Starting at a young age, Gregory's parents picked up on his musical talent after he received his first 5 piece drum set at the age of 5. After he destroyed all of the drums, he began making his on drum set out off anything he could find to beat on.
As he grew up and began learning digital music, he started making simple beats on FL Studio
3 On his sister’s computer. He then started recording raps with his beats by using a tape Player. At the age of 10, Gregory was inspired by his brother, who played the trumpet, to become closer to music. Gregory then decided to further his musical talents by joining Ingram Pye Elementary school’s band program. There he learned to play the concert B flat trumpet. He was also introduced to simple rhythms, different notes, scales, and some music theory. As he progressed and became more advanced than other band mates, Gregory decided to pick up a pair of drum stick and began teaching himself simple patterns and rhythms. By the time Gregory reach the age of 12 he was more advanced on the trumpet and any percussion instruments than anyone in his 7th grade band at Ballard Hudson Middle School.
Gregory became 2nd Chair in the trumpet section until his band teacher decided to make him the section leader over the band’s trumpet section. He played Classical Music, Jazz Music, as well as old time classics. That Christmas, Gregory received his first keyboard which was only a mini 49 key keyboard from RadioShack. He then put tape on all the keys with the note on them and then started teaching himself how to play the keyboard. After becoming advanced enough to have learned the keys from memory, he began removing the tape from the keys.
Gregory also taught himself how to play ‘Fur Elsie’ which was composed by Beethoven, amongst other classics. Using His knowledge from band class and his knowledge off the keyboard, Gregory composed his own song called “Riot” which only included 8th notes and whole notes.
At the age of 14, Gregory then went from playing trumpet to baritone in concert band and snare drum throughout the football season with the McEvoy Middle School Band. By This Time Gregory felt it was time for a new keyboard. His sister then got him a Casio
61 Key Keyboard.
Inspired by producers Like Johnny “J” Jackson and Dr. Dre, Gregory continued to use FL Studio as he continued his growth in learning the music. Inspired by Black College Football Game Marching Bands, he decided to continue on his musical journey by joining Southwest High School Marching Band. Gregory was not able to participate in this because of health problems which restricted him from heavy activity but while attending the school he made a few friends. This friendship grew into a working relationship where the friends formed a rap group. Gregory was a rapper as well as the producer for the group. The group first consisted of 3 members. This quickly tripled as the name began to spread and the movement started. At the height of the groups’ popularity, he received a new Yamaha 61 key keyboard. He then started making beats on the keyboard along with using FL studio. After learning a few ins-and-outs of the industry and a few other rappers inquiring about it, Gregory began selling beats to other artists in the Macon area. He used this opportunity to also be featured on other artists’ songs outside of his main group. He then saw that selling his beats produced more money than he anticipated so he started recording songs and mixing them for artists on Audacity Recording Software.
After a few years of using this business model, Gregory had enough resources to buy new equipment.
At the age of 16, Gregory decided to try the band out again. He then joined the percussions session and played the cymbals. The next year Gregory then played the snare drum. He also continued his musical dreams by investing in himself and buying equipment and software to elevate his music resources.
Inspired by modern day producers, Drumma Boi, Shawty Redd, The Runnas, Cool And Dre, and artists Such as T.I., Jay Z, and Ryan Leslie; he decided to focus more on the production side of music. His beats were getting better as well as his view and knowledge of music industry.
Now Gregory's focus is more of the Business side of the Music business since the Music portion of his production is now a productive habit.
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