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Meet Caleb Belkin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleb Belkin.

Caleb, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I first started producing music during my freshman year of high school (2014). My older friend Brando had been producing for a few years and he’s the one that really got me into it, letting me practice on his computer whenever I had the chance. After a few months, I decided that this is something that I really liked, so I saved up to buy a used Maschine MK1 off of craigslist. Having this equipment and being able to make beats whenever I wanted really helped me develop my own style and figure out what I wanted to do going further.

For most of high school, I posted my beats solely on Soundcloud mainly for my friends and I to listen to. Over the years, I developed a small fanbase on Soundcloud which really helped propel my career forward as an artist. Towards the end of high school, I started to connect with other beatmakers through Twitter and Soundcloud. Through this process, I have been able to meet some of my closest friends and they have helped shape me to become the person and artist that I am today.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The past few years have not always been the smoothest, having to balance music and school has been difficult at times. Having to adapt to the college workload, I had to put music on the back burner for a bit. In high school, I made beats here and there which is why I released a lot of singles but during college, I started working on music in spurts whenever I had the chance. This resulted in less singles but during my seasonal breaks from school, I was really able to put my full focus on working on my albums which I hadn’t really done before. The majority of my two albums “Bliss” and “Oasis” were created during my winter and summer breaks. I’m still trying to find a balance between the two as I hope to create a more consistent schedule for my future releases.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in making chill instrumental beats often attributed to the genre of “lofi”. I am most known for my older songs that I made during 2015-2016 like “Lost Samurai” and “I Fall in Love Too Easily”. It is crazy to me that beats that I made in my room years ago are still being listened by people today on a consistent basis.

Currently I am focused on trying to release and make music on a more consistent basis. One thing I am also trying to do more of this year is collaborating g with my friends. This really helps spark my creative drive and I feel that this is one of the most fun ways to make music for me.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?

I would say that my most important characteristic to my success is my eagerness to learn. I am still as eager and passionate as the first day I started making beats. There is always something new to learn whether it be reading an article on your preferred software or just practicing and trying out new techniques, there is always room for improvement.

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Thomas Grantham, Mikey Soliz, Todomevale,

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