Producers don’t get paid their dues enough, from creating only a few hits to going platinum multiple times. Alabama producer Vicasso is propelling to the top, having several hits with Quando Rondo, Marlo, NoCap, and many more. Raised in Choctaw Bluff, otherwise known as “Da Bluff,” Vicasso comes from a small town of roughly 5,000 people. He learned the game from his father, who made music as well, starting at the early age of 14-years-old. It wasn’t until 2017 when Vicasso landed his first placement on Maine Musik‘s “Court System” and “Friends.”
In 2019, Vicasso struck gold after working with fellow Alabama-native NoCap, who’s been on a hot streak this past year. The two worked frequently, spawning hits like “Blind Nights” and “New Ones,” which collectively have millions of streams across all platforms. In our latest interview, we spoke with Vicasso about growing up, making beats from his phone, and influences amongst other things.
Talk to me about your childhood, what was it for you growing up?
I grew up in a trailer home, I’m from Choctaw Bluff, Alabama. We call it “Da Bluff,” it’s about 12 minutes from the city limits of Jackson, Alabama. The population only 4700. I grew up with most of my cousins, all my friends are my cousins, we brothers though.
Was there anyone who sort-of paved the way or influenced you as a child and why?
Everybody know I was influenced by Chief Keef, I grew up listening to him i didn’t listen to nobody else but him and Gucci. I was influenced by my cousins too though all of us kept it Real with each other, wasn’t no such thing as feelings we ain’t sugarcoat nothing that’s what I like the most about me and who I grew up with. They paved the way more for me. Nobody ever made it where I’m from and I mean nobody at all. I wanna change that my city gone be on the map soon.
Tell me how you initially gravitated to music and production.
My daddy always did music, it was already in me, he did everything. I wanted to be like him. Now I do everything too. I was 14 when I started making beats on my phone.
How long did it take for you to land your first placement and who was it with?
It took three years, Maine Musik used two of my beats off YouTube. My name was Yung Savage then, Maine Musik “Court System” and Maine Musik “Friends” were my first placements.
Was it an easy journey as far as working with major artists and connecting with other producers?
No, it got easier the more I did it, no producer or artist was working with me for real until I started being consistent and started building a name but I understand that and I don’t hold that against them at all. Life goes on, everybody not built like me I had to learn that too.
What is your personal favorite track that you produced and tell me the story behind it.
It’s definitely November 14th, that was my first beat making on my grandma computer exactly 2 months after she passed on September 14th. That was my first song me and NoCap dropped together too. So that one meant more to me then anything and I think that one meant more to him too, listen to that song you can hear the pain in that one.
As a producer, how do you feel about other producers biting sounds and trying to work with mainstream artists?
I mean you gotta expect that, I like it though. It’s ok if you wanna be like me, ain’t nothing wrong with that, but you should wanna be better though. Biting another producer sound ain’t the way to go, it’s not creative. Lead don’t follow that’s some I was taught since I was young, the artists gone come just work on you.
What goals do you want to achieve in the forthcoming years?
I don’t have goals. I want everything: plaques, my own label, all that. It’s always a bigger picture.
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