Blazetrak pro Infinity is a multi-platinum Grammy award-winning producer. The 27-year-old music maker, born in Connecticut, moved to Florida after finishing high school and then to Atlanta a few years ago.
One singer Infinity is currently involved with is Jacob Latimore, recently signed to Jive Records. Latimore’s first music video, for his upbeat pop single “Like ‘Em All” which Infinity produced, debuted on BET’s 106 & Park as the New Joint on February 1st. The song will definitely be a popular one; and Latimore’s next single, “This or That,” also produced by Infinity, is due out soon.
VIDEO: Like ‘Em All by Jacob Latimore featuring Diggy Simmons, produced by Infinity
I caught up with each of them to find out a bit more about their work.
Chattrisse: Can you remember when you decided that producing was more than just something you were good at, it was what you wanted to do to make a living?
Infinity: I guess basically when I sold my first record. I was in Orlando, I had my first keyboard that my brother gave me and I was just making stuff, just for the hell of it, and these guys wound up buying 40 or 45 beats of mine. They asked how much I sell beats for and I was like “I dunno, how about $25 each?” I was 18 at the time, and I was like “Damn. This could be something.”
C: Have there been any moments so far when you doubted that decision?
I: Music was always something I had to do. I was a drummer, I was in a band prior to becoming a producer. We bust our a**es, we put our lives on the line for this, we pull incredible hours, twenty-four hour days . . . and if it’s a yes [and someone agrees to use your beat or song], it’s all good and whatever but it can still take forever to get paid. You take so much of that sh*t, you wind up getting discouraged. . . . You just gotta push through the nonsense for the most part.
C: Who are some of your musical influences?
I: From the Beatles to Metallica, from Madonna to Jay-Z, I have an eclectic taste. I’ve got a lot of stuff that probably nobody’s ever heard of. Different cultures of music, styles of music, progressive funk to metal.
C: Which artist or group would you most like to work with, and why?
I: One of my favorite groups would probably be Maroon 5. I just love their sound. They have like this dark sound but it’s still — everything they do is very catchy, so I feel like we would gel well.
C: How did you and Jacob Latimore begin working together?
I: We used to link up with each other at these ASCAP conventions and chop it up. I’ve known him for a couple of years now . . . about six months ago was when we actually started working together.
Jacob Latimore, originally from Milwaukee but now also based in Atlanta, is already a nine-year veteran performer although he’s only 14.
Chattrisse: What made you decide to become a professional entertainer?
Jacob Latimore: Singing was always in my family, it’s just something I always loved doing. I got inspired by watching B2K and the Temptations, and I just grew up into it.
C: You sing, dance and act professionally. If you had to spend a year doing only one of those three, which one would you choose and why?
JL: Oooh, that’s hard. I’d probably pick singing because it’s my first love and it’s something I love to do. I could lose my legs or something and wouldn’t be able to dance, but if I could still be able to sing I’d be all right.
C: What made you choose “Like ‘Em All” as your first single?
JL: It’s a catchy song, easy to remember, and the video gave people an opportunity to see all types of girls. You know in some videos you see the light-skinned girl, the “big-booty” girl . . . in this video you see all kinds of girls, all different races. ‘Cause I like ‘em all.
Latimore was introduced to rapper Diggy Simmons, who is featured on the track and in the video, by a mutual friend. It’s just one example of how crucial it is for aspiring performers and other professionals to network — and of course Blazetrak is all about helping you do just that.
Chattrisse: How did you first find out about Blazetrak?
Infinity: One day I was on Twitter and somebody had mentioned something about this site Blazetrak, and I clicked on the [Bt] Twitter account and was kind of curious about what it was, and I sent Corey [Corey Jones Stanford, Bt’s Managing Partner and Co-Founder] an email . . . he hit me back like an hour later and was like “Yo, we would love to have you on Blazetrak.”
C: If someone who had never heard of Bt before asked you to tell them about it, what would you say?
I: I’d say it’s an online community of A-list producers and celebrities that everyday normal consumers, producers, writers, entrepreneurs can really get in touch with and send in any type of material that they’re looking for, and get help with it. It could really actually wind up starting their career that way. I’ve signed one producer off it so far and he’s doing good. His name is Tario — he sent in some music, paid for the credits and that was it. Literally, two days afterward I signed him and a few months later he had his first placement.
C: What can we expect next from Infinity?
I: I’m still trying to build my stable of writers and producers, looking for artists . . . the Jacob Latimore record is doing really well, and in the next week “This or That” will be coming out — that’s just a good, fun little club record and he’s going to dance the sh*t out of that record, I already know it — it’s real high-energy, it’s got like a reggae riddim feel to it.
Chattrisse: Last question: how did you come up with the name Infinity?
Infinity: It’s like I work all the time, I have a million different tracks, I just don’t stop working. I don’t end.
Check out Infinity’s Blazetrak profile at http://blazetrak.com/Infinity
Follow Infinity and Jacob Latimore on Twitter: @infbuckets @jacoblatimore