By: Seamus Fay
In the social climate of today’s music world, being an artist, producer, engineer, etc. requires a comprehensive, productive understanding of how to use the internet as a tool not only to further one’s art, but also to make lasting connections that will support a career. Few artists have done this as well as Cortdot, even growing up in Wichita, Kansas, where life is greatly disconnected from the hotspots of rap music right now.
Cortdot’s relentless hunger towards greatness and clear knack for paving his own path no matter what obstacles may be in the way is nothing short of inspirational. His current portfolio contains credits alongside Warhol.ss, Lucki, Flee, and many more underground stars, and considering the amount of damage he has been able to do with simply a great ear and the internet by his side, there’s no telling how bright the future will be for such a promising young talent.
The stocks are rapidly rising, and we here at Graduation Music had to make sure we spoke to Cortdot for the latest edition of our weekly discovery interview series. Read our conversation at the link below:
Being from Wichita, Kansas, how has the power of the internet been able to connect you to all of the artists you work with? Do you feel limited at all and do you want to get out of Kansas?
The internet has all the power but there’s only so much you can do on it. I plan on getting out soon. There’s a lot of talent in Kansas, but we all know the places you need to be if you want to actually do this music shit & it’s not here.
How did you become a producer? At what point did you realize it was what you wanted to do as a profession?
I started like about a year and a half ago & at first, it was just some hobby I picked up, then I kind of got nice with it. I don’t want to just limit myself as a producer though. I’m an artist & I have a lot of talents that the world will see soon.
One of the main artists you frequently work with is Lucki. How did you initially link with him and how did you two build such a strong working relationship?
I started sending beats to his email then he had got back to me one day & started fucking with me since. Honestly, I think we both just hear the same things at times – we have similar taste, I would say.
Especially in the current landscape of the music industry, producers often have trouble getting properly compensated and credited for their work. How do you handle yourself on the business side of things in order to avoid any issues?
Paperwork & Communication.
Who are your top 3 favorite producers of all time?
Pierre Bourne, Plu20 Nash, & Brentrambo.
What is the most rewarding part of your job as a producer?
Definitely leveling up & getting to work with some of the artists that I looked up to when I first got into this business.
When it’s all said and done, what do you want your legacy to be as a musician and as an individual?
I really don’t care about a legacy. The most important thing to me is what I can do to change the world while I’m here now.
What can fans expect to see from you in the rest of 2018?
Unavailable, The Brand.
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