HHW: How long have you been producing for?
Menace: I’ve been producing for 10 years now. I am 22 and I started around 12 years old. At first it was just a hobby, but it wasn’t until 2 years ago that I started to take things a bit more serious.
HHW: What made you decide to take producing more seriously?
Menace: First of all, it was a passion, but when I realized my hobby started to make me money, I said this isn’t a hobby anymore it’s a career now.
HHW: What was one of your first big songs or productions?
Menace: Well first it was the Kanye West song, but before that, it was Young Noble from Outlaws. I also created the Desiigner Panda track.
HHW: Have you come overseas to work with these artists that are using your productions in America?
Menace: No, I’ve pretty much been doing what I’m doing now from the UK. It’s just become that much of a craze in America, the type of music I create. The American market I thought would be a better market because nothing much was happening here until people started jumping on the wave. People didn’t think I was from the UK making music like this.
HHW: Is there a lot of Hip-Hop and Rap influenced music where you are from?
Menace: Yes there is. It’s become really wide spread. But it’s becoming more popular in my country. We have a genre called “Grime” and it’s basically trap music but much more energetic, it has a really fast tempo and it’s just full of energy. You probably heard about Drake’s instagram when he was posting a lot about Top Boy, a UK program he watches often. It’s getting big, but my scene is more urban based.
HHW: Is the “Panda” beat considered the Grime genre?
Menace: It had a lot of grime influences and the energy was there. I just put some of the Menace touch to it.
HHW: Is it true that you gave Desiigner your beat for $200? Explain how he ended up with your beat.
Menace: Yeah because I have a website where I sell my beats and he was one of the people who was buying them. I only found out about designer because someone re-tweeted me his sing on twitter and then I found out more about him. My website is www.officialmenace.com.
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