Today we’d like to introduce you to Alfred “Lil A On The Track” Armmer.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story starts in the great city of Memphis, TN. Every since a young’n I’ve always had a deep passion for music/music production. In elementary school, I would recreate the beats I heard on the radio on my desk in class when I had the time, too lol. Hearing songs like “Roll Out’ by Ludacris produced by Timbaland or the spectacular hard-hitting production from Dj Paul and Juicy J who encompassed the sound of Memphis music always steered my love for music even more. I have always loved music, but I didn’t know theory or anything else. That all changed when I entered the 7th grade. Seeing as to how I loved making beats on the desk, I figured I’d chose the elective of band, and I would play the snare drum. That plan quickly failed, the day I decided to get in the band class, the band director told me that all the snare spots had been filled. He quickly told me if I didn’t pick out an instrument, I will receive an F in his class. I literally thought to myself “Damn I didn’t come in here to do anything else but play the drums”. I also understood that an F was definitely not the move (Moms wasn’t having that).
So he pointed me to where the instruments were, and I went into the room with no clue of what any instrument was, or what sound it made. I ended up picking the biggest horn which happened to be the tuba. I have to reiterate that I had no clue what it was, none of my friends played an instrument let alone the tuba. We all played sports like basketball and football, but that decision (I feel predestined by God) literally changed my entire life and music production for the better. By playing that instrument, I was able to dive way more into music and understand the way music moves, and how you can control music to move the way you want it to move. Fast forward, I started making beats/music production around the age of 14-15 when I entered High school. One day at school, I came into the band room and saw one of my friends messing around with a program called “Fruity Loops”. I saw him putting together the sounds and rhythms he had in his head onto the computer. I was instantly memorized, I actually hadn’t seen any program like this up close and personal; before then my only means of music production at the time were beating on classroom desks and playing the tuba lol. Being that that this was new and unfamiliar, I asked my friend if it were possible to store and keep your ideas with this program, he told me yes, and actually you can download the demo for free from their website.
So I ran home after school and quickly downloaded it, and I instantly fell in love! My first couple of tracks were just ok. Just like with anything, you have to put time and dedication into getting better. Fortunately for me, one of my big brother’s best friends Tory was also a music producer and had heard that I had started making beats. He was way older and much more experienced with the craft and decided to let me shadow him for a couple of days. He ended up giving me some of the most essential tips I needed to develop a better sound. Tips like putting the clap and snare together, or how to structure a 16 bar verse for the artist, I quickly applied those methods to my production, and it helped in a major way. Fast forward a couple of years later, I ended up linking with my older cousin Young Jai. At the same time, I was just to about graduate high school and in enter college. My cousin Jai was also into music, and at that time was working on his 1st album. For that particular album we ended up crafting a song called “Wasted” and it was really popular among the “Memphis Jookin” community whom my cousin was really involved with. A couple of years later, I ended producing his entire 2nd album along with my production partner Deandre “Dre fResh” Miles. Songs like “30 Years Strong (Gangsta Walk Anthem)’ were one of my favorites and still have an imprint on dancers from across the world till this day.
While working with Young Jai, I had also entered my freshman year at a HBCU (Historically Black College University) That HBCU happened to be the University Of Arkansas At Pine Bluff (UAPB for short). It had become one of my dreams to attend UAPB and be a part of their amazing band program. While there in school, and in band, I got to see the value of hard work and coming together as one unit to produce greatness. Also by attending UAPB, I got the one in a lifetime chance of marching in the inauguration for the first black president in American history Mr. Barack Obama! That was an experience that definitely changed my life! It furthermore showed me that true love for music and hard work can literally take you anywhere. By the time I was 23 years old, I had saved up enough money to move to Los Angeles, CA. I had already visited a couple of times to visit my girlfriend(now wife) Shaunte, and also to visit my friend Lil’ Buck. During those trips, I saw the vision of becoming successful doing what you love right before my eyes. My wife, Shaunte, had already booked a world tour dancing with Nicki Minaj by the age of 19, and Lil Buck was killing the game with national commercials, and his own artistic lane within the dance community. Being that they both were from Memphis made the dream much more tangible for me. So with that in mind, I packed up my things and drove all the way across the country to embark on my lifelong dream to being a vital asset to the music industry.
Fast forward to 2020 I am currently working with my good friend/legendary Dj Andre “Dj Dummy” Smith. We just recently built a studio together and are producing Maimouna Yousef aka “Mumu Fresh’s” new studio album. Working with Dj Dummy has been a very vital and an insightful experience in my musical career thus far. Not only is he a mentor to me, he is like a brother. His knowledge and experience of the game is something I get to learn from firsthand, and also see up close and personal. In addition to working with Dummy, I am blessed to have worked with and still currently working with my good friend Stanley Randolph. Getting to work alongside Stanley has helped my sound grow so much as a producer, the way I hear things and structure them has definitely changed for the better. Stanley also happens to be a native of Memphis and has worked with some of the greatest artists of all time being a professional drummer/music producer. Stanley is another person who has literally shown me love from the day that I met him. Recently. Stanley and I worked on record together for an artist and good friend of mine by the name of “Keaira Lahsae” entitled “Love Tko” Stanley produced the record, and I co-wrote it with Keaira. Keaira Leshae is an artist who I’ve been working with since 2017. We initially collaborated on her self titled Ep “Purple Crowns’, where I produced a record for her entitled “Smoke N Crowns” Though the pandemic has slowed a lot down, we still have a lot of music in the works. At the very moment, I am producing records for various artists in the LA area and also back home in Memphis, TN.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since relocating to Los Angeles, it has definitely been a tough up and down road. The comfort I had being back in Memphis surrounded by family and friends is definitely missed. That’s just one of the many sacrifices that I have had to make. Everything from the cost of living to the people, I had to literally get accustomed to. It was hard, but with lots of prayer and consistently surrounding myself around good people and energy, things always come together in the right timing. I’ve had some situations with artists that I invested a lot of time and effort in dissipate right in front of my eyes. Those times set me back hard, but also made me grow and at the same time, made me believe in myself that much more. One of the toughest moments while living in Los Angeles was losing my mother Adriena Armmer in 2019. I was at session with one of the most iconic music producers of all time, for the first time, and literally in that same moment, I got a call that mother had been rushed to the hospital and placed in critical condition. That moment in time felt like a movie, I couldn’t process everything at the time, and when she passed, my passion kinda of stopped and I had to take time to come back to being as productive as I once was.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My team and I specialize in creating music and writing songs in a particular set of genres. Genres like hip hop, r&b, pop, you can throw even in a little reggae in there as well. I am mostly known for hard Memphis style production, Which I am very proud of, but records like “Smoke and Crowns’ or “Love Tko” I am proud of as well. I’ve had the chance of working with a faith-driven artist by the name of Brandon Mitchell, and we’ve made some awesome music together. Artists like Geno Gwap out of Memphis Tn, who I am particularly close with, We have created some dope music together, he recently released a song entitled “Gutta” produced by yours truly, It really is a dope record. Dj Dummy and I have been working on music for a couple of Tv shows that are dropping soon, and also MuMu Freshs album like I mentioned before. I can’t wait for you guys to hear that new music. I am super proud of these new records! I would basically say my team and I are open to making the best sound possibly can to help any situation that we are involved in.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am a firm believer in God and prayer. Also, in reading the word from the bible and applying it to my life, I can honestly say that by spending time in prayer and actually focusing on the word of God, my life and business has definitely turned out for the better. I literally met Dj Dummy through church. I try not to name drop as much as possible, but Dummy has worked and is working with the who’s who for decades. I met Stanley Randolph through my good friend/pastor Kelvin Truitt. He was the one who introduced us. So for those who don’t believe in God, I guess they would characterize it as luck, but I put my faith in God and Jesus alone. I am proud to say that I would not be where I am today without him.
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