Interview With Music Producer ‘Fariko On Da Track’

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a musician who became a music producer, I grew up playing guitar and piano mainly along with other instruments like the clarinet, saxophone, flute, violin etc. I loved hearing the sound of beats on songs I listened to so it’s like producing became the next step for me and I love it.

How did you come up with your artist name? 

That’s actually a funny story actually. So basically I used to be a leader in this competitive call of duty gaming group back in middle school called the “Fariko Clan” which stands for Yin and Yang, so everyone at school used to basically call me Fariko. Which then led to EVERYONE calling me that. So I pretty much just went on with it and became “Fariko On Da Track” 

How long have you been in the music industry? 

I have been in the industry professionally I’d say since 2016-2017. But I have been making beats since 2012. 

How did you get started in the music business in the first place? 

This is a funny question to me because I literally always told myself I was going to be a successful guitarist in some major band but what ACTUALLY happened was a friend of mine we call him JJ one time presented me with “FL Studio” on my birthday in 2012 and thought I would be a great producer given my musical background. To this day I am still making beats and I’m not stopping so cheers to more life and success! 

How would you describe your latest single? 

I released a dance music jam called “Had Enough Rhythm” it’s very upbeat and commercial like. It’s available on all platforms as well! 

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

Visuals? I wouldn’t even know where to start. I feel the visuals come with just the people in the room listening because of how “dancy” it is I guess. 

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

Slash and Jimi Hendrix inspired me to play the guitar. While Timbaland, Kanye West, London On Da Track, Zaytoven, Murda Beatz, Metro Boomin inspired me to not quit and make better beats! 

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

I always start anything with the melody and take it from there. 

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one? 

I am getting things together for a beat tape. I am just debating if it will be a full-on “drill” tape? Or a mixture of everything. I’m from NY so drill is what’s popular out here. 

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

I tour from time to time with artists I work closely with. I believe that answers your question? 

What did you buy with your first check off music?

Haaaa… A car. A BMW 328i 2013 to be exact!! 

What are must haves when you’re in the studio working?

A keyboard and space! I cant create in a cluttered environment. 

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Don’t be afraid to network. You really do miss 100% of the opportunities that you don’t take actually. 

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

I have a lot of placements lined up but I can’t say much on that right now. 

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?

Nazzy Bkalla, Yvng Legacy, Omelly, Maggie Carrie, Exit 21, Jaquae, etc. to name a few. Working with the first two is the best because we got a strong friendship even outside of business its always has good vibes! The others I mentioned was more of a “professional” setting. All in all, though I’m blessed to be able to work with these talented people and I thank them and their management as well anyone involved in entrusting me with creating their sound and making hits together! 

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

Lil Baby, Drake, Rod Wave, NLE Choppa, Lil Durk to name a few (this list can get long) 

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

I’d say it’s both. Times have changed though where you can have trash lyrics but a fire beat and the record will do its thing. I feel now music is more simplified rather than creative. Well at least in the Hip Hop/ Trap World. So all in all I think people mostly enjoy music now for the beat. If the beat does not sound right, might not even get to hear the lyrics respectfully. 

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

Better Delivery for sure. My thing is I don’t really sample or use loops or any of that often. So I am usually making my own melodies. When you do that 90% of the time, sometimes you go blank and can’t create because you feel like did this or that melody before. So it slows down your delivery process as far as “pushing beats”.

What’s your all-time favourite song? 

This question is way too hard for me to answer haha. 

What was the last album you listened to?

Key Glock: Yellow Tape 2 

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

Too hard a question for me there is a lot of talent out there so I really don’t have a favourite. 

Who’s your favourite five artists right now? 

Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Nazzy Bkalla, Yvng Legacy, Nba YoungBoy. In no particular order. All are really talented. 

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

I truthfully have no idea. There are so many, to be honest. 

Who have been some of your favourite artists that you’ve been able to work with? 

Nazzy Bkalla, Yvng Legacy for sure. Those two are stars. 

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

It’s more “simplified”.

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

The Grammys!

What is your main goal as far as music?

To keep going really and win a grammy award. As well as producer of the year awards. Multiple times too. But outside of that, I want people to share the love I have for music with me through records for years to come. 

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

London on Da Track and Zaytoven for sure haha you can hear the influence when I make my melodies. 

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)

I’m a musician first. A lot of guys hop into this field with no knowledge of music theory at all. Call me old school. We don’t get much of that around anymore. 

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

I am a heavy and avid gamer so I am either playing games on my pc or on my ps5. 

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

This is a hard one. I’d have to say DJ Khaled as cliche as that sounds haha.

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

Literally, the biggest highlight for me is the journey, I really came a long way. Although I might have no plaques yet at the time of our interview, for example, I’ve produced some really dope shit that is real industry quality stuff. As well as working with all these artists. It’s a blessing for real. 

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Rolling Loud!! 

What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

What’s your favourite sports team and why?

FC Barcelona. Cause Messi. Enough said. 

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

I have not a clue.

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

Back to DJ Khaled. If you know a lil bit bout his story, that man is a true hustler. In this music biz and I look up to him for that. 

What can we expect from you in the future?

More records for sure and soon come to these plaques! 

Where can the fans check out for your music?

Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and so forth. For beats though, farikoondatrack.beatstars.com

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