Behind the Booth: 5 Questions with Producer L.T. Moe
New York, NY -- Last week, we took readers Behind the Booth for exclusive interviews with Houston beatsmith Cory Mo and Grammy-winning production trio J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. For the ninth entry in our ongoing series, we've asked producer/engineer/songwriter L.T. Moe, owner of Atlanta, Georgia's 216 Studio. Since he entered the game 12 years ago, Moe's lent his boardwork and songwriting savvy to hits by such big-name artists as Ludacris, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Bobby V., and Trey Songz (to name a few). In this exclusive, five-question interview, L.T. drops a few details on his most exciting recent projects and reveals which up-and-coming groups he thinks have what it takes to bring rawness, shock appeal, and big sales numbers back to hip-hop.
What was your first job in the music industry?
My first mainstream production placement was "Spur of the Moment" on Ludacris' "Red Light District" album.
What is your proudest achievement?
Being able to make a living off of producing records for mainstream artists.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working with Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Bishop Lamont, Lil Scrappy, Diamond (former member of Crime Mob), Willy North Pole, Playaz Circle, BXC (Block Xchange) , F.L.Y. (Fast Life Youngstas), and the St. Lunatics. I'm also in the process of wrapping up "The Plague Co. presents Black Super Villain Music."
How can the music industry prosper long term?
By bringing diversity and shock value back to the game. The industry isn't making any money because they give you the same thing from every [artist]. When something is over saturated, people get tired of it and stop buying it. As far as Hip Hop goes, [the labels] need to bring that "RAW " element back. New groups like The Plague Co. and the Machine Killers are set to do just that.
What are your goals for 2009?
First and foremost to stay healthy through "09" (and until the end of time) and to be financially set (after taxes). Career wise, I would like to have three "smash hit" records within the Billboard Top 10 (one of which hits the # 1 spot) to to take The Plague Co. & the Machine Killers to the top of the game (all while bringing hip hop back to the forefront).
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