Bijan (Offset, Metro Boomin, Lil Wayne) on getting started and learning from others

Tha Carter III is what got me into production,” Bijan recalls.

“I think I was eleven or twelve years old, into the typical boy stuff—Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, Pokémon—and I played football as well. When I was on the football team, there were the kids on it who were the ‘cool kids’… and I thought, ‘What makes them so cool?’ And I saw them listening to rap music.”

“And going into high school, I was like—yeah, I wanna be cool.”

While veteran producer Bijan Amir’s introduction to music is an amusing anecdote, what followed was years of hard work—countless nights honing his production chops in FL Studio, learning from his classmate WondaGurl, and networking at beat battles. Gradually, Bijan built his career to a point where everything came full circle, with a collaboration with Lil Wayne himself. In the video above, Bijan sat down with us to discuss his journey, how he built his network, his advice for aspiring producers, and more.

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September 1, 2020

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and creates music as Namaboku.