About Joey Cutless:
From providing the hip-hop beats and instrumentals to virtually every MTV
reality show that matters, to Producing #1 Billboard independent/hip-
hop charting EP “Get em Got em” for Sho Nuff recording artist
Willie Joe, Joey Cutless is definitely on the rise to being the next
goliath in Hip-hop Production. With over 1,000 credits in film and
television, countless MTV production credits, over 6 million certified
song plays on soundclick.com in 2011, and his beats & instrumentals being
streamed on over 4000 soundclick online stations, Joey Cutless has obviously
created a formula that’s in demand.
From musically humble beginnings In Warner Robins, GA as part of the Critically acclaimed
Local rap act “Millennium” and opening for artist such as Ludacris, Pastor
Troy, Lil Jon, Harlem World, & DJ Kizzy rock in 1999, to
Performing as a solo artist and Emcee in London, England with acts like
So Solid Crew, Ms Dynamite, TASK FORCE, Roots Manuva, Joey Cutless
has Carved out a rightful place as one of the South’s Top Producers.
Utilizing orchestral instrumentation, creative synthesis and
precise sample manipulation to create “crunk”, bass heavy
masterpieces is Joey’s signature sound. “I tweak all my own sounds
from scratch for my beats , my drums are MY DRUMS! Feel me?” says Joey sitting
in front of his pro-tools rig at his home studio in Macon, Ga while
auditioning the “Get em got em” Remix featuring CTE/def jam
recording artist Blood Raw, Grand Hustle/Atlantic artist Da Great
Yola, and M.I.M’s, of capital records. “I love it when my beats are
used and an artist really shines on on my track, it’s a good feeling!”
Joey has lots of projects ahead including more work on “The Oprah
Winfrey Show”, MTV’s “Cribs”, “Super sweet 16”, “All eyez on”, “the
real life”, and numerous other television projects.
This month’s feature is a PRODUCER determined to spread his sound across the globe placement by placement let’s check out Joey Cutless….
Mistajay:What is the story and conception behind your name?
Joey Cutless:I was originally “Young Cutless” but My name is Joey so I dropped the “Young”. I Love the Olds Cutlass and had an SL, so that got me the nickname because I was riding so clean cats would be like “SUP CUTLASS”, I just changed the spelling.
Mistajay:What area are you reppin?
Joey Cutless:WORLD-WIDE, The whole southeast, Warner Robins Ga is my Hometown but we been all over!
Mistajay:What are your influences of your production how did you start? And what inspires you?
Joey Cutless:When I saw Pastor Troy sell 100k CDs independently from a home-made album in 98-99… I was sold. He was someone I actually knew doing music, and so go to the next level. I was amazed by his success. I used to open up for Ludacris when he was still “Chris Luva luva” as well, seeing real people succeed made this dream tangible and real. I also mentored under the world famous a Rock musician Joey Stuckey when I was 15. He taught me the Business.
Mistajay:How do you describe your style?
Joey Cutless:I’m not afraid to try things…I dont let my Track-record or ego prevent me from exploring and exploiting any tool in producing music, I’ll make a beat on the old Playstation and not think twice about it because I know I have the skill to make it something new and exciting. I really consider it a type of Stealth-Mode. Very subliminal, and magical at the same time. I utilize a lot of special techniques to keep things interesting and fresh.
Mistajay:You have produced tracks featuring: Young Jeezy, Young Buck, Jim Jones, Dipset, Lil Mo, Willie Joe, Blood Raw (CTE), M.I.M.S, Da Great Yola, & more. What is your best song you have produced to date and why?
Joey Cutless:“Get em Got em” by Willie Joe. That track was a hit in the south and his ep charted #1 on billboard. It was only a regional song but charted, that spoke volumes of my production skills.
Mistajay:I see you have also done production for T.V. as well which to feel is more lucrative a do you feel that newest avenue for upcoming producers?
Joey Cutless:Yes but it’s not for everyone. There is a huge amount of administrative discipline involved. But I enjoy TV alot. I get most of my work from that sector. There are alot of TV shows out there so its very exciting!
Mistajay:If you could produce for other any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring that you have not produced for yet, who would they be and why?
Joey Cutless:Bone-thugs, Three-six mafia, Outkast. Those groups are legendary and I have always wondered how they would sound with my sound.
Currently I’m working mostly on my Film and Television Catalog for more placements on popular shows on networks like MTV, VH1, Bravo, VH1, E!, and the other majors..As far as artists I’m working on some high profile projects I can’t name at the moment…but you will see!
Mistajay:Where do you see the hip hop going in 2011? How do you see yourself and your sound fitting into that?
Joey Cutless:I see this thing going global to the extreme, I mean Drake is from Canada right? As of now you could be from Any background and make hot music without pressure to fit an image or persona. Lots of 360 deals. The industry will adapt to the decline in record sales to create revenue and keep big artists big, we are seeing that already. People want good music and won’t continue to buy full CD’s to get one song. In turn record labels won’t keep wasting money manufacturing Cd’s to push mediocre numbers. That’s something that the industry will adapt to even more in the future. In it all I will play a role in the production and business sector of the independent movement.
Mistajay:What are your future plans?
Joey Cutless: As one of the “go-to” producers topping the charts and a power player as far as Executive work with a major label signing artists and reshaping the industry from a creative and business perspective. Also giving back to the community and guiding future generations to succeed.
Mistajay:Any last thoughts?
Joey Cutless:Visit www.joeycutless.com and stay tuned! I appreciate all the visitors keeping the site hot! Also keep your ear to the street for Solo releases from my group “Majority-Rulez” , “Taj Royale” & a bunch of surprises.