Written by @zomb_slays

Edited by @drakobills

4am or aka Prod 4am is a young and extremely talented producer coming for the throne. Check out what he had to say in this UVC exclusive sit down.

First things first where are you from and how old are you?

I’m originally from Indiana, but I recently moved to Arizona in November of 2017. I’m currently 13, but I turn 14 in a couple days.

Midwest to out West and you’re going strong into your teen years. How did you first get into music? Who were some early influences for you?

I first wanted to make beats after discovering IcyTwat and MexikoDro in mid 2017. Their beats were unlike anything I had heard at the time, and that inspired me to want to start making beats and someday become as great as them.

Both go super hard for sure, before we get into the music side of things tell me what it’s like growing up out west as a teenager.

Being a teenager is kind of stressful at times, school takes up a lot of my time. But I still manage to make a few beats everyday. Growing up out west has been much more relaxing that when I was growing up in Indiana, that’s for sure.

That’s honestly great to hear. What’s your school life like and how’s that for you?

School definitely takes up a lot of my time, as I said before, but for the most part it’s pretty fun.  I don’t really like telling a lot of people at school that I produce, only a couple of my friends at school know that I make beats. But I’m sure people will find out soon enough.

Yeah most definitely, eventually your name is gonna be everywhere so I’m glad it’s mellow for you. So after you started producing in 2017 at what point did you decide to take it seriously?

I originally started making beats on a free beat-making website on a school Chromebook as a hobby, but after I started uploading to YouTube around September 2017 and got a good amount of views from it, I started to want to take it seriously. I eventually got my own laptop and FL Studio and decided it would be my official career from that moment on.

Perfect that’s dope, so at this point in time what’s your favorite song you’ve produced or been apart of?

At the moment it’s currently a tie between OathKeeper by Braxton Knight (co-produced by Invi, Funfriend, and 1kTekk) and Vain by Rip Eternal (co-produced by Funfriend). They’re both amazing songs that I’m very glad I was a part of, but it’s hard to decide which one I like more.

Yeah most definitely both bangers for sure. How long does it particularly take you to make a beat on average?

Typically it takes me around 30-45 minutes to make a beat, but if I’m extremely concentrated on trying to make something sound perfect, it’ll take me about an hour. The longer I’ve been producing, the faster I’ve gotten at finishing beats.

Practice makes perfect and sometimes I feel like it the more time you spend on a beat the better it sounds but it can go either way. What are your plans for the rest of the winter and 2019?

2019 is going to be a busy year for me. There’s a lot of people I want to work with before the year is over, and I’m going to try and work with as many of them as I can. I also want to make at least 3k off of beats before the year ends.

Those are some good ass goals I’m not gonna lie. If you stick to it you got that no problem. Who are some artists you’d like to work with in the future? Big or small.

I definitely want to work with ThouxanbanFauni, Unotheactivist, and Lil Tracy this year, but there’s a good amount of smaller artists I want to work with as well, including ZellyOcho, Vision4k, and Ronsocold.

Oh wow yeah definitely any one of those artists could be a dope collab with you. What’s your number one goal in music? You have a lot more time to improve so do you have an overall goal or message with your music?

To be honest I just want to reach the status of some of my idols, and I want to inspire other smaller producers that someday they can be like me if they put in enough work. I was a small producer at one point too, and I grinded until I reached where I am now, so I know that other people can as well.

That’s definitely super good advice and I know a lot of people can take something from that. When you’re making beats what are the top 5 studio necessities you need? Things you can’t be without.

I don’t really have much professional equipment at the moment, but I make do with what I have. I currently use Apple earbuds to mix my beats, but I’m trying to get good speakers very soon. I always have my midi keyboard set up, it makes it easier for me to make melodies. This is one of the most important necessities in my opinion if you want to make melodies quicker.

Always I couldn’t agree more and honestly Apple earbuds lowkey fire for mixing. What would be the first thing you would do if you got filthy rich?

If I made a ton of money from beats, I would definitely donate some money to my day one’s. They were with me from the start of my career and I feel like they would deserve it. I would also give a good amount of money to my parents, because they always supported my decision to produce, so they definitely deserve it.

Couldn’t agree more I’d probably do the same. Music aside for a moment what do you do when you aren’t producing or at school? What keeps you occupied if you aren’t creating?

When I’m not producing or at school I like to mess around in Photoshop and improve my skills. I’m getting better than I used to be so that’s good. I also write music sometimes because I’ve considered starting rapping on multiple occasions.

That’s what I like to hear, you always gotta expand your craft. One of the last questions I had for you was who are your top 5 favorite artists of all time?

My top 5 artists of all time currently has to be, in no order: Playboi Carti, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, and Lucki. They’re music has all inspired me greatly throughout the years.

All stars for sure you cant go wrong with any of them. Before we sign off do you have any last words or shoutouts?

I’d like to give a shoutout to my day one’s: Funfriend, Invi, 1kTekk, Demi-Human, Vape80, SoBlind, and Demifiend. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in the years we’ve known each other, but they are still like family to me. I’ve had some of my best moments with them, and I hope there will be more to come in the future. S/o them for always being there for me no matter what.

Huge shoutout to the squad you always gotta keep the ones you have history with close. Thank you so much for taking your time out and UVC is gonna keep our eyes on  in 2019.

Thank you so much as well, it was nice being apart of this interview.