After that we are locked into rehearsals for two weeks, 12-12 each day with Trey and the band. A lot of preparations goes into touring. When people are spending their hard earned money they can see now what goes into putting on a tour like this. We work really hard to provide them with the best show possible.
DX: How did you meet Trey then, were you producing for him?
Amadeus: The time we met I was working on Mike Jones’ [The Voice] album and we had a song called "I Know." Mike and I sat down and we were talking about putting a male R&B artist on there. We threw out Usher and Tyrese, Omarion and then we threw out Trey Songz and we felt that Trey’s style and image fit the direction we wanted to go in with the song. He was down to do it. Mike was signed to Warner [Bros. Records] and Trey is signed to Atlantic [Records] so they were under the same umbrella. We all went to Houston where we recorded the song and mixed the song and in the studio, there was a drum kit and I was telling the guys I played the drums and these guys were like, "No, you don’t" and I explained I was a musician first and we threw a few jokes back and forth and I said, "Eventually you are going to need a band behind you," and left it at that and off we went in our own directions. But then a year later I got a call from his manager asking if I was ready to put Trey’s band together. That came from me saying something in the studio and here I am five years later on, Trey’s only ever Music Director.
DX: Where have you been on the Anticipation Tour?
Amadeus: We ended in Nashville; we played New York, [Washington] DC, L.A., New Jersey and a few more. After we did the last show we had a minute to look back on what we had accomplished, as when you are on the road it’s all about going forward. It was then we realized we had actually done 10 tours together. We’ve been all over, US tours with Usher, Jay-Z, an Australian tour with Usher and Trey has done a couple of his own tours overseas.
DX: Being that this has become such a huge part of your life, how does this interfere with your production, as this is obviously another huge dimension to you as the last time we spoke you had been signed to Diddy’s Hitmen?
Amadeus: I wouldn’t say it interferes, it somewhat takes me from it a little. Obviously being on the road, you can’t be in two places at the same time and I’m not obviously in the studio. But what’s good is when you work hard and you are creating music, I had enough music created where I was just able to get it placed on various albums whilst still being out on the road. I had placements on albums [and mixtapes] from T.I., Young Jeezy, Chris Brown and a lot of this came about when I was on the road. When I came in I would just lock myself in the studio. But I have got to see places I never thought I would see and the best part being I got to do this and it not being on my own expense. [Laughs] I met a lot of people and artists, you know Jay-Z, Usher, Big Sean and I got to connect with these guys and give them some music. I have a lot in the pipeline and there’s a lot of music people haven’t heard.
DX: You’re self-managed right?
Amadeus: I was for a long time, but that changed when I got down with the Bad Boy Management situation. Bad Boy Hitmen are basically producers managed by Bad Boy.
DX: So you’re still signed?
Amadeus: Yes, that’s the management situation, but before that I was on my own. Being a part of Bad Boy, I’m still the same person in regards to not letting opportunities pass me by.
DX: Well, let me ask you this as people always go on about Diddy not doing things for them when they are signed to him in whatever way. When you look at him and how he came up, he certainly didn’t have things handed to him on the proverbial silver platter. Do you think that that is what he is looking for when he signs people to the label, people who are able to be self-sufficient?
Amadeus: That is a great question. I couldn’t say that any better as that’s exactly how I feel. You have to show and prove and that is the same with everybody, the artist deals, producer deals. You can’t just sign on the dotted line and then watch everything fall into place. It’s the total opposite, even though you signed on the dotted line and your name is now connected with Diddy and Bad Boy [Records] and you wear that brand, you can’t just sit back, I had to work harder when that deal came about. Diddy has earned and created a lot of what he has on his own and I look at that as inspiration. Of course if I need something that is there or things given, of course I am going to take them, but as I always say, no one will work harder for you than you.
DX: How did the Bad Boy situation come about?
Amadeus: At the age of about 16 I got to connect with Deric "D Dot" Angelettie and he became my mentor; he was there to lead and direct me in my production. I got to meet Bobby Springsteen who was A&Ring at Bad Boy at the time; he put me in the studio with Heavy D. So I was always in the cipher with the likes of Harve Pierre, who is now president [of Bad Boy Records] and of course Conrad Dimanche. Then I realized you really get the attention when you do things in-house, like when I landed a placement on Cheri Dennis’s [In And Out Of Love] album, working with Danity Kane and Day 26 when they were there, that all brought awareness. They saw I was doing things and knew that I didn’t have proper representation and the door was opened. And it was like, why not? We just sat down, came up with a plan and moved forward and I became a part of the Bad Boy Hitmen production team.
DX: But you had got to this point without management so was it just pure determination that pushed you along?
Amadeus: I feel it’s the passion to music itself and for me wanting to create more music, that’s the thing I feel motivates me to keep going. As you grow, mature and become a man they way you look at things different. Then versus now? I was excited to be going on spending sprees and buying 20 pairs of sneakers. You do that and then you grow up and you realize, "I have a wife, a son, a home and all these things I need to take care of." So your way of thinking changes. This isn’t a game, I love doing it but now I take it a lot more serious as this allows me to eat, take care and provide for my family. That alone gives you the determination to keep pushing forward no matter what. Even though I’m in this situation with Bad Boy, that hustler mentality never left. I’m my own publicist, all the endorsement deals I get for touring, I get those by finding out who does what and securing deals for cymbals and drums, I do all that and enjoy doing it.
DX: So the grass is not always as green as you think it might be on the other side, you have to put that work in regardless. What is in the cards for you with Platinum Boy, your own set up?
Amadeus: You know that all started one day sitting in ASCAP and I was thinking about a name I needed for my company and well I want all the records I make to be platinum and being that I am male, from there I got Platinum Boy. It’s grown over the years, I have Tiffany Mynon, we call her "the angel of R&B" and we have producers and writers. I have learned through my years in this business that you don’t have to do everything yourself, you can put together an ill team and where everyone has their areas of expertise and create some amazing music, just like the original crews. When you look back at the Hitmen, Ruff Ryders, Murder Inc., everyone had a crew, everyone had a job to do and from there they came together and made great music.
DX: How do you balance it all when you have obviously been out on the road so much lately?
Amadeus: I have a partner Ro Garcia, who isn’t really involved with the creative process, the making music, etc. but in terms of getting the business done, he does that.
DX: Was it easy to find someone to off load to as you have already stated in this interview that no one works harder for you than you?
Amadeus: We were friends first as we went to the same church and he has watched me grow and wanted to be a part of that. He supported everything I was doing and it has just grown from there. He comes up with ideas how to market the Platinum Boy brand and how to get our artists out. He does what I can’t do, he’s there holding everything together. It works but I am still happy to do the groundwork as that is the person I am and that will never change.
On May 21st, Platinum Boy Music CEO Amadeus and Platinum Boy Music Producer Buda Da Future (of producer duo Buda Da Future & GrandzMuzik) will serve on the panel of judges for the Ready To Die For Beats Producer battle. Check the flyer below for full information:
PBM Profile: Amadeus
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PBM Profile: Ro Garcia
President, Platinum Boy Music, Inc
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