Amari: What’s good man. How are you doing today?
Casok: A normal day, nothing special. Today was the first day of real Spring. It’s normally cold and a lot of snow here, but it was sunny today, which was really nice.
Facts. You’re in Finland right? What was it like growing up there?
Yeah, I'm In Helsinki. Living in Finland, you have maybe three months of warmth in the summer, and then it's dark. It's cold, but it has different sides to it, and you learn to appreciate the summer more because you have to be inside for months after.
So when did you start producing?
I started playing guitar when I was 7 years old. I grew up listening to mainly rock music like The Cure, Alice In Chains, Korn & Nine Inch Nails. In middle school, I would listen to artists like Eevil Stöö & DJ Kridlokk, and some other Finnish underground acts. When I was around 14, I started listening to Trap, like Future and 808 Mafia. I liked the beats a lot, so I tried it myself, and played around with it for a few years. I didn't take it that seriously, but when I was around 15-16, I started to make beats frequently, and I got better at it.
Were you always doing darker production when you started making beats?
The first and second year, I was making beats nearly everyday. I just made everything. I would go on FL Studio and make music. I was also doing “type beats” at the time. I deleted my old type beats, but I was pretty big on YouTube back then. At first, I had all kinds of beats, but around 2017, since Fredo Santana was one of my favorite artists, I started doing a lot of Fredo type beats.
RIP Fredo man. So when did you start landing placements? Was that happening through YouTube?
When I was uploading to YouTube, getting more subscribers, and getting to know other producers that were the same size as me on there, I got to know YRS808. I liked his beats a lot. We collabed, and he was a part of this group called Sytrus Gang, it's a producer group. I went on twitter, started following people and doing a bit of networking, and connected with YRS808. I asked if I could join Sytrus Gang, and they liked my beats, so I joined. We used to share emails with each other, and there were these rapper email-lists floating around too.
Is that how that Soulja Boy placement came about?