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Meet Darius Shipp of Mr. Shipp Production in Inglewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darius Shipp.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Darius. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I am a music producer and singer/songwriter. I was born and raised in San Diego California, and like so many other dream chasers in Los Angeles, I came here to “make it” as an actor and a director.

I enrolled at Los Angeles Valley college and moved in with my aunt in NOHO and began studying acting and directing for the theatre. I had my ideal life all planned out, I would move to LA, go to community college, then transfer to UCLA, graduate and conquer the world of theatre.

That all changed once I started creating my own music. I was always gifted when it came to music. I had an ear for music at a young age and natural raw talent for songwriting. I wrote raps and pop records for fun in my room when I wasn’t studying or working, and my uncle took a notice to it.

One day while my aunt was out of town on a business trip, he said “I see you writing all those songs, do you want to record something… I have the equipment to do it.” I jumped on the opportunity, and we recorded something like five or six songs that night (The number of songs recorded on that first session is almost legend.

The real number varies depending on who’s telling the story). My uncle became my manager, and from there we embarked on a journey that field a passion in both of us that I don’t believe either of us knew was there. Together along with the help of some talented producers we created two projects. “Born Yesterday,” an Ep released in 2010, Chasing dreams, released 2014.

In 2017, I released the singles “She is a Circle” a love song that compares love and the feeling of being complete to the circle. And “Get Back Home” a more gritty sounding love song about aggressive and overwhelming passion. Also in 2017, I released a free EP available through my website entitled “Quicksand for Long Jumpers” which is a project about the fear of love which is really a fear of pain or fear of being hurt.

Quicksand for long jumpers was the project that helped me transition from making music for myself to producing for others. And in 2018, I started Mr. Shipp productions which is my web-based site where I sell and lease music production for upcoming hip-hop and rub artists. I still create music as an artist myself but focus mainly on creating music for others to express themselves, and I love it.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been far from smooth. Choosing a career in the arts is always a hard road. It’s not the most lucrative career choice, and in order to make it, you have to have a resiliency like none other.

Not only do you have to constantly thwart the naysayers who project their fears onto you but you also have to fight your own worst critic and naysayer, and that is yourself. Self-Doubt can be an artist biggest obstacle, and I have doubted myself in the past and continue to struggle with that to this day.

I’ve come to learn that life is a journey. Our ambition and pride and our ego wants to skip the journey and instantly appear at the destination, but life doesn’t work that way. So until we invent time travel, we have to learn to enjoy the ride, rather than pouting in the backseat asking God or the universe “Are we there yet?”

I think that’s how I’ve managed to stick it out so long and I’m just now starting to see the fruits of my labor.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Mr. Shipp Production – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a music producer and a songwriter. I create musical compositions that independent artist buy or lease from me.

I specialize in hip hop, r&b, and pop music. My personal style is very fluid and really changes from beat to beat, and I think that is what separates me from so many other producers out there. I have a versatility that not many producers have and I approach even the most basic music with a creativity that is unmatched in a lot of different ways. (I say all that as humbly as I can of course).

What I am most proud of when it comes to my music is how I take the sounds that are most popular today and work in my own creativity into the mix making something refreshing and new. When you listen to the radio, you can quickly come to the conclusion that all the records sound the same. Its because now, the music business is more business than music.

We are fed the same stuff over and over again because it sells. That has bled into the indecent market as well. What I try to do is I try and inject more creativity into the music that artists want to buy, and ultimately the music people want to hear.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’m fairly new to Inglewood but what I love about the city and west Los Angeles as a whole is the diversity I see around me. Its cities like these where you really get to see what real America looks like.

Of course, it California so I love the sun, and being in West Los Angeles puts you very close to everything. Downtown is a hop skip and a jump away, the beach is close, the airport. It’s all here or really close by in West Los Angeles.

Pricing:

  • Basic beat lease (mp3) – $10
  • Premium beat lease (Wav) – $15
  • Track out – $50
  • Unlimited lease and track out – $100
  • Exclusive beat – $250

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Tricia Monique and Nika Gocha

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