Young producers are becoming more common in 2019 but not many are making a name like California native Ragu. Take a dive into what he had to tell us in this UVC exclusive interview.

First off where are you from and how old are you?

I’m 16 years old and I’m from Huntington Beach, California.

The legendary Huntington Beach, I’ve heard such dope things about that area of CA. What’s it been like there? Have you lived there your whole life?

Yea I’ve lived here my whole life, it’s a nice place to live because the weathers always perfect and there’s a lot of things to do. The only downside is that there isn’t really any rap scene here, as far as I know Yung Pinch and Eyekeem are the only rappers that came out of this area. Everyone here that makes music usually either plays in a punk or indie band.

Yeah for sure I’ve always wanted to see what Huntington was like, big shout-out Pinch and Eyekeem those are the first to come to mind for me as well. Tell me about your musical experience growing up, what kind of music did you enjoy when you were younger?

The only real musical experience I had before producing was like 1 year of piano lessons when I was 7 and 1 year of playing the clarinet in the elementary school band, so basically nothing. Up until I was like 10 or 11, I used to just listen to whatever my parents played, which was mostly 70s and 80s music. For a while I was into indie music because that’s what everyone here listened to, but then I started finding some “underground” rappers like bones and yung lean. Listening to those two is what really got me into making beats.

Wow so a pretty normal upbringing up until you found Bones and Lean, so at what point did you decide to start creating your own music?

I used to be really into video editing, I’d always put together edits of me and my friends skating. One day in like late 2016 I heard about Fl Studio and how you can make music with it, so I thought “it can’t be that much harder than video editing” and I gave it a shot. I started out just attempting to make beats whenever I was bored and had nothing else to do, and I was super ass at it until summer 2017 when I finally started taking shit seriously.

That’s actually really interesting coming from video editing and I can definitely see the similarities between the two. So after Summer 17’ what was your turning point and why did you decide to take things more serious as a producer?

I’d say the main turning point in my career was when I watched a Based Gutta tutorial showing you how to make a playboi carti type beat, right after his first album dropped. I thought the beat he made was like the best thing ever, and I wanted to hear more like it so I searched up “playboi carti type beat” and discovered the whole plugg / icytwat type beat wave that everyone was on. If it wasn’t for that I probably would’ve kept trying to make suicideboys type beats or some shit like that. I really started taking things seriously when I sold my first exclusive in august. I only made like 40 bucks from it because I was a dumbass and didn’t know how to price my beats, but it showed me that I was actually going somewhere with producing.

Playboi era was extremely legendary even for production. So surely you started making moves, at what point did you get your first decent placement and what was that like for you?

If it counts as a placement, it would be when Ugly God asked me to send him beats in the end of 2017. I sent him a few packs and he told me he was using 2 beats and asked for my phone number, but he never hit me up again after that. If that doesn’t count, then it would be the unreleased song I got with Yung Tory at the beginning of 2018.

Both are most definitely worthy, especially for someone of your caliber and age that’s amazing. Do you have a favorite song you’ve produced or been apart of?

As of right now my two favorites are “group home” by Stacy Money and “Bruno” by Chris Travis. They’re both rappers I’ve been a fan of for a long time, so I was super hyped to hear them on my beats.

Both bangers and huge shoutout both of them for sure. How long does it usually take for you to cook up a beat on a normal day? Tell me a little bit about your musical process.

I take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half to make a beat, it usually depends on the style. On an average day I’ll make 1-3 beats, but sometimes if I’m really feeling it I can make like 6-7. Sometimes I’ll start a beat with an idea already in my head, but usually I’ll just find a good preset and start playing out melodies on my midi keyboard. I’m not the best piano player at all, so I’ll just play out a simple melody and click in notes to make it more complex. Once I’ve got that done, I’ll add drums, then mix then beat and lay it out. I try to find time to make at least one beat a day, but taking breaks is always good.

That’s definitely a good schedule and I couldn’t agree with you more I know a lot of producers can relate. So with 2019 off to a hot start for many of us, what are some of your plans for the spring and the rest of the year?

I’m gonna be dropping more beats and a few more tutorials on my YouTube soon, so watch out for that. I’m trying to be a lot more active on there, More drum kits too.

Always gotta keep working I know everyone is gonna be excited for new content from you. At this point in time and life what are your overall goals in music?

At this point, I’d say my main goals are to sell more beats, get more placements, and just keep growing.

Definitely solid plans and I’m sure the community is ready for new ragu. Who are some artists you wanna work with in the future? Big or small?

I definitely want to work with Fauni and Uno, that would be a dream come true. Lucki too, I’ve been listening to his stuff a lot lately. As for smaller artists, I’d really like to work with Weiland, Lil Xelly, and ATL Smook, they’re all next up for sure and I feel like they’d go good with my sound.

All such fire artists for sure I could easily see you working with any of them. My next question for you is, being a teenage producer yourself do you have any advice you wish someone gave you when you were first starting producing?

I wish someone told me that collaborating with other producers was a thing you can do, because it’s a great way to learn and I probably would’ve progressed a lot faster if I had known that. I always thought that two producers had to be in the same room to collab, and I had no idea that there was a whole community of SoundCloud producers.

That’s a huge factor most definitely I can see why you would say that. What would be the first thing you would do if you got filthy rich from music?

If I became rich, I’d definitely give some money to all the homies and my family, and everyone that’s supported me since the beginning. After that I don’t really know what I’d do tbh, I’d probably just get a nice car or some shit like that.

Solid moves I can definitely agree with you. One of my last questions for is what keeps you going if you aren’t creating music? What do you do in your spare time if it’s not music?

I don’t get much time on weekdays to do anything besides schoolwork and music, but on weekends I’ll usually just hang out with my friends and find stuff to do. I’ve also been skateboarding a lot more recently; I was super into it for a while but took a couple years off to run on the track team. I recently quit that because of a knee problem, so I’ve been having fun skating again.

That’s perfect and so good to hear, skating is such a good outlet and especially during your younger years. My last question for you is who are your top 5 favorite artists of all time?

I thought about this one for a long time, but if I’m gonna be honest I really don’t think I can name my top 5 of all time, since every month or so I try to change up what I listen to. As for right now, my favorites are Lucki, Bladee, Fauni, Tracy, and Lil Turbo.

A lot of people switch it up so I know others can relate, that list is absolutely fire though. S/o the whole squad that’s an underground powerhouse. Before we sign off do you have any last words or shoutouts?

Shoutout the whole Sensei and Friends discord and all the other homies, y’all know who you are.

Definitely shoutout the whole squad for sure and thank you for taking your time out for this. UVC and everyone else gonna be on the lookout for new Ragu.