(AllHipHop News) In today’s world a music producer and a computer engineer have a lot in common. Both technicians manipulate digital software to create a desired outcome. One well-known Hip Hop beat maker happens to literally be both. Just Blaze spoke with Wired.com about how he originally broke into the music industry by reprogramming Motorola P900 two-way pagers.
“Back then, there wasn’t such a thing as ringtones for your phone,” said the former Rutgers computer science student. “But Motorola included an app that allowed you to make customizable tones. The way you had to enter the music into the pager wasn’t really a musical approach. It was more a mathematical thing.”
Just mastered creating exclusive ringtone remixes of popular songs that included reverb, delay, and drum sounds. His innovative technique helped gain him notoriety.
He goes on to talk about how he built a Pro Tools rig on his laptop back in 1997, something the program’s creators said was not possible at the time.
“It took a lot of time, a lot of trial and error, and quite a bit of money, but I was able to fashion my own Pro Tools rig that ran off an old Powerbook,” explained Just. “I used to roll it into sessions and engineers would look at me like I was from another planet because nobody had anything like this in New York, or in the business, at all.”
The producer of tracks like Jay Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” Kanye West’s “Touch The Sky,” Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit C,” and Eminem & Lil Wayne’s “No Love” recently joined the revamped Priority Records.