Roadman Cash, an artist and beatmaker from Paris, France

Interview With Artist and Beatmaker Roadman Cash

Today we are going to interview Roadman Cash, an artist and beatmaker from Paris, France.

Can you please introduce yourself, Mr Cash?

I’m Roadman Cash, and I’m a French beatmaker (it’s been 2 years now). I always had listened to music, and I always wondered how a beat was made. One day I tried FL Studio back in middle school, but I didn’t speak English well. I didn’t get a thing about music, and I wasn’t that motivated, so I gave off.

Then I went to University and met Elias, a very close friend. He made me want to produce music again immediately. I was listening to his beats, and then I thought “why not me though?” So I re-installed FL Studio and that’s where it really has begun.

There are so many things you can do in Paris. The first thing that comes in mind is fashion. Why didn’t you pursue that instead of music?

I always wondered what can I do in my life. Right now I’m focusing on producing music, but I got a lot of projects that I plan to finish later in the future. Music always fascinated me. I’m not only focused on an only universe because nowadays with the tons of opportunities that we got it could be too dangerous to miss something.

You make beats influenced by both American and French artists. Which ones do you prefer more?

My influences are Skepta, Gucci Mane, A$AP MOB, J Cole, Kendrick, 88GLAM, Gunna, Lil Baby, Dosseh (my favourite artist at the moment), Joke, Damso, Ninho, Kavinsky. I could go on forever.

How is the music scene different there as opposed to the States? Are the top charts hip-hop tracks mostly?

In my opinion, the difference between the two is the language. It depends on what you seek for, a native French who’s listening to US rap principally focuses on the flow. Whatever the artist says in the song, it just needs to be catchy.

Same thing with the French scene but as a native French speaker I think the lyrics need to be more meaningful. Urban pop is mainstream. That’s what French people needs.

Not related to music, but how do you feel about Mr Macron? The views on him are so parallel, and it’s interesting to hear what a French person of artistic nature thinks.

Honestly, I’m not that much interested in saying anything. I think he’s not dedicated to his country. But yeah, it could be worse.

Do you have any other hobbies?

Fashion is my motto. I am always searching for a unique piece. I do practice combat sport, and I like playing video games in my free time.

How good are you at managing your free time? It gets hard as you get older, doesn’t it?

Here’s the trick. The more we grow up, the more difficult it gets to manage our time. We get outdated by our own responsibilities. We must begin now, to hustle again, again and again, devoting our little time to our families and to my beats in order to save money and time for myself later.

What are the biggest obstacles for upcoming artists in your city?

Too many parameters to give. The biggest obstacle would be “If I wanna make it I have to devote myself to 100%.” That would be the most significant sacrifice in my opinion.

How do you market your music? Is it social media only or do you have your own tricks and twists to get heard?

I don’t sell my beats yet. For the moment it’s all about social media and words of mouth.

Are you a part of an artistic community? It’s hard to keep yourself motivated when you don’t get any support whatsoever.

I’m in part of couple groups. Friends, friends of friends, or strangers. It allows us to grow together, make collabs, discover other points of views which are essential for improvements. Plus it helps me stay focused and motivated.

What’s your favourite piece of equipment in the music studio? Would it be your MIDI keyboard considering you are a beatmaker?

Yes indeed. My Komplet kinkin. I’ve waited a long time to get it. It made me hesitate a lot before buying it, and then I bought it. Best investment ever this year. I also use the best VST plugins for hip hop, so my music is fantastic.

Any last words before we wrap up for fresh and upcoming producers?

For the ones who are still scared to make it to another step, just don’t be scared whatever software you’re on. Whatever your English knowledge level. You have to hype yourself, spend a whole day on it, try to learn things step by step, try to determine how the whole thing work by trying new parameters. Failing means knowing more about something.

What can people get a hold of you? Your social media?

Social Media For The Win!
YT: GORDON CASH
TWI: OYAB_N
INSTA: ROADMAN
SOUNDCLOUD: GORDONCASH

A big shout-out to Lazyha, my official translator. Love you, my man.

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