The Georgia State University marketing student/producer prepares for his set by stetting up his mac laptop, hard drive, m-audio fast track pro interface, and 25 key controller on a small bar table in the middle of Blue Frog Cantina’s modest dance floor. A handful of the many talented artists for which he has produced beats is on hand to perform live versions of their collaborations. He loads up the Reason projects that he will be sharing with the “Friday Night Collective” crowd and hits play. The layered drums, the rumbling bass, and the tasty keys grab the attention of the audience as they gather around Kato and his mobile beat machine.
The producer’s set has begun. He talks us through his process as he mutes and solos tracks and explains how the various instruments come together into a song. As Kato is doing this, Mic Masters and Shot J of the Fresh take the microphones for their first ever live performance of “Easy Come Easy Go” from Vol. 1 of Kato’s production mix-tape series “T.I.M.E.”. Listen to the strings on this beat. SICK!
Easy Come Easy Go
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Tommy Lee Soul and Adult Film Stars then performed their Kato produced tracks, “Go” and “The Joint”. However, “Ham”, a collaboration with 4-ize and The Beat Gods, was premiered without the live performers who were unable to make it. The tracks sounded great in the club and the fans showed a genuine interest in the insight that this talented producer provided.
When asked if he planned on making the production live set a regular part of his grind, he answered with a laugh, “Hell Yes! I’m trying to do production full time. I still rap a little bit on the side, but production is my main focus, my main grind right now. I still like being on the scene, going out to shows, meeting people, so the production set is the perfect way for me to do that.”