The Remy Martin “Producers Series” has provided a platform for untapped talents to be showcased and for veteran hitmakers to offer critique and advice regarding the world of music, in general, and production, specifically. With luminaries such as Salaam Remi, Just Blaze and Mike Will Made It having taken part in the series throughout the last two months, the “Producers Series” came to a close this weekend in New York City. While most of the city is focused on fashion, Stage 48 in midtown Manhattan was all about beats, with host Charlamagne Tha God keeping things moving and superproducer AraabMuzik giving the people an example of what a top-tier producer can do both in the booth and on a stage.
“You’ve just got to trust your instincts and push yourself,” said AraabMuzik after keeping the crowd moving throughout the event. “All of these guys have to know that the sky is the limit.”
“These guys” were a handful of promising producers who’d made it through the weeks of competitions to finally emerge as the last men standing. Universal Records Big D the Weatherman, Chris Green of Capitol Records and Dino Brown from Atlantic Records served as judges for the afternoon, and they certainly had their work cut out for them.
With strong up-and-coming talents like Swing America, Buddah the Future, Soultronik and more, the competition was especially fierce throughout the summer and the finale was no exception. With the team of judges agonizing over which beatmaker had shown the most promise and the crowd providing additional feedback in the form of cheers and jeers, the day eventually belonged to SoulTronik, who was named the winner of this year’s inaugural producers competition.
The spirit of camaraderie among the competitors was the biggest take away of the evening. “Even if you don’t win–you can still walk away with knowledge and connections,” explained Charlamagne. And it was evident that everyone involved gained some useful information and experience that they can take forward. The Remy Martin “Producers Series” may be done for 2015, but there’s plenty of reason to be excited for what’s to come next year.