Timbaland x The Edge Leaders Interview (2019)

By Dave Gordon, thanks to thepestilence.

This year you launched an online masterclass, an instructional series on production and beatmaking. Can you speak to how this has inspired others?
A lot of producers and people that I work with, they tell me that what I’ve explained to them has really moved their career forward. I’m not selfish. I give all my tools. I tell my producers, ‘You can go through my computer, and take all my sounds,’ because I try to better them. They look at me like it’s unreal that I do that. I try to tell people, ‘God made you, and you only. So, I can give you everything that I have, but it’s not going to sound like me. Because God made just me. So, for you, it’s going to help you go further, and have an identity for yourself.’ So, when I explain that to all my students that work under me, they are just in awe. They call me ‘Timbo the King’ but I’m like Jon Snow. I don’t want it – like Game of Thrones. I just give the information because I tell them, ‘You are the next one. You are greater than I ever was. I just broke the wall for you to come in and be who you are.’
Is there anything you advise to help more women get into the industry?
Before it used to be stereotyped – but now you have WondaGurl. I think it’s all about your work ethic. I’m looking for the best female producers. You always see the male dominance, and I’m trying to bring the awareness of women understanding sound. I told the men, whatever y’all are doing, you are vibing to your own beat. If they don’t vibe to it – trash. The women make the world move. They know what, sonically, what is great, and what moves them. As men in music, we follow the women. They won’t say that, but when they go to the club, they don’t start dancing first. They see their girlfriend, then they are going to react. I feel like the women producers really are going to take over. Women producers understand sound and the movement of a woman. I think we are going to see more. I know they say 7% [of producers] are female, but I think we are going to see that go up. The same advice goes for women that goes for men: It’s just all about perseverance and breaking down those barriers.