Aquinas- From Newcastle To Global Shores

Personalities

19-year-old Newcastle producer Aquinas has been rising in prominence within the music underground, with their beats accompanying the vocals of artists like Boy Scout Gatsby.

The producer, however, has also been growing a global audience outside of his usual bracket. With the release of his new song, ‘Bonsai,’ in which the producer unleashes his vocals on his own beat, Aquinas showcases that he is versatile with his art – and pushing boundaries.


The producer, who shares his producer title with his real name, originally started making music with a passion for music, a bootleg copy of FL Studio, and a desire to learn.

Aquinas previously lived in Tasmania for 3 years, and it was there that he met his friend, Hugh, who would later help the aspiring producer on his musical path at age 16.

Hugh had a talent for producing EDM styled music, and aided Aquinas with using FL Studio. They recorded over a Bones styled beat using a phone, and a mosquito net for a pop filter. Aquinas enjoyed the process, and began to learn how to produce on FL Studio using YouTube, independently. 

“When I was 18, I think is when I was getting tired of using Youtube beats. I
wanted to do the whole thing myself. So I just learnt how to make beats,” says Aquinas.

 The producer also would like it to be known that they now own a legitimate copy of FL Studio.

“Invest in your craft,” says Aquinas.

If you have been keeping up with the Newcastle-based producer, you may have noticed his social media tag, ‘AquinasWC.’ 

This tag comes from the title ‘Wrong Crowd‘, a group that Aquinas is affiliated with from Chattanooga.


19-year-old Newcastle producer Aquinas has been rising in prominence within the music underground. Image source:

The producer has also endured hardships along his journey. 

Finishing high school in 2017, Aquinas studied building design. However, this path wasn’t for him, and he dropped out fairly quickly. 

Dealing with the process of creative dry periods is also something that Aquinas has faced, frequently. The producer comments that at periods he can lack a creative drive, and feel self-doubt with his craft.

“You just gotta let yourself rest in that time [lack of creativity]. Shift your focus, don’t expect yourself to be A1 always,” says Aquinas.

The producer deals with these moments through his hobbies, such as skating, and visiting art museums.

The Newcastle producer also lived in New York City, for a period, when he was younger.

“I got to experience so much. Coming from Australian schools to a school just on the edge of Harlem was so different. I met a lot of great people there. Sadly, I lost contact with them though,” says Aquinas.

Aquinas also speaks on his inspirations. 

Originally the producer only listened to mainly ‘old-school west coast hip-hop’ such as Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre.

Later on, Aquinas also adopted the tastes of individuals like Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean, Kanye, Tame Impala, and Young Thug, into his inspirations list.

The producer also speaks on one of his greatest achievements. At Wavyland, an underground music event run every month or so in Sydney, Aquinas watched as his production was performed live.

Boy Scout Gatsby, a Wollongong artist covered on the blog before, and podcast, performed his songs live at Wavyland.

A Dark Rose Podcast episode with Wollongong artist Boy Scout Gatsby.

“Boy Scout Gatsby is one of the best Australian artists I know, and I went down to Sydney and got to see him perform the songs he’s got with me in front of an audience. That was crazy,” says Aquinas.

Boy Scout Gatsby recently released a remix to Aquinas’ new track, Bonsai.

The producer is also very thankful for the audience they’ve developed over the past year, or so.

Aquinas also gives advice to those in the music scene.

If you’re uploading your beats on YouTube, ensure that your thumbnail is enticing, and pleasing to the eye.

The producer also comments that keeping your [hash] tags on Instagram to a minimum is key, as doing otherwise can clutter, and look unappealing.

As the producer continues to create new music, he has also commented that he would love to have more of a role as an artist. 

“Being an artist is my main goal,” says Aquinas.

Aquinas would also like to work with 6 Dogs, and Hooligan Chase, in the future.

Expect to see more versatility from Aquinas in 2019.

To stay up to date with Aquinas and his musical career, be sure to check out his social media below:

Drawingsbyjag- Behind The Art

Personalities

You may know the graphic artist Jaggar by his social media alias, “Drawingsbyjag,” or better yet, by his graphics. The talented 16-year-old Ohio artist has drawn various individuals, from mainstream artists to underground personalities, and more.

These individuals also notice Jaggar’s art, often leaving comments below the post showcasing their surprise and admiration.

From Ski Mask The Slump God, to Trippie Redd, to underground talents like Steele11, Jaggar’s career is built on humble origins, but the young artist has a steady vision.

Time to explore Jaggar’s mind.


16-year-old graphic artist, Jaggar, lives in a small town in Ohio, near Canton.

The young artist claims that they’ve been creating art for as long as they can remember. It has become a part of their overall identity.

The brand name that Jaggar has chosen, “Drawingsbyjag,” does not have a lengthy reason behind its acquisition.

Jaggar states that he chose the name as it was simple, and contained part of his name in the title.

The artist did not expect the brand, and his art, to pick up the audience it has.

Jaggar also sheds light on his life growing up.

The young artist comments that he has always had the support of his mother, who helped him with school projects and also helped him on his creative path.

“She [Jaggar’s mother] really got me into everything with artwork. My dad, however, showed me music. He was always playing 60’s-90’s music when I was little, and I feel like that helped me with being different,” says Jaggar.

Jaggar also comments that he is thankful that at the age of 16, he has not experienced many hardships and adversities. He comments that he is blessed to have not encountered them on the path that he is following [art].

The young artist also elaborates on the technicalities revolving around the creation of his art.

The artist uses multiple software during the process of their artistic creation, followed by different apps to edit.

Jaggar uses paper for his physical drawings, and then scans them so they can be posted online.

“I was always just drawing on paper when I was little,” says Jaggar.

The artist also uses their iPad, laptop, and sometimes their phone to create digital illustrations.

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16-year-old artist Jaggar, owner of drawingsbyjag. Source:

Listening to music while creating art also appears to be an activity that Jaggar does while drawing. The artist likes to post at least once a week.

Jaggar also comments that he’s been creating art since a young age, with his work being in an art museum in 2nd grade. However, it was Jaggar’s cousin, Majestic, who motivated Jaggar to follow art as a career.

Regarding inspirations, the artist states that most of their inspiration comes from music. Jaggar likes to draw on his own imagery, and thoughts, to put into his art.

However, brand creators Jonny Ransom, of RANSOM CLOTHING, and Cole Bennet, of Lyrical Lemonade, have large impacts on Jaggar’s art.

“A lot of the ideas Cole [Bennet] uses for his videos inspires a lot of how I do the style or background of my artwork,” says Jaggar.

The artist also comments on their growing success.

“One of my greatest achievements as an artist would have to be having a little kid coming up to me at a football game and asking me if I was ‘drawingsbyjag’. That changed how I looked at all of this,” says Jaggar.

The artist states that their growing success is a personal achievement as it incentivises them to work harder.

Jaggar also comments that if he had to describe himself, he’d label himself as a visionary as he is always aware of his surroundings, and is constantly looking for future inspirations to fulfil his vision.

The 16-year-old artist states that he has a clothing line coming out shortly based on their drawings, and future creations. They are also working on album, and song [art] covers.

Motivating yourself, and pushing your creative boundaries is also a philosophy that Jaggar strongly believes in.

“Make yourself different and separate yourself from other artists. Show your adversity and people will notice,” says Jaggar.

The artist would like to collaborate with any “new wave” clothing brands such as Gnarcotic, RANSOM CLOTHING, Lyrical Lemonade, Superradical, and more.

To stay up to date with Jaggar’s career, and his brand “drawingsbyjag,” be sure to follow his social media accounts listed below:

 

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Goyxrd- A Producer To Watch

Personalities

16-year-old Richmond producer Goyxrd has been creating a name for themselves in such a short period of time. From starting their production career at the beginning of this year [2018], to working with bigger artists and creating a growing musical portfolio, Goyxrd is a producer to watch.

Time to explore Goyxrd’s mind.


16-year-old producer Goyxrd is from Richmond, Virginia.

The young producer comments that there is no “history” or meaning behind his alias, Goyxrd. They just liked the way the name looked, and sounded.

Growing up, Goyxrd states that he struggled at a young age with his parent’s separation. The producer was forced to move schools constantly, with Goyxrd never staying at a school for more than a year at a time.

Goyxrd moved houses frequently with his mother, and 2 sisters. The producer comments that he lived in some bad areas of Richmond, and was faced with encountering some bad experiences at a young age.

The producer only felt safe as a kid at his grandparents, as they lived in a nice, and safe suburb. Goyxrd also knew people there, and had friendships in that location.

The 16-year-old producer started to make beats on GarageBand in January 2018. This was the beginning of Goyxrd’s production career.

However, Goyxrd comments that he didn’t take his producing “seriously” until three months later in April, 2018.

The producer also had a few varying inspirations when he started his career.

These inspirations were PoloBoyShawty, MexikoDro, XanGang, and Zaytoven.

The producer is also heavily inspired by R&B music, as well as Jazz.

Goyxrd also comments that he could not envision himself pursuing any other career path. He believes that music is the right path for himself to pursue.

When asked to describe himself, Goyxrd believes that he is a likable individual, and he exhibits a relaxed persona. The producer also comments that he believes he is very versatile in his beat production.

“I don’t only make “Plug” beats. I can also create all moods in my beats,” says Goyxrd.

The young producer also elaborates on his own greatest personal achievement.

Goyxrd states that producing for the artist Summrs is one of his greatest achievements as the producer had been an avid listener of Summrs for some time.

“I’ve always wanted to produce for him [Summrs], even before I started making beats,” says Goyxrd.

The producer also comments that he has another big announcement coming up, however, he cannot speak on it at this moment.

The Richmond producer also gives advice to those in the music scene.

Goyxrd comments that being different is important, as it enables you to stand out from others. The producer is also an advocate for hard work.

“Always remember that hard work pays off,” says Goyxrd.

Regarding producer specific tips, Goyxrd comments that posting 1-3 samples a month on SoundCloud (or relevant music posting platform) is important.

Communication is also important, as is sending beats to artists you like.

Goyxrd also gives an insight into his music schedule. The producer comments that they usually create beats at night due to their creativity being more accessible at this period. However, it ultimately depends on their mood and/or emotions.

The producer would also like to work with artists Chief Keef, Lil Tracy, and UnoTheActivist.

Regarding producers, Goyxrd would like to work with Zaytoven, PoloBoyShawty, and DP Beats.

The producer also has a few songs coming out with bigger artists soon. A tape is also in the works.

To stay up to date with Goyxrd’s production career, be sure to follow their social media accounts linked below: