This week we had an opportunity to catch up with German YouTube Beatmaker Kyu Tracks. We got him to make a beat for us using Splice Sounds and got him to tell us more about himself, his YouTube Channel and his production style.
Tell us more about yourself, your music background and approach to production?
I am a Berlin-based Hip-Hop & Rap beatmaker, who first started making beats when I was 14, and got my break on YouTube in 2009. When I started, I did not know any music theory nor could I play an instrument. Nonetheless, I put every free hour into developing my own sound and started uploading beats. I even began learning about sound design to improve myself. As of today, I have 100 thousand subscribers and over 30 million views on my channel by uploading beats and supporting other producers.
My creative process starts with looking for inspiration by scrolling through all my presets & samples. I may have an idea in my head and I would then try to flesh it out and then improvise over it by adding sonic textures and layers until I think it’s sufficient. It`s really important for me to let some days pass before I finalize the mix. That way I hear all the little flaws, which I can work on.
“It`s really important for me to let some days pass before I finalize the mix. That way I hear all the little flaws, which I can work on..”
With over 100 thousand subscribers, do you have any tips about driving YouTube Growth?
It took me a really long time to reach 100 thousand subscribers due to the lack of consistency at the beginning. So my first tip would be to be consistent — upload at least 2 videos per week.
Another big tip is to support others & to stay in contact with like-minded creators. Collaborate, participate and post some comments every day.
Also make sure to share everything on social networks!
Have you found Splice Sounds useful to your beat making?
I just recently got into using Splice Sounds and I think that it`s really revolutionary. It makes it easier to be able to look inside sample packs and know exactly what I am getting. The best feature in my opinion is, the ability to freely search and audition sounds from a sample pack and download only the sounds that you want. Another nice feature is the ability to make repacks. You could literally put single samples from different packs and make your own collection of sounds and then make it available to others. You can download my repack here!
“The best feature in my opinion is, the ability to freely search and audition sounds from a sample pack and download only the sounds that you want..”
Where do you think your music is headed next? Any plans for the future?
I am currently obsessed with trap music. However I will never quit making traditional rap beats, but its really enjoyable to change up genres from time to time, just to keep evolving. In the near future, I am planning to make my YouTube content more personal by doing tutorials, beatmaking videos and reviews, where I can talk and get more subscriber / fan interaction on my channel.
We’d like to thank Kyu Tracks for taking the time to chat with us and for offering us some insight into his process.
February 11, 2016