Even if you haven’t heard Nedarb’s name before it’s almost impossible you haven’t heard at least a few of his beats. Nedarb has been producing for a few years now and has made a name for himself as an underground legend. Nedarb is known for producing a ton of music by Lil Peep, other GBC artists, Ghostemane, Xavier Wulf, and many others. Ned is also a DJ, and we were lucky enough to meet up with him at his Chicago stop on the Ghostemane tour. Check out what he had to say below:
JM: Before diving into questions tell our readers who you are.
N: What’s good, I’m Braden, or Ned, or Nedarb, and i’m a producer/DJ based out of LA.
JM: Where are you from and what’s the music scene like there?
N: I️ primarily grew up in New Hampshire and there is little to no music scene where I’m from. The only scene was a hardcore/emo/metal scene, but I️ was barely involved in it. I️ was just a fan of music. I️ was in a band though, and actually made rap music in high school. Shit was all trash though lol, but yeah there wasn’t really any scene.
JM: How were you first introduced to underground rap music?
N: I️ was super into mainstream rap up until high school. I️ was really into Kid Cudi when he was pretty underground and Wiz Khalifa (pre 2009). But during my junior year I discovered The Pack (Lil B’s old bay area hyphy group). From there I️ dove into Lil B’s solo shit. It definitely started there. 2011 was really when I got into underground shit. ASAP, Beast Coast, Raider Klan, Odd Future, Lil Ugly Mane, Das Racist, Main Attrakionz, Danny Brown, etc. Then of course it just spiraled out of control with everyone who came outta all that.
JM: Who are you’re favorite artists coming up right now that we should keep an eye on?
N: Big Baby Scumbag, 6 Dogs, TrippJones, Five Finger Posse, Drippin So Pretty, Lil Zubin, BB Sun & Chynna.
JM: What inspired you to start making beats?
N: Clams Casino, Friendzone, Lex Luger, Eric Dingus. Pretty much the whole genre of cloud rap.
JM: How would describe your production style?
N: I’d say it’s super emotional & minimal. Sometimes I️ make some crazy bangers, but for the most part I️ try to just express how I️ feel (usually upset lol) through my music.
JM: What was your first big beat placement?
N: Well to me it was “Why Mah Soljuhs Cry” by Black Kray. I️ was obsessed with goth money early 2014 so that was a huge deal to me. Him and Hunned Mill were the first people to work with me aside from a couple local artists in Wisconsin where I used to live. Then I joined this collective Thraxxhouse (basically what came before GBC) and worked with all of them. Then Wulf started fucking with me. That was pretty big. Then I️ just started working with everyone I could that I fucked with.
JM: What was your relationship with Peep like?
N: Man, me and him had an intense friendship. I️ met him online through music shit, then he moved back to LA to Brennan Savages crib. I was couch surfing at the time, I had recently dropped out of college and didn’t have my shit together. I️ met up with those guys irl and moved in with them. For all of 2016 I lived on Brennan’s couch with Peep and hella other of our music friends. We were scraping money together to buy food. We’d tell fans we would only drop a song if they got us Pizza lol. But we really just struggled because we wanted to do music and be in a city where there were hella opportunities. Eventually we got enough money to get our first crib at the old lofts DTLA in skid row with other GBC people. I don’t know man we just lived together so long we’ve seen the best and worst of times. We probably weren’t sober most of the time, which maybe I wish I could go back and slowed it down a bit. We just thought we were invincible. Peep just blew up and we stopped talking as much, like we were still homies but he was always gone and he never answers his phone lol. But I was definitely someone who would do anything for Gus, and he had everyone’s back as well. I don’t know, it’s really crazy even talking about this. I have so much to say, but I don’t think I can on a text interview. Someday everyone will get the complete Lil Peep story from his close friends. That being said, I love you Gus forever. Rest easy.
JM: How do you want him to be remembered?
N: A fucking legend. His music helped so many people including me. He was my favorite artist to work with. He was just a huge part of all of our lives. He’s a rockstar and will he remembered as a musical genius. One of the best writers of our generation.
JM: What’re you currently working on?
N: I’m trying to put together an album where I produce every song and curate who’s on what song. That shit is gonna take forever. I’ll be doing “DAEMON IV” with Ghostemane in 2018. A lot of work with Lil Zubin, and mainly gonna focus on work with GBC.
JM: Any final words of wisdom for our readers?
N: Get top.