Cheyenne Woolley aka Cheyenne Zhané is a talented music producer who is studying music business in Birmingham UK.
She is quiet, but there’s a lot of ideas that are running through her mind.
I do a little bit of music production myself so I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to talk to Cheyenne about what she does, any tips she has and who her inspirations are.
Knewyu: How did you get into music?
Cheyenne: Ever since I was little I was heavily involved in music. I grew up listening to many different genres, as well as sitting in recording studios hours on end. Back then my dad was producing and was a sound engineer; building amps from scratch and so on. He was focused on Dancehall and Dub music. Then there’s my mum who used to sing, she met my dad and they produced a record together.
I will have to say the main influence is my big brother who is 27 this year. I’ve been watching him produce since he was 13 and I feel honoured that I was able to see him grow into the artist he is today. I have watched him produce for the very artists he idolised as a young teen. He introduced me to Reason software and encouraged me to familiarise myself with it. I enjoyed it. Sometimes I would start humming a melody inspired by the music I listened to and would try and produce something every now and again but it wasn’t until recently that I decided I would apply myself. Listening to tracks I made compared to now has also given me more of a drive because I see the improvement so if you’re a new producer keep all your tracks even you don’t like them or they sound dated, they show your growth.
K: How would you describe your music in 3 words and what would you like people who listen to your songs to take away from it?
C: Passionate, Inspired & Powerful.
K: I know you’re studying Music Business at uni, so with that said, how do you balance studying full time and making music?
C: It’s hard, I haven’t been producing as much but I haven’t completely stopped, I recently just started producing a dance track I hope to finish soon. I have a quite a few projects spanning across a couple genres I’m aiming to finish, so education will never stop me from making music but it has temporarily slowed me down.
K: What is a typical day like in the life of Cheyenne?
Wake up, put some music on if not, I open one of my projects and develop on it. I also may browse YouTube or iTunes and check out the new artist section or check out artists related to the music I’m feeling that day. I just love finding new people to listen to.
K: If you could choose to work on a music project with any artist/producer, who would you choose and why?
C: I would say Billon. He’s a house producer I stumbled across last year and boy, am I glad that I checked his music out. He just has that sound that I think would match well with mine. I personally think he’s very underrated.
K: What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?
C: I wouldn’t say that I have a career in music yet, but getting a song mixed, mastered and released would be great.
K: When can we expect new music?!
C: I have around 3 tracks in the works already. I want produce music people can party to, I’m into house music and I’ve always loved speed garage just to give you an idea of what to expect. I’m putting my r&b/pop music on hold for now. So I’d say within the next year I would like to have an EP out so be ready for the summer tunes!
K: What tips can you give an aspiring music producer?
C: The first thing I will say is never try to sound like anyone else, as much as you may love their music; It’s okay to be influenced but to try and mirror their work will take away your identity. It is easy to fall into the trap of wanting to reproduce the sound you hear in the charts, but you have to look at yourself and your work and believe that you’ll be the next successful artist who has brought a new sound to everyone’s stereo.
This is where my second tip comes in, never give up and never let negative comments put you down. People will have different tastes and they’ll have strong opinions they will try and present as facts. Why pay attention to the bad, especially if you have supporters of your music; even if it’s just a handful?
However, do welcome constructive criticism and know the difference between the two, useless criticism won’t enable you to develop, it will only make you doubt yourself. Even if you don’t have supporters yet and your surrounded by negativity, you need to be driven, strong-minded, patient and grow. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else believe in you?
Thank you so much Cheyenne!