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by kenn on 11/03/2005 02:29:00 AM

Timbaland Interview I found.



There are some figures in Hip-hop that for one reason or another just seem to demand your attention. These can be artists, these can be DJs or these can be producers. Today’s established and today’s up and coming producers always mention one name as a major influence and inspiration in their world. Timbaland. Whatever it is about Virginia Beach, when it comes to production, there is no place like it. Period. Timbaland has left his mark on music in general and there aren’t many Producers of our lifetime that can say that.

Now he is embarking on a whole new chapter in his life. With a new label deal at Interscope firmly in place, a new partner (read all about Danjahandz in the Beats Section now) and a new physique that is definitely turning heads, Timbaland is encouraging greater significance for himself, his partner and his legacy within the industry.

There is no reason to summarize who he has worked with as he has pretty much covered the majority of the Hip-hop elite with his pulsating and trend setting tracks. With all his ‘new’ endeavors the Empire he is aiming to construct will be as solid as the body that builds it. Timbaland is alert and looking forward to the building ahead. It appears he has found a new lease of life to encourage growth in his personal and business affairs and with his partner, Danjahandz, this Empire is going to cause pandemonium. But if there is any one particular faction able to take on the challenge of changing the game it will be the dynamic combination of Timbaland and Danjahandz. Read what Tim has to say about his new partner and a whole lot more below.

Read Also The Danjahandz Interview

Thanks for taking time to talk with us at HHM. Can you first of all break down your situation with Interscope and what the deal is with Beat Club ?

Well, there is no Beat Club no more. My new situation with Interscope is a lot different to that I had with Beat Club. I am going around it very differently. On the new label (which a name for has yet to be announced), Nelly Furtado is my first act, Keri Hilson my second and former Beat Club rapper John Doe, my third.

Obviously your dynamic has changed now as you have a new producer you are working with, Danjahandz.

Well, I have a partner now and having a partner takes a lot of the weight off my shoulders.

How did you find him ?

I found him through Larry Live, his manager.

So what exactly would you be looking for in terms of making sure a person is good to be on your team ? What was it about Danja that caught your attention ?

He has the same drive as me. When you have that you can be everything you want to be. I have been working with him for a minute now and his style is definitely how I like it.

Is this the first time you have ever found someone who you could be cool with in the studio ?

No, I mean I wasn’t really looking as I was concentrating on what I was doing. Over the years everything has been Tim, Tim, Tim.

Are you happy to share your limelight then ?


When can we start hearing material from all the projects you have been working on connected to your label ?

Well, right now that is really up to Interscope when they come out, but you will be hearing from them.

You said earlier, that you have Danja to take the pressure off now, what are you working on right now ?

Right now I’m concentrating on just building the label, and building it the right way.

So what is the right way in your estimations ?

We can build at Interscope, so like them we are making money, selling a lot of records, you know learning from the best, like Jimmy Iovine, just trying to do it like they do it and generate a lot of money.

Interscope and everything that comes under that umbrella has the game on lock, why do you think that is ?

Jimmy understands about music, even though the first time round for me, which was Beat Club, didn’t really work, Jimmy gave me a second chance. He understands what I am trying to do.

I know you made a trip to Dallas to help out with the Katrina victims recently. I am sure it had to be a pretty traumatic experience ?

I made that trip for my own reasons, unfortunately it is a part of life, I went, I played my part and I didn’t look to get credit for that.

The Hip-hop Community in general has played a strong role in the relief fund, are you content with what the victims have received from Hip-hop stars etc.?

Yeah, I mean it’s cool, but you really have to go out there and experience it. It’s good sending money, but you really need to understand what that money is going to.

Now I saw you on the BET Awards back in June and you looked great, you dropped a lot of weight, are you still losing weight now ?

I would say I am more cut up now.

What made you make these changes to your lifestyle ?

LL told me once, you can always change the way you look. If you change the way you look, you change the way you look at everything and how you feel personally about everything.

So have you found that ?

I think I found that. I mean me personally I never paid attention to what people said, you know the females and now I hear comments like ‘Wow’ but I didn’t do it for that. I did it for me and for my reasons

I mean was it hard to change your lifestyle to accommodate these changes, you have to be so focused ?

It’s real hard. It takes a lot of will power. I know what I did and how strong my will power was, you know how I felt, but its all in your head, you know you can’t really explain how it feels, or how hard it is. It is real hard, but I did it.

How long have you been going at it now ?

Eight months and I’ll keep going until I get to where I want to be.

There is one word with you right now that appears to be the common denominator; new. New studio, new label, new partner, new work out regime.

(Laughing) Yeah I guess so. I’m just trying to build an Empire. I’m not trying to be solo; I’m trying to build a team. If people say Nate (Danja) is better than me, great, I’m not bothered by that. I just want to create a team, so we always have work coming out way. You know if Tim can do it and Nate can do it, then we can always share the workload. There is never going to be a shortage of work and I don’t want it to be just me. I want him to work on everything as well with me, get him out there.

So Danja is just an extension of you ?

Yeah, that’s pretty much it.

What is your take on Hip-hop right now ?

It’s terrible.

But why do you think that is ?

Music, Hip-hop in particular, it’s all about the same simple beat.

So you think it is down to production over the Emcees ?

Well Emcees don’t really matter anymore. No-one really pays any attention to rappers. People may like your style or they don’t, when it comes down to rappers.

What caused this change in Hip-hop in your opinion ?

You can never pinpoint a change. It is really just like going around in a circle.

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