Today we are chilling with a Producer who has been on the underground music scene for a while now. His name you ask … Gee Wiz. Sometimes the people behind the curtain don’t get the time of day or the recognition they deserve. Well we are gonna chop it up with a Gee Wiz and dig his mind and see what makes him function as a producer.
HipHopLEAD: For starts where did the name come from?
Gee Wiz: Gee Wiz is short for Great Wizdom. Originally it was Gee Eskimo but that didn’t sound right.
There’s also G1000/Gee Dub/G1/Gee Uno/Gee Unorelli/GW/Genius Weapon/I Genus/Loopin’ the 3rd/DeAdLoop/CutMan/Geeluminati/Great 1000 and Shut Up and Leave Me Alone. I always think up new ones (Laughs). …I’m not crazy, just inventive.
HipHopLEAD: Where are you reppin?
Gee Wiz: I’m universal but to answer your question I’m from Baltimore, Maryland.
HipHopLEAD: Being a hiphop Producer isn’t as flashy as an artist. Does being in the background make you feel isolated or do you like it that way?
Gee Wiz: I prefer to play the back. I don’t want to be a star. As a producer my job is to supply them with great music for their ideas, thoughts and words. Which in turn makes me look good.
HipHopLEAD: Did you ever wanna pick up a mic and get busy?
Gee Wiz: I actually started out as an emcee in 2 groups called C.O.A. (Children of The Atom) and A.I.M. (Artificial Intelligent Metaphors) None of us could afford beats so I bought equipment so I could learn how to make us beats.
HipHopLEAD: Are you doing anything else other then Producing (Mixing? etc?)
Gee Wiz: About three years ago, I started working on getting my mixing down. I’ve learned that if you can mix a terrible beat just right it’ll bang. So imagine just how better a well mixed beat would sound like.
HipHopLEAD: In your opinion who is the best Producer in hiphop history?
Gee Wiz: There’s no one great producer. Everyone has brought something to the table that has changed the game in some way.
HipHopLEAD: Have you ever produced a record that wasn’t hiphop?
Gee Wiz: Tons. I try not to limit myself. I just want to be a great producer period. Don’t stick me in just one genre. I do it all and if I don’t, I will.
HipHopLEAD: Yea man .. that’s smart! What is your long term goal as a Producer?
Gee Wiz: I just want to make great records with as many people as possible. So when it’s all said and done, they can say, “Gee Wiz, he really made some good music”.
HipHopLEAD: What are your weapons of choice when making a beat?
Gee Wiz: Right now I’m using an Akai mpd24/FL9/Adobe Audition and some vsts. I also sample from vinyl/cds/mp3s/dvds/tv/blurays and vhs tapes. I don’t care. If it makes a sound then it can be chopped.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Gee Wiz: I’d have to say my parents and my older sister. As far back as I can remember they were always playing records in the house. I was born in the early 80’s (1981) so I was exposed to the beginning of MTV and hip-hop.
HipHopLEAD: A lot of fusion genres and blended music aren’t too sucessful. Do you feel that trying something like that might isolate you?
Gee Wiz: Not at all. They just haven’t found the right formula yet.
HipHopLEAD: Any new projects coming out? Any features?
Gee Wiz: Yes. I’m working with a very talented emcee named Signif aka Sigflowney Weaver. Her album The “Transition” is available now so check for that. We’re currently working on an ep titled “Significant Wizdom”, so look out for that soon. I’m also working on my compilation titled “Sewer Music 2″ and that’s going be good. I’m also working with Mr. Malish, Scott Summerz, Rocco Davinci, Dro Pesci and Selina Jones Barry (a singer from London). So keep watch for all of that real soon.
HipHopLEAD: If by some chance music doesn’t pan out for you what will you be doing 5 years from now?
Gee Wiz: If all else fails, my girl and I are going to open up a comic book store. Actually we were going to do that anyway (laughs).
HipHopLEAD: Are you impressed with the response you have received from your presence on Digital Dynasty?
Gee Wiz: Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback for being on a few Digital Dynasty’s. Shout out to my man Tha Advocate!
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm. We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking … What do you think of the movie “Religulous” ?
Gee Wiz: Didn’t see it.
HipHopLEAD: Who would win a beat battle… Dr. Dre or Just Blaze?
Gee Wiz: They both great but if you must have one winner, I’d go with Dre
HipHopLEAD: Swizz Beatz or Kanye West?
Gee Wiz: Kanye
HipHopLEAD: Are you concerned about 2012?
Gee Wiz: I believe in God. Now that being said, I doubt He will let the world end because somebody didn’t finish a calender.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Gee Wiz: (Laughs), I’d like to think all of them, but check out the song “New Shit” on Signif’s The Transition. She goes in on that beat.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatever’s clever.
Gee Wiz: Check out soundcloud.com/geewiz86 for beats (updated bi-weekly or whenever I can)
Check out reverbnation.com/geewiz86 for songs produced by me
Check out geewiz.bandcamp.com/ for my latest projects
If you want to talk business hit me on facebook facebook.com/geewiz86
And as always… GEE WIZ 4 HIRE!