By: @Zomb_Slays

Glohan has been a legendary name in the underground and not many know of his accomplishments around his early career. Don’t sleep on one of the artists who probably had a hand in your favorite song.

Zomb: First things first tell us where you’re from and how old you are.

Glohan: I’m from Riverdale, IL, a south suburb of Chicago. I’m currently 20 years old.

Zomb: Damn a Chicago native. How’s growing up in Illinois? Tell us a little bit about your experience there.

Glohan: I mean growing up, Riverdale was an average black neighborhood. It wasn’t “the hood” or anything, but it definitely wasn’t the white picket fence “suburb” that comes to mind when you think of a suburb. It was cool. I honestly wasn’t the type of kid who stayed outside all day, so I really didn’t know too much about the streets. There was definitely a level of danger though. Don’t get me wrong, walking outside randomly late at night probably isn’t a good idea. I know a few people who do the bad deeds out here, but that’s none of my business. Just don’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time and you should be good.

Zomb: Yeah that actually reminds me of the environment I’m from as well. What were some of your first exposures to music? Who did you grow up listening too?

Glohan: Honestly, I wasn’t really into music growing up. I always liked the idea of being able to create things though, music production just so happens to be the form of creation I’m most skilled in. I used to draw a lot, but my skills never really improved. Then I wanted to program video games. When I actually sat down and tried to learn a programming language, I found that I wasn’t motivated at all and honestly the shit was just too hard. Once I discovered making music I fell in love with it. I started making beats on a game called Little Big Planet 2 for the PlayStation 3. It was a video game where you could pretty much create whatever you wanted using the tools they gave you. I found out about FL Studio by looking up “how to” videos on YouTube. The rest is history. As for who I grew up listening to, not to sound corny because I know everyone says it nowadays, I started rocking with Chief Keef and GBE’s music when they had just really blew up in 2012. I really hadn’t paid attention to anything Hip Hop or Rap until then. This was Freshman year, so I had to be about 14 or 15. Before, I was listening to music from my favorite video games and anime, but there was something fascinating about Chief Keef’s music. I remember my earliest producer idols were Lex Luger, Young Chop, and Southside from 808 Mafia.

Zomb: Honestly a lot of people’s first was Sosa so I think it’s very respectable these days. Those were some of the most influential times of our generation.

So the 808 mafia crew and young chop were some early influences. What was making your first beats like? Tell us about your first years as a producer and what was the first song you were actually proud of?

Glohan: When I first started making beats it was fun. I really didn’t progress in anything else besides making beats, so the fact that I was able to keep making more and keep improving was amazing. I found a confidence in myself that I didn’t find in anything else I tried. It amazes me how producers will just start and already complain about not being able to progress. It takes time. No one starts off highly skilled. If anything, producers should be lucky that the avenue to becoming a producer is as open as it is now. Back in the day, before my time, the only producers were the ones who made a name for themselves. You really couldn’t be a producer if you didn’t have the money. Nowadays anyone with an old laptop laying around can get an illegal copy of Fruity Loops and get to making beats. That’s besides the point though. Making my first beats was a very slow process. I used an old Windows XP computer my mom put in the basement after she upgraded to Windows 7 that only had 4GB of RAM. There’s this thing called “exporting” or “bouncing” that you do after you’re done with a beat to render it as an audio file. A typical export on that computer could take up to HOURS. That’s how slow it was. This was Winter 2012. I didn’t get a new Windows 8 laptop until Christmas 2014, January 1st, 2015 being the year I changed my name from ‘Patch Productionz’ to ‘GLOhan Beats.’

I was pretty much proud of every last beat I ever made. I would upload pretty much everything to YouTube. Every upload my viewers grew, which motivated me to keep going harder. By mid-2016, I had a small fan base. This was even before I had any placements. To this day, the same people who used to comment on my videos back then still do.

If I had to pick a song that I’m most proud of though, I’d have to pick “Secure The Bag” by Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane, from their ‘1017 Vs The World’ tape. I pick that one because I honestly never even imagined Wop to ever hop on a beat of mine. Hearing his adlibs on my production still makes me excited to this day.

Zomb: Wow that’s absolutely insane. What an amazing come up from almost having nothing to starting to get major placements.

How did you come into contact with two huge stars like that? That must have been a ridiculous feeling.

Glohan: The story goes likes this: my mans Xay Scott, who went by 2DZ at the time, was in a situation where he had co-production on Uzi’s song 7AM. We became cool because I’d watch his Periscope streams all the time and he began to recognize me by name. We just started talking in DMs a lot about music and other shit for almost two weeks, then he had asked me for a few bucks to hold him until he got to an ATM or something like that. I let him hold it and in exchange he let me send to Lil Uzi Vert’s email. I knew Uzi was into anime and was into Scott Pilgrim, so I sampled exactly that and sent him beats. It caught his attention because the same week I got his email he started replying to them. I sent him a Scott Pilgrim beat and after that he gave me his number. He was really fucking with me back then. I’m not sure what happened now, but me and Uzi has since then fallen out of contact.

It was a crazy feeling. It’s that feeling like “wow, what the hell, this is really happening to me.” It’s that feeling you get when you actually succeed in capturing an opportunity after putting in so much work and patience, a real good feeling. The first song I did with Uzi called “Grow Up” dropped on Election Day, 2016. I still had to go vote that day. It was the weirdest feeling voting in my regular ass neighborhood, looking just as regular as I usually do; meanwhile, unbeknownst to everyone else in that voting room, I had just produced a song for a superstar. Definitely nerve racking. I think I had to exercise a bit later on that day to make use of my accelerated heartbeat lol.

Zomb: LOL I bet that was. That’s such an interesting story of how that came about.

Who are some other artists you want to work with or produce for? Big or small?

Glohan: That’s a good question. I can’t really think off of the top of my head. If I had to name some, I’d have to say that I’d like to get some work with Future, Trippie Redd, Chief Keef, J. Cole, Young Thug, G Herbo, Lil Bibby, I could keep going. I’m actually in the midst of having some work with Trippie’s current girlfriend, Aylek$. I really don’t like referring to her as “Trippie Redd’s girlfriend,” but I just say that so people don’t go “wait, who’s Aylek$?” She’s up next if you ask me. I see it. She’s been replying to my emails telling me which beats she likes, so there’s def gotta be some unreleased sitting somewhere. I also guessed Chief Keef’s FaceTime by pure luck recently and got to chop it up with him for exactly like 1 minute lol. I’ve been sending to him too. We’ll see what happens.

Zomb: So some huge starts there and some major moves in the works for you,

What’s next in 2018 and what are your plans for the rest of the summer?

Glohan: I’m planning on ending the summer off with a project I’ve lent executive production to by an independent artist I work heavily with named D2X. His EP “Enjoy Life,” executive produced by me is dropping on the 10th of this month actually. Depending on when this interview drops, it may already be out. I’m also working on my new instrumental project entitled “808s & Arcade.” The title is a nod to Kanye’s “808s & Heartbreak.” I’m aiming to drop that on August 31st, but it may get delayed into the Fall. Hopefully I’ll end up on Yung Bans’s ‘Death The Kid’ project. He’s an artist I’ve been in contact with and have been working with as well.

Zomb: Amazing. That’s an awesome lineup. @UNDERGROUNDV4MP will most certainly keep our eye out.

With having such big placements already so early in your career do you feel ahead of your time or right where your supposed to be? Do you feel like people look up to you?

Glohan: People definitely look up to me for sure. I don’t really post DMs or anything, but I get DMs from people all the time who look up to me. I just wanna be authentic and let people know what’s real. I think that helps people relate to me. I could’ve easily said I grew up in the streets earlier in this interview for clout, but my authenticity is way more important to me. Am I ahead of my time though? I don’t really think so. There’s def more room for me in the future than there is right now, but I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be.

Zomb: Yeah for sure it’s important to stay humble and true to yourself. I get a lot of those vibes from you for sure. What’s one thing you wish you could change about the producer community?

Glohan: The weakness and power we give to outside sources in the industry needs to end. Back before my time, the producers and DJs broke the artists. If you didn’t know a producer or DJ you basically didn’t have a career. Nowadays the artists break the producers. It shouldn’t be that way in my opinion. Things need to go back to the way it used to be. The whole “producers competing with other producers” thing needs to stop as well. What the hell does any producer get from being or looking better and more successful than another producer? Jack-fucking-squat. You don’t get paid to impress other producers, unless you’re being judged in a contest or some shit. Lol.

Zomb: All huge huge huge facts. Producers and people around Producers need to show a lot more homage. What’s the wildest or weirdest situation you’ve ever been in as a Producer?

Glohan: I really haven’t been in any super wild or weird situations just yet. Thank God. Lol.

Zomb: Always like to ask lol. What are some things you can’t be in the studio without? Can be anything.

Glohan: I have to bring my audio interface everywhere I go, as well as my laptop, but that’s kind of a given. The reason I need my interface pretty much everywhere is because my laptop’s AUX audio is just so weird and I don’t know why. My interface allows me to hook into any speaker setup and operate just fine.

Zomb: Wow that’s convenient as f***. Aux audios can definitely be weird though I know what you mean. What’s the first thing you would do if you got rich?

Glohan: I’m trying to practice saving money, so if I were to receive a huge lump sum at one time I’d honestly throw 70% into a savings account and try to survive off of the remaining 30%. I’ve been dipping and dabbing into investing into stocks since before I had any placements, so I’d end up making bigger investments. I own like 10 shares in Under Armour right now. I might buy some bitcoin too lmao. Definitely would use a large sum to improve my lifestyle and ability to create music. Gotta upgrade the studio, you feel me? I’d obviously upgrade my wardrobe as well. I ain’t never been a big designer and shoes guy, but image is definitely important. Overall, I’d just make smart decisions with the money.

Zomb: Smart moves there Glohan. I like the way you think I would probably do the same. Putting music aside for a moment what keeps you going outside of it? What keeps you occupied when you aren’t making music?

Glohan: Gaming, exercising, and eating are really the big three things that keep me occupied when I’m not making music. Usually when I’m out, it’s for music purposes. I watch anime too, but not really as consistently as I used to.

Zomb: Perfect. It’s always good to keep a balance. One of the last questions I had for you was, Who are your top 5 favorite artists of all time?

Glohan: I can’t really say. Without ordering them in a specific way: Chief Keef, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Kanye West. I really love a lot of different artists and can’t really name ‘em all, but this is def one top 5 list that comes to mind. I could name names such as Tyler, the Creator, Mac Miller, and more too.

Zomb: All such huge influences in our generation. I like your choices. Last question for you is, What mark do you wanna leave on the underground scene or music in general?

Glohan: I just wanna inspire in whatever the ways my authentic self happens to inspire people. I don’t really have specific details on the type of footprint I want to leave, but I’m definitely aiming for a good one.

Zomb: Good one is always better than a bad one that’s a fact. Any last shout outs or words of motivation before we sign off?

Glohan: I appreciate you having me! Shout outs go to Xay Scott, D2X, my guy Money Figure, big homie Dre, Qui$, Dame, RonRon, Jihad, Cataliya, Lil Marc, Roy, Kevon, and Jon G. I got tons more people I could shout out for days, they know who they are! Special shout out goes to Tezz, who connected us and helped make this interview happen in the first place.

Zomb: Huge huge shoutout everyone mentioned and it was honestly an honor on behalf of @UNDERGROUNDV4MP

Thank you so much for your time and absolutely special shoutout to Tezz he makes a lot of moves behind the scenes for UVC as well. Absolute best of luck with everything this year and we’ll be watching very closely 🦇💕

Glohan: Thank you so much for the interview. Much love to UVC!

Zomb: 🦇💕