Meet Jmak, an executive producer on the come up but he is far from new to the game. Being signed to Noah “40” Shebib and keeping a low profile has it’s perks and often creates behind the scene giants. Jmak is that giant, who has been putting in work in the lab with no intent of slowing down. Coming up off producing and engineering everyone’s favourite rappers/artists in the city. His production credits include Metro Boomin, Baka, Blac Youngsta, Pressa, Roy Woods, Casper, K Money and much more.
Out of his busy schedule, Jmak took the time to speak to us about executive producing the 6ixbuzz “Northern Sound” tape, working with Baka, spending his time between Sauce Familia and producing future slappers. As is obvious, the “Dope Game” producer really does have the juice and can’t wait to share it with the world.
RESPECT MAG: First of all, congratulations on the release of Northern Sound tape with 6ixbuzz! Now that the project is out just in time for the holiday season, how does it feel?
JMAK: Thank you so much for having me, also thank you so much for recognising the work. It most definitely feels great to finally have it all wrapped up and released. We definitely had some crazy things happen unexpectedly last minute, but they do say God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle right?
RESPECT MAG: But that’s far from all the heat you’re packing musically right? Your production for Baka is a work of art! How was it like working with him?
JMAK: Oh absolutely, 10 years of mistakes and ammunition locked and loaded. I remember OVO Sound, 40 and Drake putting Baka and I in the studio for 3 weeks. Baka’s first project, 4Milli, was then created and the rest is history. Working with Baka is probably where I learned most about being an Executive Producer today. Baka is like the big brother I never had. He’s hard on me, and I love that. We’ve been a team since day one, so our chemistry is CRAZY in the studio.
RESPECT MAG: You executively produced Northern Sound. How was it working with 6ixbuzz? How did that come about? There’s a lot of artists on there, NorthSideBenji, Houdini, Full Circle moment was epic, Puffy L’z, Loco City, Bizz Loc, French, Archee, and well a LOT more. What was the process like?
JMAK: I’ve been working with 6ixbuzz since 2013, before it was even called “6ixbuzz”. The process was very smooth because of the solid relationships I’ve created with these artists over time. It was nothing different for us this time around, just a bigger platform to work with and a bigger cause by bringing the city together through music.
RESPECT MAG: Which are some of favourite tracks on the tape? We like “Too Soft”, “TikTok”, “Bandz” and the outro “World Is Yours”, “Make It Happen” is hot too.
JMAK: My personal favourite songs on the tape were Fifth, TikTok, Facts & Real Spill.
RESPECT MAG: Tell us what you think the proudest moment of your professional career is.
JMAK: The best moment of my career would have to be seeing my team (Sauce Familia) come together how it has. Every person on the team plays a crucial role to our success, and I am truly grateful to be able to supply opportunities for the family and keep securing more wins to continue pushing the culture forward.
RESPECT MAG: The worse memorable session you been in?
JMAK: Definitely a session I had when someone spilled their drink on my brand new Universal Audio Apollo 8 just as it came out!
RESPECT MAG: Your funniest celebrity moment was?
JMAK: Definitely meeting Drake for the first time than somehow ending up outside playing basketball with him and some of the guys. Great time, lots of laughs.
RESPECT MAG: What’s your favourite instrument to play? and why?
JMAK: FL Studio! In my generation of production, FL Studio is an instrument, a tool, a sonic paint brush. I can do the same things with an instrument on FL Studio easier actually! I’m actually not trained nor understand scales as well as I should but with the power of technology possibilities are endless! Thank You Image-Line!
RESPECT MAG: What’s your idea of a perfect studio session?
JMAK: If a man is not pulling up with food, gas, or grabba… it’s a terrible session.
RESPECT MAG: If you’re not in the studio what are up to?
JMAK: If you know me, you know that I STAY in the studio. No time to relax yet. I live in a city full of HUNGRY people. I always have to remain grounded.
RESPECT MAG: Who are some of your favourite artists coming up in the city?
JMAK: There are so many talented artists doing there thing inside and outside the city, way too many to list. I’m so proud of the work we’re doing as a city.
RESPECT MAG: If I was to check your iPhone right now what unreleased heat I would find?
JMAK: You would find a whole lot of heat, that the world isn’t ready for just yet.
RESPECT MAG: Something you’re cheffing up that your fans can look forward to in the 2020?
JMAK: In 2020, you can expect a whole lot of music produced by Sauce Familia & myself… worldwide.
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