A Conversation with Music Producer Shemaiah A. Reed
Shemaiah A. Reed is a music producer from San Antonio, TX is known for his chill and R&B vibes. I.A.L.B.B. project from 2013 was his first release and now his recent project “Forgiveness” highlights another smooth ballad with a female vocalist singing over his instrumental. We are sharing our recent conversation with Shemaiah here.
Twist Online : Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Shemaiah : My name is Shemaiah A. Reed and I’m a music producer and small business owner from San Antonio, TX.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Shemaiah : I always loved music especially R&B from the 90’s. I grew up listening to jazz, r&b, and gospel music. In the 5th grade, I joined the band playing the trumpet and kept playing all the way through my sophomore year in High School. Made my first beat was on a keyboard in kindergarten in a choir class, and when I was older I studied music production and engineering at a community college in Ann Arbor, MI. Music is a tool that can bring out different emotions. Getting into the music industry isn’t as hard now today when you can publish yourself without a label. Getting good exposure is the hardest part, but putting passion into your work will attract the right ears to your sound. Hard work will get you ahead.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent project ‘Forgiveness’?
Shemaiah : I made a beat late one night, and usually, that’s when I make my best ones. At this time I wasn’t thinking about selling it or finding an artist to get on it. Then I heard this female artist’s voice just searching online for new artists for inspiration. This female artist had a great voice that I felt was perfect for the track. So I decided to write her a message to see if she would be interested in writing lyrics. I let her know that I wanted something that is heartfelt. I wanted this song to be unique. My style is chill, and unique. She did exactly that! I was impressed with her lyrics and her voice! We discussed the track further and I compensated her as work-for-hire on the song.
Twist Online : What kind of response the project has released so far?
Shemaiah : The first phase was playing the track for people. I asked for feedback, and then once the mix was right I put it out there. The response is positive and I have a previous project out from 2013, I.A.L.B.B. The two projects have a similar style, smooth and chill.
Twist Online : Are you influenced by any particular music genre?
Shemaiah : Jazz, Gospel, and R&B. But… I am a very chill person that likes slower tempo songs because since I was a kid, those were the songs that drew me in.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music Producer?
Shemaiah : My main goal as a music producer is to let people hear me inside my production. I want to create “feel good” music that can be heard instantly. “That’s sounds like Shemaiah”
I would love to work with more artists in the future and continue to develop my signature style.
Twist Online : What keeps you busy when you are not producing music?
Shemaiah : I’m also a small business owner building my brand with a side job to make ends meet. My time is full all the time. Photo shoots video production and publishing a magazine monthly.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Shemaiah : Yes, I am working with another artist on a project that will be released by their team. I cannot go into detail now, but this will be an exciting time once the project is out. I’ll put more information out on my social media once the project is released officially. There will be more to come in the near future, but my main focus is to continue to work on my sound. I would tell anyone out there to keep creating and don’t try to sound like something that isn’t YOU. Don’t be afraid to sound different.