CEO Beatz is becoming one of the best producers out of Chicago, you just aren’t familiar with him yet. Well all of that nonsense stops today, because I made it a point to have him featured in our brand new Q&A segment. CEO has worked with plenty of talented artists & has put together countless great instrumentals, but instead of me telling you about it, take a few minutes of your time below to learn a thing or two from the man himself!

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EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.

CEO: My name is Vince (ceobeatz) 26 years old born and raised in Chicago. I’ve been makin beats for almost 5 years as well as fake rapping/songwriting. I’ve worked wit, Taylor Bennett, Qari, Malcolm London, Adot, Pollari, Duffle Bag Buru & many more.

EM: What is your earliest memory of music?

CEO: My earliest memory of music is my father blasting either Tupac or Metallica at 3 am til the neighbors called the cops…in most cases it would take more then a few visits for him to actually turn it off…

EM: When did you first start producing/creating music?

CEO: I started playing guitar when I was 12 and I fucked around with piano too…and then when I started smoking weed around 17 I began freestyling and writing raps… but I didn’t start actually producing until I was 21.

EM: What/who inspired you to become a producer?

CEO: Nothing really inspired me to produce..I was smoking dope at my homie Zach Hueneke’s crib when i was in college at NIU, and out of no where he just asked if we wanted to check out this program that most famous producers use (FL STUDIO). He knew how to maneuver through the program well enough to show me the basics and after about 20 minutes of fucking round with the program I instantly knew that I wanted to learn the program and get raw as hell at making beats.

EM: Do you remember the first album you ever purchased?

CEO: The first albums I remember buying were P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family “The Saga Continues” and System of A Down “Toxicity”.

EM: Who are your top five influences musically?

CEO: Gucci def my number 1 infuence…once i heard “Swing My Door” i was sold. Aside from Wop, I would say Tupac, Southside from 808 mafia, Chief Keef, & Zaytoven.

EM: So you’re from Chicago, how much has the city influenced you & your music?

CEO: Being from the city has definitely influenced and inspired me to make music. If it wasn’t for artists like King Louie, Chief Keef, and Chance I probably wouldn’t be making beats. When I started producing in 2012, drill was at its peak, and I was super into it, especially the production.But there was still this soulful, raw hip hop sound coming out of Chicago from artist like Mick Jenkins, No Name & Saba. So aside from starting off making only hard trap/drill shit, I began trying to create the soft smooth shit as well. Being from the city and knowing most of the rappers/artists you get to see how they did it, and what different steps they each took to get where they are now. I’m very fortunate and inspired to see that this music shit can be a successful profession, and it seems like it’s enough room for everyone who is willing to bust their ass and chase their dreams.

EM: What’s your favorite place to get food in Chicago?

CEO: Man it’s way too many fire places to actually narrow down one spot. But if I had to choose I would say Pete’s Pizza on western. Their Italian beef pizza is a hit.

EM: Who are some of the local Chicago rappers that you’ve been listening to?

CEO: Qari, Zmoney, Duffle Bag Buru, Adot, Lucki, G Herbo & have been in heavy rotation.

EM: Who are some bigger name Chicago artists that you want to work with in the future?

CEO: Chief Keef, G Herbo & Chance.

EM: What is your favorite song that you have created so far?

CEO: My favorite song that I’ve produced so far is “Left Wrist” by Pollari & Duffle Bag Buru. Go peep that on iTunes, Spotify & Soundcloud.

EM:  If you could collab with one person dead or alive who would it be?

CEO: Gucci Mane.

EM: Who are some of your role models in the music industry?

CEO: I’m not one to have a role model, it’s people that inspire me but I believe my path isn’t relatable to anyone and I don’t really listen to anyone other than myself.

EM: What’s your favorite music video?

CEO: Currently my favorite music video is “Red Roses” by Lil Skies. Cole went absolutely dummie with the animations and transitions. That shit a movie.

EM: The National Anthem or The International Players Anthem?

CEO: Playa’s anthem. I would lay down for the national anthem if I was in the NFL.

EM: What is the best advice you could give to upcoming producers?

CEO: Stick with your sound and style until everyone else finds it hot. I remember always seeking approval and hoping people would fuck wit me. It wasn’t til I was fully confident in myself, that others started really believing in me. And make sure you get your credits and splits, rappers will finesse you if they can.

EM: What can our readers expect from you for the rest of 2017?

CEO: I’m aiming to drop a project right around Christmas. Don’t wanna give too many details but new music produced by me coming soon.

EM: Last question, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

CEO: In 5 years I see myself traveling making the music I want to make with my friends. I’ll probably transition into an artists and be extremely raw at producing. I will turn my sound into serous income and be who I want to be, and be where I want to be.