From finding EJ CD’s in a cereal box to working with some of the biggest music artists in the world, Scott Supreme and Scott Styles are super producers in their own rights. We visited the studio in Central London where they produce their music to sit down and learn more about their journey so far…
Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Supreme: “I am Scott Supreme, a music producer from London. I have worked with the likes of Young Dolph, Blade Brown, Team E. I also run an online music leasing service.”
Styles: “I am Scott Styles, you may have heard my ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ producer tag from songs like ‘Whippin Excursion’ with Giggs. I run an online beat selling business alongside my bro Scott Supreme as he said. Along with this, we are starting up a record label and have a lot of exciting talent that we are looking to sign. On top of all of that, we also run a production company called Digital Trap, so there’s a lot going on.”
How did you get into music?
Supreme: “I got hold of an EJ CD, you know, one of those EJ dances from a cereal box. I installed that into my computer and was just dragging it and dragging it, making some loops here and there, and before I knew it, I had kind of outgrown it. I don’t know if you would remember the MTV music generator, but I was also using that for a while. Before I knew it, I was working on what I call fruity, (FL Studio, fruity), which is a producer software.”
“That was it, I was hooked. I was about 12 or 13 when I got into FL Studio, I wasn’t too serious at that stage, I was just learning and playing around with loads of different methods, and after a while, I progressed and developed with it.“
Styles: “Music didn’t start as early for me. I didn’t know I wanted to do music until I was in secondary school. I never really messed around with any of the old software. I was listening to a lot of music, of course, but I wasn’t producing any younger than that. Secondary school happened, and everyone around was starting to rap. I started out rapping with everyone else because it was just normal, but I was more fascinated about the beats. This was back in the days when Grime was starting to pop, so it was an interesting time for music.”
“It got to the stage where I just had beats/instrumentals on my phone. I would prefer listening to them which enabled me to dissect them, which was interesting for me. Everyone knew me for the guy who had the best beats on his phone. Even though they weren’t beats I was producing at the time, I still liked the fact that people would come to me for the latest beats.”
“you know when they say you have to put in ten thousand hours? You have to.”
“This was when I was in year 8/9 and even then, the year 11’s were coming to me for exclusive beats because I had managed to get my hands on them. That then developed straight away into FL studio 5 or 6 when I was 14, it was the best windows program producer software I downloaded out of a load I had tried. From there I have just been trying to improve every day.”
When did you start your career in the industry?
Supreme: “In terms of online stuff, I was 18 as well. I remember being in college getting the business up and running. The production was nowhere near the level of what I am producing now. I feel like every year you progress. You have to put in the hours, you know when they say you have to put in ten thousand hours? You have to. I listen back to beats that I was producing only last year and still see a huge progression from then to now.”
Styles: “It was different back then we were 18, that was 9 years ago. This was when YouTube was just starting. We never really had access compared to the tools that are available now. That doesn’t mean it’s easier, the game is different now, a lot more oversaturated for one. Back then it was so much more limited to make and push out music, it was the MySpace days.”
Supreme: “Even down to accessing knowledge, it was limited. Now you can go onto YouTube, you can learn about anything, everyone can now learn to be a producer, graphic designer, you can learn anything you want, because of the access to tutorials. Back then there weren’t tutorials about anything. Even down to the little things, how to install a VST, how to download samples, how to alter something in your mixing, you would have to figure it out yourself which took a lot of time.”
Styles: “A producer these days could be selling beats within a year, because of the access. For us, it was 4 or 5 years, and even then, we didn’t start making serious money until we were about 20,21, so three years after we started the business.”
How did you both meet, and how did the relationship form into what it is today?
Styles: “We first spoke through Facebook once we had realised that we both made music. There were very few people doing what we were doing back then, especially from the area we were in, West London. It’s funny because a couple of years after we met we found a mixtape of beats that someone else had put together, and it had both of us on the cover.”
“That’s how close Supreme and I were in terms of the people we were working with. Back then, music was a much smaller circle, now everyone does music. We collaborated on one or two beats which started the relationship. Then Supreme was trying to sell a camera.”
Supreme: “I had this small handheld camera which I had bought for a college project. I ended up not getting the right spec so I couldn’t use it, so I thought I might as well shot it on. Ebay wasn’t a thing so I was just messaging people on Facebook.”
Styles: “So he hit me up for a camera. Around that time my Midi keyboard had broken, which is a piano type of keyboard. So I replied saying ‘no’ to the camera but if you have a keyboard for sale then I’ll take that because I need one badly. Then he said that he had a spare one sitting there which he could sell to me.”
“When Supreme went to post it, there was a postal strike so he couldn’t, which led to us meeting up. He drove down to my house which was the first time we had linked up. This was about 10 years ago. Supreme was on making R&B instrumentals at the time, so we just made some mad R&B beats. From there, it just flowed and it became a thing most weekends to where we are today.”
Supreme: “I had just finished college and I remember it started to become part of my routine most weekends. The same routine, order some of Olivia’s pizza, and then we would just be working.”
“When you’re in a vibe, try and scale it as much as possible.”
Styles: “One thing I would tell anyone, if you are on to something you need to give it you’re all. Back then we didn’t have a clear vision, we were only eighteen, nineteen at this time. However, if we really got behind some of our projects and pushed them, who knows what would have happened? But you learn. When you’re in a vibe, try and scale it as much as possible.”
What have been your career highlights so far?
Supreme: “There was a point when we both took a spontaneous trip to Amsterdam. It was a random mid-week thought. I remember the feeling around the time of booking the flight that everything we were doing was really working out. I had quit my job that year, Styles and I were patterning industry work, we had businesses that were generating enough for us to not have to go to work.”
“All these years of struggling and doubters, that feeling you get when you feel it’s finally going somewhere was a sense of relief, even though you know you have a long way to go still. You get that more as you go along, but that was the first time I felt it.”
“I had the same feeling when we were in a session with Young Thug, Gunna, Lil Duke, Wakka and Giggs. We played one of our beats, which we already knew was a banger as it was one of our personal favourites. When we played it, it took over the whole room, everyone stopped and was just straight vibing with it. That was another similar feeling, a highlight, confirmation that we can do this. As a creative, pressure builds in certain situations, but you never really feel the full weight of pressure if you are equipped for those certain situations, this is something which you learn and grow with.”
Styles: “For me, one of my career highlights has to be the Drake concert we went to at the O2 Arena. ‘Whippin Excursion’ was going off at that time. I remember me and Supreme were going through a really bad time in our lives.”
“We had a lot of aggro at home, we had new kids on the way, the studio was having to go, there was a lot of stress building. I was staying at the studio on the sofa at the time and felt like I needed to pick myself up and do something fun, so I made sure Supreme was free and then just booked the tickets that were available the night before.”
“This was the first London show of the Drake Tour, so no one knew what the set up was, or what was going to happen. We were there enjoying it, Drake was doing his thing, and all of a sudden, the whole stadium turned green. “Whippin Excursion”, the song which I had produced starts blaring around the whole arena, and Giggs jumps out in front of twenty-five to thirty thousand screaming people. I was just looking around screaming as well, I lost my voice. I had no idea the song was part of the set.”
Supreme: “It was completely in the moment, the mad thing was that the energy levels changed so quickly, within a matter of hearing the first two seconds of the song. We were gassed and screaming. Seeing a song that Styles had made in our studio go to this level to that many people, when you looked around all you saw was lights out…it was mad.”
Styles: “Another one was the first time we went to Miami. We got up off of our backs ten days before and just booked a trip to Miami. It was something that we wanted to do when we first linked up, living the dream, which is something we had spoke about. When we made that happen I believe it was monumental.”
“This was at a time when I was working quite close with Ace Hood, so we were able to link up in the studio with him over there. We had a big condo high up, seafront, with the craziest of views. We weren’t budgeting, we thought that if we were going to do it, then we were going to do it properly. That for me was really living life. There was pressure for us to make something happen over there, but we didn’t feel it. It was our first time in America. We ended up going clubbing with Ace Hood, it was all crazy.”
“We had already been working with Ace, we linked up with him through his engineer, Indie – it was a big part of why we went over there. We hit them up with the suggestion of us coming, and if we did, could we get to work? They said ‘for sure’. So for us, we had always spoken about going to America, so when we had an opportunity, we made it happen.”
Supreme: “It was another one of those moments, you have times when you think, ‘is this ever going to happen? I’m spending all my time and money on this music venture.’ When you have moments like these, it reminds you why you do this, and when you have slight glimpses of it, you think this is what it could be like if I do this every day, and give it my all.”
“You fall in love with the process, building brick by brick”
“Styles and I used to listen to Ace Hood all the time as fans, so to go and meet him, then produce records for him and then for Styles to go on and produce 5 songs on the album Starvation, it was wild. At that time we didn’t know anyone doing what we were doing, it felt like we weren’t sticking to any guidelines, we were just doing what felt right.”
“Whatever felt right we went and did and we still do, but it’s all a little bit different now because we are dads, but, essentially, we have always just gone off of energy. If we are both sat there feeling passionate about a project or a potential project, then we will go and make it happen. At the end of the day, having an idea is great, but executing an idea is even better.”
“The reason why the industry is so interesting to us is that we are both the kind of people that like to watch something grow, we like to plant a seed and watch it develop. You fall in love with the process, building brick by brick, and now we are here.”
Choose three attributes that helped you get to where you are today.
Supreme: “Patience is a big one, also perseverance and confidence. I think you have to know yourself, know your strengths and weaknesses, be self-aware and then work on that. Knowing your time is going to come. We are ten plus years into this and still feel we are nowhere near where we want to be yet. It’s having the determination that I’m not leaving this earth until I complete my mission.”
What can we look out for?
Styles: “We are in the process of setting up a record label, all the contracts are getting written up at the moment and once it’s out I’m sure you will hear about it. We feel we have got something brewing in the background which can take us to the next level we have been searching for.”