On da Come Up with Nexx Move
Sometimes people have a hard time putting a name to the music they hear, when it comes to ‘Nexx Move’ you guys have an extensive discography, run down the resume a bit to give the readers a taste of your contributions to the world of music.
HHR: For those new to the name, let them know who ‘Nexx Move’ is and some of the placements you have under the company.
Mr Devine: Well Nexx Move Inc. is my (Mr. Devine) production company I started in 2001. I’ve produced records for the L.O.X “Keep Hustlin”, Styles P “My Brother”, “Get Paid”, DMX “Dont gotta go home”, Jadakiss “Things I’ve Been through”, Sheek Louch “D Block/dipset” and many other records.
Jack Danz: Im “Hannibal” Jack Danz and I came on board in late 09.. I help run the company along with Devine.. Umm i did a joint with Maino called “Shoot Em Up” produced by Scram Jones, I have a joint with T.I and Young Jeezy called “Get This Money” produced by Nick “Fury” and help steer the career of a few upcoming and known artist from behind the scenes….
Joe Milly: I go by Joe Milly, I’m only 22 years old with a sound that stands out amongst the crowd of new up and coming producers. Some of my most known placements include DJ Khaled ft. Kasual & Tarik Nix – Speedboat Music … Jadakiss – Without You … Shawty Lo ft Kasual – 100 grand and many other independent projects. The bulk of my placements will be surfacing in the next few months.
HHR: You seem to have cranked out a lot of street heat for the LOX frontmen, what is it like working with some of the best to ever do it on a mic?
Mr Devine: Its an honor, the L.O.X were my favorite group when they were signed to bad boy. When I was signed to Ruff Ryders in 2001 I knew I would have the opportunity to producer records for them. The rest is history I’ve produced many records including songs that never came out to this day. Not many producers can say they’ve produced a L.O.X song so once again I’m honored. It was a cool vibe in the studio with them just watching them(L.O.X) with pen and pad and the beat looped over and over until all the vocals are laid.
HHR: How important is that ‘in studio’ chemistry vs flying tracks all over the internet and working from different locations?
Mr Devine: Its always better to be in studio with the artist this way as a producer your there for the whole process of the song being created. These days its very hard tho, artist are always on the move so you have to email beats, thoughts, suggestions. It can be frustrating at times but that’s the way it is now, but if I get the opportunity to lock in with an artist I never hesitate. If you can lock in you’ll get better results with the out come of the complete song because you and the artist can bounce feedback to one another.
Jack Danz: In studio chemistry is very important in my eyes… sometimes having a extra set of eyes and ears to be able to help the completed product helps alot. Being that the producer actually made the beat or composed the music what better way to extract the best result of the track that to work on it directly with the person that originated the idea; it helps alot and results in a finished product that both artist and producer can equally proud of.
Joe Milly: My best works comes when I’m working directly with the artist. E-mail relationships rarely succeed because MP3’s end up getting buried when they could potentially be hit records. I prefer in studio well over internet relationships
HHR: Creatively what do you use to make beats?
Mr Devine: I still use an Mpc, Logic 9 and a ton of plugin sound modules.
Joe Milly: I pretty much use FL Studio as a sequencer and do all of my mixing in Pro Tools 10. My favorite plug-ins are Nexus, Gladiator & Sylenth1.
HHR: Devine, you recently signed Joe Milly to Nexx Move, what did he bring to the table that set him aside from other producers you were hearing?
Mr Devine: When I first heard joe Milly’s beats I felt his beats were ready for major artist. The beats needed very minimal tweaking, he knew what direction as a producer he was trying to head in. Some of the other producers I’ve listened to needed more help with their beats and their sound wasn’t developed yet. He was very humble when it came to advice and suggestions to improve the overall trak. That’s very important for a producer to be able to listen and take advice.
HHR: Milly, being part of the ‘Nexx Move’ team must be exciting, congrats on the Jadakiss placement. When did you find out the record made the tape and how did it feel to work with a legend?
Joe Milly: Devine had introduced me to one of his affiliates from back in the Ruff Ryders days Lucky Loom, which lead to the beat being heard by Jadakiss’ right hand man Top Cat. Top Cat told me that Kiss loved the record and that it was definitely going to be on his next tape (Consignment). Fortunately for me, Kiss ended up doing a video to the record in memory of his boy Kay (Rosewood). It was pretty surreal to work with Kiss, being that he is one of my favorite rappers of all time. I gained a lot of respect from hip-hop veterans after the success of that record.
HHR: Jack, aside from being involved in the business aspect of things, you have written hooks for some of the biggest names in hip hop, how does a writer build the relationships to where they are actually in the studio being creative directly with the artist?
Jack Danz: Well that comes from having relationships with people that believe in you and are willing to set it up so laywers, a&rs, friends, publishers of the artist etc and then being able to follow through with what you know you can do. I think being that ive always worked closer with producers that plays a big part as well cause if a producer endorses you to the artist to help them get their point across creatively then its a natural thing for the artist to then trust you as a writer and welcome you as part of the creative process.
HHR: What’s on the agenda for ‘Nexx Move’ for rest of 2012 and beyond? What are some of your goals?
Mr Devine: Well we me and Jack Danz are looking for more talented producers to sign and secure some placement opportunity for them. I want Nexx Move Inc. to be a company that represents today’s hottest up and coming producers.
Jack Danz: Like Devine said just looking for new talent in all genres and aspects of music.. and as well we are broadening our horizons business wise in other aspects of the entertainment industry. Moreover just trying to develop a level of consistancy and quality in whatever we do is paramount to everything else. We hope to get more placements in other generes of music just working with dope talented people all across the world.
Joe Milly: My main goal is to make my name household and place as many records with as many different artists as possible. I want to be the go-to guy for everyone that has albums coming out. Hard work and patience brings all of that, so I’m just staying in my lane and perfecting my craft as new opportunities arise.
HHR: Where can we find you all online?
Mr Devine: My Instagram: @mrdevine Twitter: @darealmrdevine and www.nexxmoveent.com
Jack Danz: Www.itzhitztory.com is currently up and working to get that better so stay tuned their
@itzjackdanz on instagram and twitter, Hannibal Jack Danz on facebook, @igotyouhooked on istandard .com hell just google Hannibal jack danz and im sure youll find me
Joe Milly: twitter.com/joemilly or my instagram: joe_milly
HHR: Any last plugs ?
Mr Devine: Shoutout to Jack Danz, Joe Milly, J Hatch and istandard and Hip Hop Ruckus for the interview
Jack Danz: Shoutouts to My Team , Mr. Devine, Joe Milly, Team ITZHIZTORY ,Jus Had, Iman Jaunte.. To everyone that has supported over the years that list is to long to type but you know who you are. Shouts to IStandard has supported me and my movements for the last 7 or 8 years. Shoutout to Hip Hop Ruckus…..
Joe Milly: Shoutout to Devine, Jack Danz, iStandard, J Hatch, and especially Hip Hop Ruckus for making this interview possible. Google me and stay tuned with my newest releases. Nexx Move. Peace