BY: GABY MORENO
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be sharing an interview with a dope Producer I met on Instagram! I actually came across Pyrit when I started following one of my all time favorite lyricists aka the G.O.A.T Canibus on IG! I can’t remember if Pyrit began following me first or vice versa, but I found out he has worked with Canibus! Not only that, but he is a cool and humble dude. He was one of my first supporters when I started my blog, I appreciate you for that Pyrit! I really wanted to use my platform to shout him out and his work for those who might not know who he is. In the great words of Biggie “If you don’t know now you know!” Please read below to get to know more about Pyrit!
1. Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are?
Yo yo, I go by Pyrit. Often imitated, never duplicated. I’m a Hip Hop/Electronic producer, and artist from the Southside of Virginia. You probably know me from my work with Canibus, but I’ve done production and/or mixing/mastering/graphic design for the these artists/teams: IllGrind, Bronze Nazareth, JP Beats, Lost Children of Babylon, RBC Records, Chino XL, and others.
2. What’s your favorite scary movie? Why?
Used to be Halloween, but I think right now it’s VHS 1 & 2. People hate them for some reason lol, but the concept is very believable to someone who’s seen so much weird shit on the dark web like I have. 😂
3. What is your technique when Producing a beat as well as song writing? How do you get started or inspired?
How do you decide what to eat for dinner? You just get an urge. Researching and learning new techniques, along with music theory, inspires me every time. Secret tip for any Producers reading this. If you get beat-block, try looking up and replicating the chord progressions from your favorite songs. If you’re as bad a piano player as me lol, you’ll almost always get it wrong and end up with something unique and cool sounding.
4. Who is/are your favorite hip hop Producers of all time? Why?
I’m a fan of so many producers hah. All of the greats, of course. Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, RZA, Dre, Puff, Timbaland, Kanye, Havoc, but I got a lot of love for ‘newer’ producers from here, and overseas too. Kankick, Flume, Bushido, Fler – these are all names you should put in YouTube when you want some dope boombap to write to. Fast Life Beats, Superstar O, Gummy Beats all got a SICK new wave sound, as well.
5. Any specific Producers you look up to or are heavily influenced by?
6. How did your journey producing beats and rapping get started? You look real young, it’s hard to pinpoint how long you’ve been doing this. If you can say when you got started in the music industry lol. Has it been a successful journey or struggles along the way? Please share.
Moved around a lot as a kid, and never really had a ‘stable’ environment, so music & reading kind of just let me escape. I’ve been rapping since I was 13, and producing since 14. Releasing music since before MySpace days hah. I think without struggles it’s impossible to appreciate the successes, though. They’re a part of the process. If you do it right, it will always be both. You just improve the quality of each.
7. Any favorite horror soundtracks or horror-core albums if any? Why?
JNyce – Vaults of Horror series. The beats are total flames. 🔥
8. What would you say your sound is in Hip Hop? What sub-genre would you categorize yourself in? Boombap, Soul hip hop etc?
The original title of Pyrit of The High Frequencies Vol. 4 was Post Hiphop. That’s the category I would put my ‘sound’ in. I feel like my music is the new hiphop, what it’s evolved into.
9. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or in your personal life?
As I often as I can, I put together backpacks with things like snacks/water/hygeine products and keep them in my truck to give to the next person I can tell needs it. If I were gone tomorrow, I’d like to be remembered as someone who gave everything he could and wanted nothing in return.
10. What sets you apart from your peers or competition?
It’s all in the mix. No-one can mix like me. Of this, I’m certain, but there’s some OGs that would vouch for that too.
11. Any advice or words of encouragement for anyone entering the creative arena from Producing to rapping?
Invest in yourself. Everyone says it, and then makes excuses to why they can’t. Don’t be that person.
12. What is your favorite hip hop album and song of all time? Why?
Favorite hip hop album of all time is Canibus – For Whom The Beat Tolls. It’s my favorite album because of Poet Laureate Infinity, but “Secrets Amongst Cosmonauts” is probably the most important song in rap ever! Check it out.
13. Favorite emcee or rapper? Why?
C’mon yo, you already know Canibus is the dopest emcee lol. Lyrics still matter. Big Pun, Sean Price, Styles P, Cassidy, Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, all the greatest in their own right tho. 👑
14. What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Producer and rapper?
Meeting and forging friendships with some of the coolest people I’ve ever had the honor of working with. The love is always going to come before numbers or money.
15 What is next for Pyrit music? Any new projects you’re involved in that you can share?Either Producing or as a featured artist?
You can find new beats every Thursday at http://www.pyritmusic.com. We have a really dope track coming out soon featuring soul/r&b artists Soultrie Music Group/OnKey Music, Canibus, and Myself titled “Press Rewind” too. Pyrit of The High Frequencies Vol. 7 is also on its way. Going to be a very dope year for music!
16. What is the significance of your Producer moniker Pyrit music?
Back in the day I lived in apartments and I used Backtrack Linux to hook the people around me up with bootleg wifi, sorta like the dude with the paid channel hook up or Master P with brick phones lol. Pyrit was a really sick software that allowed multiple machines to be used in tandem for the purpose of cracking WPA2. I was explaining to one of the homies what I was doing, and he said nah you the Pyrit. After that, it’s what everyone called me.
17. Any set goal or dream you would like to achieve as a Producer and emcee?
To put my mother, and grandparents in bigger houses lol and to not let my brothers down. If nothing else though, to teach and inspire others in the way that others have done for me. Pay it forward, you know?
18. Any emcees that you would love to work with in the near future?
I love collaborating with artists in general but it’s always the most rewarding to make something dope with new up & coming emcees. My lil homies got bars for real. 💯
19. You work with the GOAT Canibus how did that relationship begin? How has that journey been for you? If you can name songs you either Produced or are featured with Canibus to those who want to listen.
Back in late 2009 I was burglarizing a classified government facility and bumped into him doing the same thing. He explained he was there looking for Dr. Levinsons time equations. I was just there because I heard there was weed. We linked up.. It’s been a crazy ride yo. We became Audio Wizards then Time Travelled with Rip the Reptilyan, showed our Pen Game in Rome, got paid in Gold and MORE Token, then pressed Rewind and came back to post updates on my youtube page @PyritMusic.
20. Any platforms or people you would like to shout out?
The people I’ve met on Instagram have been cool as fuck. Shout out to them and a big THANK YOU to everyone that follows me or likes my posts. 🙇♂️🤝💯
Thank you Pyrit for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! Keep killin it out there musically! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give Pyrit a follow @PyritMusic to keep up on his latest projects! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!